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Americana artist Karen Shook joins me for tacos (Episode 962)

This episode finds me outside El Vado in McHenry (929 Front St.) for a chat over tacos with Americana singer-songwriter Karen Shook. As I mentioned early in the interview, her sound is more “Nashville” than “McHenry” (though what, really, is…

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clubdrugs: My new best friends (Episode 945)

John and Maria from gothpop duo clubdrugs join me for tacos as we talk about their super cool band (they seriously sound amazing). We also discussed our shared interest in all things horror, and basically made plans to do this…

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Ovef Ow eats tacos in advance of ‘Vs. the Worm’ release (Episode 868)

Marites Velasquez (bass, vocals) and Nick Barnett (guitar) of Ovef Ow, an eclectic and cool Chicago band, jump in the car for this episode. Ovef Ow will release their first full-length album, “Vs. the Worm,” and will play a free…

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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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‘The biggest scene event of the year’ – The return of Chicago’s Cupcakes (Episode 310)

Singer Preston Graves joins me mere days before the band does their reunion show, headlining Metro on 2/29.

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If you can make it in Lithuania, you can make it anywhere. Also, Fort Frances eats tacos. (Episode 225)

This week, it’s taco time with Chicago band Fort Frances (David, Aaron and Jason), arguably the only Chicago band to have earned superstar status in Lithuania. Equal parts Americana and indie rock, Fort Frances can comfortably live next to ANYTHING ON ANY OF YOUR PLAYLISTS.

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Brothels, Chuck Berry and listener-dating: Author David Himmel is ‘The Last DJ’ (Episode 214)

Author David Himmel joins me for tacos from Turbo Taco (2050 N. Milwaukee). We talk at length about the radio business and Himmel’s excellent radio memoir, “The Last DJ: The Life and Times of a 20-Something Oldies Radio Disc Jockey.”…

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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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47 years of blues, now in book form! Bruce Iglauer of Alligator Records (Episode 195)

“There’s nothing like being the hero of a real trainwreck.”

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Scaramouche! Scaramouche! Will you join me for tacos? – Queen tribute the Ready Freddies (Episode 189)

Before the Queen biopic hits theaters, spend some time with Queen tribute band The Ready Freddies!