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Artist Interviews

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Fitz & The Tantrums At Metro (Photo: WXRT)

More Than Just A Dream: 2014 Lollapalooza Band Fitz and the Tantrums [Interview]

Last fall, Fitz and the Tantrums were kind enough to stop by The Blue Cross Blue Shield Stage to jam out and discuss some things with our own Marty Lennartz. The band talks about their beginnings, the energy they bring regardless of venue size, and not making another extension of their first album.


Lake Street Dive (photo: Zack Nechvatal)

Lake Street Dive Speaks with XRT’s Marty Lennartz

So, what was the first song they played when they got together? An improvised 12-bar blues was the pick, which was apparently not too glamorous. Rachel explained how she was making up lyrics as they went. Drummer Mike Calabrese seemed to sum up the band’s sentiment of their first jam by saying, “Yeah, it was very strange.”


Kodaline Live From XRT (photo: Zack Nechvatal)

2014 Lollapalooza Band, Kodaline Chats With Marty Lennartz [Watch]

Last week the lineup for this summer’s Lollapalooza festival was finally revealed. Another lineup featuring big headlining acts, veteran festival bands and many young newcomers. Among those playing the festival for the first time is the Irish band […]


Ezra Furman photo courtesy Bar-None records

Local Anesthetic Playlist For March 23, 2014 With Ezra Furman

It was a pleasure to talk to Ezra Furman last night on Local Anesthetic. We talked about his music, music in general, the role of music, the importance of music, the making of music and […]



Local Anesthetic Playlist For Sunday, March 9, 2014

Well, that was a lot of fun. Cosmos Ray (vocals) and Scott Moss (guitar, vocal) of Akasha were as bright and eloquent as one could hope when they joined me for music and conversation on […]