Alan Cross is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music. Alan also can't wait to read Geoff Pevere's Gods of the Hammer: The Teenage Head Story.

The first time Geoff Pevere saw Teenage Head at a basement club in Ottawa back in the 70s, he knew he was watching something truly special.

The band was tight, explosive, and wrote monstrously catchy hooks. Songs like Picture My Face stayed with him immediately, nestling into his auditory pleasure centres and fostering a connection with the band that perseveres some four decades later.

If you grew up in the 70s and 80s then you likely rocked out to Hamilton’s own Teenage Head. And now for the first time you can read about the music, the fun and the damage in Gods of the Hammer: The Teenage Head Story, by Geoff Pevere. Geoff and legendary rocker Gord Lewis joined the CH Morning Live team on May 8 to talk about the book and the band, and it's not to be missed!

May 1, 2014 — Congratulations to Matthew Heiti, author of The City Still Breathing, who was named the recipient of the Sudbury Arts Council Award for Outstanding Emerging Artist. Read more about the award and the ceremony on

April 27, 2014 — In a fitting conclusion to National Poetry Month, poet Jonathan Ball (The Politics of Knives , Clockfire ) was been awarded the John Hirsch Award for Most Promising Manitoba Writer by the Manitoba Book Awards!

April 28, 2014 — Our congratulations to poet derek beaulieu (with wax), who's been named the 2014-16 Calgary Poet Laureate!

Throughout April, The Boston Review has been been featuring a poem a day in honour of National Poetry Month.

The penultimate poem for the month is none other than Sina Queyras' "Manual for Remembering," from her groundbreaking new collection, MxT. You can read the poem here.

Geoff Pevere, author of Gods of the Hammer: The Teenage Head Story, has curated a playlist of sixteen songs containing essential tracks by Teenage Head as well as by bands that influenced their high-energy style. Read Geoff's annotations while you listen and (re)discover how Teenage Head is 'capable of sweetening and shredding your eardrums at the same time.'

The Puritan conducted a fascinating interview with Stephen Collis and Jordan Scott about their utterly unique collection, Decomp. You can read the interview here.

The Boston Review is publishing a poem everyday for National Poetry Month.

Today shared sonnets from Ken Babstock's forthcoming poetry collection, ON MALICE, which we'll be publishing this Fall. You can see the sonnets here.