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A blazing performance from Chicago’s Blood People (and a food challenge) (Episode 96)

OH MY GOD, this episode was fun to do. I’m joined by 3/4 of Blood People (Aly, Mickey and Jeff) for tacos at the much-celebrated L’ Patron (3749 W Fullerton Ave,…

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Styx drummer Todd Sucherman: ‘If you have room for fries, you’ve got room for another dog’ (Episode 88)

Styx drummer Todd Sucherman is one of the best in rock and roll, something he reminds us of every time he sits behind the kit at a Styx show. He…

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Smoking Pope vs. JVO at Epic Deli (Episode 85)

My favorite restaurant on earth is Epic Deli (2616 Schaid Ct, McHenry, IL 60050). I couldn’t resist going there with Josh Caterer of Smoking Popes, who recently helped create the…

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Slutter, the all-female KISS cover band, celebrates Taco Tuesday (Episode 83)

The all-female KISS tribute band Slutter jumps in the car for Taco Tuesday at El Comalito (2234 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60647). We talk about: *Slutter history *How they…

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‘We disguise ourselves to protect the identities of our loved ones’ – Magic Sword and hot dogs (Episode 82)

This is a weird, brief and wonderful one: I’m joined at Fatso’s Last Stand by “The Keeper” from electronic band Magic Sword. Magic Sword is a full-blown concept: The band…

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‘We have real blood at our show’ – Taco Tuesday with the Noise FM (Episode 80)

This week, it’s a “Taco Tuesday” recording at Masa Azul (2901 W Diversey Ave) with Austin and Alex from Chicago band The Noise FM. What does the band sound like?…

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‘This band literally runs on Taqueria Moran, High Life and the occasional bottle of Jameson’ – Pop-punkers Sleep On It (Episode 78)

Chicago pop-punk band (and newly-signed Equal Vision recording artist) Sleep On It meets me for tacos and horchata at their favorite hangout, Taqueria Moran (2226 N California Ave). Zech Pluister…

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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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Guest-a-palooza at the Taste of Chicago -or- ‘My life is a week-long burgerfest’ (Episode 71)

Car Con Carne kicked off the live events in the Taste of Chicago’s “Food for Thought” podcast pavilion this year, and a bunch of guests were there to make sure…

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Indie frontwoman prescribes a ‘big, meaty Tylenol’: White Mystery goes to Wolfy’s (Episode 65)

This week finds me at a classic north side hot dog joint: Wolfy’s at 2734 Peterson, a place whose food guest Miss Alex White describes as a “big, meaty Tylenol.”…