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Celebrating 30 years of Pegboy (Episode 478)

30 years of Pegboy demand a celebration! The band performs in a drive-in show tomorrow night in Bridgeview (get tickets at, and are chatting with me (and special guest…

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Let’s enjoy a Fistful of Bourbon (Episode 477)

There’s a new bourbon in town, and it’s a damn fistful. Fistful of Bourbon US Ambassador Anthony Bohlinger brings a little “Spaghetti Western” flavor to tonight’s podcast recording. Car Con…

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Comedy is medicinal: The standup comedy of Dr. Bill Miller (Episode 476)

Dr. Bill Miller is, in fact, a real doctor. He’s also a killer stand-up comic who’s headlining Zanies in Chicago Friday-Sunday night. Mask up and tune in to Episode 476….

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Dead Bars release fantastic live album with zero edits: John Maiello (Episode 475)

Seattle band Dead Bars puts big melodies into short, fast packages that make us want to drink beer. This is well done, blue collar punk rock. Now that the band’s…

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Ghost stories and chocolate & Scotch pairings: Glenrothes (Episode 474)

Is the Glenrothes distillery in Scotland haunted? The ghost of Glenrothes continues to float around conversations about the distillery, and Edrington market manager Sri Rao is here today to explain….

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‘Sound Opinions’ hosts Greg Kot and Jim DeRogatis (Episode 473)

Music journalism simply doesn’t get any better than Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot. In the time I took to type this, the Chicago-based rock critics/authors/“Sound Opinions” hosts have forgotten more…

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Punk attitude from the star chamber: Mystery Actions (Episode 472)

Punk rock lives on Car Con Carne: The ladies of Mystery Actions return to Car Con Carne for their first visit since 2016. Lots has been happening since then, and…

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The future looks bright: Teen band Neptunes Core (Episode 471)

Meet Neptunes Core. They’re younger than you (by a lot), and already an accomplished local band. The two pairs of sisters that make up the band join me tonight to…

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Scenes from the pandemic: Author Bill Hayes (Episode 470)

It’s been a helluva year so far. Writer Bill Hayes captured the emotions, sights and tone of the first few months of living during a pandemic in his excellent and…

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Skateboarding royalty Manny Santiago previews The Downtown Open SKATE Championship (Episode 469)

One of the best skateboarders anywhere, Manny Santiago, joins me tonight! He’s here in advance of competing tomorrow night in the Downtown Open SKATE Championship (which will be streamed live…