Sean McEntee

Staff Writer

Kanye West Goes Ivy League

Chicago’s own Kanye West continues to dazzle the world with his brilliance after giving a brief lecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design yesterday. The talk was apparently the start of “design lecture series” through DONDA, West’s creative design agency.


10 Of The Darkest Musicians

Darkness is a wide spectrum. For the sake of diversity and inclusiveness, this list is compiled to reflect various locations on the darkness spectrum, from depressed and morose (lyrically and personally), to stage presence, to outright disgusting. Here’s an (incomplete) list of ten musicians who dabble in misery, shock value and the darker side of life.


Inside The Album: Pearl Jam’s ‘Lightning Bolt’ [First Listen]

After a series of countdown clocks and announcements and the release of the single “Mind Your Manners” this summer, Pearl Jam’s tenth studio album Lightning Bolt is streaming now on iTunes, a week earlier than the original October 15 release date. Lightning Bolt is the band’s follow up to 2009’s Backspacer, and according to guitarist […]


10 Of The Worst & Most Overrated Rock Songs

Creating a “worst of” list is hard. Sure, it’s easy, and obviously more pleasant to talk about our favorite songs—the “bests” and the “greats”—because it create a connection between people. A bond forged over shared musical interests is one that lasts a lifetime, even if that’s the only basis for the relationship. Music brings us […]


Rock, Revolution Brewing & ‘Repo Man’

It’s difficult for Revolution Brewing’s craft beers to go unnoticed at the bar—the tap is a fist, after all. Founded by husband and wife Josh Deth and Krista Sahakian in 2010, Revolution Brewing has become a local staple in the craft beer business headquarters out of Logan Square. Revolution continues to grow as the popularity of craft beer rises, and with a bold name and iconic fist leading the charge of its brews, we have to wonder: What music is leading the charge?


Cloning Music Legends: John Lennon To Be Resurrected From Auctioned Tooth?

There are a wide variety of fans, but none quite like this: Daniel Zuk, a dentist and die hard Beatles fan in Canada, claims he’s going to attempt to clone John Lennon using the DNA from one of the musicians teeth, which he purchased at an auction. His logic is pretty basic. If scientists think […]


Best Of The Fest: Lollapalooza Interview Highlights [Watch]

Another year, another August, another great weekend at Lollapalooza. It was the festival’s ninth year in Chicago’s Grant Park, and the weather was better than ever. Marty Lennartz and the XRT Crew were backstage the entire festival to bring the best of Lollapalooza to you. Let’s break it down one day at a time. Friday […]


Vampire Weekend Live From Lollapalooza [Watch]

Vampire Weekend released Modern Vampires of the City this year, four years after the wildly successful Contra, which was nominated for a Grammy. They made their first appearance on the stage in two years at Pitchfork Musical Festival last summer, but are back in the groove and playing, yet again, at Lollapalooza. “Now that we’re […]


Phoenix Rises Anew With ‘Bankrupt!’ Album, Return To Lollapalooza [Watch]

In 2010, they played the final XRT Aftershow for Lollapalooza. Three years later, they’re closing out the festival in the park as headliners. Phoenix has been on tour since April, coinciding with the release of their fifth studio album, Bankrupt! Following the success of Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, band members Thomas Mars and Deck d’Arcy said […]


Lollapalooza Scratches Concertgoers’ Itch For Jake Bugg [Watch]

At just 19 years old, Jake Bugg is already working on his second studio album and playing the festival circuit in both the U.S. and the UK. Bugg played the “Introducing State” at the Glastonbury Festival in 2011 when he was 17, and he released his debut self-titled album last year. And to think…it all […]



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