Category Archives: Pop-Punk & Pizza

Pop-Punk & Pizza is a weekly podcast featuring guests ranging from bands in your local scene to nationally well known artists such as Less Than Jake, Reel Big Fish, Justin Courtney Pierre and more! A lot of times, the interviews will take place while eating pizza. Hosted by, Jacques LaMore.

Pop-Punk & Pizza #101: Songs & Stories w/Kev Wright

Singer/Songwriter, Kev Wright. Photo by, Shell G Photography.

Hello! Welcome to the first of many episodes in a new series on Pop-Punk & Pizza Podcast I’m calling, “Songs & Stories”. This new series will feature a different singer/songwriter each episode, performing and discussing their most heartfelt songs. The inaugural episode is with my dear friend and mentor, Kev Wright, who I’ve known for half of my life now. Kev taught me early on in my music career that kindness and compassion will take you farther than anything else. Not just in music but in life as well. Kev’s last public performance was four years ago. We find out why it’s been so long and also hear new songs he’s worked on during quarantine.

Love,

Jacques LaMore

Stream Kev’s 2016 album, “Journey Road”, on Spotify:

Pop-Punk & Pizza #100: Jacques LaMore

Pop-Punk & Pizza Podcast has officially made it to one-hundred episodes! I’m still in disbelief that we have finally reached this milestone. I say that because at the beginning of January 2020, I announced my hiatus from the podcast. My mental health had reached an all time low and it was hard to function through my day to day life, let alone recording new episodes of the podcast. I had told you I didn’t know when I would be back. In the back of my mind, I thought it was going to be at least a year before I returned. Right after I made the hiatus announcement, I began focusing more on my mental health. The psychologist I had been seeing for several months said it was time that I gave medication a try. I’ve struggled with depression and other forms of mental illness most of my life. I always told myself my problems were in my surroundings, not my mind. It wasn’t a chemical imbalance in my head, it was the hardships that I was going through. I convinced myself that medication wasn’t going to solve or help my problems one bit, so why take them? Well, I decided to give it a try. After a few months, I was starting to feel a lot better. Day to day life was becoming easier and I felt more stable. Then, the Covid-19 pandemic shut everything down. In March, I decided it was time to say, “Fuck it”, and come back to the podcast. I wanted to help keep music alive during these crazy times. It’s because of you that I’m here today. I didn’t reach one-hundred episodes. We reached one hundred episodes. That includes guests, listeners, family, and friends.

I can’t thank you enough for the support.

With Love,

Jacques LaMore

Pop-Punk & Pizza #99: Tahlena Chikami of Bite Me Bambi

Tahlena Chikami of Bite Me Bambi. Photo by, Red Def Photography.

Hey, I hope you’re having a great week! So, last week on the Pop-Punk & Pizza social media pages I made a post saying I needed to have more female guests on the podcast. One of the first women I thought of was, Tahlena Chikami, lead vocalist, of ska punk band, Bite Me Bambi. I’ve been hooked on their single, “Hot Lava”, ever since it was introduced to me earlier this year. After reading up on Tahlena a little, I thought to myself, “She would be fun to talk to!”, and she was. Thank you for your time, Tahlena!

Love

Jacques LaMore

Bite Me Bambi’s official website: www.bitemebambi.com

 

Pop-Punk & Pizza #98: 10 Songs for July 2020

Kailynn West of Tiny Stills.

Hi, all! I hope you had a wonderful Canada Day and Fourth of July. My three year old son watched fireworks for the very first time in person and it was a beautiful thing to witness.

It’s the beginning of the month so, it’s time to revamp our Spotify playlist! I must say, I think this is my favorite, “10 Songs”, episode that I’ve done so far. I’m always blown by how much amazing independent music there is in the world. Also, for the very first time, a cover song is included on this month’s list. Enjoy!

10 Songs for July 2020: 

  1. “Paper Roses” – Honey Creek
  2. “Let Go” – The Fallaways
  3. “True Love Is Not Just A Pizza Tattoo” – Cleveland Avenue
  4. “Confession Obsession” – Kill Lincoln
  5. “The Kids Aren’t Alright” – Miss Fortune
  6. “Paris in 39” – The Midnight Echo
  7. “Craigslist Bed” – Tiny Stills
  8. “Masterpiece” – Winona Avenue
  9. “Teacher’s Pet” – Melody
  10. “The Grind” – Panic Problem

Also, I made a playlist of all ten songs you can listen to on Spotify:

Check out the NEW Pop-Punk & Pizza Podcast Mech Store:

https://teespring.com/stores/poppunkpizzapod

Much Love,

Jacques LaMore

Pop-Punk & Pizza #97: Franky Tsoukalas & Jevin Kaye of Much The Same

It was just last August when I discovered Chicago skate punkers, Much The Same, at 350 Fest in Tinley Park, IL. They were the perfect band to warm the crowd up for, The Mengziners, who would play later that evening. Most everyone in the crowd seemed to know who Much The Same was and sang along to the quick paced anthems. I was standing in front of the stage, to the right side, near the bassist, Franky Tsoukalas. I enjoyed the energy he brought to the band’s set that day. He seemed like he would be a cool guy to talk to. After their set, I made a mental note to add, Much The Same, to my list of possible podcasts guests. Now, almost a year later, here we are! Talking to Franky, joined by drummer, Jevin Kaye. On this episode, we talk about the band’s return after hanging it up in 2007 plus, the vinyl release of their debut album, “Quitters Never Win“.

To purchase your vinyl copy of Much The Same’s debut album, “Quitters Never Win”, visit: https://muchthesame.com/

On another note, Pop-Punk & Pizza Podcast, will be celebrating the release of it’s 100th episode next month. I’m asking avid listeners and previous guests to share their favorite memories of the podcast or questions for me via voicemail at 312.529.0335. If you prefer to record a voice memo on your phone, you can do that to! Just e-mail it to: bangarangradio@gmail.com. I will comb through all the recordings and play them back on a special episode of the podcast. Thank you for all the love and support!

Love,

Jacques LaMore

 

Pop-Punk & Pizza #96: James VanOsdol

If you’re involved in the alternative rock scene in Chicago, there is a good chance you already know who James VanOsdol is or, have at least heard his name. Some know him as the host of the wonderful food and entertainment podcast, Car Con Carne. Others know James for being the host of local music radio show, Demo 312 on 101 WKQX Chicago. Regardless of if you know who James VanOsdol is or not (JVO for short), I think you will find this episode of Pop-Punk & Pizza entertaining. Today, we learn how he became, “The Voice”, of local rock music in Chicago and what some of his favorite pop punk albums are. James is a genuinely talented person. We are very lucky to have him in Chicago and in the podcasting world.

Love,

Jacques LaMore

JVO Links: 

Car Con Carne – http://carconcarne.com/

Demo312  on 101 WKQX – https://www.101wkqx.com/demo312/

Pop-Punk & Pizza #95: 10 Songs for June 2020

Weigh The Anchor. Photo by, Quade Beltran.

Hey there! Time once again for another “10 Songs” episode. I really enjoy doing these episodes because it gives me a chance to promote awesome DIY music from around the world. Share this episode and playlist with your friends. You never know when you’re going to find your next, “Favorite band”. It could very well be from this episode of, Pop-Punk & Pizza Podcast!

10 Songs for June 2020: (In no particular order.)

1. “Dead Friends” – Honestly, Anywhere

2. “Forget About It” – Go For Gold

3. “Daydream” – Tiny Kingdoms

4. “What You Burn” – Call Me Malcolm

5. “Southside Serenade” – Lights Over Bridgeport

6. “Last Shot” – Kowloon Bay

7. “Light” – Commonwealth Choir

8. “Cold Again” – Right On, Kid

9. “Head Rush” – Ivypaint

10. “Abrasive” – Weigh The Anchor

Also, I made a playlist of all ten songs you can listen to on Spotify:

Much Love,

Jacques LaMore

Pop-Punk & Pizza #94: Andrew Zamora of Weigh The Anchor

Photo by, Quade Beltran.

What do you do when times get extremely tough? You write emotionally powerful songs about those terrible life experiences. That’s exactly what, Andrew Zamora, and the rest of the gang in Ontario, Canada’s energetic pop punk band, Weigh The Anchor, have done with their latest single, “Medicate”.  I was grateful to have talked with Zamora about what the song means to him and about how making wrong turns in life can still lead you in the right direction. This is only the second time I’ve chatted with a band from another country. It made me realize I need to do that more often on the podcast. Enjoy!

“Medicate” – Weigh The Anchor (Official Video): Produced by, Andrew Zamora.

Love,

Jacques LaMore

 

 

Pop-Punk & Pizza #93: Jake Marquis of Sleep On It

Photo by, Haley Mewborn, HNM Creative.

Chicago’s Sleep On It was about 10 dates into their, “Pride & Disaster Tour”, when the whole country began locking down because of the Covid-19 Pandemic. Guitarist and vocalist, Jake Marquis, explains what that was like for the band at the time and also what they’ve been up to since the lockdown began in mid-March. I’ve always thought Jake was a genuinely cool guy and he proves that in our conversation. We touch on lighter topics as well including movies, fitness, food and of course, music. Jake also explains what the writing and recording process was like for their most recent album, “Pride & Disaster.” By the way, Sleep On It’s lead vocalist, Zech Pluister, chimes in on the conversation a little too!

Sleep On It’s latest single, “Stay At Home”. They will be donating money from streaming to The World Health Organization.

Stay up to date on everything Sleep On It related here: https://www.sleeponitband.com/

Also on this episode, I’m very excited to share a rejuvenated version of the Pop-Punk & Pizza Podcast theme song, re-recorded by, Chris DeMakes, of Less Than Jake! LTJ is one of my biggest influences of all time and I’m very grateful that Chris was down to re-record the theme song for me. If you want a custom song recorded by Chris, you can reach him at his social media links below:

Photo by, Sabrina Leviton.

instagram.com/lessthanchrisd

twitter.com/lessthanchris

Love,

Jacques LaMore

Pop-Punk & Pizza #92: 10 Songs for May 2020

Devin Parker of Til Morning. Photo by, Bryan Buchelt.

10 Songs for May 2020: (In no particular order.)

  1. “Okay” – Til Morning
  2. “Redcard” – High Wire
  3.  “Ceiling” – When The Sun Sets
  4.  “Dragged Across The Finish Line” – Sincere Engineer
  5.  “Crazy” – Una Jensen
  6. “86” – Love Again
  7.  “See You Soon” – Hangtime
  8.  “Sweathogg” – Head Honcho
  9.  “Old School Blues” – Desk Job
  10.  “Belly-Up” & “We Made It To A Minute” – Guardrail

Also, I made a playlist of all ten songs you can listen to on Spotify:

Love,

Jacques LaMore

Pop-Punk & Pizza #91: Dev & Pat Parker of Til Morning

The first time I met Devin and Patrick Parker was when they performed a few acoustic songs on the podcast under the name, Parker, in December of 2018. I was quickly roped in with their simple, but emotionally powerful songwriting methods. It’s a style you can instantly connect with in a heartfelt way. Their latest single, “Okay”, under new band name, Til Morning, proves they are taking their songwriting skills to new heights. It’s an anthemic, life-affirming sing-along custom-made for the sunnier days ahead. On this episode, we get a peak into the new era of The Parker Brothers and what lies ahead for Til Morning. I thoroughly believe in this band and their music. They are true to the core. You will not regret supporting them.

Love,

Jacques LaMore

Directed, Filmed and Edited by, Bryan Buchelt of Snaproll Studios.

Official Website: www.tilmorning.net

Pop-Punk & Pizza #90: Matty & Courtney of TAKE THE REINS

Photo by, Alex Zarek.

It’s been quite a long time since I’ve interviewed a couple on the podcast. This actually marks our first married punk rock couple to be on the podcast. So let’s welcome Matty Benson and Courtney Boyers of suburban Chicago punk band, TAKE THE REINS, to the Pop-Punk & Pizza Party! We discuss their latest single, “Camo Jacket”, what it’s like being in a band as a married couple, and more. Thank you again for the kind words about the podcast, Matty & Courtney.  Enjoy!

Love,

Jacques LaMore

TAKE THE REINS – “Camo Jacket” (Official Music Video)

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/takethereinschicago/

Instagram & Twitter: @takethereins312

Pop-Punk & Pizza #89: 10 Songs for April 2020

FRND CRCL from New Jersey.

Starting this month, I’m going to put out an episode of, Pop-Punk & Pizza, once per month, that is completely devoted to sharing ten of my favorite songs with you. I tried to spread the love and even stepped outside of the pop punk genre a little as well. Let me know if you enjoy this episode!

Featured on this month’s list, in no particular order:

  1. “Dissociate” – Lightweights
  2. “Leeches” – 18th & Addison
  3. “Coming Home (Tell The Saints)” – Good Luck, Ugly
  4. “Hot Lava” – Bite Me Bambi
  5. “Sleep” – El Famous (Ft. Dan Marsala of Story of The Year)
  6. “Judy” – Capgun Heroes
  7. “Prayaway” – Dungeon Days
  8. “Bombs Away” – The Run Around
  9. “Coping Machine” – City Mouth
  10. “Loose Cannon” – FRND CRCL

Also, I made a playlist of all ten songs you can listen to on Spotify:

Love,

Jacques LaMore

Pop-Punk & Pizza #88: Johnny Hamlin of Lights Over Bridgeport

Photo by, Ed Kost.

Since the Covid-19 Pandemic reached the United States, several artists have rescheduled tour dates or release dates for new music. However, Chicago punk rock band, Lights Over Bridgeport, decided to push through with the release of their new single, “Morning in Chicago”, and new album, “Better This Way”, dropping May 22nd. Lead vocalist and guitarist, Johnny Hamlin, talked to me last week during a live Facebook stream. Johnny is by far one of the nicest guys you’ll meet in the Chicago punk rock scene and I was thrilled to have him on the podcast!

Love,

Jacques LaMore

Pre-Order, “Better This Way”, by Lights Over Bridgeport: lightsoverbridgeport.com

Music video for latest single, “Morning In Chicago”: 

Pop-Punk & Pizza #87: Best Quarantine Songs

Artwork from Green Day’s, “21st Century Breakdown”.

In January of 2020, I announced I would be taking a hiatus from the Pop-Punk & Pizza Podcast due to mental health reasons. I never gave a return date. In fact, I said it would most likely be a long time. With everything going on in the world right now, I decided to end my hiatus much sooner and come back to the podcast. I’m not feeling 100 percent quite yet, but I do feel much better. I want to thank each and everyone of you who have supported me through these rough times recently. I’m truly blessed to have you all in my life and I’m very grateful for you!

This episode is from Sunday, March 24th, 2020. It was recorded during a live stream on Facebook where we talked about the best songs to listen to during the Covid-19 pandemic. Also featured in the podcast are phone calls from Eddy Larson of Eddy and The Arsons, Jake Vaughn, and music producer/engineer, Enoch Jensen.

Thank you again for your continued support of the podcast. I’m so happy to be back with you all. Hope and hygiene are going to get us through this pandemic together. We got this!

Love,

Jacques LaMore

Pop-Punk & Pizza #86: Alex Zarek

Photo by, Alex Zarek.

People who have tremendous amounts of creative thoughts and energy flowing freely through their minds always amaze me. One of those people happens to be Chicago based cinematographer and photographer, Alex Zarek. His portfolio includes videos for Real Friends, Belmont, Wilmette, Lucky Boys Confusion, and even world renowned DJ, Marshmello.

Alex Zarek Links:

Webite: www.alexzarek.com

Facebook: @alexzarekart

Instagram & Twitter: @alexzarek

Music On This Episode:

“Gravity” – The Mizzerableshttps://themizzerables.com/

“May” – For The Legionhttp://forthelegion.com/

Pop-Punk & Pizza #85: The Last Scene Documentary

Was the punk and emo wave in the late 1990s and early 2000s really, “The Last Scene”? There are many who consider it to be the last new thing given to us in rock music. On this episode director, Kyle Kilday, explains why his new documentary about that massive underground music movement is called, “The Last Scene”.

Support The Last Scene Kickstarter (Ends Oct. 15th): shorturl.at/lpJ08

Follow The Last Scene Documentary:

Facebook & Instagram: @thelastscenedoc

Pop-Punk & Pizza #84: AJ Khah & Kyle Dee of Makeout

Left to Right: AJ Khah, Jacques LaMore, and Kyle Dee.

Last month pop-punk phenoms, Makeout, announced two new members of the band. Oddly enough, both of them are from Chicago and have strong ties to the local scene. New lead vocalist/guitarist, Kyle Dee, is known for previous bands, The Frantic, and The Fall Four. AJ Khah, the new bassist, just left, Sleep On It, earlier this year. Kyle and AJ were kind enough to sit down with me a few weeks ago, have a few slices of Lou Malnati’s, and talk about the exciting future of Makeout.

Upcoming Makeout Shows:

12/12 – Reggies – Chicago, IL – Tickets: http://tiny.cc/a7yrdz

12/14 – Alchemy – Providence, RI – Tickets: https://cutt.ly/0eyxFZF

Music On This Episode:

“Empty Secrets” – False Report – https://youtu.be/xPq49MVYrzU

“Screaming Bloody Mary” – Guardrailhttps://youtu.be/4RontaBePpw

Pop-Punk & Pizza #83: Craig Miller of Zombie Schoolboy

 

Photo: Alex Zarek

Craig Miller, frontman of Chicagoland pop punk band, Zombie Schoolboy, had several ear catching stories to share on this episode. Including stories from his years in, Danger Is My Middle Name. 

Listen to Zombie Schoolboy’s latest single, “Hey California”, here: https://zombieschoolboy.bandcamp.com/track/hey-california

Produced and recorded by, Rian Dawnson, of All Time Low.

Artwork By: Alduane Mano.

Also on this episode, an exclusive premiere of, “Seasons”, by, Fluorescents. The song hits streaming platforms this Friday, September 27th. Pre-save here: https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/fluorescents/seasons

Pop-Punk & Pizza #82: Punk The Burbs Fest 3

Photo: Mer Kat Gold-Starck

Now that we punk’d our hearts out in the city at Riot Fest, it’s time to Punk The Burbs! Punk The Burbs Fest 3 is this Friday and Saturday, September 20th and 21st, at Basecamp Pub & Eatery in Lisle, IL. I had the chance to talk to the fest organizers, Caitlin Edwards (Bumsy & The Moochers) and Jason Fein (The Run Around), a few weeks ago. We dive into the Chicago music scene and more!

Music Featured On This Episode: 

“Alien” – The Studshttps://thestuds.bandcamp.com/

“Walls” – Bumsy & The Moochershttps://bumsyandthemoochers.bandcamp.com/

“Chicago” – The Run Aroundhttps://therunaroundband.bandcamp.com/releases

Buy Tickets for Punk The Burbs Fest 3: https://cutt.ly/kwJw8Zn

 

Pop-Punk & Pizza #81: Reed Wolcott of We Are The Union

Photo by: Vin Crescenzo

Not only is Reed Wolcott the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist for We Are The Union, he also works for the legendary ska/punk bands, Goldfinger, Five Iron Frenzy, and more. Reed had some great stories to tell. I hope you enjoy them!

Music featured on this episode:

“Stability” Lightweights: https://lightweightschi.bandcamp.com

“Daydreams” Television Supervision: https://youtu.be/ubFa2ltK9Ws

“Traffic” Green Knuckle Material: https://greenknucklematerial.weebly.com

Sincerely,

Jacques LaMore

Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram: @poppunkpizzapod

Pop-Punk & Pizza #80: Howi Spangler of Ballyhoo! Part 1

When I think of bands who have successfully blended multiple styles of music into their songs, Ballyhoo!, is one of the first bands that come to my mind. In my opinion, Ballyhoo, is the perfect mix of punk, pop punk, ska, and reggae. It was an honor to have an in depth conversation with their frontman, Howi Spangler, on this episode of Pop-Punk & Pizza! Part 1 of Part 2.

Official Ballyhoo Website: ballyhoorocks.com

Howi Spangler’s Podcast: https://anchor.fm/talesfromthegreenroom

Music on this episode from:

Bury Me In Lights: http://www.burymeinlights.com

When Autumn calls: www.WhenAutumnCalls.BandCamp.com

Hangtime: https://hangtimeband.bandcamp.com

Love,

Jacques LaMore

Pop-Punk & Pizza #79: PJ Heckinger of Head Honcho

This episode of Pop-Punk & Pizza is all about catching up with an old music friend from the “Myspace” era of the scene. We originally met around 2005 when he was in a band called, The Moment, from Rockford, IL. Now, PJ Heckinger, is the lead vocalist of Northwest Pacific punk band, Head Honcho!

MUSIC LINKS:

Head Honcho: https://headhonchomusic.bandcamp.com/

The Moment: https://myspace.com/soundofthemoment/

-Jacques LaMore

Pop-Punk & Pizza #78: Josh Burke of Red Jumpsuit Apparatus

Josh Burke, the lead guitarist of alternative rock band, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, joins us on this episode of Pop-Punk & Pizza! Does Josh and the rest of RJA approve of eating pineapple on pizza? The answer to this burning question is revealed on this podcast!

Hosted by, Jacques LaMore.

Pop-Punk & Pizza #77: Jon Pebsworth of Buck-O-Nine

After twelve long years, southern California ska punk legends, Buck-O-Nine, have released a new album! “FunDayMental” is now available everywhere via Cleopatra Records. Lead vocalist, Jon Pebsworth, comes onto the podcast to talk about how the album took shape.

Visit buckonine.com to listen to the new album, view their upcoming shows, and more!

Pop-Punk & Pizza #76: Andrew Robert Palmer

My friend, Andrew Robert Palmer, returns to discuss what our favorite band’s side projects are. Also, a live performance from, Andy! He’s performing at the International Pop Overthrow Fest in Chicago on Wednesday, April 17th at LiveWire Lounge.

Visit: www.arprock.com for more info!

Pop-Punk & Pizza #75: Jaret Reddick of Bowling For Soup

Jaret Reddick of Bowling For Soup joins Jacques LaMore on this episode of Pop-Punk & Pizza Podcast! Topics include: Rob Felicetti joining Bowling For Soup, Jaret’s newest music project, Jaret & Kelly, and much more!

Also, we hear new songs from Never Better, Drew Neely and the Heroes, DeadBeat at Dawn, and The Backseat Pandas.

Additional Links:

Bowling For Soup Tour Dates

Jaret and Kelly

Pop-Punk & Pizza Podcast #74: Tim Rogner of Allister

On this month’s episode of Pop-Punk & Pizza Podcast, we celebrate 20 years of Allister with vocalist and guitarist, Tim Rogner. Featuring music from Blood People, Mallrat Poolboy, Parker, and Dave Gomez. Hosted by, Jacques LaMore.

Pop-Punk & Pizza #73: Alex & Xack of The Linden Method

Alex & Xack of skate punk revivalist band, The Linden Method, have returned to, Pop-Punk & Pizza! It’s been almost two years since their first visit. The band teases they have some special cover songs to be released March 1st. Sign up for The Linden Method e-mail list at tlmband.com to hear the songs before they’re released!

Pop-Punk & Pizza #72: Snuzfest 2019

Kevin Andrew of Guardrail joins the podcast to discuss each band that is playing Snuzfest 2019 at Schubas in Chicago, this Sunday, January 13th! Lineup includes: Guardrail, The Blamed, Makena, Tiny Kingdoms, The Linden Method, The Flips, A Better Hand, Erabella, Butchered, and Action/Adventure. Pop-Punk & Pizza Podcast is proud to be hosting once again this year! BUY TICKETS HERE

 

Pop-Punk & Pizza #71: Parker

Parker is a Chicago band rooted in the energy and spirit of punk and rock and roll, while embracing the melodic side of modern music. This episode of Pop-Punk & Pizza not only includes an interview with the group but features a special acoustic performance of their songs, “Forever You and Me” and “Never Growing Old” from their debut EP. Visit parkerband.net for more info.

Pop-Punk & Pizza hosts SnuzFest 2019! BUY TICKETS HERE

Pop-Punk & Pizza #70: Green Day – New Songs In The Works!

On this episode of Pop-Punk & Pizza, exciting news from Green Day’s frontman, Billie Joe Armstrong and a sneak peek into Goldfinger’s upcoming Christmas EP! Speaking of Christmas music, we also take a listen to, “December”, a new holiday track by, MxPx. Plus, music from Action/Adventure, Arcane Ghosts, Backseat Pandas, and Parker! Hosted by, Jacques LaMore.

Pop-Punk & Pizza Podcast is hosting Snuz Fest 2019! Buy Tickets Here

Snuz Fest 2019 Announced!

Unfortunately, there will NOT be a new episode of Pop-Punk & Pizza Podcast this week due to being sick this past weekend. However, I did want to share some exciting news with you this week. I’m proud to announce I’ve been asked to host Snuz Fest (like Snooze) once again this January in Chicago! Thank you to my friends in Guardrail for inviting me back to be apart of the best punk rock pajama party in the Windy City.  I’ll be talking about each one of these talented bands on the podcast and filling you in on more details up until the week of the fest. For now, listen to this short podcast for more info on Snuz Fest 2019. Also, BUY YOUR TICKETS HERE!

Love,

Jacques LaMore

Pop-Punk & Pizza #69: Chris & Erik of Invictus

If The Offspring and Rise Against formed a band together, it would probably sound like, Invictus, from Chicago. Lead vocalist and guitarist, Chris Pawl, and drummer, Erik Enberg, of Invictus are our special guests on this episode of Pop-Punk & Pizza! Hosted by, Jacques LaMore.

Pop-Punk & Pizza #68: Nick & Dustin of The Flips

Chicago’s, The Flips, are known for diving deep into their personal experiences with mental health in their songs. Their new EP, “Exactly Where I should Be”, being released Fri. Nov. 30th, 2018, continue’s to share real life experiences with mental health issues that some of the members have gone through. Lead vocalist and guitarist, Nick Sintos, and lead guitarist, Dustin Martin, dropped by to tell me all about. I’m very grateful to these guys for sharing a little bit of their personal stories on such a delicate subject.  –Jacques LaMore

Pop-Punk & Pizza #67: When The Sun Sets

When The Sun Sets, based out of Elgin, IL, stops by to talk about how they’re writing songs to raise awareness about suicide prevention and give us a special acoustic performance. Also, we spin First and Forever’s debut single, “Chicago”. Hosted by, Jacques LaMore.

Pop-Punk & Pizza #66: Gary Mastriano of Backyard Superheroes

Gary Mastriano, the saxiest saxophone player of New Jersey based ska band, Backyard Superheroes, makes his triumphant return to Pop-Punk & Pizza Podcast! Backyard Superheroes’s new album, “Never Give Up, Never Surrender.”, is out now and available on all major digital platforms. Also on this episode, music from Chicagoland based pop-punk band, When The Sun Sets. Hosted by, Jacques LaMore.

Pop-Punk & Pizza #65: Darren Young of Brigades

In case you haven’t heard, South Carolina’s beloved post-punk band, Brigades, are back! Things are little different this time around though, as lead vocalist, Darren Young, explains to Jacques in this episode of Pop-Punk & Pizza. Brigades new EP, “True Blue”, is now available everywhere and have a short 9-day US tour starting Nov. 9th. See dates here. Also featured on this episode is a new single from Worcester, MA based band, Louder, Louder, entitled, “True Friends”.

Pop-Punk & Pizza #64: Eddy Larson of Eddy & The Arsons

Eddy Larson of Eddy & The Arsons tells us what it was like growing up on the south side of Chicago in the 80’s and 90s, his run in with the law, and more! Hosted by, Jacques LaMore.

Pop-Punk & Pizza #63: Johnny Christmas & Aaron Barrett of Reel Big Fish

On this episode, Johnny Christmas (Trumpet/Vocals) and Aaron Barrett (Lead vocals/Guitar) of legendary southern California ska band, Reel Big Fish, join the podcast! You’ll hear about everything from RBF’s new single, “You Can’t Have All of Me”, from their upcoming album, “Life Sucks….Let’s Dance!”, to Aaron’s wedding, their dog Walter, and many other topics. Hosted by, Jacques LaMore.

Pop-Punk & Pizza #62: Nick Klock of Never Home

Nick Klock, lead vocalist of North Carolina based band, Never Home, joins the podcast! Nick tells us about the band’s connection to Taking Back Sunday, engagement stories, vocal warm ups, and more. Never Home’s self titled debut EP is available everywhere online. Hosted by, Jacques LaMore.

Pop-Punk & Pizza #61: Justin Courtney Pierre

Photo: Dan Monick

In September of 2016, Motion City Soundtrack, came to an end (for now at least), leaving frontman, Justin Courtney Pierre, up to his own devices. Those devices transformed into his first solo album entitled, ‘In The Drink’, being released October 12th, 2018 via Epitaph Records. A few weeks ago, I had the privilege to chat with Justin about his upcoming debut album and he also answers a few fan questions towards the end of our conversation. Thank you for being on the show, Justin! You’re welcome back anytime.

Pop Punk & Pizza #60: Matt Pow of City Mouth

Matt Pow, frontman of Chicago’s, City Mouth, joins the podcast to talk egg quesadillas, religion, Coldplay, his songwriting process, and more! Hosted by, Jacques LaMore.

Pop Punk & Pizza #59: Jake & Nick of Tiny Kingdoms

Drummer, Jake Newling, and bassist, Nick Collis, of Chicago alternative rock band, Tiny Kingdoms, come down to the Bangarang Radio studio to eat pizza, talk classic cartoons, glockenspiels, and their latest EP ‘Realms’. Hosted by, Jacques LaMore.

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Pop Punk & Pizza #58: Boston Manor – Welcome to the Neighbourhood

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, no, It’s a crossover episode! David of, Music To My Peers Podcast, invited Jacques to review Boston Manor’s latest album, “Welcome to the Neighbourhood”, on his show. Plus, brand new music from Australia’s, Stand Atlantic!

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Pop Punk & Pizza #57: 2018 Fall Tours

Only a few weeks of summer left and it will officially be fall! Time to find out which of your favorite bands are hitting the road this fall in the U.S. Plus, new music from two bands out of Columbia, SC. Brigades and Fraud! Hosted by, Jacques LaMore.

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Pop Punk & Pizza #56: Chuck Staton of Senior Discount

On this episode, Jacques talks with, Chuck Staton, lead vocalist of Providence, Road Island punk band, Senior Discount, and co-host of the Chuck and Brad Podcast. Plus, music from Chicago’s, Eddy and the Arsons!

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Pop Punk & Pizza #55: Steve Creaturo – We Were Sharks

Steve Creaturo, bassist of Canadian pop punk band, We Were Sharks, is our special guest on today’s show! Plus, music from Night Surf out of Brooklyn, NY. Hosted by, Jacques LaMore and joined by our music review writer, James Volz.

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Pop Punk & Pizza #54: ‘Saves The Day’ Announce New Album

‘Saves The Day’, have announced first album in five years. I also talk about a late night tv talk show will no longer book musical guests. Plus, music from Post Season and Stellar West. Hosted by, Jacques LaMore.

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Pop Punk & Pizza #53: Scott Klopfenstein

Scott Klopfenstein of The Littlest Man Band, formerly of Reel Big Fish, joins the podcast to talk about what he’s been up to since retiring from RBF in 2011. Is he planning on releasing new music in the future? Listen to find out! Hosted by, Jacques LaMore.

Pop Punk & Pizza #52: Debut ‘Belmont’ LP

This Monday edition of Pop Punk & Pizza is all about new music coming out this week. New EP from Australia’s, The Shorts, this Thursday, August 16th, and Chicago’s, Belmont, debut LP this Friday, August 17th. Hosted by, Jacques LaMore.

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Pop Punk & Pizza #51: Aug. 10th, 2018

Alkaline Trio released the title track from their upcoming album, “Is This Thing Cursed?”, this past week. Listen to this episode to learn more about the upcoming album and hear the track as well! Also, music from Church Key out of St. Louis, MO. Hosted by, Jacques LaMore.

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Pop Punk & Pizza #50: August 8th, 2018

Robert Biskoski, lead vocalist and guitarist of Chicago based, Bury Me In Lights, joins the podcast! Plus, music from other Windy City natives, Detour North. Hosted By, Jacques LaMore.

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Pop Punk & Pizza #49: August 7th, 2018

Vincent Tyler of northwest Arkansas pop punk trio, Innocent Tyler, joins the podcast! Their first EP, Make A Scene, was produced by Luis Cabezas (of The Dollyrots) and mixed by John Fields (Pink, Goo Goo Dolls, etc.), with a music video for the single “Bree” directed by Jaret Reddick (of Bowling For Soup). Also, music from Shift-D out of Ontario, Canada. Hosted by, Jacques LaMore.

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Pop Punk & Pizza #48: August 6th, 2018

The final cross country version of the Vans Warped Tour just finished up yesterday, August 5th, 2018. This episode is a look back at some of the Warped Memories we’ve shared on the podcast. Featuring, Chris Demakes of Less Than Jake, and members of Felicity, and The Projection. Also, music from Invade The Arcade (UK). Hosted by, Jacques LaMore.

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Pop Punk & Pizza #47: August 2nd, 2018

The band who coined, “Defend Pop-Punk”, Man Overboard, is back! Also, Detroit punk rock band, The Painted Dogs. Hosted By, Jacques LaMore

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Pop Punk & Pizza #46: August 1st, 2018

Joshua Long, vocalist/guitarist of Chicago pop-punk band, Lightweights, returns to the podcast to promote their latest EP, “Members Only”! Hosted by, Jacques LaMore.

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Pop Punk & Pizza #45: July 31st, 2018

On this Tuesday, we found out exciting new about Tre Cool of Green Day and Justin Courtney Pierre of Motion City Soundtrack. Listen to this episode to find out! Also, new music from, Night Terrors, out of Chicago. Hosted by, Jacques LaMore on bangarangradio.com.

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Pop Punk & Pizza #44: July 30th, 2018

Jacques LaMore is back hosting your favorite pop-punk oriented podcast! New episodes will now be posted five days a week, Monday through Friday on bangarangradio.com. Today, music from Zombie Schoolboy, The Linden Method, Midway Down and more! Plus, exciting news from Green Day.

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Pop Punk & Pizza #43: Andrew Robert Palmer

Singer/Songwriter, Andrew Robert Palmer, stops by the podcast with Aurelio’s Pizza for Jacques, plays a few of his songs, and talks about pop-punk songs that could easily double as country tunes. Enjoy because this will be the last episode for a little while. Thank you for listening! -Love, Jacques.

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Pop-Punk & Pizza #42: Chris Demakes of Less Than Jake

Chris Demakes of legendary ska/punk band, Less Than Jake, joins the podcast to answer fan questions, talk Vans Warped Tour memories, and more. It was an honor to have you on the podcast, Chris. LTJ has always been one of my biggest musical inspirations! Photo of Chris is by, Sabrina Leviton. –Jacques LaMore

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Pop Punk & Pizza #41: Kevin Singleton

Kevin Singleton of El Famous/The Cold Mourning and manager of Chicago music venue, Bottom Lounge, joins the podcast! We share our stories of when we toured together in his old band, The Action Blast. I sold merchandise for them on two different tours. One with, Trapt, the other with, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, in the winter of 2013. Hope you enjoy! –Jacques LaMore

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Pop Punk & Pizza #40 Valentine’s Day 2018

Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone! Here’s an episode with my friend, Sara Davis and I sharing some of our favorite pop punk Valentine’s Day songs and stories. Don’t worry, we threw in some break up songs incase you’re going through a rough time!

Jacques’s Songs:

Heartbreak

“Become What You Hate” – Midtown

“I Miss You” – Blink-182

“Floorboards” – Real Friends

“I Don’t Love You” –  My Chemical Romance

Love

“Dear Bobbie” – Yellowcard

“Quit Your Life” – MxPx

“Kiss Me Like Nobody’s Watching” – Simple Plan

“Last Night On Earth” – Green Day

Sara’s Songs:

Heartbreak

“Jaked On Green Beers” – Alkaline Trio

“Good Fucking Bye” – Matt Skiba

“Do You Miss Me?” – Lucky Boys Confusion

“How Does It Feel?” – Sugarcult

“Where Have You Been?” – Reel Big Fish

“Twenty Times 7” – Brand New

Love

“Nove Over Tail” – Alkaline Trio

“Summertime” – Mae

“Stay” – Suicide Machines

“I Don’t Wanna Know” – New Found Glory

“Nothing With You” – Descendents

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Pop Punk & Pizza #39: 5 Bands That Should Reunite

Jacques shares with you 5 bands that he would like to see reunite!

In no particular order:

  1. Sugarcult“Stuck In America”
  2. Midtown“Like A Movie”
  3. Something Corporate“I Woke Up In A Car”
  4. Jeffries Fan Club“One More Time”
  5. My Chemical Romance“Famous Last Words”

(Other bands I almost put on the list are Yellowcard and Motion City Soundtrack. I didn’t put them in this list because I know they just recently broke up in the last few years.)

Also music from:

The Projection“Late Night in Logan Square”

Came Out Swingin’“Hometown”

The Follow Ups“The Half of It”

Idleminds“Brick By Brick”

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Pop-Punk & Pizza #38 Innocent Elaine

Jay Norton, lead vocalist and guitarist of Phoenix, Arizona pop punk band, Innocent Elaine, joins the podcast! We talk about their Alice Cooper experience, dream Warped Tour line-up, Star Wars The Last Jedi, and more. Check out Innocent Elaine’s song called, “Freedom”.

Thanks for listening!

Jacques LaMore

Music Submissions This Week: 

“Broken Kid”Almost Made The Mixtape

“Rite To Hate” –  The Alements

Picks of the Week:

“Walk” – Pantera

“Happy Judgement Day” – Neck Deep

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Pop-Punk & Pizza #37 Warped Memories #2: Felicity

FELICITY, out of Orlando, Florida, joins the podcast to be a part of the second edition of, “Warped Memories”, as we count down the days til the final cross country version of The Vans Warped Tour starts. Check out FELICITY’s latest single, “Circles”.

Music Submissions this Week:

“2049”Wicked Bears (SLC, Utah)

“Rainy Days”New Deadline (Finland).

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Pop Punk & Pizza #36: From The Start

Alternative rock band, From The Start, joins the podcast for the first new episode of 2018! Check out their song called, “Colder”.

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Love,

Jacques LaMore

Music Submission This Week:

Innocent Elaine“Point of View”

Picks of The Week:

Fruit Bats – “Humbug Mountain Song”

Peter Schilling“Major Tom”

Eddie Murphy – “Party All The Time” 

Pavement“Black Out”

City Mouth“Curse My Name”

St. Jimmy Dates: (Green Day Tribute Band I play guitar in.)

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Pop Punk & Pizza #35: Best of 2017

2017 was an amazing year! Let’s listen back to some of the best acoustic performances of the year on Pop-Punk & Pizza. Featuring: Get By, Guardrail, Carrying Torches, The Linden Method, Rebuild and Rebound, Night Terrors, and Talk To You Never. Happy New Year everyone! Thank you for listening and supporting the podcast. May 2018 treat you well!

Love,

Jacques

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Pop Punk & Pizza #34: Gallery-81

Gallery-81, out of Chicago, joins the podcast to promote their latest single, “For Granted”.

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Love,

Jacques LaMore

Pop-Punk Pick of The Week:

“Silhouettes” – Set The Trend

St. Jimmy Dates:

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Friday, January 19th, 2017 – Black Sheep Orland Park, IL: More Info Here

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Pop Punk & Pizza #33: St. Jimmy

St. Jimmy, The Green Day tribute band that Jacques plays guitar in, joins the podcast! Also, we are proud to announce Pop-Punk & Pizza is sponsoring Snuzfest 2018 at The Wire in Berwyn, IL., Saturday, January 13th. Super honored to be the MC for this show! For tickets and more info, click here.

Christmas Song of The Week:

“Carol of The Bells” – August Burns Red

Pop-Punk Picks of The Week:

“Come Over” – The Frantic

“Main Attraction” – Sincerely, Me

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Friday, January 19th, 2017 – Black Sheep Orland Park, IL: More Info Here

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Pop Punk & Pizza Podcast #32: Warped Memories #1: Brett Buttle

The first installment of “Warped Memories” on Pop-Punk and Pizza! Your host, Jacques LaMore and former bandmate, Brett Buttle, talk about their experience playing Vans Warped Tour 2008 in their band, The Projection.

Pop-Punk Pick of The Week:

“Swisher Sweetheart” – Old Sol

St. Jimmy Dates (Green Day tribute band Jacques plays in.):

Tuesday, Dec. 26th, 2017 – House of Blues Chicago: Buy Tickets Here

Friday, January 19th, 2017 – Black Sheep Orland Park, IL

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Pop-Punk & Pizza #31 Part 2: Joshua Long of Lightweights

Joshua Long, Lead vocalist/guitarist of Chicago’s, Lightweights, joins the podcast! Jacques and Joshua had such a great conversation that there’s two parts to this episode. This is part two!

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Christmas song:

“Christmas Day” – MxPx

Pop-Punk Picks of The Week:

“Role Playing” – Heavy Hitters

“Sidewinder” – Stand Atlantic

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Pop-Punk & Pizza #31 Part 1: Joshua Long of Lightweights

Joshua Long, Lead vocalist/guitarist of Chicago’s, Lightweights, joins the podcast! Jacques and Joshua had such a great conversation that there’s two parts to this episode. This is part one!

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Check out: “Absolutely, Yes” – Lightweights.

Christmas Song:

“Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want To Fight Tonight)” – The Ramones

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Pop Punk & Pizza Ep. 30: Farewell Warped Tour

Jacques talks about the cross country version of the Vans Warped Tour coming to an end, Knuckle Puck Tour troubles, Christmas song of the week and more! Plus, new music from Green Day and Real Friends.

Pop-Punk Pick of The Week:

“Through A Glass” – Loyal Panic. (Pop-punk from Israel. Awesome, right?)

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Pop Punk & Pizza Ep. 29: Fastest Kid Alive

Gary Weissmann of The Fastest Kid Alive and Loudernow joins the podcast! The Fastest Kid Alive is playing a show for the first time in five years at the end of this month in Tinley Park, IL. Click here for show info.

Jacques also announced the Green Day tribute band he plays in, St. Jimmy, is performing 90’s Palooza at House of Blues Chicago, Tuesday, December 26th! Buy your tickets here. Hope to see you there! 🙂

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Pop-Punk & Pizza Ep. 28: Night Terrors

Dave Gomez and Evan Lewis of Night Terrors join the podcast!

Jacques also announces the Green Day tribute band he plays in called, St. Jimmy, has an all ages show coming up this Sunday, August 20th, at BaseCamp Pub & Eatery in Lisle, IL. Buy tickets HERE

Pop-Punk Picks of The Week:

“Blackbox” – Lightweights

“Get What I need” – Goldfinger

“LOTL” – 7 Minutes In Heaven

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Pop-Punk & Pizza Ep. 27: Talk To You Never

Talk To You Never joins the podcast to introduce the world to their new line-up and play a brand new song for us!

Jacques also announces the Green Day tribute band he plays in called, St. Jimmy, has an all ages show coming up Sunday, August 20th, at BaseCamp Pub & Eatery in Lisle, IL. Buy tickets HERE

Pop-Punk Picks of The Week:

“There’s Something About Mary Jane” – The Skategoats

“D2” – Allister

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Pop-Punk & Pizza Ep. 26: Rebuild & Rebound

Christian Danner and Jake Brown of Northwest Indiana’s, Rebuild & Rebound, join the podcast to promote their latest EP, “The After Party”.

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Pop-Punk Picks of The Week:

“The Life of Living With Regret”El Famous

“Heaven”PVRIS

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Pop-Punk & Pizza Ep. 25: Goldfinger – The Knife

Jacques talks about Goldfinger’s new album, “The Knife”, after listening to it for the first time. Also, awesome news from Green Day, Neck Deep, Knuckle Puck, and more! Want more Goldfinger content? Listen to Pop-Punk & Pizza Ep. 18 HERE!

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Pop-Punk Picks of The Week:

“Symmetry” – 7 Minutes In Heaven (Pre-order new EP HERE.)

“Popular Kid” – Showoff (Pre-order new album HERE.)

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Pop-Punk & Pizza Ep. 24: The Linden Method

Alex Wight and Xack Brame of Chicago aggressive pop-punk band, The Linden Method, join the podcast! We talk about Blink-182’s next album, Alex’s solo project, Waxed Wings, and Xack’s podcast, Horrorfied Podcast.

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Pop-Punk Picks of the Week:

“Coffee At Midnight” – Stand Atlantic

“The YMCA Down the Street From the Clinic” – The Lawrence Arms

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Pop-Punk & Pizza Ep. 23: Above The Mendoza

Pete Long of Above The Mendoza talks about his experience on Vans Warped Tour 2017 and Above the Mendoza’s upcoming DIY tour. Their Chicago area tour date is Tuesday, July 18th at Cracken Cakes & More in Beach Park, IL.

Check out their latest EP, “A Shoulder to Lean On But, Not a Crutch.”

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Pop-Punk & Pizza Ep. 22: Backseat Pandas

Eddie Martinez and Derick Lopez of Backseat Pandas show up to talk guitars, Blink’s “Dude Ranch” turning 20 years old, and play a few acoustic songs for us!

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Pop-Punk & Pizza Ep. 21: Red Light Compliance

Red Light Compliance returns to Pop-Punk & Pizza to promote their new single, “Your Bones”.

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Pop-Punk & Pizza Ep. 20: Carrying Torches

Carrying Torches returns to the Pop Punk & Pizza to talk about their new EP, “Ace of Wands”, and perform an acoustic version of their latest single, “Wishing Well”.

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Pop-Punk & Pizza Ep. 19: Guardrail

Chicago pop-punk band, Guardrail, stops by to talk and play a couple songs off their new EP, “Par At Best”.

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Pop-Punk & Pizza Ep. 18: New Goldfinger Music

What we know so far about Goldfinger’s yet to be released album, “The Knife”. Hosted by, Jacques LaMore.

Pre-order Goldfinger’s new album! “The Knife” comes out July 21st via Rise Records.

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Pop-Punk & Pizza Ep. 17: Get By

Get By, hailing from Northwest Indiana, stops by to talk about their new EP, “…Or Die” and gives us a special acoustic performance.

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Pop-Punk & Pizza Ep. 16: Counter Theory

Tj and Meghan of northwest Indiana alternative rock band, Counter Theory, stop by to celebrate Valentine’s Day with Jacques. The three celebrate by sharing some of their favorite pop punk love and heartbreak songs.

Pop-Punk & Pizza Ep. 15: Oceans Over Airplanes

Heartfelt midwest rock band, Oceans Over Airplanes, stops by to talk about their new single, “Traditions”.

Pop-Punk Picks of the Week: Motion City Soundtrack “Time Turned Fragile” and Same As Sunday “Old, Sore, And Irrelevant”.

Pop-Punk & Pizza Ep. 14: Red Light Compliance

Jim Mack & Joe Corson of Chicago’s “Red Light Compliance” stop by to chat with Jacques about how they bring the rad with the sad in the pop punk world. Red Light Compliance plays with Assuming We Survive at Township in Chicago, Thursday, Feb. 9th! Click HERE to buy tickets.

Pop-Punk Picks of the Week: Real Friends “Empty Picture Frames” and Lights Over Bridgeport “Saving April”

Pop-Punk & Pizza Ep. 13: Carrying Torches

Sometimes here at Pop Punk & Pizza, we branch out into other genres of music a little bit. This episode is a candid interview with new rock/alternative group, Carrying Torches, from the Kankakee, IL area. Hosted by, Jacques LaMore.

Pop-Punk Picks of the Week: Blink-182 “Los Angeles” and Counter Theory “Only Beginning”

Pop-Punk & Pizza Ep. 12: Drew Neely & The Heroes

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Drew Neely of “Drew Neely and The Heroes” comes onto the show to share some of his favorite pop punk Christmas songs with host, Jacques LaMore. We wish all of you a Merry Pop-Punk Christmas!

 

Pop-Punk & Pizza Ep. 11: Famous Last Words

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Craig Simons, Jt Tollas, & Justin Conant of Post Hardcore/Metal band, Famous Last Words, return to Pop-Punk & Pizza to shoot the breeze with Jacques LaMore, talk about their latest album, and tell you what songs they’ve been jamming out to!

Pop-Punk & Pizza Ep. 10: Everyone Says

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Jacques LaMore hangs out with pop-punk band, Everyone Says, from Downers Grove, IL.

Pop-Punk Picks of the Week: “Exeunt” Late Night Drive and “Unspoken”  Sleep On It.

Pop-Punk & Pizza Ep. 9: Gary Mastriano of Backyard Superheroes

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Bangarang Radio Presents: Pop-Punk & Pizza Episode 9! Jacques talks with Gary Mastriano, saxophone player for New Jersey ska band, Backyard Superheroes.

Pop-Punk Picks of the Week: “Bitter” Get By and “Find Your Sound” Hooray For Our Side.

 

Pop-Punk & Pizza Ep. 8: Yellowcard in Chicago

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Bangarang Radio Presents: Pop-Punk & Pizza Episode 8! On this episode, Jacques talks about Yellowcard’s final show in Chicago.

Pop-Punk Picks of the Week:My Fault” by, Backyard Superheroes and

“American Pop-Punk” by, Everyone Says.

Pop-Punk & Pizza Ep. 7: Johnny Christmas of Reel Big Fish!

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Bangarang Radio Presents: Pop-Punk & Pizza Episode 7! On this episode, Jacques talks with one of his biggest musical heroes, Johnny Christmas, trumpet player and all around nice guy for legendary Ska band, Reel Big Fish. The main topic of discussion is the 20th Anniversary of their mainstream debut album, “Turn The Radio Off”.

Pop-Punk Pick of the Week: “It’s Too Late” by Stacked Like Pancakes.

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Pop-Punk & Pizza Ep. 6: Green Day in Chicago

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Bangarang Radio Presents: Pop-Punk & Pizza Episode 6! On this episode, Jacques talks about Green Day’s recent performance at Aragon Ballroom in Chicago on their Revolution Radio Tour. In pop punk news, Knuckle Puck call out YouTuber Jarrod Alonge on t-shirt design, punk rock toddler album, and more stories.

Pop-Punk Picks of the Week: “See You Around” by Sleep On It and “Believing in Fiction” by The Linden Method

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Pop-Punk & Pizza Ep. 5: Famous Last Words

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Bangarang Radio Presents: Pop-Punk & Pizza Episode 5! Special Guests, Jt Tollas, Craig Simons, and Justin Conant of Famous Last Words. Hosted by, Jacques LaMore.

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Pop-Punk & Pizza Ep. 4 Part 2: 13 Voices

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Bangarang Radio Presents: Episode 4 Part 2 of, Pop Punk & Pizza! Hosted by, Jacques LaMore. Special Guest, Dave Gomez of Night Terrors. On this episode, we talk about Sum 41’s latest album, “13 Voices”.

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Pop-Punk & Pizza Ep. 4 Part 1: Revolution Radio

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Bangarang Radio Presents: Episode 4 Part 1 of, Pop Punk & Pizza! Hosted by, Jacques LaMore. Special Guest, Dave Gomez of Night Terrors. On this episode, we talk about Green Day’s latest album, “Revolution Radio”.

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Pop-Punk & Pizza Ep. 3: Yellowcard Finale

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Bangarang Radio Presents: Episode 3 of, Pop Punk & Pizza! Hosted by, Jacques LaMore. Special Guests, Kevin Andrew of El Famous and Guardrail. On this episode, we review Yellowcard’s final album and more!

Pop-Punk Picks of The Week: Guardrail “Miserable” and Masked Intruder “If Only”.

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Pop-Punk & Pizza Ep. 2: LOUDERNOW

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Bangarang Radio Presents: Episode 2 of, Pop Punk & Pizza! Hosted by, Jacques LaMore. Special Guests, LOUDERNOW. On this episode, we talk about Yellowcard’s 2008 hiatus and their upcoming final album, along with several other topics in the pop punk scene.

Pop-Punk Picks of The Week: Good Charlotte “Life Changes” and Mike Frazier “F-35”

LOUDERNOW is Chicago’s premiere emo/pop-punk cover band. They’re playing this Saturday, October 1st at Subterranean at 9:00 PM, 21+, $8.00 tickets. Get your tickets by clicking HERE.

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Pop-Punk & Pizza Ep. 1: Jeremy Maurizi

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Bangarang Radio Presents the very first episode of, Pop Punk & Pizza! Hosted by, Jacques LaMore. Special Guest, Jeremy Maurizi of Keep The Fight Alive. On this episode, Jacques introduces himself and talks about what you can expect from this new show. Other topics include: Family Stage Manteno Oktoberfest, Riot Fest in Chicago, Motion City Soundtrack saying goodbye, and Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day starring in the film, “Ordinary World”. Also music from, Marina City and Came Out Swingin’.

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