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Artist Spotlight: Tem Blessed

Tem Blessed is an iconic figure of Hip Hop in New Bedford and beyond.  Recently, I had the good fortune of sitting down the with man to discuss his life and his music. New Bedford Guide:  How long have you been performing? Tem Blessed: I’ve been performing since my freshman …

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The Artificial Marketplace

The Artificial Marketplace is located on William Street in Downtown New Bedford next to Solstice skateboard shop.  It has been described as an antiques shop, but after I spoke with owner Jared Vasconcellos, I found out its more of a vintage, mid-century shop. There has been a bit of a …

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Sharks Come Cruisin’ Interview

Sharks Come Cruisin’ is a hard band to categorize. A land-based band singing songs of the sea with rocking drums and banjos, they frequently ply their musical trade around New Bedford. I recently spoke with lead singer Mark about the group. How did the band start? Mark: I was watching …

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Sara Shaughnessy Interview

Nestled in between New Bedford and Fall River, WUMD 89.3 of UMass, Dartmouth has been broadcasting alternatives to the mainstream for roughly 40 years.  I spoke to Sara Shaughnessy (radio name Shaugy) recently about the spirit of radio. How did you get into radio at such a young age? What …

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Musician Spotlight: [The Viennagram:]

[The Viennagram:] are a punk rock cabaret psychedelic band from New Bedford.  I chatted up carnival barker A.V Vienna about the group. When did it start? How did you come up with the name? I would say the first performance of [The Viennagram:] occurred in the first week of my …

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Musician Spotlight: Judo Heirs

The Judo Heirs is a New Bedford all-star band of sorts. The players have played in such groups as Beyond The Embrace, All Chrome, The Tall, Gaskill, The Hidden, and many more. With members working at No Problemo, The Pour Farm, and The Green Bean, you can barely walk downtown …

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Musician Spotlight: The Blood Moons

The Blood Moons are one of New Bedford’s busiest bands.There are  not many original bands in a city this size can boast of playing so often at local venues. They are a mix of roots rock and punk, with murder ballads and rockers. You will enjoy them if you are …

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Mike Mountain Interview

Mike Mountain is a well known band from New Bedford. They straddle a fine line between the noise-rock underground and catchy, hook filled tunes. I had a few choice words with lead singer Michael Montagano about cultural diffusion, spontaneous combustion, rock and roll and Portuguese cuisine. How did Mike Mountain …

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