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No headline necessary: NAKED RAYGUN (Episode 699)

The members of legendary Chicago band NAKED RAYGUN join the show to talk about their new release, “Over the Overlords,” their history, and why Styx, Cheap Trick and Rise Against should fear them. Appearing on this episode: Jeff Pezzati, Eric…

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Double Door is coming back to Chicago’s live music landscape (Episode 698)

From Fat Nut to the Rolling Stones, Double Door has been one of Chicago’s premiere music venues. In a city that’s arguably overpacked with live music venues, there are a few whose names stand above the list. Double Door’s one…

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Urge Overkill emerges from 10+ year absence with ‘Oui’ (Episode 697)

Urge Overkill entered the 90s as one of Chicago’s coolest, most exciting, and riff-delivering bands. They were the band other bands wanted to hang with… they opened for Nirvana on the Nevermind tour… opened for Pearl Jam on the Vs….

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Touched By Ghoul releases new album, ready for NYE at Liar’s Club (Episode 696)

Touched By Ghoul is one of Chicago’s more celebrated independent bands, and they recently delivered their much delayed and anticipated second album, “Cancel the World.” They join me tonight… just about 24 hours before headlining Liar’s Club for New Years…

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The celebrated return of ‘Punk Rock Doc’ Daryl Wilson (Episode 695)

This week marks the return of a Car Con Carne favorite: Dr. Daryl Wilson! Daryl’s the frontman of the long-running Chicago punk institution the Bollweevils (new album out next year!). Dr. Daryl is also a real doctor, so we get…

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Music treasure Ike Reilly looks to the future, talks about remarkable past (Episode 694)

My guest this week is Ike Reilly, a man whose voice, lyrics and songs are entirely unique, original and unforgettable. We talked at length about his musically interesting and wide-spanning new album, “Because the Angels.” We also talk about Ike’s…

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Plain White Tom: The man behind Plain White Ts, Million Miler and Humans Were Here (Episode 693)

Tom Higgenson of Plain White Ts/Million Miler is one of my favorite guests. He’s a mega-talented guy with an enviable list of accomplishments (Grammy & Tony nominee, VMA nominee, Teen Choice winner), but he’s still the humble, hard-working, midwestern guy…

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The future of non-alcoholic beer is… delicious. Meet Jeff Stevens of Well Being Brewing (Episode 692)

Non-alcoholic beer was stigmatized for decades. Problem was, most NA products weren’t worth drinking. The craft beer revolution’s led to companies like Well Being Brewing, which for the past 5 years has been leading the way for non-alcoholic beer. Joining…

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KT’s Kids benefit preview with Scott Lucas, Herb Rosen & KT Augustyn (Episode 691)

I’m inspired by the work KT’s Kids does to help children who desperately need it. This Sunday night, Liar’s Club plays host to the KT’s Kids Toy Drive Fundraiser. Joining me to talk about the event are Scott Lucas (Local…

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Sci-Fi and Fantasy come alive on stage at Otherworld Theatre (Episode 690)

We’re diving into the world of fantasy and sci-fi. Otherworld Theatre, on 3914 North Clark Street, has been bringing the theatrical experience to sci-fi and fantasy for close to 10 years now, and their new production, Winter in the Wildwood,…