Best of 2010

Andrew Belle

Local Anesthetic’s Best Of 2010 [Download]

Anesthetic’s “Best of ’10” including highlights from the past year’s artist interviews and the most memorable local releases. Listen to the full show & check out the playlist below. Local Anesthetic’s Best Of 2010 [DOWNLOAD] […]


Elton John and Leon Russell

Top 20 Of 2010: XRT Artist Interviews

This year was packed with incredible interviews, backstage artist access and everything in between. From our exclusive radio special with Elton John and Leon Russell recorded live in Elton’s home to an intimate conversation with […]

10/30/2012 Trends: Can Mumford And Sons Win A Grammy (Or Two)?

Any band that has more Grammy Award nominations than albums has to be doing something right, and that’s exactly where English folk stars Mumford & Sons find themselves. Their debut (and only) album Sigh No […]

01/27/2011 Trends: Will Broken Bells Ring Up A Grammy?

Rock band Broken Bells has been nominated for Best Alternative Music Album at the 2011 Grammy Awards, joining an impressive list of nominees that include, amongst others, the multi-nominated Arcade Fire. Trends looks at […]


One Artist Makes Top Ten in Four Categories in 2010 XRT Listener Poll

[photogallerylink id=23965 align=left]I know, there seems to be a pretty high number of my posts that are about [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Buddy Guy[/lastfm], but he took last night’s announcement of the 2010 XRT Listener Poll as pretty […]



2010 Listener Poll Results

We’ve revealed the results of your favorites of 2010 during our Listener Poll Gala LIVE from Craftsman Experience! Broken down by category, see which artists, albums, concerts, movies, and TV shows placed at the top […]


Guitar Solos Of The Year

  Is the recorded guitar solo an anachronism?  Does the flashy fret flourish belong to a bygone era?  Not if live performances by Widespread Panic, The John Butler Trio or Umphrey’s McGee are any indication.  However, my three […]


The Anesthetic Best Of 2010

Maybe I’m getting soft but it looks like at least fully half of what I really dug in Chicago music this past year came from singer-songwriter types including [lastfm]Matthew Santos[/lastfm] and [lastfm]Rachele Eve[/lastfm]. Neither one […]


20 Shows That Were Worth Seeing in 2010

I used to see as many as 2-3 shows a week, especially living near (and briefly working at) Double Door in the 1990’s but then that tricky adulthood thing happened, followed by having a child. […]



Audio: One DJ’s Top 10 Albums Of 2010

With 2010 100% complete, I figured I might as well go on the record here with my top 10 albums of the past year.  Lots and lots of good pop records were dropped on us […]