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Meet and listen to a band to know: Turnspit (Episode 109)

This week, I’m joined by Turnspit members Gillian McGhee and Jason Swearingen for hummus and falafel from Sultan’s Market (2057 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60647). PRESENTED BY BOOST MOBILE…

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Hot Doug is the Alec Baldwin of Car Con Carne (Episode 108)

PRESENTED BY BOOST MOBILE! Hot Doug’s: The Movie is coming, and the guys behind the documentary are fantastically talented old friends of mine, Chris and Nick Markos. Along with the…

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‘I’ve never worried about the guys in Megadeth listening to this’ – Phoenix band Doll Skin eats tacos, talks music (Episode 107)

I love Doll Skin (Sydney Dolezal, Alex Snowden, Nicole Rich, Meghan Herring). They have great music, hooks, harmonies and swagger. It was a pleasure meeting them in Crest Hill before…

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Horror? Sci-Fi? Thriller? ‘Yes’ to all: Talking ‘Chicago Rot’ with writer/star Brant McCrea (Episode 106)

Rejected headline/episode quote: “That guy was masturbating in my dad’s suit.” My guest this week is Brant McCrea, writer and star of the indie horror/sci-fi film Chicago Rot (available for…

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Lucky Boys Confusion rocks car, eats hot dogs (Episode 105)

Jason Schultejann and Kaustubh Pandav of Chicago band Lucky Boys Confusion jump in the Mazda 3 for a trip to Fatso’s Last Stand (2258 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60622)….

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Backseat performance of new Mutts song ‘Tin Foil Hat’ from Mutts’ Mike Maimone (Episode 104)

This week, I’m joined by Mutts main man Mike Maimone (hooray for alliteration). It was Taco Tuesday, so we went to Lindo Michoacan (3148 W Lawrence Ave). Before an exclusive…

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High school reunion? ‘I would say f*** that’: Taco Tuesday with Chicago glam-rockers V Sparks (Episode 103)

Alan Lewis and Prescott Kagan from the amazing glam-rock Chicago band V Sparks join me for Taco Tuesday at Tacos Garcia on Armitage in Logan Square. We talk about the…

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Baconfest 2017 recap

I’m in stretchy pants and a hoodie, typing this from my couch. My body is worn and my stomach stretched dangerously taut from a night at Baconfest. No regrets; these…

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Road trip! Dive restaurants and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (BLOG)

Welcome to Spring Break week. With the schools shuttered until Monday, I gathered up the family for a road trip across the midwest. The destination for Day One was Kalahari…

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Tinder disasters, radio stories and cheeseburger revelations: WLUP’s Lyndsey Marie (Episode 102)

I’m joined by cheeseburger enthusiast/WLUP co-worker Lyndsey Marie for a trip to Little Bad Wolf (1541 W Bryn Mawr Ave, Chicago, IL 60660). Lyndsey takes her burgers seriously, which is…