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Representing Chicago at this year’s Riot Fest: Sincere Engineer (Episode 249)

Sincere Engineer is on Car Con Carne before playing this year’s Riot Fest!

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He’s in John Mayer’s band! He has a must-hear solo career! He’s won a Grammy! Guitarist Isaiah Sharkey (Episode 248)

This week, guitar great/Grammy winner/John Mayer band member Isaiah Sharkey joins me for phenomenal food from Stefani Prime (6755 N. Cicero). Here’s what we discussed over steak sandwiches, risotto and…

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Greetings from the ‘swingers capital of the midwest’: Hear the Darling Suns play live! (Episode 247)

Chicago indie band the Darling Suns (Robert, Lindsey, John and Charlie) joined the show this week for for a live performance of their fantastic song “Raspberry Homecoming” (from “Midnight Feelings”)…

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Let’s talk about beer and immigration! Old Irving Brewery and immigration lawyer Fiona McEntee (Episode 246)

Trevor Rose-Hamblin (owner/head brewer, Old Irving Brewery and Fiona McEntee (owner, McEntee Law Group) are on the show for a so-crazy-it-just-might-work balance of immigration law information and beer talk. We…

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Celebrating a ‘Cruel Summer’ with KrashKarma (Episode 245)

KrashKarma (Niki and Ralf) returned to Car Con Carne as they stopped through Chicago to play a show at Live Wire (love that place)! One of the in-car highlights was…

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‘Thank you, Jesus, for taking us to BrauerHouse’: Chicago band Death and Memphis (Episode 244)

This week, Chicago band Death and Memphis met me at BrauerHouse (1000-13 North Rohlwing Road) in Lombard. We loved our food, and showed it off on camera for the Car…

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The Alice Cooper family: Backstage with Calico Cooper and bass monster Chuck Garric of Beasto Blanco (Episode 243)

Alice Cooper bassist Chuck Garric and Alice’s daughter Calico talk about their band, Beasto Blanco, and “Ol’ Black Eyes.”

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Chicago music/songwriting legend Jim Peterik performs outside Revolution Brewpub (Episode 242)

Music legend Jim Peterik (Ides of March, Survivor, countless songwriting credits throughout the past 50 years) joins me for a fantastic meal provided by Revolution Brewpub (2323 N Milwaukee Ave,…

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‘You could tell our career was doomed from that day forward’: Showoff celebrates 20th anniversary of major label debut (Episode 241)

Showoff released their self-titled major label debut 20 years ago. With only an hour to go before taking the stage to celebrate the album’s anniversary at Beat Kitchen, Chris, Dan…

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Previewing the Homegrown Arts and Music festival with Aaron Williams and the Daily Herald’s Brian Shamie (Episode 240)

This week, I’m joined by musician Aaron Williams, creator of the The Homegrown Arts & Music Festival, and Brian Shamie, multiplatform editor and Sound Check columnist for the Daily Herald.