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Car Con Carne

May 27, 2019

Stellar West has racked up a solid list of credits and acknowledgments over their relatively short career. AP said they were an "under 21" band to watch. They played Riot Fest. They made the finals to open up for Metallica at Soldier Field. And now, they're playing live in a Mazda.

Discussed this week:

  • The band...

May 21, 2019

Julia Nash and husband Mark Skillicorn join me this week to talk about their superb documentary film,"Industrial Accident: The Story of Wax Trax! Records."

The cultural contributions of Wax Trax! can't be measured (nor can I adequately summarize them here). The best I can do is share some descriptive words about the...

May 14, 2019

"Take Me" debuts at the Strawdog Theatre Company on May 20. Co-created by the team of Mark Guarino and Jon Langford (Waco Brothers, Mekons, lots of amazing things), "Take Me" is "a comic fantasia about searching the vast universe for answers when all along they may be found inside."

Langford returns to Car Con Carne,...

May 11, 2019

Paul Ciolino and Lupe Aguirre of The Chicago PoPo Report (Saturdays 7-9 p.m. on WLS-AM 890) jump in my car to talk about crime and punishment. Discussed this week:

  • We got breaded steak sandwiches from Freddie's on 31st, a "total cop restaurant."
  • Paul and Lupe are trailblazers.
  • The seemingly-imminent legalization of...

May 9, 2019

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.

Discussed this week:

  • The Will Smith...