Pearce has, like most of us, moved on from bor­ing ra­dio, and in­stead plays his driv­ing sound­track from his phone. Sadly, he has yet to dis­cover al­lyou-can-eat stream­ing ser­vices, mean­ing we’re stuck with a rather slen­der se­lec­tion. Our pro­tag­o­nist is a lit­tle too in love with his home town as well: he likes songs by artists from Chicago (Smash­ing Pump­kins, Cur­tis May­field), that once lived in Chicago (Alice Cooper), that have Chicago in the ti­tle (Flat­foot 56’s Win­ter In Chicago) or are by the band Chicago (Wake Up Sun­shine). You can find an­other cou­ple of dozen songs out in the world to aug­ment that list, but it’s still not enough, es­pe­cially once you edit the playlist to your tastes. It’s an un­wel­come bum note in a genre in which mu­sic plays such a vi­tal role.

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