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A doctor, a Pope and a surly frontman walk into a car: EPISODE 250 with Smoking Popes, Bollweevils and 88 Fingers Louie!

If you’re celebrating an anniversary, these are the guys you wanna celebrate with.

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Representing Chicago at this year’s Riot Fest: Sincere Engineer (Episode 249)

Sincere Engineer is on Car Con Carne before playing this year’s Riot Fest!

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‘You could tell our career was doomed from that day forward’: Showoff celebrates 20th anniversary of major label debut (Episode 241)

Showoff released their self-titled major label debut 20 years ago. With only an hour to go before taking the stage to celebrate the album’s anniversary at Beat Kitchen, Chris, Dan…

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Jim DeRogatis takes on R. Kelly while Vortis takes on greasy tacos (Episode 220)

The band Vortis jumps in my car, and I spend some extra time talking with music journalist friend Jim DeRogatis about the R. Kelly story he broke

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Episode 213 – Two Chicago classics: AM Taxi and Lou Malnati’s (LIVE AM TAXI PERFORMANCE)

Excellent Chicago band. Iconic Chicago pizza.

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Episode 212: I wanna die with my friends (and beer from Blue Island Beer Company) – Tall Doug and BIBC

Another in-car performance! Another killer Chicago area craft brewery!

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Sex, drugs and rock and roll done the Chicago way: Author Steve Silver at La Humita (Episode 204)

Chicago stories told by a guy who’s seen and done it all

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The reunion Rise Against’s Tim McIlrath helped will into reality: Welcome back, Sidekick Kato (Episode 192)

“The punk kids didn’t like us very much… and the kids who were into the math-y/emo type stuff… we were like ‘fart and dick joke’ guys (to them). We never really fit in anywhere.”

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Naked Raygun’s Jeff Pezzati: A Chicago music icon (Episode 182)

Naked Raygun is simply one of the greatest bands to emerge from Chicago. They helped define the Chicago punk sound in the 1980s with a handful of timeless albums and legendary live shows.

Proving there is still justice to be found in the world, Raygun’s legend continues to be discovered and the band’s catalog is finding its way into a new generation’s streaming playlists. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that one of the band’s most high-profile evangelists is Dave Grohl, who frequently shares the story of seeing Naked Raygun back in the 1980s at the Cubby Bear in Chicago.

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The awkward ‘bro hugs’ that will forever define our relationship: Smoking Popes at 350 Fest (Episode 178)

Maybe my favorite Smoking Popes interview in 25 years…