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Hump Day Unusual Moment: Jim Backus “Delicious”

Actor Jim Backus was the dad in Rebel Without A Cause. Before he was the voice of the cartoon Mr. Magoo and Mr. Howell on Gilligan’s Island, Jim Backus was an unlikely pop star in […]


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Gary Shandling, Jeff Garlin, and Bob Mould Star in New Ryan Adams Album Teaser [Watch]

Why the focus on parakeet-killing music?  Hey, it’s an album teaser and whatever gets the word out, right?  Ryan’s self-titled album comes out today and to promote it, he enlisted the services of Garry Shandling, […]


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New Music Thursday: Karen O – ‘Day Go By’

We love mixing in the newest of the new on Thursdays at XRT, both on-air and online.  Karen O of Yeah Yeah Yeahs has recorded a solo album by the name of Crush Songs that […]



Prius Route to Rock, Vol. 127: Hideout Block Party, JD McPherson, The English Beat

Summer isn’t quite officially over, but if you have kids in school it is!  Football’s back, the weather cools off and the live music starts to head indoors until late spring, but not before we […]


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Hump Day Unusual Moment: Shellac “New Number Order”

Here are some things I know about Steve Albini. He plays poker every week and he’s good enough that if I were to play, he would take every dime I had. Steve loves baseball and […]


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WE Care A Lot: Faith No More To Release First Album In 18 Years

Rolling Stone is reporting that legendary Bay Area band Faith No More will be releasing their first album in 18 years sometime next year.  Bassist Bill Gould says that the band is free and clear […]


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New Music Thursday: Zola Jesus – ‘Dangerous Days’ [Watch]

Since it’s the day where we share more new records than usual on the radio, it would make sense to use the website to visually complement New Music Thursday.  Album #5 from Zola Jesus will […]



Prius Route to Rock, Vol. 126: Chicago Jazz Festival, North Coast Music Festival, Sox/Cubs

Labor Day Weekend is on the horizon and you might be looking for a few ways to spend summer’s unofficial final weekend.  We have music fests for you!  Oh, no, we’re not done with those […]


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Music To Move In By — Frank E. Lee’s House Hunters Soundtrack

I hopefully make my debut on the next episode of House Hunters, the popular show on HGTV, August 27 — 9pm. (Check local listings.) My daughter Kara and her husband Kevin are the real stars of the show as they try to find a place to call their own right here in Chicago.



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