Marty Lennartz

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WXRT’s Marty Lennartz says his most irrational act turned out to be his best move. He quit his job in the car rental business to produce Terri Hemmert’s morning show for 25 bucks per week. That gig turned into a full-time air shift in 1986 when Marty became the overnight host and kept XRT’s midnight lamp burning for the next 20 years. [Read Marty’s Full Bio]

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Last Minute Tickets Released for Wilco Winterlude!

All four shows have been sold out for weeks, but earlier today, a very limited number of tickets were released for the first two nights, Wednesday and Thursday

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Dawes performs at Mumford & Sons 4D XRT Concert (photo: Will Byington)

Mandy Moore Rolls With Dawes in New Video

For those who’s eyes well up on a weekly basis watching the decade hopping family drama “This Is Us”, the appreciation of Mandy Moore, matriarch of the Pearson family grows with every episode. Taylor Goldsmith, lead singer of Dawes, feels the same way.

02/16/2017

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Why Jack Johnson Always Likes To Be By A Body Of Water When He Tours

The first time I met Jack Johnson, I interviewed the laid back singin’ and songwritin’ surfer dude during XRT’s coverage of The Vegoose Festival, a defunct Halloween weekend that took place in the desert playground of Las Vegas.

02/14/2017

2009 Lollapalooza Music Festival - Day 1

New Depeche Mode Video: Where’s The Revolution

“Where’s The Revolution” is the first song from Depeche Mode’s forthcoming album, Spirit, and today the band released the video, directed by photgrapher and filmaker Anton Corbijn.

02/09/2017

The Hideout

The Hideout “SXSW Send-Off Party” Announced And Ready To Rock March 11!

What would SXSW, the largest music festival in the world, be without Chicago bands? That is a question that never has to answered if The Hideout has anything to say about it.

02/08/2017

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It’s a Wilco-WINterlude! We’re Giving Away Tickets For Their Chicago Theatre Shows All Week

It almost goes without saying that whenever Wilco plays hometown shows, its always something special.

02/07/2017

(Photo Lin Brehmer)

“I’m So Happy It’s Friday Night!”

Today we’re celebrating Lin Brehmer’s 25th Anniversary hosting The XRT Morning Show.

I know from my own experience filling in for Lin over the years, getting up to host a morning show that begins at 5:30 in the morning is not easy.

02/02/2017

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Ryley Walker Added As Opener For Los Lobos at Tivoli!

Today on my show I had the extreme pleasure of announcing that now Chicago’s singer, songwriter and finger picking guitar stylist extraordinaire, Ryley Walker will be opening the Los Lobos shows.

01/31/2017

David Byrne and St Vincent at Bonnaroo - June 16th, 2013 (photo by Nate Azark)

David Byrne Releases Trailer for his New Documentary: Contemporary Color

In the summer of 2015, David Byrne staged an event at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center to celebrate the creativity of Color Guard: synchronized dance routines involving flags, rifles, and sabers, colloquially known as “the sport of the arts.

01/30/2017

View of automobiles and a bus in a snow covered parking lot, during a winter blizzard in Chicago, IL, January 1967. (Photo by Robert Abbott Sengstacke/Getty Images)

Remembering The Great Chicago Blizzard of 1967

The city was brought to a standstill. Side streets were impassable. There was so much snow, we couldn’t even skitch on the back of cars. There were no cars. 50,00 autos were abandoned.

01/26/2017

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