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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,…

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Sludgeworth gets overdue ‘Losers of the Year’ vinyl release (Episode 798)

Chicago punk pioneers Sludgeworth (Dan Schafer- vocals, Adam White – guitar, Brian Vermin – drums) joins Car Con Carne right as their 1995 compilation album, “Losers of the Year,” is set for vinyl release (Red Scare) for the very first…

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Riot Fest 2022: Bad Religion (Episode 776)

Bad Religion guitarists Brian Baker and “The Serb” Mike Dimkich joined me backstage at Riot 2022 before their “big font” set (that will make more sense when you listen). Things discussed: -How does Bad Religion break through to “the unconverted?”…

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Apocalypse Hoboken: Don’t call it a reunion (Episode 744)

Chicago punk favorites Apocalypse Hoboken return to the stage for two shows at Chop Shop this weekend (details below). Before those shows, ⅗ of the band (Tod, Andy and Scott) joined me at mutual favorite restaurant Epic Deli to talk…

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From Screeching Weasel to the ‘Basement’: John ‘Jughead’ Pierson (Episode 740)

John ‘Jughead’ Pierson is probably best known as a founding member and driving force of Screeching Weasel up through the beginning of the 21st century. These days, he’s well into the triple digits of his long-running podcast, Jughead’s Basement. We…

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Pinhead Gunpowder’s entire catalog reissued (Episode 723)

Green Day fans have been aware of Pinhead Gunpowder from the beginning, but the band still feels like one of punk rock’s best-kept secrets. The band (Billie Joe Armstrong, Jason White, Aaron Cometbus and Bill Schneider) is seeing all of…

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No headline necessary: NAKED RAYGUN (Episode 699)

The members of legendary Chicago band NAKED RAYGUN join the show to talk about their new release, “Over the Overlords,” their history, and why Styx, Cheap Trick and Rise Against should fear them. Appearing on this episode: Jeff Pezzati, Eric…