Midwest Punks

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

This is a show where we’ll, you guessed it, cover punk music! But we’ll be paying special attention to bands with ties to the Midwest. You always hear about the east coast and west coast scenes, but the Midwest needs some love too! We’re going to highlight some bands we know and some that we discover (with your help), but from time to time we’ll also cover some general topics - our favorite bands, insight into the culture, history of the punk scene, etc. Sometimes we might even stray outside of punk-specific topics because more than anything our goal is to share music with you that’s worth a listen! Your hosts are Brian Bergholm and Carl Kurek - coworkers at Lakeshore Public Radio located in Northwest Indiana - who share a life-long love for punk music and culture. If you’re local you can tune in Wednesdays at 12 a.m. on 89.1 FM, but you can also stream episodes anytime from anywhere at LakeshorePublicRadio.org. Be sure to tag some of your favorite local bands (maybe it’s your band) and we’ll try to give them some airtime. Help us spread the word about this podcast by sharing posts and inviting friends. Let’s go!

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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.

Midwest Punks | Episode 108

Mar 13, 2020

With St. Patrick's Day around the corner, we're bringing you some recommendations for your Celtic Punk/Irish Punk playlist! This includes must-haves like The Pogues, Dropkick Murphys and Flogging Molly, as well as local favorites like The Tossers and Flatfoot 56.

Midwest Punks | Episode 107

Feb 27, 2020

We dive into the Chicago punk scene with the music on this episode and even give you the details about a few upcoming shows in Barrington, Chicago, and even Mishawaka (Indiana) that you might want to check out! Bands we cover this week include Dowsing, Pet Symmetry, Knuckle Puck, Into. Over It., The Slow Death, Much the Same, The Mizzerables, Bad Planning, and more.

Midwest Punks | Episode 106

Feb 21, 2020

So this weekend we met our smallest, biggest fan while hanging out at the NWI Comic-Con event! Tune in for that story along with a full hour of music from the Midwest. We go old school with bands like Zero Boys, The Gizmos and The Dancing Cigarettes, but also keep it current with bands you can catch at a local show like Death and Memphis and The Raging Nathans.

Midwest Punks | Episode 105

Feb 12, 2020

This week we're sharing some punk-themed love songs just in time for Valentine's Day! We'll help you get a playlist together full of The Ramones, The Descendents, Suicide Machines, Blink 182, and many more that's sure to impress that special someone in your life ... or maybe just your dog.

Midwest Punks | Episode 104

Feb 7, 2020

Galentine's Day is a fictional holiday stemming from the popular TV show Parks & Recreation where the main character declares Feb. 13th as a day of “ladies celebrating ladies.” It’s caught on in the real world, where fake holidays usually do… but we see it as a good excuse to celebrate some ladies who rock!

Midwest Punks | Episode 103

Jan 30, 2020

From Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash hits, to popular songs from The Karate Kid and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory soundtracks, punk bands do it better on their covers (at least most of the time…). Listen in as we check out about a dozen cover songs by bands including 7 Seconds, Social Distortion, The Get Up Kids, Green Day, Dead Kennedys and The Ramones. 

Midwest Punks | Episode 102

Jan 23, 2020

This week we’re rocking out to Lights Over Bridgeport, a band with roots here in Northwest Indiana, as well as the Chicago area group Alkaline Trio who are currently touring with punk icons Bad Religion. We also check out a few tunes from Screeching Weasel, who originated in the late 80’s out of the Prospect Heights area of Illinois and still play a few shows from time to time around Chicago. And we end the show with a song from local rockers Zombie Schoolboy.

Midwest Punks | Episode 101

Jan 9, 2020

In this very first episode of the Midwest Punks Podcast, we’re going through our top 5 list of bands that got us hooked on punk music. We might play some of your favorites, or play something you haven’t heard in years. Who knows, maybe you’ll even hear something new. This is our first go at a podcast, but we hope you’ll give us a listen and keep coming back!