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Cigar City Radio

Cigar City Radio is a weekly music interview podcast from Cigar City Management in Tampa, FL. Every week, hosts Randy Ojeda and Jason Solanes talk to bands, touring musicians, music industry friends, and other entertainers about the music they love.
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May 3, 2019

We talk to Roberto Torres about starting Black & Denim Apparel Company, opening Blind Tiger Cafe, and moving to Tampa from Panama. He tells us about the meaning of the name Blind Tiger, how the cafe evolved, and how he became interested in urban planning. He also walks us through what a typical day is like for him, his philosophy on hospitality, his experiences as an immigrant, and more.

This episode of Cigar City Radio is sponsored by @NoClubs / StateMedia.com #WeAreConcerts

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Apr 25, 2019

We talk to St. Pete’s own Fever Beam about their debut single “Young Guns”, performing at Gasparilla Music Festival, opening for Thelma and the Sleaze, cowpunk, VHS tapes, and Frank Zappa. We also cast the Fever Beam Movie and learn so much more about Kasey, Sam, and Dane.

For more Fever Beam, check out the Cigar City Radio Tampa Sessions Takeover from Episode 91.

This episode of Cigar City Radio is sponsored by @NoClubs / StateMedia.com #WeAreConcerts

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Apr 9, 2019

Live from the Replay Guitar Exchange Tent at Gasparilla Music Festival, we talk to Jordan Esker (7:25), Ruen Brothers (21:55), Sleepwalkers (35:05), Joshua Reilly (49:50), Flipturn (57:50), The Hails (1:07:05), and Parrotfish (1:14:15). Featuring guest hosting duties from Adam Keilbach!

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Mar 7, 2019

Our intern, Adam Keilbach, reviews his experience at III Points Fest in Miami, FL - including everything from media pass pickup to discovering Jarritos to his impression of performances by Tyler the Creator, Toro y Moi, Dean Blunt, SZA, James Blake, Herbie Hancock, Kelsey Lu, A$AP Rocky, Blood Orange, Khruangbin, Tim Hecker, and many more.

Read Adam’s III Points Recap on our News Page.

This episode of Cigar City Radio is sponsored by @NoClubs / StateMedia.com #WeAreConcerts

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Feb 20, 2019

Live from the Symphonic Distribution Tampa Office, we talk to Mike Gomes and Cam Young from Xuitcasecity about meeting in Tampa, the expectations for their sound, being real in 2019, why they do what they do, and connecting with their music. They also tell us about their DIY attitude, building their own thing, their single “Lead Me On” being added to Spotify’s New Music Friday, and more.

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Jan 31, 2019

We talk to St. Pete based duo, Danny and Alex, about meeting in middle school, new singles “Shower in the Dark” and “Breakup Haircut”, weekly livestreams, being in the studio, the “Kodachrome Rule”, Steely Dan, and more.

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Jan 24, 2019

Live from Microgroove in Seminole Heights, we talk to Keith and Susie Ulrey from Pohgoh. They tell us about their recent tour run with Mineral and Tancred, the band’s formation in the mid-90s, their subsequent breakup, and long awaited re-formation. We also talk about their new album, Secret Club, New Granada Records, living with multiple sclerosis, and what’s next for Pohgoh. Spoiler Alert: it’s not another 21 year break.

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Jan 18, 2019

Cigar City Radio takes over Tampa Sessions. We feature a live performance from St. Pete’s Fever Beam, talk about Young Guns on Netflix, Sam’s rap album, the band’s so real van, and more. Watch the video session on Tampa Sessions’s Facebook or Youtube.

This episode of Cigar City Radio is sponsored by @NoClubs / StateMedia.com #WeAreConcerts

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Jan 11, 2019

We talk to Paul Wright and Tim Harrington from Tall Heights about their album Pretty Colors For Your Actions, giving the record a live feel, creating one sound with two voices, going on their first headlining tour, and personally meeting fans and supporters. We also talk about how they grew up together, getting their start through street performing in Boston, and more.

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Dec 13, 2018

We talk to Guy Keltner about touring as Acid Tongue, Freakout Records, Freakout Fest, working at a Pot Shop in Seattle, gentrification, what it takes to run a label, and much more.

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Nov 29, 2018

Live from a Brooklyn Coffee Shop, we talk to Elia Einhorn about his collaborative project, Fashion Brigade, the Talkhouse Podcast, Pitchfork Radio, This Is Britain, and so much more.

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Nov 7, 2018

We talk to author Scott M. Deitche (Cigar City Mafia, The Silent Don) about the Cigar City Mafia name, why Tampa became a hotbed for organized crime, the first mob boss in Tampa, his sources, the Cigar City Magazine Tampa Mafia Tour, mafia movies, and more.

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Oct 31, 2018

On a special Halloween episode of Cigar City Radio, we meet up with Fernando Ribeiro from Moonspell at Dysfunctional Grace Art Co. We talk about their live collection Lisboa Under the Spell, the Portugese metal scene, touring in the US, the concept behind their album 1755, the band's history with Century Media, and more.

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Oct 12, 2018

We talk to Caleb and Will Chapman from Nashville’s Colony House about constant touring, making plans, and their first concerts. They also talk about where Colony House fits in the music scene and what they’ve learned from watching their dad, Steven Curtis Chapman.

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Sep 26, 2018

We talk to Maxwell Cann (Ears to Feed) about getting started booking in NYC, what he does to help Ears to Feed shows stand out (hint: LASAGNA), how he finds new music, and so much more. We’re also joined by our intern and Maxwell’s brother, Christopher Cann, who is 19.

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Sep 13, 2018

Live from Symphonic Distribution’s Vibes of the Bay! We talk with Billy Mays & Mountain Holler (5:50) about Remember You Are Dreaming, Carlos Aybar (17:15) about House of Creatives Music Festival, DJ QEYS (26:45) about the art of turntablism, and King Complex (36:00) about their comic book and remixes. Then Orlando based latin urban artist Xcelencia (48:35) tells us about his weekly series I Am: Xcelencia, and Dea & Saint (58:20) talk Trapdoom and more.

This episode of Cigar City Radio is sponsored @NoClubs / StateMedia.com #WeAreConcerts

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Aug 30, 2018

We talk to Ben Katzman and his band Ben Katzman’s Degreaser about his love of shredding, action movies, and Kiss. Ben also tells us about astrology, his Colleen Green-produced album Quarter Life Crisis, how he met the rest of Degreaser, and so much more. 

This episode of Cigar City Radio is sponsored @NoClubs / StateMedia.com #WeAreConcerts

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Aug 21, 2018

We chat with two-time guest Natalie Claro about her family selling their home to go on the road, touring across the country, and developing her live show. We also talk about her black lipstick budget, texting compatibility, avoiding fast food, and more.

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Aug 9, 2018

We talk to Andrew West about DJing Emo Night Brooklyn, getting to know Ryan Key from Yellowcard, and the emo songs that always get the crowd going. Andrew also tells us about starting as an intern at Razor & Tie, his work at Concord Music, and Disney Night NYC. For this episode, we’re joined by St. Pete/Orlando-based rock band, Saferwaters. 

This episode of Cigar City Radio is sponsored @NoClubs / StateMedia.com #WeAreConcerts

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Jul 31, 2018

We talk to Adam Shoemaker about his self-titled album, his dad opening Coconuts Comedy Club, being invited to drop acid with Mitch Hedberg, and loving Malcom Young. Adam also tells us about his near-death experience and amazing recovery. For this episode, we’re briefly joined by Creative World Recording engineer, musician, and madman George Harris.

This Week’s Fadeout: “You Let Me Down” by Adam Shoemaker

This episode of Cigar City Radio is sponsored @NoClubs / StateMedia.com #WeAreConcerts

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Jul 19, 2018

We talk to Nashville’s Datenight about their record Comin’ Atcha 100MPH, attending Nashville School of the Arts High School, and getting permission from their parents to tour.

We also ask Nashville’s Datenight about Date Nights in Nashville.

This episode of Cigar City Radio is sponsored @NoClubs / StateMedia.com #WeAreConcerts

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Jul 12, 2018

We talk to Tampa's own Jordan Esker about his new album Fail to Learn, his band The Hundred Percent, cutting his hair for charity, songwriting, and the local music scene.

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May 8, 2018

Live from the Symphonic Distribution Grand Opening in Downtown Tampa, we chat with Symphonic Distribution CEO Jorge Brea (6:35), Shaun Drinkard from the Tampa Downtown Partnership (19:10), and local musicians Mike Mass & Ned Pope (27:45).

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Apr 11, 2018

We talk to Tampa/St. Pete area band, Glove, about forming their band, playing a Dr. Martens show at Baby’s All Right, touring with the Nude Party, and the DIY Music Scene. We also talk about what they do outside of the band, why you should never go to Pepboys, Taco Bell, and more.

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Mar 30, 2018

On Part 2 of our Gasparilla Music Festival coverage, we set up live in the Replay Guitar Exchange Tent for conversations with Eric Tessmer (1:11), Mountain Holler (12:27), Kolars (24:32), Shankh & Friends (32:56), Brother Cephus (42:48), The Underhill Family Orchestra (51:49), and Beartoe (1:08:40). Also, we meet Jessica O’Connor from Mic Drop Music and our intern Kasia tells us about the patience of the elderly.

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