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Hump Day Unusual Moment: Preston Penn “Little Pee Wee (Christmas Tree)”

Preston Penn was born in Oklahoma in 1930. A World War II veteran, Mr. Penn raised quarter horses and rabbits in Texas for most of his life. He also dabbled in the recording business. Christmas […]



DJ Problems, Lin Brehmer’s Morning Struggle [Watch]

No one ever said being a DJ was easy, especially when the world is seemingly against you.


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Big Holiday Concert Headliner St. Vincent Shows Off Her Soccer Skills

First of all, if you’re not yet set up with tickets for the first of two XRT/Bud Light Big Holiday Concerts tomorrow night with St. Vincent and Future Islands at the Chicago Theatre, you can […]



Thanksgiving Weekend Live Music Picks w/Lucinda Williams, Benoit & Sergio, Ha Ha Tonka

It’s the day before Thanksgiving and while a lot of people completely mail it in on this day, I won’t leave you hanging like that.  The concert picks must be posted.  You have a long […]


The none-more-blackness that will envelop parts of the U.S. on August 21, 2017. (Photo: Jason Thomas)

1000 Days From Next Total Solar Eclipse in North America

When Universe Today posted about the event yesterday, they did it with the nice, round number of 1000, but I’m pretty sure it’s 1000 today.  Either way, the next total solar eclipse that can be […]


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Lin’s Bin: Hipsters

Bert Miklosi asks, What’s the deal with Hipsters? Hipsters appear in our world fully formed. They were never in diapers. They never wore Cub Scout uniforms. Their parents did not influence their musical taste. Or […]


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The Flaming Lips & Yoko Ono’s New Version of ‘Happy Xmas (War Is Over)’

The Flaming Lips are no strangers when it comes to covering the classics.  They’ve just released their version of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (With A Little Help From My Fwends), and they’re not […]


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An Early Thanksgiving: A Day Of Giving For The Red Cross

Let’s take a break from calculating shopping lists and navigating family tensions. Let’s do something nice for people facing real crises by donating to the American Red Cross. Please listen in: I’ll be broadcasting all […]


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You Oughta See This Adorable Baby Sea Otter [Watch]

After how this week’s been going with early sub-zero temperatures, traffic being snarled due to the shuttered school in Lincoln Park catching fire & the water being used to put it out freezing up the […]



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