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New Music Thursday: Ratatat – “Cream on Chrome” [Watch]

It’s been 5 years since the last full album?  Welcome back, Evan and Mike! “Cream on Chrome” is a selection from the forthcoming album, Magnifique, and it’s been getting spins on Monday night program The Big […]

WXRT–06/04/2015

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The Big Beat: June 1, 2015 [Playlist]

It felt good to finally have the full Jamie xx album in hand for last night’s show.  That Titus Andronicus jam only gets better with each spin and the Holly Herndon record requires at least […]

WXRT–06/02/2015

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Watch the Rolling Stones Play “Hang On Sloopy” for First Time in Nearly 50 Years

Story By Marty Kaleta During the Columbus, Ohio date of their current Zip Code tour, the Rolling Stones broke out “Hang On Sloopy” for the first time since 1966. The McCoy’s version is the official […]

WXRT–06/01/2015

Bruce Springsteen stands onstage, holding an electric guitar at his side during a concert, 1980s. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Revisiting the Classics: Springsteen Talks about His Father, Vietnam, And “The River”

I don’t know what got into me over the weekend, but I was craving some meat and potatoes, blue collar, hard working, union-dues-paying heartland rock, and Springsteen’s Live 1975-1985 version of “The River” satisfied my […]

WXRT–06/01/2015

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2015 Summer Concert Preview: 12 Shows To Circle On Your Calendar

To semi-quote Lin, summer is a great time to be alive for so many reasons. You won’t get judged for multiple ice cream trips per day, the wind doesn’t hurt you, and there’s a variety of tremendous musicians headed to Chicago this summer for your enjoyment. First, we are going to look at the biggest shows of the summer that are currently chugging along the hype train. Then, I’ll highlight some key shows to try to go out and see this summer.

05/29/2015

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Watch As Lin Solicits Donations At Dunkin’ Donuts With Bill Wennington And Lisa Madigan

Earlier this morning, the XRT Morning Show broadcast live from the Dunkin’ Donuts in Deerfield as part of their Cop on Top event benefitting the Special Olympics Illinois.

05/29/2015

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“In The End, The Police Were Just Better At It Than Anyone Else” Rock & Roll Reality Check Ep. 5 [Watch]

The sound of The Police that truly caught our ears as music fans was the reggae flavored rock they created. So if they were originally a punk band, where did the idea to play reggae come from?

05/29/2015

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Jason’s Top 5 Riot Fest Acts

Riot Fest has grown exponentially over the past few years going from a series of club shows throughout the city to a major, destination-type 3-day festival in Humboldt Park Douglas Park.  With the 2015 lineup announcement and ticket on-sale earlier this week excitement and interest are high, so I thought it would be fun to throw up a post listing the top 5 acts that jumped off of the bill when I glanced at it the other day…

WXRT–05/29/2015

Neon Indian

Neon Indian Return with “Annie” [Listen]

It’s been almost four years since they released Era Extraña and almost six since the chillwave classic Psychic Chasms came out, so if Neon Indian had fallen off of your radar, it would be understandable.  […]

WXRT–05/27/2015