Kevin Barnes

New Music Thursday: of Montreal – Empyrean Abattoir [Listen]

We love to highlight the newest of the new every Thursday on the radio at XRT, so why not keep the new ones coming on the site as well?  of Montreal is actually of Athens, […]



Thanksgiving Weekend Live Music Picks w/Lucinda Williams, Benoit & Sergio, Ha Ha Tonka

It’s the day before Thanksgiving and while a lot of people completely mail it in on this day, I won’t leave you hanging like that.  The concert picks must be posted.  You have a long […]


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Bears Slaughter Rule: A Playlist [Listen]

What can you say? The Packers scored 42 points in the first half. Rodgers threw 6 (can that be right?) touchdown passes. The Bears are 3-6. The Bears have skidded to the bottom. And so […]



Prius Route to Rock, Vol. 134: We Were Promised Jetpacks, Dum Dum Girls, Drive-By Truckers

Whoa, what’s this here?  A doubleheader at Metro on Friday night?  The legendary venue in Wrigleyville gives us quality entertainment night after night, but this Friday night it’s an early show and a late show.  Both […]



Prius Route to Rock, Vol. 125: Deer Tick, Röyksopp & Robyn, 30X30 Blues Party

Lots going on this weekend with a Saturday night show @ Metro (always a good time), a couple of Scandinavia’s finest artists team up on one of the city’s most picturesque stages and the host […]


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The Budos Band Brings The Party To Metro (Concertgoers Blog)

If those of us at Metro on saturday night didn’t know about the storms going on outside, it’s simply because we were having too much fun with The Budos Band to care. The eight-piece instrumental […]


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The ‘XRT Morning Show Week In Review [Listen]

It’s the end of the week, so let’s take a look back at some of the topics that we touched upon on the WXRT Morning Show with Lin Brehmer and Mary Dixon: Mary reported that […]



Hot Stove Cool Music Tomorrow at Metro [Watch]

10 REASONS TO BE AT METRO THIS FRIDAY NIGHT. This Friday is the annual Hot Stove Cool Music Benefit at Metro. 100% of the proceeds will benefit the Foundation To Be Named Later, a charity […]


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Lin Gets the Led Out For Friday Feature Robert Plant & Friends [Watch]

It ain’t easy covering Led Zeppelin. When a band’s sound is compared to the Hammer of the Gods, they are not easily copied or covered. What does this mean? Some of my favorite Led Zeppelin […]



Prius Route to Rock, Vol. 110: The Both, American Beer Classic, TEEN

A weekend on the horizon with highs in the 70s?  Get outta town!  Well, inland highs in the 70s is what the forecast says as of right now.  Hey, at least we’re not looking at […]