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.
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”.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.comto hear the songs before they’re released!
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.
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!
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
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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”.
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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’.
Bangarang Radio is excited to bring an all new podcast to the network called, Pop-Punk & Pizza! After spending months off, Jacques LaMore is back to talk about his two favorite things, Pop-Punk & Pizza. The purpose of the show is to have different guests on from the pop-punk community to talk about the genre, share their song of the week, all while enjoying some cheesy pies.
On Bangarang News Ep. 28, Jacques LaMore and Dr. Don from, “2 Guys In A Bar”, fill you in on the MOST important news stories. This week’s stories include: Medical Records Reveal Hitler Had “Micropenis”, Sex Toy Bomb, and more juicy stories. NSFW!
On Episode 24 of, The Jacques LaMore Show, Kyle Dee, front man of Chicago pop-rock band, The Fall Four, returns to Bangarang Radio! Kyle shares behind the scenes stories from the making of their music video for their latest single, “Trainwreck”, and also tells Jacques what The Fall Four has planned for 2016.
On Bangarang News Ep. 25, Jacques LaMore and Dr. Don from, “2 Guys In A Bar”, fill you in on the most important news stories. This week’s stories include: McDonald’s Heroin, Goat Sex, Chewing Gum Thief, and more! NSFW! Listen at bangarangradio.com, iTunes, and Stitcher!
On Bangarang News Ep. 24, Jacques LaMore and Dr. Don from, “2 Guys In A Bar”, fill you in on the most important news stories. This week’s stories include: Bikini Granny Busted, Hangover Free Liquor, Vacuum Tattoo On Penis, and more stories! NSFW! Listen at bangarangradio.com, iTunes, and Stitcher!
On Episode 21 of, The Jacques LaMore Show, Kev Wright, singer/songwriter and host of the podcast, “Big Daddy’s Rhythm Shack”, comes onto the show to talk about the legacy of Fame Studios in Muscle Shoals, AL and also plays tunes from his upcoming debut solo album titled, “Journey Road”. Listen at bangarangradio.com!
On Bangarang News Ep. 23, Jacques LaMore and Dr. Don from, “2 Guys In A Bar“, fill you in on the most important news stories. This week’s stories include: Vermont Roadkill Grilling Festival, Nutscaping and more stories! NSFW!
On Bangarang News Ep. 20, Jacques LaMore and Dr. Don from, “2 Guys In A Bar“, fill you in on the most important news stories. This week’s stories include: Rodent found in Subway sandwich, Target store plays porn, and more! NSFW! Listen at bangarangradio.com, iTunes, and Stitcher!
Bangarang Ep. 9: Jeremy Maurizi and I talk about our band, The Projection, and stream our brand new EP, “Light Up The Sky”, in full before it’s officially released for digital download on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, and other online retailers, on Tues. Nov. 4th! Bangarang Featured Artist of the Week, Chicago pop-punk rockers, Knuckle Puck.