Local Anesthetic

After 26 years, Local Anesthetic ended its run in Dec 2017

It’s XRT’s weekly shot of Chicago music hosted by Richard Milne, primarily focusing on new music and artists but also showcasing Chicago greats of the last 50 years.

The 26th Annual (and final) Local Anesthetic Holiday Spectacular, Sunday Night, Christmas Eve at 10!!!

The final episode of Local Anesthetic is also the 2017 Holiday Spectacular. Sunday night at 10pm here on WXRT. Check out the list of bands that you’ll hear exclusive Holiday greetings from this year.


“Hi-Fi Christmas Guitar” With Joel Paterson On This Sunday’s Local Anesthetic

“Hi-Fi Christmas Guitar” features outstanding playing and spirit. An instant Holiday classic from one of Chicago’s finest guitarists. Bravo, Joel!


Playlist And Audio For Local Anesthetic’s History of Chicago Funk and Soul (Chapter 12)

Our guest DJ/instructor/Chicago r&b sommelier, Dante Carfagna, dropped by armed with what he deemed the “quintessential Chicago 45s from 1965-1975”. He did not disappoint. Here is our final chapter in Local Anesthetic’s decade long “History of Chicago Funk and Soul”. Enjoy.


The History of Chicago Funk And Soul (Chapter 12) This Sunday Night On Local Anesthetic

Our annual group study of rare 45s from Chicago’s deep well of r&b with noted chronic record collector (and soul aficionado) Dante Carfagna


Local Anesthetic Holiday Spectacular

All area bands and musicians are welcome to participate.


New Chicago Music Playlist On Local Anesthetic, Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017

The latest releases from Anti/Beyond, Marty Casey, The Warmth, The Red Plastic Buddha, Pool Holograph and Sons of the Never Wrong on Local Anesthetic.


Fletcher Rockwell On Local Anesthetic, Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017

Fletcher Rockwell’s new “Help Me Get Better” is a solid and steady affair. Meet the band and get a preview of the album before its official release this Friday, exclusively on Local Anesthetic.


Local Anesthetic Playlist For Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017

Great new Chicago releases from Varsity, Old Shoe, Stopt Clox, Fletcher Rockwell, Panda Riot and South City Revival on Local Anesthetic!


Ratboys on Local Anesthetic!

A lovely chat with Ratboys vocalist/guitarist Julia Steiner on Local Anesthetic last night. Lots of talk of songwriting and singing and life on the road and what lays ahead for an act that’s just begun to tap in to the magic of their music. Catch this current snapshot of a this talented troupe on last night’s Local Anesthetic on WXRT.


The Local Anesthetic New Chicago Music Playlist For Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017

New releases from The Giving Tree, The North 41, Ratboys (my guests on this upcoming Sunday’s Anesthetic), The Kickback, Ovef Ow and Local Motive.


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