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May 23, 2023

¾ of Chicago area pop-punk band Fluorescents (Tyler, Bobby, Sasquel) join me for a chat outside Gene & Jude’s.


Over hot dogs, we talk about their upcoming show at Cobra Lounge (6/2), as well as:


*Their “ripping” cover of “Party in the USA”

*Band history

*The eerie thing that all their new songs have...

May 18, 2023

It seems crazy, but Ugly Kid Joe hasn’t toured the states in 27 years.


On the eve of the band’s appearance at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles, Ugly Kid Joe shredders Klaus Eichstadt and Dave Fortman join me for Vietnamese food in a hotel parking lot.


Discussed in this episode:

  • This is the first sober Ugly...

May 12, 2023

(Rejected episode headlines: “Next to Stew,” “Driven to Cheers”)


The legendary Stewart Copeland joins me for an interview in advance of his Chicago area performance of “Police Deranged for Orchestra” at the Genesee Theatre in Waukegan on May 19.


Discussed in this episode:

-Turning Police songs into...

May 9, 2023

Gary Numan is an innovator, synth wizard and influence to artists and fans alike. I caught up with him backstage at the Rave in Milwaukee for a longform chat about his career and worldview. Some of the topics discussed:


  • His upcoming acoustic performance experiment/endeavor

  • The brilliant ‘Intruder’ album

  • His...

May 4, 2023


The Bollweevils return with their first studio album since 1995: “Essential’ (out May 6 on Red Scare)!


Returning favorite Dr. Daryl Wilson joins me to go track-by-track through the new album as we eat Middle Eastern food from Pita Inn in Naperville.


We also learn that someone in the Bollweevils camp thinks...