Lara Mondae

Overnights: Wednesday & Thursday 1-5:30AM, Saturday Midnight-5AM

The Cliff’s Notes version: I was born, stuff happened that made me love music, and then I was hired by WXRT.

The Encyclopaedia Britannica (where I spent three years as an art director) version: My earliest memories of music came from my mother who had a pretty good record collection that she played on a stereo with those old super sized speakers. I spent many hours curled up in a lime green bean bag chair, listening to albums through huge headphones. [Read Lara’s Full Bio]

Lollapolooza 2011 “The Sun Was High- So Was I”

Past experinces hanging out with mother nature at Lolla.


Come A Little Closer: Four Bands To Check Out

Lara Mondae and Matt Schultz connect on “Let’s Wrestle”, a stellar band from the UK… “I won’t Lie To You”.


Check Out Art By Wild Belle’s Elliot Bergman: Praxis

>Want to see some cool art this weekend? One of our featured artists on WXRT these days is a local talent that goes by the name of Wild Belle. They recently played a sold out XRT show at Chicago Metro (1/15/16) and lit up the room at the Tomorrow Never Knows Fest.


May I Recommend In Tall Buildings At Downtown Sound In A Couple Weeks?

If you are heading down to see Matthew Sweet perform July 13, 6:30p.m. at the 2015 Downtown Sound Millenium Park’s Free Monday Night Series @ Jay Pritzker Pavilion, may I suggest you get there early enough to see “In Tall Buildings”? This Chicago band is driven by visionary Erik Hall (singer, song writer and guitarist) […]


A Bird In A Canyon- Playing With Nature

Andrew Bird is harmonizing with natural forces to enhance his already soul captivating sounds. His new release “Echolocations: Canyon” is a seven part instrumental piece recorded in the Coyote Gulch canyons of Utah. This is the first in a series of short films and recordings documenting site specific compositions. It’s a breath of fresh air that […]


Liam Hayes and Plush bring “Slurrup” to Schuba’s

In support of the new album “Slurrup” Liam Hayes and Plush will be performing a record release show Saturday, January 31, 2015 at Schuba’s. Marty Lennartz featured “Fokus” on The Big Beat as the song of the week.  Watch the video here: If I haven’t lost your attention to Facebook I will tell you how […]


In Class With Wilco: Connect The Dots From Bill Fay To Peter Laughner.

In the month of December Wilco will play six shows at the Riviera (4746 N Racine Ave) in the winter wonderland of Chicago. They are the XRT Holiday Concert for the Kids: Wilco Winterlude 2014. Concert goers are urged to bring a new, unwrapped toy or Children’s book for the kids at Chicago area Children’s […]


Get Your Ghoul On With Five Frightening Films

With Halloween lurking around the corner the scary films are beckoning us again.  These are the films I love to return to each October just for the thrill of it.


“Waitin’ 4 U” Foxygen Teaser

If you are on the fence about grabbing some boards for the upcoming XRT/Heineken Big Beat Foxygen shows 10/16-10/17 at Lincoln Hall. Then check out this heartache, old school sounding blues song from this California band’s first studio album, Take the Kids Off Broadway. It was released by Jagjaguwar in July, 2012.  It’s an album that takes […]


Three gems: Foxygen, Diane Coffee and Gary Wilson

Foxygen, a rediculously talented band is playing a couple XRT/Heineken Big Beat Shows in October. Chicago’s own The Blisters and Dub Thompson open Thursday 10/16 and Friday 10/17 at Lincoln Hall. Foxygen is a four piece band from  Westlake Village, California, formed in 2005 by Jonathan Rado and Sam France when they were both fifteen. The band self produced a pocketful of cds, which are more of […]




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