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Front to Back, Side to Side: Albums Best Enjoyed When Listened to from Start to Finish. (Part 2)
Picking up from last week's Front to Back, Side to Side: Albums Best Enjoyed When Listened to from Start to Finish. (Part 1) - back at Tony’s in Brookfield, between 2 and 3am, reading over the Record Store Day release list between bites of an...
Listen to a New Bruce Springsteen Song, 'Hurry Up Sundown'
Last week the E Street Band was getting inducted into the Rock Hall of Fame. This week, the world gets to hear a new Bruce Springsteen song from the forthcoming album American Beauty EP (why yes, that is also the name of a seminal Grateful Dead...
David Byrne/Talking Heads Friday Feature -- XRT Must Be The Place
Imagine (or remember) what FM radio sounded like back in the late 1970's when Talking Heads first emerged. They were ahead of their time, and XRT took great pride in supporting their music from the very beginning. Join us for a day devoted to the...
The Lin Brehmer Collection: Picture Discs
In the late ‘70’s and early ‘80’s, record companies augmented their promotional largess with picture discs. Pictures would cover singles and LP’s, but these vinyl discs were still playable. Sometimes they would simply issue colored vinyl. Other...
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See You At The Record Store!
Saturday is Record Store Day. There is a ton of information on our website about special offers and stores in the Chicago area. Get out there. Browse. Mingle. Buy. I still miss the Saturday afternoons where I would make the rounds at Rose...
Snowboarding In The Flatlands?
I'm a snowboarder. I live in Chicago. Other than having a couple of Patagonia stores and a rad Burton Flagship store on E. Walton in the Gold Coast, this part of my life is pretty much screwed. Most of my vacation time is saved up for the winter...
Record Store Owners Talk About Vinyl Love & Why Record Store Day Has Changed Music
"The customers love it because they get these special releases that are kind of limited. But at the same time it gets people to realize what the stores all about. Sometimes we get some people in here that haven't been here in a while and they're...
New Chicago Music On This Sunday Night's Local Anesthetic!
The exclamation point is for the fact that I'll be playing brand spanking new Bon Mots! These guys have had my number since their 2003 debut le Main Drag and sealed the deal with 2007's Forty Days and Forty Nights with the Bon Mots. Combine the...
Find Comfort And Records In Logan Square
The Comfort Station at 2579 North Milwaukee Avenue is a restored warming house that hosts a variety of events. This week for Record Store Day 4/19 The Numero Record Store will temporarily move into the Comfort Station. On 4/21 you can enjoy some...
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Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic Talk Preparing for Nirvana's Rock Hall Induction, Band's Future
Minds were blown last week when surviving Nirvana members Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic got together to perform songs by their former band for the first time since Kurt Cobain walked the earth, about two decades ago.
'Super Duper Alice Cooper' Documentary Trailer [Watch]
Alice Cooper has participated in a documentary about his career that's being billed as a "doc opera." Super Duper Alice Cooper premieres at the Tribeca Film Festival with screenings around the country to follow. Elton John, Dee Snider, Iggy Pop and...
Local H Leave Their Mark On Lorde's "Team" [Watch]
The internet has brought us a lot of covers of Lorde's music, but nothing quite like this. Veteran rockers Local H have provided their take on the popular song, "Team." It's a fitting cover as the song talks about living in cities you'll never see on...
The National's Second Night In Second City
After the DJ pointed out that, according to the traditional lore of the theater, the second performance of a four night stand was the magic show, the National proved that was indeed the case. Perhaps their own lyrics, 'I was carried to Ohio in a...