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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 […]


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Bob Mould Celebrates 25 Years of “Workbook”

Bob Mould has two shows in town this weekend – Saturday at The Old Town School of Folk Music and Sunday at City Winery. He’s celebrating the 25th anniversary of the release of Workbook – […]


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Perfect Songs For Those Perfect Girl Scout Cookies [Playlist]

It’s Girl Scout Cookie season.  And, if you’re like me, this once-a-year treat almost always finds its way to the pantry.  Everybody has their favorite, whether it’s the classic Thin Mint, Samoa, Tagalong, or any […]


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A Painless Public Transporation Playlist [Playlist]

You’re walking up the steps towards the platform of your Metra stop and before you can make your way towards the heating station, you see your train pulling up. The train car stops with the […]


Smashing Pumpkins Perform At The Gibson Amphitheatre

Watch The Smashing Pumpkins Celebrate ‘Siamese Dream’ Live At The Metro In 1993 [Video]

It was the album that got rock fans to take a break from saying “Seattle.”


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Let’s Get Physical: The Highest Album Sales In 2013

In today’s age of Internet piracy, sales of CD’s, vinyl, and cassettes have dropped significantly from back in the day. In fact, 2012 was the first year digital sales of music outsold physical copies. According […]


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Dibs Or No Dibs?

Ah, it’s that most wonderful time of the year. The city looks like a frosted confection of pure white icing, through which you must chip and shovel and dig and haul, just so you can […]



Mayor Rahm Emanuel Declares Terri Hemmert Day In Chicago! [Listen]

In celebration of Terri Hemmert’s 40 years at WXRT, Mayor Rahm Emanuel made a surprise visit to WXRT studios to declare December 18, 2013 Terri Hemmert Day in the City of Chicago. Listen below as “The Dude” (as Terri calls him) surprises her with this very special honor.


CTA Holiday train at Damen stop, circa 2005

10 Ways To Make The Most Of Your Holiday In Chicago

Ah, the holidays in the city. While ice skating in Millennium Park and parading past the windows at Marshall Field’s Macy’s is endearing for a year or two, you’re soon itching to discover the hidden […]


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GRAMMY Hall of Fame Inducts 27 New Recordings from Dolly Parton, The Rolling Stones, U2 and More

The GRAMMY Hall of Fame was established in 1973 to honor recordings of lasting qualitative or historical significance that are at least 25 years old. According to, inductees are selected by a “special member committee of eminent and knowledgeable professionals from all branches of the recording arts.”