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300 Requests, 2 Hours, 1 Richard Thompson

I tell myself: “Ry, a night of bad live music beats a night of NO live music.” I figured a night of Richard Thompson would wind up between “Fantastic night of live music” and “Extraordinary […]

02/25/2014

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Lucius: Free Download + Free Sample Show

Lucius, (pronounced Lou-shus) is coming to town next week, and they’re definitely making their stay worthwhile. They’re playing an XRT Free Sample Show at the Cubby Bear in Wrigleyville on Tuesday, February 25th. That’s right, […]

WXRT–02/20/2014

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Prius Route to Rock, Vol. 99: The Autumn Defense, Pictureplane, Hard Working Americans/Turbo Fruits

Let’s see, what do we have on the menu this weekend?  John & Pat from Wilco entertain as The Autumn Defense in a couple of record release shows at one of the most intimate spots […]

WXRT–02/18/2014

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3 Nights Of Blues In 5 Days – I Love Chicago

Yeah, the winters suck, especially this one, but there sure are a lot of fun things to do indoors in and around this city that is the World Capital of the Blues. Tuesday evening it […]

02/16/2014

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Marker’s Weekend Live Blues Pick

Billy Branch and Sons Of Blues at Rosa’s Lounge, tonight!  It’s been around ten years now since the last album by Billy Branch and Sons Of Blues. In those years Billy and the SOBs have […]

02/15/2014

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2014 Pitchfork Music Festival Lineup Is Here!

Nothing says Winter’s almost over quite like a Summer Music Festival Announcement. Just a few minutes ago Pitchfork announced the line up for the 2014 Pitchfork Music Festival, July 18-20 at Union Park. Headliners include […]

WXRT–02/14/2014

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Prius Route to Rock, Vol. 98: Jeff Tweedy, Sam Adams Party, Tommy Castro & The Painkillers

We’re almost to RTR #100.  Crazy, man…  This weekend Jeff Tweedy plays a couple of benefit shows at The Vic, you can join me and the XRT crew for a Friday night party across the […]

WXRT–02/12/2014

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Prius Route to Rock, Vol. 97: Neutral Milk Hotel, The Art of Baderbrau, Dr. Dog

February.  The holidays are long gone, the Super Bowl parties are over, and now it’s just you and winter for 6-10 more weeks.  Lovers of the cold (like myself) have no problem with it, but […]

WXRT–02/05/2014

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Tom Petty Live In Chicago 1977

We’re featuring Tom Petty today on XRT, a man who has done numerous memorable shows in Chicago over the years including a whole week of performances at the Vic Theater fondly remembered as PettyMania. But […]

WXRT–01/31/2014