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‘You can take the band out of Hawaii… ” Yesod from Pepper (Live at Riot Fest)

“You can take the band out of Hawaii, but you can’t take the Hawaii out of the band…” Pepper drummer Yesod Williams from Pepper sat down with me at Riot…

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‘Hey, you jagoff!’ We speak Chicagoese with author Dennis Foley (Episode 81)

This may be the most “Chicago” podcast episode I’ve ever produced. My guest this week is author Dennis Foley (The Streets and San Man’s Guide to Chicago Eats, We Speak…

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Columbia College alum crushes it at Riot Fest (Live at Riot Fest)

By the time you hear this episode, Jessica Hernandez may already be an international superstar. It sure feels like it’s going to happen soon. The Detroit star turned heads and…

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Girls Against Boys – ‘The future of the band is… a work in progress’ (Live at Riot Fest)

Girls Against Boys are one of the coolest-sounding bands I’ve ever heard, with a menacing bottom-heavy rhythm section, swaggery vocals and a crisp, lacerating guitar that cuts through it all….

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The end of Dillinger Escape Plan (live at Riot Fest)

Greg Puciato from Dillinger Escape Plan talks about the end of the band just before he hits the stage at Chicago’s Riot Fest event! What does he think the band’s…

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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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Candlebox from the Archives (Car Con Carne Bonus)

Candlebox is coming to town next week with Buckcherry at the Arcada Theatre (9/14), and that inspired me to pull this four-year-old interview with frontman Kevin Martin off the shelf….

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Heligoats perform live, eat ‘Italian Beef pizza’ (Episode 79)

It’s another exclusive “backseat performance” as Chris Otepka of Heligoats plays two of the band’s best songs (My Camping Trip From Hell, Fish Sticks) live in the back seat of…

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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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Whopperito night: ‘I want to talk to you about your medical condition, but I want to do that after we eat’ (Episode 77)

Burger King unveiled it’s Whopperito (a Whopper made like a burrito) on August 15th, and I decided to try it during BK’s launch week. Fast food’s never been a Car…