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]

Preservation Hall Jazz Band And Dave Grohl Blow Up Colbert

On the eve Of The New Orleans Heritage and Jazz Festival, the legendary ‘Nawlins ensemble Preservation Hall Jazz Band celebrated their new Dave Sitek (TV On The Radio) produced album,”So It Is” by spending the evening on Late Show With Stephen Colbert.

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Phoenix Due To Rise June 9th! I Remember When They Played On The Floor

Just announced, the sixth Phoenix album will be released June 9th through Glassnote Records.


When Petty Jammed 90,000 at Bonnaroo

Among my favorite Petty concerts are the two times I saw him play Bonnaroo in 2006 and 2013. Both times he really got into the Bonnaroo vibe by acknowledging that he was there to “jam”. Unlike many artists who play that festival, he knew where he was that night.


The Night Barry Winograd Got Insulted By Don Rickles

A few years ago I went with a bunch of pals to see Rickles do his act at a casino in Hammond. To our surprize the host of XRT’s Jazz Transfusion, Barry Winograd was in his band for the show.


Wax Trax! Returns With New Documentary And Panel Chats

For one day this weekend, Wax Trax! will once again be at the center of Chicago’s rock culture with two test screenings of the soon to be released documentary “Industrial Accident: The Story of Wax Trax!


Why Arcade Fire’s 2005 Lollapalooza Performance Vaulted Them To Stardom

The Lollapalooza 2017 line up has a good number of highlights, but the one that’s the most exciting headliner for me is Arcade Fire.


Berry and Lennon Reelin’ and Rockin’ On Daytime TV

Since Chuck Berry’s passing on Saturday, you’ve undoubtedly seen the John Lennon quote, “If you tried to give rock n’ roll another name, you might have to call it Chuck Berry”.


The Night The Orwells Took Over Letterman

Today I mentioned how The Orwells national rep was forged the night they made their TV debut on Late Night With David Letterman in 2014 and singer Mario Cuomo went wonderfully out of control


Spoon Feeding Us New Songs On Late Night TV

This week Spoon spent time sitting in green rooms waiting to play songs for late night TV fans and/or people who watch videos online. That’s you my friend!


Fleet Foxes Return With Crack-Up

When Fleet Foxes headlined the 2011 Pitchfork Festival I remember standing in the field at Union Park, soaking up the dynamic harmonies and incredible musicianship and excitedly proclaiming to whoever was standing around me that Fleet Foxes was indie rock’s next superstar band.



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