Midwest Punks

Wednesdays at 12 AM
  • Hosted by Carl Kurek, Brian Bergholm

Come hang out and take a (stage) dive into the pit of punk rock with the Midwest Punks! Hosted by Brian and Carl, coworkers at Lakeshore Public Radio in Northwest Indiana who just happen to share a life-long love for punk music and culture. Check out some great music from bands in the Midwest, and beyond while exploring the ins-and-outs of punk culture and history. 

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Midwest Punks | Episode 214

Sep 15, 2021

On today's show we're rocking out to music from a few bands that will be at Riot Fest this weekend in Chicago. We'll set the mood with bands like Circle Jerks, GWAR, NOFX, The Bronx, Devin Kay & The Solutions, Dirty Heads and more! Co-host Brian will be out there, so hopefully he'll see you in the pit!

Midwest Punks | Episode 213

Sep 15, 2021

Today we're sharing some tracks that have made their way on to our playlists lately. In the second half of the show, we'll also be talking about a Motoblot - a motorcycle and hotrod street rally taking place at Cobra Lounge in Chicago, which also happens to feature some awesome punk, rock and Psychobilly bands. 

Midwest Punks | Episode 212

Jul 6, 2021

It's been a little while since we've been able to get into the studio, but we'll make it up to you with some awesome music on today's show. Tune in while we take it back a few years and rock out to bands like H20 and Pennywise, then follow it up with some new music from Chicago bands like Sincere Engineer and Devon Kay & The Solutions.

Midwest Punks | Episode 211

May 20, 2021

On today's show we've got something to skank to. Check out some of our favorite reggae and ska tracks from the 60s to the 2000s. Don't miss music from Skapone, Hot Stove Jimmy, The Scofflaws, Streetlight Manifesto, Dirty Heads, and much more!

Midwest Punks | Episode 210

May 20, 2021

We're all over the globe on today's episode as we bring you music stemming from Japan, Sweden, Canada, the U.S. and of course the Midwest! Tune in and rock out with us to bands like Days N Daze, The Viagra Boys, Teengenerate, Mobina Galore, Direct Hit! and more! 

Midwest Punks | Episode 209

Apr 21, 2021

In this week's episode we're talking about a few punk songs that have been used in commercials, then we play some new tunes from a few artists that you don't want to miss, and we close out the show talking about a few bands that are confirmed for Riot Fest in Chicago later this year. Rock out with us as we play Venomous Pinks, Sincere Engineer, MXPX, New Found Glory, Circle Jerks and lots more!

Midwest Punks | Episode 208

Apr 19, 2021

Tune in to this week's episode as we play through some awesome punk cover songs! Covers of everything from "Beat It" and "Wagon Wheel" to "Police Truck" and "If the Kids are United." We also discuss some cool albums, benefits and Youtube channels to check out. Don't miss it!

Midwest Punks | Episode 207

Mar 16, 2021

It's St. Patrick's day, so on this episode we're bringing you Irish and Celtic Punk music including some new tracks and details on a few free online concerts you can check out. Tune in as we rock out to The Rumjacks, The Tossers, Barleyjuice, The Real McKenzies, The Pogues and more! 

Midwest Punks | Episode 206

Mar 10, 2021

On this episode we welcome David Safran who takes us back to his teenage years in the Chicagoland punk scene, namely his time as the bassist for The Apathetics. David recently covered an Apathetics’ song 20-something years after playing it with the band, so tune in to hear it and the rest of the cool story he has to share!

Midwest Punks | Episode 205

Mar 10, 2021

On this episode, we rock out to some music from back in the day courtesy of Fugazi, Sublime, Dead Boys, MXPX and The Lawrence Arms. Plus we check out new music from the likes of Mikey Erg, Miesha and the Spanks and Lola Pistola.

Midwest Punks | Episode 204

Feb 10, 2021

We’re bringing you a show full of some punk rock tunes that are perfect for your Valentine’s Day playlist! We take it a little old school with the likes of Social Distortion, Bouncing Souls, The Descendents, Blink-182 and Dead Milkmen, and we also rock out to some music from the 2000’s till now from bands like MXPX, New Found Glory, and Tiny Stills. 

Midwest Punks | Episode 203

Feb 3, 2021

It might be Groundhog Day, and we might even open the show with a track titled “Groundhog Day” by up and coming Hellcat Records band Grade 2, but don’t worry, the rest of the hour is filled with new tunes and even some artists we haven’t featured on the show yet. Be sure to check this one out and rock out to the likes of Counterpunch, Kali Masi, Days N’ Daze and more!

Midwest Punks | Episode 202

Jan 15, 2021

Vamonos! Tune in and rock out with us to an awesome lineup of Latin punk bands like Los Saicos, Sindrome Del Punk, Manic Hispanic, DFMK and La Armada. This episode was inspired by and pays tribute to the recent passing of co-host Brian's grandma who was of Cuban descent. So turn up the volume, hug your loved ones, and let's rock!

Midwest Punks | Episode 201

Jan 13, 2021

We bring you another hour of awesome punk tunes in this episode from some bands that have been rotating on our personal playlists as well as a few who we're just discovering. We know you'll enjoy them, so tune in and rock out with us while we play music from Off With Their Heads, The Falcon, Red City Radio, Loose Behaviour, and much more!

Midwest Punks | Episode 124

Jan 4, 2021

As we close out 2020 and move on to the second season of the Midwest Punks Podcast, we are both excited to bring you our top 5 bands/artists that we've been rocking out to this year. Join us in showing some love one last time this year to bands like Sincere Engineer, Idles, The Chats, The Menzingers, Rational Anthem and Lights Over Bridgeport!

Midwest Punks | Episode 123

Dec 17, 2020

Tis the season to be punk! We have a great list of Christmas songs - some traditional, some original - with a punk twist, and we'll share them with you on the show today! Get your family and friends rockin' around the Christmas tree with these awesome tracks from bands like Bad Religion, MxPx, The Tossers, Dropkick Murphys, Misfits and more!

Midwest Punks | Episode 122

Dec 15, 2020

On this episode, we’re celebrating the recent birth of co-host Carl’s daughter by featuring songs from some women who rock! We start off in the 70s with bands like The Runaways and Teenage Jesus and the Jerks, then bring it back to some bands still out there rocking today like the Hands Off Gretel, The Venomous Pinks, Mystery Action and Bad Cop/Bad Cop.

Midwest Punks | Episode 121

Dec 11, 2020

This week we’re bringing you more awesome tunes from Chicago-area bands like 88 Fingers Louie, Hot Alice, Much the Same and Sincere Engineer. We also sprinkle in a few other bands that we’ve been rocking out to lately that you should check out. Thanks for tuning in!

Midwest Punks | Episode 120

Dec 1, 2020

Today we welcome Dave Hofer on the show to discuss DuPage County Hardcore, an archival project he’s been working over the last few years on that has grown to a collection of nearly 500 albums and playlists across punk, metal and hip-hop genres that were originally release by local suburban Chicago area bands in the ‘80s, ‘90s and early 2000s. Check it out for yourself at dupagecountyhardcore.bandcamp.com.


Midwest Punks | Episode 119

Dec 1, 2020

We’re playing catch-up in this episode - We couldn’t miss the chance to share some songs that are perfect for a Halloween-themed playlist, and let’s face it, a playlist like that is good all year ‘round. Also, and you might not have heard anything about this, but we just had a pretty intense presidential election here in the U.S. and the drama is still ongoing. There’s no shortage of political punk songs, so we’ll suggest a few for you.

Midwest Punks | Episode 118

Oct 27, 2020

What have you been jamming out to lately? Well, since we can't actually hear you, check out this episode and let us tell you about a few bands that have been stuck in our heads (and on our playlists) recently. You can never go wrong with a little Bikini Kill, Street Dogs, Lagwagon and Resistors in your life so let us get you started with those bands and a few others you'll definitely want to check out.

Midwest Punks | Episode 117

Oct 27, 2020

We're diving into our playlists again to give you a glimpse of what we've been listening to. It's easy to go exploring down a rabbit hole when you're on the search for some good tunes, so take a listen as we rock out to some tunes from Rebelmatic, Penske File, Grade 2, Goldfinger and more!

Midwest Punks | Episode 116

Oct 27, 2020

Join us as we explore one of the earliest styles of rock & roll - Rockabilly. We also jam out to a few bands from the unique sub-genre of rockabilly that is psychobilly. Do yourself a favor and tune in so we can properly acquaint you with bands like The Reverend Horton Heat, Tiger Army, Social Distortion and Tim Timebomb & Friends. 

Midwest Punks | Episode 115

Sep 28, 2020

Oi!, aka UK82, Street Punk, Pub Rock, is a subgenre of punk that origninated in the UK in the late 1970s. On this episode we look at some well known bands in this subgenre like Cock Sparrer, The Business, The Old Firm Casuals, The Oppressed and more.  

Midwest Punks | Episode 114

Sep 28, 2020

On this episode we look at some early influencers of punk. Check out some of the bands that started it all like The Stooges, Misfits, Bad Brains, The Clash and more. 

Midwest Punks | Episode 113

Aug 31, 2020

On this episode we’re listening to the artists that started the SKA movement and spotlight a few bands from the Afro-Punk scene. Check out Bad Brains, Dead Kennedy’s, Desmond Dekker, Prince Buster, Bob Marley and more. 

Midwest Punks | Episode 112

Jul 10, 2020

Sharing is caring, so in this episode we're sharing a few bands that have been on our playlists lately that are definitely worth checking out! This is especially true since so many local artists are really feeling the financial effects of the pandemic. #SupportLocalMusicians

Midwest Punks | Episode 111

May 20, 2020

In this episode, we welcome Johnny and Miko from Lights Over Bridgeport as the first-ever guests on our show! This Northwest Indiana/Chicagoland punk band is releasing their new album 'Better This Way' May 22, 2020. We'll play some new music off the album as well as tracks they've recorded along the way.

Midwest Punks | Episode 110

May 18, 2020

We're bringing you another episode full of punk songs fitting for times of pandemic and isolation. We take it old school with some Dead Kennedys, Black Flag and Fugazi, then fast forward to some more current bands like Alkaline Trio, The Suicide Machines and The Mizzerables. Stay safe, wash your hands, and check out this episode!

Midwest Punks | Episode 109

Apr 27, 2020

The world is crazier than usual right now, and if you’re practicing social distancing you might be going a little stir-crazy. Well, there’s a punk song for that! It’s kind of weird (maybe fitting?) but there are a lot of punk songs out there with titles or lyrics that are fitting for a pandemic, quarantining, etc. In this episode we’ll cover some of them.

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