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73 minutes | Apr 10, 2022
Best Midwestern - State-by-State Project - Illinois Part 2
It's our 11th (out of 12) state for our State-by-State project and it's the biggest of them all - Illinois! Here's part 2 after long last, focused on music from the 1990s to current up and coming bands.
128 minutes | Mar 27, 2021
Best Midwestern - State-by-State Project - Illinois Part 1
It's our 11th (out of 12) state for our State-by-State project and it's the biggest of them all - Illinois! The state in which both Scott and Greg were born was a mecca for the relocated blues and jazz scenes in the 1920s, and we also take things back further to Native American music, then cover all the best stuff in all genres through the 80s with punk and house music. This is just part 1 of the mighty Land of Lincoln episodes.
91 minutes | Jun 22, 2020
Best Midwestern - An interview with Colossal
We take a brief break from our state-by-state project to interview all four members of the amazing Chicago emo band Colossal- Pat Ford, Jason Flaks, Rob Kellenberger and Neil Hennessey. The group released an EP and LP through Asian Man in the early aughts, and reunitied for a track on a split with Owen last year. Find out about the history of this criminally underappreciated rock band and what the future may hold for them.
130 minutes | Jun 2, 2020
Best Midwestern - State-by-State Project - Ohio Part 2
It's the REVENGE OF OHIO! On part 2 of our feature about music from the Buckeye State, we delve into the best bands to come out of Ohio, with a focus on modern music of the indie and punk realm especially. As Scott claims, it's best state in our great nation. Find out why!
98 minutes | May 11, 2020
Best Midwestern - State-by-State Project - Ohio Part 1
On the 10th installment of our state-by-state series, it's a biggie - OHIO! This one had to be recorded in two sittings so it will be released the as such, because there is simply too much amazing music and too many notable musicians to fit in one episode. So enjoy part one, which covers Ohio music going waaaaay back, as well as the most notable artists to come from the Buckeye State. Next episode we will get to the biggest Ohio bands and the more modern tunes.
124 minutes | Mar 21, 2020
Best Midwestern - State-by-State Project - Kansas
On the 9th installment of our state-by-state series, it's the state you've been on the edge of your seat for 8 months for... Kansas! Seriously though, Kansas rules. From being a hub for the second movement of jazz in the 30s-50s to rad underappreciated 80s punk to late 90s emo, Kansas has it all, baby!
114 minutes | Jun 4, 2019
Best Midwestern - State-by-State Project - Minnesota
On the 8th installment of our state-by-state music project, we head to Minnesota. This episode is a doozy because there is sooooo much great stuff to come out of the land o' lakes, from 40s radio hits to Prince to modern punk. Dig it!
47 minutes | Mar 29, 2019
Best Midwestern - State-by-State Project - Wisconsin Part 2
Wisconsin 2 - The modern shizz.
81 minutes | Mar 22, 2019
Best Midwestern - State-by-State Project - Wisconsin Part 1
On the 7th installment of our State-by-State series we learn that Wisconsin is just too awesome for one episode. We go way back to the early great music of the Cheesiest State (TM) and rock our way through the decades up through the 1980s. On Part 2 coming in a week or so, we'll get to that great shit from 1990 - to now.
75 minutes | Jan 30, 2019
Best Midwestern - State-by-State Project - South Dakota
On the 6th installment of our State-by-State series we discover that South Dakota has been killing' it in the rock realm for decades and none of us knew it. Come along as we explore the state's music, from obscure but talented musicians of many genres from years past to the state's modern indie, punk and hardcore bands.
77 minutes | Jan 5, 2019
Best Midwestern - Best of the Midwest 2018
We're back y'all! We run down out favorite Midwestern records of 2018 in this comeback special. Sign up at our Patreon to hear our special episode with our favorite non-Midwestern records of 2018!
67 minutes | Jul 10, 2018
Best Midwestern - State-by-State Project - North Dakota
On our 5th installment, we dig into the music of North Dakota. Wiz Khalifa is from North Dakota, who knew? What else has come out of ND? You're gonna have to listen to find out.
113 minutes | May 25, 2018
Best Midwestern - State-by-State Project - Missouri
On our 4th installment, we dig into the music of Missouri, from ragtime all the way to Puddle of Mudd. It's a wild ride in the Show Me State.
103 minutes | Apr 27, 2018
Best Midwestern - State-by-State Project - Iowa
On the 3rd ep of our project to deep-dive into the music history of the 12 Midwestern states we look at Iowa, from jazz that traveled up the river from New Orleans to the best-kept-secrets in current punk music from the Hawkeye State.
106 minutes | Mar 26, 2018
Best Midwestern - State-by-State Project - Michigan
On the 2nd ep of our project to deep-dive into the music history of the 12 Midwestern states we look at Michigan, discussing and playing clips from blues, Motown, proto-punk and punks acts, all the way up to the best current bands from the Mitten State.
110 minutes | Feb 15, 2018
Best Midwestern - State-by-State Project - Indiana
On the first episode of our year-long project to deep-dive into the music history of each of the 12 Midwestern states we look at Indiana, from Tin Pan Alley songwriters of the 1910 and 20s to indie and punk rock one hundred years later.
84 minutes | Jul 8, 2017
Best Midwestern - Episode 57 - Interview with Brendan Kelly of SKA BATTLE Champions Slapstick!
We celebrate Slapstick's victory in our Ska Battle Tournament by sitting down with Brendan Kelly who dishes some stories from the band's history and gives insights into certain songs. We also review the new EP by Thoughts of Ionesco.
94 minutes | Jun 17, 2017
Best Midwestern - Episode 56 - SKA BATTLE FINALS / Rise Against / Cheap Trick
We announce the Ska Battle tournament finals matchup! We also review the new records by Chicago's veteran punks Rise Against and Rockford, IL's even-more-veteran rocker Cheap Trick.
71 minutes | Jun 1, 2017
Best Midwestern - Episode 55 - SKA BATTLE FINAL FOUR / Matt Pryor / Doktra
We announce the Ska Battle tournament Final Four matchups and have another appearance by Aubrey Welbers with her two cents. Reviews of Doktra (Indianapolis) and Matt Pryor of The Get Up Kids (Lawrence, KS).
76 minutes | May 19, 2017
Best Midwestern - Episode 54 - SKA BATTLE ROUND 2 / Pet Symmetry / The Addisons
The results are in from round 1 of our Midwest Ska Battle, and we preview the matches for round 2. We also review new stuff by The Addisons and Pet Symmetry.
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