Car Con Carne is thrilled to announce its partnership with the Autobarn Mazda of Evanston! I bought my last two cars there, and can’t say enough about the Autobarn’s approachable and enthusiastic customer service (to say nothing of Mazda’s exceptional, high-performance cars). If you’re thinking about your first/next/future car purchase, start at The Autobarn Mazda […]

Tom Higgenson of Plain White Ts joined me for a long overdue catchup. And for this episode, we went for burritos at Los Burritos #2 in his old stomping grounds of Villa Park.

Kyle and Brandon of Chicago band (and Chicago #next2rock finalist) Midwave join me at Budacki’s Drive In (4739 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60625) for hot dogs and conversation. PRESENTED BY BOOST MOBILE http://traffic.libsyn.com/carconcarnepodcast/midwave_ccc.mp3 Come to Cubby Bear on August 30 to see Midwave, Like Language, Friday Pilots Club, Take the Reins and the Giving […]

Chicago band-on-the-rise, 101 WKQX Piqniq artist and national Next2Rock finalist, Marina City jumps in the car for a wild, delicious romp through the menu of recently-opened restaurant City Barbeque in Berwyn (7108 W. Cermak Road Ste B2, Berwyn, IL 60402). http://traffic.libsyn.com/carconcarnepodcast/Marina_City_CCC.mp3 Let the record show: The food at City Barbeque is amazing. I’m already planning […]

For this year’s “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day” (April 26), I’m joined by my 11-year-old daughter, Fiona, for a trip to Grecian Kitchen (3938 Dempster Street in Skokie). My 16-year-old son, Noah, opted out of this year’s podcast, which left Fiona “disappointed.” http://traffic.libsyn.com/carconcarnepodcast/CCC_FVO.mp3 Discussed on this week’s show, sponsored by BOOST MOBILE: […]

Indie-pop Chicago band Like Language (Matthew Murray & Kristen Donnelly) joins me for tacos from the always-excellent Pueblo Nuevo in Portage Park (4342 N Central Ave, Chicago, IL 60634). The episode starts with a killer acoustic performance of the new song “Like a Drug,” which is easily one of the best you’ll hear on this […]

Like Language did a killer acoustic version of their new song “Like a Drug” on the podcast. Check out the studio version here: