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THE BIG BEAT: August 3, 2015 [Playlist]

What’s new this week? All of it, really. We debuted a track from Manchester legends New Order, Minnesota favs Low, gave another spin to Georgia, The Chemical Brothers, Tame Impala, and Kurt Vile… Sample away, […]


Sir Paul at Lollapalooza, 2015 (photo: Jason Thomas)

One DJ’s Crazy Lollapalooza Weekend

That was a long weekend. It always is. I’m sitting there at Metro last night, watching The Kills, a band that’s anything but sleep-inducing, and I’m looking like my dad on the couch after lunch […]


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Metallica: The Band of My Youth

As a DJ at XRT for the past 9 years, I’ve met a lot of cool and interesting people in the line of duty at concerts, station events, etc., and a lot of those people […]


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Gus From alt-J Talks Writing Outside Their Comfort Zone, Pizza, and Going From a Quartet To a Trio

English Rockers, alt-J, are coming off a sold-out performance at Red Rocks in Denver where they shared the venue with TV On The Radio. This marks their first return to Chicago since last November. Supporting […]


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How Lollapalooza Evolved Into What It Is Today [Rock & Roll Reality Check Ep. 8]

It started off as a way to say goodbye to their fans.


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THE BIG BEAT: July 27, 2015 [Playlist]

10pm White Reaper – “Pills” (Polyvinyl) Protomartyr – “Why Does It Shake?” (Hardly Art) The Chemical Brothers – “Go” (Astralwerks) (break) DMA’s – “Laced” (Mom + Pop) Georgia – “Nothing Solutions” (Domino) Holy Sons – […]


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Disclosure and Sam Smith Share “Omen” Video [Watch]

According to Pitchfork, the latest video from UK duo Disclosure (which features their buddy Sam Smith) is the second in a series of sci-fi-themed videos from the forthcoming album, Caracal, which will be released on […]


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Guy Eats at Benihana 579 Times in One Year and Wins Himself $1000 and a Trip to….Benihana!

A man by the name of Jack King LOVES his Benihana. He digs the restaurant chain so much that he ate there 579 times in one year, easily winning a contest they put on by […]


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THE BIG BEAT: July 20, 2015 [Playlist]

10p Wavves & Cloud Nothings – “Come Down” (Ghost Ramp) Twin Within – “We Talk” (Hidden Pony) Ben Browning – “Friends of Mine” (Yellow Year) (break) Tame Impala – “Eventually” (Interscope) Protomartyr – “Why Does […]