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Live from Riot Fest 2019: No Parents (Episode 251)

Zoe and Dee Dee of No Parents joined Car Con Carne backstage after their performance on day one of Riot Fest 2019.

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Naked Raygun’s Jeff Pezzati: A Chicago music icon (Episode 182)

Naked Raygun is simply one of the greatest bands to emerge from Chicago. They helped define the Chicago punk sound in the 1980s with a handful of timeless albums and legendary live shows.

Proving there is still justice to be found in the world, Raygun’s legend continues to be discovered and the band’s catalog is finding its way into a new generation’s streaming playlists. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that one of the band’s most high-profile evangelists is Dave Grohl, who frequently shares the story of seeing Naked Raygun back in the 1980s at the Cubby Bear in Chicago.

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‘Waiting for that career-ending F-bomb’: Catching up with Tony from MEST at 350 Fest (Episode 179)

In this episode, I sit down with Tony Lovato of Mest in the parking lot of this year’s 350 Fest in Tinley Park.

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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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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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‘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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‘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…