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Sludgeworth is here to stay – Riot Fest interview (Episode 882)

Dan and Brian of Sludgeworth talked with Car Con Carne before closing the Rebel Stage at Riot Fest. Just so we’re not burying the lede: They’re making new music!! Car Con Carne is presented by Alex Ross Art. Visit Alex…

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Blue Meanies reunite for rare concert appearance (Episode 861)

Chicago favorites the Blue Meanies return for a rare reunion show at Concord Music Hall Saturday 7/22/23! The band’s getting back together for a set of their early stuff… the songs that hooked us all on the band in the…

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Why Naked Raygun? (Episode 860)

With the Naked Raygun tribute album, “Godspeed,” coming out on 7/28, I thought I’d ask a few friends/”Godspeed” contributors to answer the question, “Why Naked Raygun?” The ad hoc panel includes Steev from Death and Memphis, Pete Mittler from the…

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Conciencia Total takes on social issues through punk rock (Episode 856)

Conciencia Total is a Spanish-speaking punk band dedicated to being an “added voice on the issues of Immigration, Racism, Poverty, Education and Gender Inequality.” After watching their charged set at Punk Rock Tacos, I invited the full band into the…

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Showoff is back! (Episode 855)

Showoff is officially back, and they kicked things off locally with a secret, unannounced appearance at Punk Rock Tacos on July 8, 2023. In a case of lucky coincidence, I was at the show to record interviews with a few…

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A quick chat with Calidius Timebomb at Punk Rock Tacos (Episode 857)

The members of Calidius Timebomb (Steve Brooks – vocals, Jon Richter – guitar, Zubius – bass Paul Schmidt – drums) jumped in the car for a quick chat after their performance at Punk Rock Tacos in Villa Park! Car Con…

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Bollweevils return with ‘Essential’ release (Episode 837)

The Bollweevils return with their first studio album since 1995: “Essential’ (out May 6 on Red Scare)! Returning favorite Dr. Daryl Wilson joins me to go track-by-track through the new album as we eat Middle Eastern food from Pita Inn…

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Punk legend Ivan Julian (Richard Hell and the Voidoids) talks new solo album, punk history (Episode 818)

Ivan Julian is a guitar monster … a punk pioneer … a founding member of Richard Hell & the Voidoids. He’s also played with bands and artists like the Clash, Matthew Sweet and Shriekback. We met outside Rattleback Records in…

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The Brokedowns talk new album, eat pizza slices (Episode 813)

Mustafa, Eric and Jon from the Brokedowns joined me for a chat over slices from Dante’s Pizzeria (3028 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL 60647). We talked about their fantastic new album, “Maximum Khaki,” their first release in five (!) years….

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Punk Rock Tacos brings local all-ages shows back to forefront (Episode 809)

Noah Corona, creator and curator of Punk Rock Tacos, joins me for an episode about the ongoing live music series. The need for all-ages shows has never been stronger, and Punk Rock Tacos nailed it. This was my first visit,…