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Nirvana/John Fogerty Friday Double Feature
Spend your Friday cranking your audio device to hear classics by two of the most distinctive-sounding artists of their respective generations: Nirvana and John Fogerty, the latter both pre -- and post -- Creedence Clearwater Revival.
Vote: What's the Song of the Summer for 2014?
Summer in Chicago is an insultingly short season. It causes us to pack every second with street festivals, beach days, beer gardens, music festivals, outdoor concerts, and any other sort of seasonal fun that causes this city to flourish from...
Stream 'Hypnotic Eye,' the New Album from Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
A few days after streaming five new songs on his website, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' entire new album is available to stream via NPR.
Broken Bells on Sunday Night Concert
Hear Broken Bells, the creative duo comprised of Brian Burton and James Mercer, recorded “live” at the Vic Theatre earlier this year. If you attended this stellar sold-out show, you can attest to the well deserved praise for “their immaculate touring...
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Sharon Van Etten Performs on 'Letterman' [Watch]
Sharon Van Etten was just in town for the Pitchfork Music Festival along with an in-studio visit here at XRT and the tour in support of her excellent new record, Are We There, continued last night with a performance on Late Show with David...
Completely Counting Crows: 10 of the Band's Best [Playlist]
You may have heard that the great rock band, Counting Crows, is back in the news. The band released their debut album, August and Everything After, back in 1993 and have been making passionate music that listeners around the world have been...
The Orwells On This Sunday Night's Local Anesthetic
They've been on Letterman a couple times (video below) and Late Night with Jools Holland, too. They've played Lollapalooza and Bonnaroo and before the summer is out, they will have hit Reading and Riot Fest (the Chicago date is September 13) along...
5 Tom Petty Supporting Roles
He's one of America's most dependable and powerful rockers. He can do it on his own or with the Heartbreakers and help others hit the sweet musical spot too. (Keep listening for your chance to go on an XRT Rock and Roll Excursion with Tom Petty and...
Prius Route to Rock, Vol. 121: Camera Obscura, Wicker Park Fest, John Fogerty
Another Wednesday afternoon, another round of weekend concert/activity picks... A fine Scottish band entertains in Pilsen, one of the city's finest street fests takes place in Wicker Park, and a man that's written some of the most famous songs in...
Tom Petty's 5 Best Tunes
Hard to boil a giant body of work like Mr. Petty's down to a mere handful, but here's a shortlist that strikes my fancy right now at this moment in time. (Song lists are always fluid.) Do I have to remind you about our Rock and Roll Excursion with...
Seven of Jack White's Greatest Live Moments [Watch]
Jack White seems to be everywhere these days. He performs anywhere from a festival to a parking lot, all while making time to set world records and manage a record label. He’s making headlines for a reason though, the reason being that he never...
Spoon Share 'Do You' Video [Watch]
In the clip, see Brit Daniel cruising in slow motion while background shots hint at some sort of craziness happening around him. Towards the end of the video, the camera zooms out to show us that, yes, that is a Plymouth he's been driving, and we...
The Big Beat: July 21, 2014 [Playlist]
The Big Beat is Chicago Radio's premiere program for modern sounds from artists both domestic and abroad. It's the kind of music that flies just under the radar of the mainstream.
Hosted by XRT's Marty Lennartz, tune in each week to hear "what's...
5 Great Tom Petty Covers
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers not only have lots of their own tunes to choose from, they know tons of other people's work too. They'll be bringing their giant songbag to town next month for an XRT show at the United Center and we can't wait to hear...