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Phantom Planet at Taste of Randolph/Q101’s PIQNIQ (Episode 967)

This one was a delight to record. Alex Greenwald and Darren Robinson of the long-running California band Phantom Planet joined me backstage at Taste of Randolph to talk about their career, music and future. ## A smart home connects virtually…

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Friko at Taste of Randolph: a quick check-in (Episode 966)

I caught up with Niko from Friko at Taste of Randolph, months after the release of “Where We’ve Been, Where We Go from Here,” and weeks before Friko takes the stage at Lollapalooza. ## A smart home connects virtually all…

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‘Street festivals are the heart and soul of Chicago’ – Taste of Randolph (Episode 965)

Street Festivals define Chicago culture in the summer. Moments before doors opened on 2024’s Taste of Randolph, Julie Darling (West Loop Community Organization President) and Kelli Packer (West Loop Community Organization Spokesperson) jumped in the car to talk about the…

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Neptune’s Core at Roti (Episode 964)

The two sets of sisters comprising Neptune’s Core are on a creative roll. Since I last spoke with them, they’ve nailed down their live show and their music continues to take chances and go to interesting places. I can only…

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Fig Dish is back (PREMIERE)

Summary 90s Chicago alt rock band Fig Dish returns with first new music in over 27 years. New album, Feels Like the Very First Two Times, releases on 9/6/24 on Forge Again. Preorders available now. Live show: GMan 9/6, tickets on…

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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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Godzilla, Chinatown and XXX: Cinephile Stephanie Sack (Episode 961)

Hail GODZILLA! Cinephile Stephanie Sack returns to preview cool screenings at local independent theaters. Discussed in this episode: -“Go Go Godzilla,” a Godzila marathon at the venerable Music Box Theatre -Chinatown – 50th anniversary screening at the Pickwick (Park Ridge)…

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MS Sucks – honest talk about Multiple Sclerosis (Episode 960)

The third MS fundraiser is happening on June 29 at Bottom Lounge. Returning guest/longtime friend Stubhy Pandav (Lucky Boys Confusion, Super Happy Fun Club, Shock Stars, etc.) joins me to talk about the event, as well as living with MS….

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PREMIERE: Impulsive Hearts ‘Dreamboat’ video

Impulsive Hearts just released a video for “Dreamboat,” taken from their excellent recent release, “Fit 4 the Apocalypse.” Danielle Sines of Impulsive Hearts notes that the “whimsical” video was shot during the band’s beach photo shoot. See Impulsive Hearts Sunday,…

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Ravinia – 2024 season preview (Episode 959)

Ravinia’s Senior Artistic Producer, Erik Soderstrom, joins me for a conversation about the 2024 summer season line-up. See you at Elvis Costello/Daryl Hall, Violent Femmes and more! Tickets for the The 2024 Ravinia Festival Summer Schedule are on sale. Don’t…