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Fig Dish is back (PREMIERE)

Summary 90s Chicago alt rock band Fig Dish returns with first new music in over 27 years. New album, Feels Like the Very First Two Times, releases on 9/6/24 on Forge Again. Preorders available now. Live show: GMan 9/6, tickets on…

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Best of Chicago 2023 – Car Con Carne

Thank you for your ongoing support of Car Con Carne. I’m proud to share that Car Can Carne was named “Best Music Podcast” in the Chicago Reader’s annual “Best of Chicago” survey for 2023. I appreciate you, and never take…

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Americana artist Karen Shook joins me for tacos (Episode 962)

This episode finds me outside El Vado in McHenry (929 Front St.) for a chat over tacos with Americana singer-songwriter Karen Shook. As I mentioned early in the interview, her sound is more “Nashville” than “McHenry” (though what, really, is…

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Godzilla, Chinatown and XXX: Cinephile Stephanie Sack (Episode 961)

Cinephile Stephanie Sack returns to preview cool screenings at local independent theaters. Discussed in this episode: -“Go Go Godzilla,” a Godzila marathon at the venerable Music Box Theatre -Chinatown – 50th anniversary screening at the Pickwick (Park Ridge) -Hollywood 90028…

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MS Sucks – honest talk about Multiple Sclerosis (Episode 960)

The third MS fundraiser is happening on June 29 at Bottom Lounge. Returning guest/longtime friend Stubhy Pandav (Lucky Boys Confusion, Super Happy Fun Club, Shock Stars, etc.) joins me to talk about the event, as well as living with MS….

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PREMIERE: Impulsive Hearts ‘Dreamboat’ video

Impulsive Hearts just released a video for “Dreamboat,” taken from their excellent recent release, “Fit 4 the Apocalypse.” Danielle Sines of Impulsive Hearts notes that the “whimsical” video was shot during the band’s beach photo shoot. See Impulsive Hearts Sunday,…

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Ravinia – 2024 season preview (Episode 959)

Ravinia’s Senior Artistic Producer, Erik Soderstrom, joins me for a conversation about the 2024 summer season line-up. See you at Elvis Costello/Daryl Hall, Violent Femmes and more! Tickets for the The 2024 Ravinia Festival Summer Schedule are on sale. Don’t…

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Monster Dogs Morning Monster Cafe with Steve Silver (Episode 958)

They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. I agree, especially if hot dogs are involved. Steve Silver, Chicago’s legendary lover, fighter, doorman, and raconteur, joined me at the Morning Monster Cafe (Monster Dogs food truck)…

Posted in Episodes Logan Square

Weekend Run Club moves forward after line-up changes (Episode 957)

The second Weekend Run Club album, “Liminal Space Race,” finds the band hitting its stride and frontman Mitchell Kinn cementing his metaphorical and lyrical voice. Mitchell and Xack (bass) join me for pizza slices from Lobo in Logan Square, and…

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A visit to Mirella’s Tavern in Wicker Park (Episode 956)

This episode finds me at Mirella’s Tavern (2056 W. Division), where I chatted with chef/owner “Angry” Chef Jose and restaurant social media director Callie Ezell. I ate Chef’s MASSIVE, award-winning, burger: Double five ounces patties, gem lettuce, heirloom tomatoes, caramelized…