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Photo courtesy Nina Ferraro

Local Anesthetic Playlist For Sunday, April 27, 2013 [Playlist & Free Download]

Ms. Ferraro and I became so involved with our conversation, I’m not sure I actually presented enough of her music on last night’s Local Anesthetic. If that was the case, please give a listen to […]


(Photo: Chris Cwiak/WXRT)

Billy Corgan Visits the XRT Morning Show [Listen]

Former XRT Cubs Correspondent and current Chicago music mainstay Billy Corgan swung by the studio this morning to chat with the WXRT Morning Show about his upcoming debut performance at Ravinia with Katie Cole. They […]


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 […]


Foster The People Sold-Out XRT Show (photo: Nate Azark)

Singer Shines A Light On Foster The People’s Forthcoming Album, ‘Supermodel’ [Listen]

After their highly successful debut album, Torches, Foster the People will be releasing their follow-up album this month titled Supermodel. The album, produced by Paul Epworth, who has produced albums for artists like Adele, Paul McCartney among others, will be released March 18th.

The band’s also going on tour, but good luck getting tickets to the already sold out show at the Riviera Theatre on May 16th. Marty Lennartz had the chance to discuss the new record with lead singer Mark Foster. They talked about what the musician has been up to since their last tour, and the differences between the new album and Torches.


The Thons

Local Anesthetic Playlist For Sunday, Feb 23, 2014 [Playlist & Free Download]

As good a conversation as I hoped it would be, the guys in The Thons are musicians first and foremost. With a fall 2013 debut release and followup just out in January (with the tunes […]