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Alternative music pioneers FISHBONE return to Chicago on 9/3/22 (Episode 758)

As music fans, our relationship with Fishbone has outlasted most of our personal and in some cases, familial relationships. From that first EP in 1985 through countless, life affirming, get up and move live shows, including some amazing album plays…

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Local Motive & Badcandy at Eris Brewery and Cider House (Episode 757)

First off, I swear it wasn’t my idea to put the dudes in the front seats and the women in the backseats. I knew it was going to be terrible optics. Dammit. This episode was a blast. I was joined…

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It’s bloody! It’s delicious! It’s GIALLO GELATO with Stephanie Sack (Episode 756)

Facets is home to a day of must-see Giallo cinema on Saturday, July 30. Come for GIALLO GELATO and see “The Psychic,” “Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion” and “Your Vice is a Locked Room and Only I Have the…

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‘There’s nothing to fear’ – Chicago band The Footlight District brings the rock, warpaint (Episode 755)

I’m an only child, so I don’t know what it’s like to have a connection with a sibling. That means when I see The Footlight District, a group of siblings completely in musical lockstep, it practically short circuits my brain….

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Homegrown Festival hits milestone 10th anniversary (Episode 754)

10 years is a long time. When it comes to music festivals, it’s a really big deal. The 10th Annual Homegrown Festival is happening on July 30th at BaseCamp in Lisle (5750 Lakeside Drive). 20 bands and 12 acoustic artists…

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Iconic rock club Metro immortalized in Gene Ambo’s photographs – recorded at Circle Tavern (Episode 753)

If you like music, Chicago culture and kickass tavern food, this is your episode. Photographer Gene Ambo joins me to talk about his massive new coffee table book, “HEAVY METRO: ACCESS ALL ERAS.” The book covers 40 years of live…

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BLOG – What can $10 buy at a record store? (Half Price Books – Niles, IL)

I’m conducting an experiment: Is it possible to walk into a record store with $10 and walk out happy? I explained the concept here. When it comes to record shopping, Half Price Books is always a roll of the dice….

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BLOG – What can $10 buy at a record store? (Vintage Vinyl – Evanston, IL)

I’m conducting an experiment: Is it possible to walk into a record store with $10 and walk out happy? I explained the concept here. After leaving Squeezebox in Evanston, I headed north for a mile and a half to visit…

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BLOG – What can $10 buy at a record store? (Squeezebox – Evanston, IL)

Record collecting isn’t a cheap habit to feed. I’m well aware that I’ve spent a fair amount of money on vinyl over the past few years. That ongoing expense got me thinking: is it possible to walk into a record…

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IL Hot Sauce Expo 2022 set to melt the Forge on 7/23 and 7/24 (Episode 752)

Presenting… the 3rd Annual IL Hot Sauce Expo. This is going to be a seriously fun event… I mean, “bobbing for reaper peppers,” craft beer, lucha wrestling and free hot sauce tastings? Count me in. The IL Hot Sauce Expo…