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The Chef And The Rocker

There has always been a close relationship between food and music, especially if wine and beer on on the menu. It can be as simple as the 24 ounce souvenir cup and a hot dog […]


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Anesthetic Best Of ’13 Playlist [Playlist & Free Download]

Not sure how many surprises were in store for anybody on last night’s broadcast. If any. As the year progresses, I’m plenty vocal (in a 50,000 watt kind of way) about what recordings I consider […]


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Anesthetic Playist For Julie Meckler, Dec. 8, 2013 [Playlist & Free Download]

One interesting tidbit that was revealed on last night’s Local Anesthetic interview with Julie Meckler is that, even tho she didn’t use herself as the model in the main photo on the above album cover […]



Fitz And The Tantrums’ Success Is ‘More Than Just A Dream’ [Interview]

They could have turned back, but they didn’t. Last Friday, Los Angeles natives Fitz and the Tantrums powered through the oncoming snow storm to play the Aragon Ballroom. Before the show, they stopped by 93XRT’s […]



Anesthetic Playlist For Pelican, Nov 24, 2013 [Playlist & Free Download]

If you heard any noise it was just me and the boys from Pelican on last night’s Local Anesthetic. Forever Becoming is album five and their first since 2009′s What We All Come to Need. […]


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Warren Haynes Talks Symphonies And The Spirit Of The Music [Watch]

The Allman Brothers Band, Gov’t Mule, David Allen Coe, The Grateful Dead…I could go on. These are just some of the bands and artists Warren Haynes has graced the stage alongside.  This past summer,Haynes stopped […]


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Brett Dennen Channels Simplicity on ‘Smoke and Mirrors’ [Interview]

Two years removed from his 4th studio album, Loverboy, Brett Dennen is back on the scene with a new album; Smoke and Mirrors. Brett and his two band mates recently came to XRT to play […]


Amos Lee performs at DMB Caravan July 8, 2011 (photo by Nate Azark)

Interview: Amos Lee Talks About What Really Matters With Marty Lennartz [Watch]

XRT’s very own Marty Lennartz spent some time on the BCBS Performance Stage speaking with singer/songwriter Amos Lee about his latest album release, tour, and more. The interview began with Amos explaining how his new […]



Lee DeWyze Returns Home To Chicago, Finally Makes The Album He Wanted To Make [Interview]

If you watched the Ninth Season of American Idol, you might remember rooting for a hometown Chicago area folk-rock singer, Lee DeWyze. Hailing from Mt. Prospect, Lee went on to win American Idol that year. DeWyze’s first post-American Idol album, ‘ Live It Up,’ was released in 2010 to modest commercial success. “After American Idol, I put out an album, I didn’t feel I could be as creative as I wanted to be…one and half years have past and I knew I could finally make the album I wanted to make.” DeWyze then