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From Word of Mouth to Paid Ads: How to Best Use Social Media (Panel): Chicago Podcast Day (Episode 737)

You’re on social media. Your audience is on social media. So how do you effectively nurture your community and grow your audience? That’s the focus of this Chicago Podcast Day panel, which includes true masters of the social space: Erik…

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What Can Digital Audio Learn From Traditional Media (Panel): Chicago Podcast Day (Episode 736)

This episode features the audio from a panel held at the first-ever “Chicago Podcast Day” event held at 2112 on May 21, 2022. “What Can Digital Audio Learn From Traditional Media?” was the focus, and my guests were prolific creators…

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Night Spice eats spicy food from Beacon Tap (Episode 735)

Beacon Tap (1374 Lee, Des Plaines) was one of the last restaurants Car Con Carne visited before lockdown (March 2, 2020). Now, just over two years later, I was more than excited to return. I was joined by the talented…

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The Handcuffs release best album to date: The reverential ‘Burn the Rails’ (Episode 734)

Chicago band the Handcuffs will release their finest moment to date on Friday (6/3), “Burn the Rails,” on Pravda Records. ⅗ of the band joined me to talk about the new album onsite at Sketchbook Brewing in Skokie, which is…

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‘If Elvira & Wednesday Adams did shots of snake venom at a bachelorette party’ – The Darts (Episode 733)

“Garage-punk-rock grrls will make your head slam and your feet shake. And then there’s the music” The Darts play Liar’s Club on May 28 (along with Mystery Actions and the Rumours). In advance of that, Nicole Laurenne from the Darts…

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Dialogue with Howard Jones in advance of ‘Dialogue’ tour (Episode 732)

Howard Jones returns to the Greater Chicagoland area on July 2 for a show at the Des Plaines Theater (with Midge Ure!).
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LBC 25, Riot Fest and Mr. Ms. & the Infusions: Stubhy (Episode 731)

Two weeks from the day this episode was recorded, Lucky Boys Confusion will play a sold-out 25th anniversary show at Bottom Lounge. Didn’t get tickets in time? No worries: The band was just announced as part of this year’s Riot…

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PravdaFest is coming! (Episode 730)

PravdaFest celebrates the 38th anniversary of Chicago-based Pravda Records on June 24 & June 25. Sketchbook in Skokie is playing host to epic Pravda reunions and performances, including: FRIDAY 6/24 Boom Hank Hushdrops Steve Dawson Josh Caterer SATURDAY 6/25 Handcuffs…

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Chicago Podcast Day is coming! A solo podcast episode (Episode 729)

A podcast guest canceled at the last minute, but the show must go on … I’m podcasting tonight from the home office/studio. I talk at length about podcasting and Chicago Podcast Day (happening 5/21/22 at 2112 in Chicago), my record…

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Star Union Spirits in Peru, IL embraces history, delivers award-winning spirits (Episode 728)

The Chicago Rum Fest is this Saturday at Logan Square Auditorium (2538 N. Kedzie). Joining me to talk about the event, as well as their own spectacular line of spirits, are Jeff Yosowitz and Bob Windy of Star Union Spirits….