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Local Anesthetic Playlist For Sunday, July 13, 2014 [Playlist & Free Download]

Yeah, the view is cool. If you’re the one being interviewed!!! Me? I hadda look at the handsome mugs of the fellas who I gave $5 to purchase the cool t-shirt you see me wearing […]


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Local Anesthetic Playlist For Sunday, June 29, 2014 [Playlist & Free Download]

First words out of Simpleton and Cityfolk guitarist/vocalist Chris Bennett’s mouth after we finished with this past Sunday night’s Local Anesthetic was “That was our first radio interview.” I wouldn’t have guessed that. They’re not […]



Local Anesthetic Playlist For Sunday, June 15, 2014 [Playlist & Free Download]

You want to know the current state of Umphrey’s McGee? Check out the video below of the live performance of “Puppet String” from their new set, Similar Skin. Everybody in the damn band is on […]


Richard & James (photo: Zack Nechvatal / WXRT)

Exclusive: The Pogues’ James Fearnley Talks Pogue History With Richard Milne

When I met James Fearnley of the Pogues last night at the WXRT studios to talk about the stateside publication of Here Comes Everybody The Story of the Pogues (Chicago Review Press), one thing that […]


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A Chat With Plain White T’s

What happens when rockstars get dumped? Well in this case, Plain White T’s frontman Tom Higgenson comes to the rescue of his childhood friend Darren Vorel.


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Local Anesthetic Playist For Sunday, May 18, 2014 [Playlist & Free Download]

I enjoy when guests on Local Anesthetic are forthcoming with genuine insight in to their creative process but I really like when their responses are also spirited and delivered mirthfully enough to make me crack […]


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Sad Brad Smith On This Sunday’s Local Anesthetic

I’ve read the vocals of Sad Brad Smith described as “forlorn”. I don’t hear that so much as there’s a certain resignation to the proceedings. What Sad Brad Smith is resigned to accepting…I’m not sure […]


Dan & Marty (photo: Zack Nechvatal)

XRT Exclusive: The Black Keys Interview & New Music Thursday Highlights

Hear more new songs from the brand new Black Keys album, plus an exclusive interview with frontman Dan Auerbach by XRT’s Marty Lennartz.


The Bon Mots "Best Revenge"

Local Anesthetic Playlist For Sunday, May 4, 2014 [Playlist & Free Download]

As expected, the Bon Mots were witty, chatty and effusive guests on last night’s Local Anesthetic. As is too often the case, tho, I don’t think we played as much music as I intended to […]



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