Michael J. Epstein and Sophia Cacciola


The first teaser for Magnetic, the Cacciola / Epstein film that I’m starring in is now up online. Surprise! That’s also me singing with Night Kisses, the soundtrack band to the movie.

Blogger Spotlight: Luke O’Neil


Hello everyone and welcome to the final Blogger Spotlight of the week. We told you we hoped to feature more freelance talent in the new year, and the person at the center of today’s post is without a doubt one of the best yet. If you have any questions regarding the content of this blog, or if you would like to learn more information about the services offered by Haulix, please email james@haulix.com and share your thoughts. We can also be found on Twitter and Facebook.

The world of freelance can be a strange and difficult place. Your are your own boss, to an extent, and the responsibility of managing the various assignments thrown your way falls entirely on your shoulders. Who gets what, which style to write in, and when everything is due is entirely up to you. Some thrive in this environment because it allows them to create a schedule that works best with their creativity, while others struggle to stay afloat because no one is around to hold them accountable.

Luke O’Neil is one of the most driven and professional freelance writers we have come across in the seventh months since this series began. He has written for pretty much every publication worth bragging about, including The Village Voice and Alternative Press. We fell in love with his work through a recent feature he wrote on the supposed return of emo, which you can read an excerpt from below:

'It's been about 30 years since the advent of emo, and while the genre has experienced a variety of well-covered changes over the decades, one thing has remained constant: No one seems to ever agree on how to define it. In part that's because it casts such a wide net — Touché Amoré don't sound anything like Turnover, for example, who sound nothing like Dowsing or Captain We're Sinking or Lemuria and on and on, and yet most anyone would call them all emo bands. Unfortunately, talking about emo forces a sort of musical existential crisis: In order to champion it, you have to admit that it even exists in the first place.’

Click here to read the original article.

We could not be more thrilled to feature Luke’s journey on our blog this afternoon. He’s the kind of professional this industry needs more of, and in the interview below he offers some insight on how you too can take your career in writing to the next level.

If you would like to learn more about Luke’s work, please make it a point to bookmark and frequent his website. You can also find him on Twitter. Additional questions and comments can be left at the end of this post.


H: For the record, please tell us your job title and a few publications that recently featured your work:

L: I’ma freelance journalist and blogger. I contribute regularly to the Boston Globe, Bullett magazine and MTV. This year I’ve had pieces in Esquire, Slate, The New Republic, Vice, the LA Times, Dazed, the Village Voice and a bunch of others.

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via Flickr t-shirts from my collection


dailyBOS_011414 on Flickr.

via Flickr

t-shirts from my collection

Chiptune Review: Volume = FF by Double Hex



Volume = FF is a chiptune cover EP by Double Hex featuring songs from five Boston-based indie bands. Double Hex has the blessings of all of the bands featured on the EP and will be sharing all profits with those bands.

Hit the link for our review of Volume = FF.

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2014 Rock ‘n’ Roll Rumble, the 35th annual, kicks off at TT the Bear’s in Central Square in Cambridge on Sunday, April 6 with 6 preliminary nights:

-Sunday, April 6
-Monday, April 7
-Tuesday, April 8
*Off Wednesday for the traditional day of rest
-Thursday, April 10
-Friday, April 11
-Saturday, April 12
Semi-Finals are Thursday, April 17 and Friday, April 18 
Finals are Friday, April 25
24 bands from Boston and New England will take part. 
Band selection has been underway and invitations go out this month. 
Clear your calendars for #Rumble35!


Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling - Episode 10 Living in Harmony

Brand new video from Prisoner inspired lo-fi group Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling. If you are a fan of the Prisoner or two person indie rock you need to watch this.


So, to get prepped for our CD release on Friday November 15th at TT the Bears in Cambridge, Sophia from Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling (who is also releasing a pair of singles and videos that night) suggested we cover a song and do a one take video to help with promotion. We went back and forth…

sometimes i whisper just to make you feel alonesometimes i run away for the rush of coming home

sometimes i whisper just to make you feel alone
sometimes i run away for the rush of coming home


It’s closely associated with sexual assault. And yet we’re reluctant to tell men to stop doing it.


In one awful high-profile case after another—the U.S. Naval Academy; Steubenville, Ohio; now the allegations in Maryville, Mo.—we read about a young man, sometimes only a boy, who…


This is our Boston Emission’s Birthday Month! My first show as host was Sunday, October 19, 2008 on the dearly departed 104.1 WBCN. We celebrated my first five years as host with a magnificent show on Friday, October 4 at TT the Bear’s.

Boston Emissions started in 1987 (this is according to Carter Alans’ new book, Radio Free Boston: The Rise and Fall of WBCN. Some debate remains as to when the show began.). It has been a significantly instrumental show in introducing and establishing bands in Boston and New England. 

There is a lot that should be said about the show and this 5th anniversary hallmark in its existence but I will have to say it. I have no comment as to what other people do or what other stations play on their shows. 

Boston Emissions is an excellent show. Why do something that you are not proud of? If you’re phoning it in, give it up. It is my goal to play what is great about Boston and New England. I want to personally champion those bands that I feel are worthy of our attention. I can honestly say that of the many bands that I receive music from, most is great. Some is okay, some not ready for air. And others, a small few, just don’t cut it. Quality and relevance is important. I do play a lot of the older bands that made Boston great - Letters to Cleo, Buffalo Tom, Tribe, Scissorfight, Bosstones, and the like. The classic sound of Boston. But there are some of those old-timers I won’t play. 

I spend many hours in “pre- and post-production” so that what is featured on the show is good and represents what is going on in the music community. I want the shows to be available for everyone to hear. 

As a radio personality for what is going on 15 years, I have learned quite a bit about running a radio program. I have learned a lot about putting a show together. Doing this show is by far the most fun and the most work. 

I was asked why I do it and for how long I will continue? I do it because I love it. It is the show I always wanted to do. I will do it for as long as I love planning it, putting it together and love going in every Sunday and putting in the time that it requires to do it right. I give it 150%. I will continue to do this until I don’t feel like I can give it my all any longer. 

I owe an enormous debt of gratitude, first, to the bands. You are the reason I do this show. Sometimes the bands return their thanks in very special ways.

Thank you for the support on the show, John Robinson, Richard Bouchard and Eric Roberts. It is very difficult to do everything that happens on the show on my own.

Thank you to my good friends who stand by me.

Thank you to the fans and our regular listeners.

Thank you to the people at WZLX - especially Mike Thomas, Carter Alan, Chachi Lo Prete - for your continued support of this thing.

Thank you, CBS Radio Boston and Sam Kopper, Billy Finnegan, Mark Hannon, Tim Staskiewicz, Matt Dolloff. 

As for what the future holds, that is really up to you, the bands. Listen to the show. Go out the the local music clubs. We all need your support to stay alive.

Keep making music, keep sending music, keep going out to shows, keep playing shows, keep supporting each other. Stop being negative and saying shitty stuff about one another on the internet. You are serving no one but your own bruised egos. 

Many thanks,

Anngelle Wood