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‘Abe doesn’t deserve to eat here’ – Abe Kanan and Dan “Bass” Levy at the phenomenal Chicago Culinary Kitchen (Episode 170)

This is a glorious episode, as returning guests/friends Abe Kanan and Dan “Bass” Levy meet me at Chicago Culinary Kitchen (773 N Quentin Rd, Palatine, IL 60067) to try the…

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Bury Me in Lights buried in Burger Moovment burgers: Live performance & music chat in Elmwood Park (Episode 169)

Chicago scene stalwarts Bury Me in Lights jump in the car for a visit to the phenomenal Burger Moovment in Elmwood Park (Go there immediately: 7512 W North Ave, Elmwood…

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‘I feel like we’re trying the whole menu tonight’ – Return to Epic Deli in McHenry (Episode 168)

Repeat guest Tyler Wildey, proprietor of Epic Deli (2616 Schaid Ct, McHenry, IL 60050) is my guest for 4th of July week. We talk about his restaurant, the restaurant business,…

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2 days, 2 stages and 40 bands: Talking DZ Fest with Ben Arguelles (and eating subs from Peppo’s) (Episode 167)

This week’s guest is DZ Records impresario Ben Arguelles, who’s getting ready to launch this year’s DZ Fest (July 7 & July 8). DZ Fest has become a must-attend, totally…

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Do you know what it’s like to be p***ed on? DO YOU? The return of Apocalypse Hoboken (recorded at Legit Dogs & Ice) (Episode 166)

Chicago punk legends Apocalypse Hoboken are gearing up for two reunion shows at Chop Shop (July 13 & 14). That seemed like a perfect excuse to chat with Todd and…

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Advice for local bands, plus 2 live in-car performances: Kevin Singleton of The Cold Mourning/Bottom Lounge (Episode 165)

This week, musician Kevin Singleton (The Cold Mourning, El Famous, Inept) joins me for a performance outside Bottom Lounge (1375 W Lake St, Chicago, IL 60607), the epic Chicago live…

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Marina City talks about the WKQX Piqniq and Next2Rock while devouring City BBQ’s menu (Episode 164)

Chicago band-on-the-rise, 101 WKQX Piqniq artist and national Next2Rock finalist, Marina City jumps in the car for a wild, delicious romp through the menu of recently-opened restaurant City Barbeque in…

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‘Car Con Carne is my social life’ – Dinner with new friends TAKE THE REINS (Episode 163)

The phenomenal suburban Chicago band Take the Reins joins me for dinner at Hamburger Heaven in Elmhurst (281 N York Rd, Elmhurst, IL 60126). Before you listen to this episode,…

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Vegetarian Mexican food with Chicago alt band Hidden Hospitals (Episode 162)

This week, I’m joined Dave Raymond, singer/guitarist/songwriter for the super-cool Chicago band Hidden Hospitals. He picked the location for the recording: The vegetarian taqueria Quesadilla La Reina Del Sur (2235…

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Hollywood calling: Author Emily Belden talks ‘Hot Mess’ and why the new book is perfect for TV (Episode 161)

PRESENTED BY BOOST MOBILE Emily Belden, author of “Hot Mess,” jumps in the Madza 3 for a new episode/ http://traffic.libsyn.com/carconcarnepodcast/CCC_Emily_Belden.mp3 We got tacos from El Potosi (Spanish for “The Potosi”)…