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Masonic Wave at Estelle’s (Episode 941)

Chicago noise rock band Masonic Wave joined me for a chat outside Estelle’s (2013 North Avenue). Bruce Lamont (vocals), Fritz Doreza (bass), Clayton DeMuth (drums) and Scott Spidale (guitar) talked about the new self-titled album, the band’s evolution, their other…

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North side favorite Reed’s Local celebrates 10th year (Episode 940)

Reed’s Local (3017 W. Belmont) hits its 10th anniversary mark on April 10. To celebrate, owners Melissa and Joel jumped in the car to talk about its relationship to the Avondale neighborhood, how the bar was launched, whether “dive bar”…

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East Moon meets on West Side for macarons (Episode 939)

With their fantastic new EP, “End Transmission,” out Friday, East Moon members Jacob, Tera and Santi met me outside the Burlington for a highly enjoyable interview. Make a point of seeing the band at Burlington on April 12! To help…

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John Lennon Songwriting Grand Prize winner Jared Rabin talks shows, plans (Episode 938)

Jared Rabin’s songwriting talent scored him the Grand Prize at the 2023 John Lennon Songwriting Contest. Beyond that, you’ve likely seen or heard him mentioned by American Songwriter, Bluegrass Today, NPR and more. As he gets ready to play Madame…

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Impulsive Hearts eat Taco Bell, making them ‘Fit 4 the Apocalypse’ (Episode 937)

Danielle Sines, Adele Nicholas and Rachael Farinella of Impulsive Hearts make a run to the border with me, as we do an interview outside the Taco Bell in Avondale. As the third full-length, “Fit 4 the Apocalypse,” is about to…

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Pita Inn with singer/songwriter Rachel Drew (Episode 936)

Singer/songwriter Rachel Drew joins me for falafel and hummus at Pita Inn (Skokie) as we talk about her new release, “Old Sky New,” and preview her upcoming show at Fitzgerald’s (3/28). Car Con Carne (a Q101 podcast) is presented by…

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Industrial musicians come together for ‘Thrashnetic’ mental health benefit (Episode 935)

For this episode, I’m joined by Jim Marcus (Die Warzau, Go Fight), Karen Righeimer (Bellhead) and David Schock (concert promoter). All of them are involved with “Thrashnetic – The Josh Russo Memorial Benefit for Mental Health Awareness and Suicide Prevention,”…

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Long after Bush, guitarist Nigel Pulsford surprises with ‘Losing Track’ (Episode 934)

Guitarist Nigel Pulsford earned his reputation as a lead guitarist through his years in Bush. He was there through the “hitmaking years” for the band, performing on the first four albums (Sixteen Stone, Razorblade Suitcase, The Science of Things, Golden…

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Car Con Blarney with THE TOSSERS (Episode 933)

It’s Car Con Blarney! Tony Duggins, Aaron Duggins and Mike Pawla joined us for a chat from Million Yen Studios on Chicago’s Northwest Side. (Thanks to Andy Gerber for the hospitality.) In advance of the Tossers’ annual St. Patrick’s Day…

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Cinephile Stephanie Sack shares cineplex alternatives for March (Episode 932)

Cinephile Stephanie Sack returns to the podcast to promote cool, non-mainstream, movie events for you to check out in March! Car Con Carne (a Q101 podcast) is presented by Alex Ross Art. Visit Alex Ross on YouTube (@TheAlexRossArt) to keep…