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‘It’s still a man’s world out there’: Mystery Actions tear up Chicago punk scene (Episode 76)

Nikki, Lucy and Polly from Chicago punk rock band Mystery Actions join me for Taco Night at Taqueria Traspasada (3144 N California). Over tacos and Jarritos, we cover the following:…

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‘If you let it, cancer will take everything from you… you can’t let it do that’: Gildapalooza with Dan Olas and Chris from King and Kash (Episode 69)

What’s it like having cancer? “Everybody wants to tell you how good you look… but really you know you don’t look very good. You look like you have cancer.” My…

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‘A lot of s****y grudges were buried’ – Jason Novak (Cold Waves founder/musician) (Episode 58)

The industrial music-heavy festival Cold Waves was started four years ago by Jason Novak (Acumen Nation, Czar, Acucrack, Cocksure) as a way for the community to rally after respected colleague…

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Planning the death metal version of ‘Thriller’ over tacos: Broken Hope’s Jeremy Wagner (Episode 50)

“Please tell me there’s a napkin in that bag.” “This is going to be a good week to get the interiors washed” Death metal comes to Car Con Carne, as…

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Toronzo Cannon brings the blues to the backseat (Episode 47)

Chicago bluesman Toronzo Cannon jumps in the backseat just as his Alligator Records debut, “The Chicago Way” is about to drop. He brings his resonator guitar along to play stunning…

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‘Dripping glistening grease’ with 88 Fingers Louie’s Denis Buckley (Episode 43)

For this episode, James is joined by 88 Fingers Louie’s lead singer Denis Buckley. They meet up at Taqueria El Tapatio on the west side of Chicago, which leads to…

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Comedian Paul Farahvar eats burritos, discovers flight attendant party (Episode 42)

“What goes on here? This is like a boarding school.” This week’s episode finds James and comedian Paul Faravhar sitting a few doors down from Allende, a dive-y burrito place…

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Taco night with ‘Beardo’ creator Dan Dougherty (Episode 40)

One of my favorite comic strips is “Beardo,” the daily cartoon mirror of creator Dan Dougherty’s life. I started up a bromance with Dan months ago at the C2E2 comic…