These collections from Chicago FM veteran WXRT aren't known for their risk-taking spirit. However, they always provide a few live highlights from XRT play list regulars, and volume four of Onxrt: Live from the Archives isn't any different. It includes Shawn Colvin emoting her way through an incredible "Diamond in the Rough," Matthew Sweet turning to his acoustic guitar for "Girlfriend," and Iggy Pop smashing things over his head on a cranking and trashy "1969." Other participants include Barenaked Ladies ("Alternative Girlfriend"), Sheryl Crow ("Leaving Las Vegas"), Pretenders ("My City Was Gone"), Grateful Dead ("Sugaree"), and Tom Waits, who tumbles through "Emotional Weather Report" as if he just opened a jazz cabaret in your living room.
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AllMusic Review by Johnny Loftus