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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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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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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…

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“We could ‘Jungle Pussy’ 24/7” – Poet C. Russell Price (Episode 751)

“Some people haven’t read a poem since high school,” says poet C. Russell Price in this episode. They’re probably right, but the new book “Oh, You Thought This Was a Date? Apocalypse Poems” should bring people back for all the…

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Ultravox, Band Aid, Live Aid, Visage: Music legend Midge Ure (Episode 750)

Midge Ure’s career is a life of music that’s played out in front of us: Live Aid. Band Aid. Ultravox. Visage. Rich Kids. Solo. Before he took the stage of the Des Plaines Theater, the songwriting legend joined me for…

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Mark Rose (Spitalfield, Downwrite) eats poutine at Beard & Belly (Episode 749)

This episode is fantastic, featuring two guests that span music, technology and food. Mark Rose made a name for himself in Spitalfield, before launching a successful solo career. We talk about his music, but focus on his Downwrite platform, which…

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Chicago entrepreneur success story: Soothsayer Hot Sauce (Episode 748)

It was a pleasure to have Kyle Janis, founder of Soothsayer Hot Sauce, back on Car Con Carne. We met at Village Tap in Roscoe Village (2055 W. Roscoe) to eat cheese curds and mini corn dogs slathered in Soothsayer….