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Avantist guitarist unveils new solo project while sheltering-at-home (Episode 324)

David Arias, guitarist for Chicago post-rockers Avantist, joins me from his sheltering-at-home evening to do a live performance of his new solo project, Troigo (“Salud”). It’s super cool, and… bonus!…

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‘I ended up in Fort Wayne, dude’: The Letdown story (Episode 323)

Meet Blake and Billy from letdown., a band with hooks and riffs to spare.

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Getting shamrocked outside Dante’s Tavern: Live music from The Avondale Ramblers (Episode 312)

Irish-flavored songs performed live in a tiny Mazda 3!

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Episode 300! Rockford band Yes Factory debuts two new songs live!

Live in-car performance! Superdawg hot dogs!

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A live performance before heading to prison: Zombie Schoolboy at the Old Joliet Prison (Episode 282)

Craig and Billy of Zombie Schoolboy joined me outside the gates of the Old Joliet Prison for a podcast in the “bad” part of Joliet. They played an acoustic version…

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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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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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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.

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Stellar West: They’re young, they’re accomplished and they eat pizza (Episode 229)

Stellar West has racked up a solid list of credits and acknowledgments over their relatively short career. AP said they were an “under 21” band to watch. They played Riot…

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Listen to a live musical preview of ‘Take Me’ with Jon Langford and actors Nicole Bloomsmith and Carmine Grisolia (Episode 227)

“Take Me” debuts at the Strawdog Theatre Company on May 20. Co-created by the team of Mark Guarino and Jon Langford (Waco Brothers, Mekons, lots of amazing things), “Take Me” is “a comic fantasia about searching the vast universe for answers when all along they may be found inside.”