Mavis Staples Chats With XRTWe could listen to Mavis Staples tell stories all day long. Watch as she speaks about her latest album 'Livin' On A High Note' and the collaborative process she had with 12 different songwriters.
The Birth Of New OrderJust as Joy Division was beginning to connect with a larger audience and launch themselves into a tour, though, Ian Curtis hung himself. The remaining members scrambled to reorganize with a new name and an expanded lineup, and in 1980, New Order was born.
How Tom Petty's Mistook Ocean Sounds To Create An Iconic LyricA scruffy young band out of Gainesville, Florida, had just signed a recording deal and put out their first record naming it after themselves: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. The first single, “Breakdown,” barely cracked the Top 40 which seems amazing for a song that’s such a crowd pleaser today. But what really gained them notice was the second single, “American Girl.”
Tedeschi Trucks Band Live From Studio XThe Tedeschi Trucks Band came by Reggie's for a Live From Studio X show just hours before their sold out XRT Show. Watch highlights of the performance here.
How Peter Gabriel Created One Of His Biggest Hit SongsPeter Gabriel was working on his first solo record after leaving his longtime role as the lead singer of Genesis. He had written a song that he later told an interviewer was about “being prepared to lose what you have for what you might get.”
Wild Belle On The Blue Cross Blue Shield Performance StageWild Belle came by XRT to discuss their new album and perform a few songs
2015 XRT Music & Movies Poll GalaWatch the results of the 2015 Music & Movies Poll as revealed LIVE from City Winery!
Can Music Change The World? [Rock & Roll Reality Check]It started with a TV show. A 1984 BBC special about the famine that was devastating the people of Ethiopia. Bob Geldof and his wife, British TV personality Paula Yates, had watched the report on the famine one evening and were moved by it.
John Lennon's Anti-War Roots Spurred His Biggest Christmas SongIn December 1969, the couple purchased billboards in cities around the world to post the message, “War is Over (if you want it). Happy Christmas from John and Yoko.”
The Story Behind The Iconic "Gimme Shelter" VoiceSinger Merry Clayton has one of the most memorable guest spots in the Rolling Stones song "Gimme Shelter", here's her story.
The Song That Saved U2U2 had been struggling for weeks to craft a new vision of themselves and their music, and it wasnʼt coming together at all. Faced with the challenge of following up on The Joshua Tree‘s massive success and painfully aware of the dismal reception their movie Rattle and Hum received, the members of U2 were beginning to wonder whether they’d lost their touch.
Why David Bowie Never Officially Became David BowieDavid Bowie has been called a rock ‘n’ roll chameleon. But interestingly for the man himself, there is no official record of a name change.
Blitzen Trapper Perform At XRT's Open Your City ConcertBlitzen Trapper performed at the Virgin Hotel on October 7th as part of XRT's Open Your City concert
Wrigley Field Sunrise TimelapseThe XRT Morning Show had a stunning view of the sunrise over Wrigley Field today, so we decided to share it with you all!