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Hump Day Unusual Moment: Les Claypool’s Duo De Twang “Stayin’ Alive”

After encountering some live versions of this cover version, I was eager to hear what happened when they brought the magic to the studio. This smokin’ cover of “Stayin’ Alive” is available on the album […]

03/19/2014

Photo by Mary Dixon

Get Out And Vote, Ya Big Baby!

This is the message we at the XRT Morning Show like to send every election day. It’s a variation on the ol’ trope, “if you don’t vote, you can’t bitch.” We only say it because […]

WXRT–03/18/2014

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St. Patrick’s Day Mixtape [Listen]

This Monday’s Lin’s Bin is a response to a question about Irish rockers we should know besides U2. Some of the Emerald Isle ensembles I mention are obvious. Van Morrison and Thin Lizzy, for example. […]

WXRT–03/17/2014

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Hangin’ with the Official St. Paddy’s Day Band [Listen]

The Shannon Rovers Irish Pipe Band stopped by the studio this morning to serenade Lin Brehmer and Mary Dixon on the WXRT Morning Show. They’re the city of Chicago’s official St. Patrick’s Day band and […]

03/14/2014

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A St. Paddy’s Day Primer [Listen]

93XRT will be there to dye the Chicago River Green. We’ll have a float in the Southside Irish Parade. I have bravely volunteered to ride that float down Western Avenue this Sunday. On St. Patrick’s […]

03/13/2014

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Lin Brehmer’s Pi Day Playlist

In an inconstant world, we should not be surprised that we have seized on March 14th to exalt a mathematical constant. Pi. This is not an XRT-invented holiday. In 2009 The United State House of […]

03/13/2014

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The 80s Explained, By Kevin Bacon [Watch]

Rule Number One: If it happened before you were born, you are not excused from learning about it. Kevin Bacon, AKA Ren McCormack from “Footloose,” is down with this rule. He wants kids today to […]

WXRT–03/12/2014

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Rainn Wilson’s Interview of Harold Ramis [Watch]

Rainn Wilson of The Office and Six Feet Under conducted an interview with the late great Harold Ramis back in 2010 for a book he was putting out about profound existential questions called SoulPancake. One […]

03/12/2014

•	Three sisters Helen, Betty, and Dorothy Wiggins formed a band in Fremont, New Hampshire with the direction of their father, Austin Wiggins. Their studio album Philosophy of the World was recorded in a single day and just as quickly, they faded away. The band was rediscovered in 1980 with a reissue of their album and The Rolling Stone gave the Shaggs "Comeback of the Year" honors.

Hump Day Unusual Moment: The Shaggs “My Pal Foot Foot”

This is why I have so much to learn about being cool. I never understood how The Shaggs became a hipster’s delight. Sisters whose domineering father insisted they pursue a recording career. Here’s the problem: […]

03/12/2014