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Illinois’ first NA brewery, Go Brewing, celebrates Dry January (Episode 808)

It’s Dry January, and I think a lot of us are working toward GO BREWING’s mantra of “Less alcohol, fewer calories… more productive tomorrows.” Go Brewing is the first low-alcohol or NA brewery in Illinois, and I’m joined by Go…

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Chicago post-punk band Ghost Forest delivers raw, primal debut (Episode 807)

The members of GHOST FOREST (singer/guitarist Scott “Gub” Conway, drummer James Kimball, bassist Brant McCrea, join me on the first episode of 2023. We recorded at the super cool Rot Shop (a former location and topic for Car Con Carne)…

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Vortis chronicles ‘The Miasmic Years ‘ (Episode 806)

Tony, Louie and Jim of Vortis return to Car Con Carne to talk about their excellent new garage/punk record (in mono!), “The Miasmic Years.” Covered in this episode: *The accuracy of the new album title. *The mind-blowing inspiration for their…

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Poi Dog’s Susan Voelz delivers stunning solo release, ‘Trust the Waves Will Hold You’ (Episode 805)

Violin virtuoso Susan Voelz recently released a fantastic album, “Trust the Waves Will Hold You,” a collection of unreleased Poi Dog Pondering songs that she fleshed out and made whole. Discussed in this episode: *Background on “Trust the Waves Will…

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It’s the holiday show with Chicago’s ‘best bartender’ Mike Vanderbilt (Episode 804)

Returning guest/Car Con Carne favorite Mike Vanderbilt (voted Best Bartender in Chicago by the the readers of the Chicago Reader) joins me for a holiday show at Cigars & Stripes BBQ Lounge (6715 W. Ogden, Berwyn). We recorded on “Monster…

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10 highlights from 2022 (Episode 803)

It’s the year-end special! It’s been a fabulous year on Car Con Carne, and this episode features 10 of 2022’s many highlights. __ Looking for your next read? Ninety Days in the 90s: A Rock N Roll Time Travel Story…

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The award-winning Piece Pizzeria & Brewery (Episode 802)

Car Con Carne pulls up to Wicker Park for a long chat with Bill Jacobs, owner of the much-celebrated Piece Pizzeria & Brewery (1927 W. North Avenue). As we eat Hot Doug’s Atomic Sausage pizza (red pizza with pepper jack,…

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19th Annual KT’S Kids Holiday Fundraiser at Liar’s Club 12/17 (Episode 801)

The 19th Annual KT’s Kids Holiday Fundraiser happens at Liar’s Club (1665 W. Fullerton), starting at 7pm on 12/17! Liar’s Club owner Herb Rosen and Katie Augustyn of KT’s Kids joined me for a preview of the event while eating…

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10 of the most memorable moments (Episode 800)

Watch the full-length video on YouTube and Facebook! Welcome to the 800th episode of Car Con Carne! For this special episode, we’re looking back at 10 memorable moments from the past 799 episodes. They’re not the “ultimate” or “definitive” 10…

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Singer/songwriter Caroline Lucius at Handlebar in Wicker Park (Episode 799)

Chicago-based singer/songwriter Caroline Lucius is an artist I think you should know. She and her bandmate/brother Schaffer Lucius joined me for a fun episode that included incredible vegetarian food from Handlebar (2311 W. North Avenue). Caroline talked about her music,…