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The Life and Times

Local Anesthetic Playlist For Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014 [Playlist & Free Download]

As I expected, Allen Epley of The Life and Times had me genuinely guffawing during the course of our conversation on Sunday night’s Local Anesthetic. Especially his friendly mimicking of my “it’s my job, bro” […]



Local Anesthetic Playlist For Sunday, Nov 16, 2014 [Playlist & Free Download]

Two very down to earth and very talented fellas were my guests on last night’s Local Anesthetic. Textbook guitarist/vocalist/songwriter Dave Lysien and bassist Rick Uncapher dropped by to play tracks from the group’s All Messed […]


Gerald Dowd

Local Anesthetic Playlist For Sunday, November 2, 2014 [Playlist & Free Download]

For as much as this man works, you’d expect Gerald Dowd to be a Type A personality. You know; at best, just a touch overbearing and kind of a general noodge. I knew, however, before […]



Anesthetic Playlist For “The History of Chicago Funk And Soul (Part 9)” [Playlist & Free Download]

After nine episodes of the “Chicago History of Funk and Soul”, Dante Carfagna and me are like a well-oiled, 7″ single spinning machine. What’s become clear to me in the ten years since Dante’s first […]


Minor Characters "Voir Dire"

Local Anesthetic Playlist For Sunday, October 5, 2014 [Playlist & Free Download]

Never fear; by the 14th attempt I was able to pronounce Voir Dire as “vwah deer” and not any of the other ways I had been pronouncing it the previous thirteen. By the way; I […]


Mike Musikanto of Crow Moses

Local Anesthetic Playlist for Sunday, September 21, 2014

An enjoyable and enlightening conversation with Mike Musikanto of Crow Moses on Sunday night’s Local Anesthetic. Affable and quick witted, Mike shed just enough illumination on the content, motivation and processes that went in to […]


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“In The End, Radio Is Everything” Bono Chats With Marty Lennartz [Listen]

Earlier today Bono spoke with Marty Lennartz from Dublin about a host of topics ranging from U2’s latest release Songs Of Innocence, how their relationship with Apple came to be, and more. Before digging into specifics about his music, Bono praised XRT and the partnership the station has with the band exclaiming “it’s a relationship that we treasure and one of the few stations that was with us from the very beginning.”



Hear Robert Plant Deep In Conversation With Lin Brehmer About New Album, ‘Lullaby and… The Ceaseless Roar’ [Interview]

Contrasts. Lullabye and the Ceaseless Roar. This has been an especially creative period for Robert Plant. His collaborations with Alison Krause and then Patti Griffin were showcases for Plant’s restless musical curiosity. On his new album, Robert has put quill to paper to pen a collection of new originals. He is the most affable of rock titans. And a very interesting man.


The Red Plastic Buddha "Songs for Mara"

Local Anesthetic Playlist for Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014

Proving that the best music is always full of surprises, I personally got a kick out of telling The Red Plastic Buddha‘s Tim Ferguson that the song “Girlfriend” from The Red Plastic Buddha‘s new long […]