Jason Thomas

Monday – Friday: 4-8pm
Host: The Big Beat

So, it may not always sound like it, but I’ve been yakking into a mic between records for almost 20 years now, if you count my time at student-run KVHS in Concord, CA in the late ’90s… Yeah, I was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area (East Bay) and developed a love for radio at the age of 8 when I would fall asleep listening to San Francisco Giants games on KNBR. It then became a bit of a habit of mine, falling asleep with the radio on. [Read Jason’s Full Bio]

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Hear the Latest from Cloud Nothings, Bon Iver, Foxygen, Grandaddy, and More on THE BIG BEAT

Yeah, that Foxygen track is pretty wild. So is the new one from Bon Iver. And what’s better than Leonard Cohen’s voice? But hey, enough of the teasing. Dig into it.


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Jason Thomas Shares His Top 5 Coldplay Singles

Jason has become XRT’s resident Coldplay defender. Find out why he’s happy to go to bat for the band and revisit a few Coldplay tracks that you probably haven’t heard for a while ahead of this afternoon’s ticket giveaways.


MANCHESTER, TN - JUNE 12:  Artist Cloud Nothings at the 2014 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival on June 12, 2014 in Manchester, Tennessee.  (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

New Music Thursday: Cloud Nothings – “Modern Act”

They recorded a record with Wavves last year, but Cloud Nothings will be back with a proper release of their own in early 2017.


BYRON BAY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 23:  James Alex of Beach Slang performs during Splendour in the Grass 2016 on July 23, 2016 in Byron Bay, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

THE BIG BEAT Debuts New Tracks from TYCHO, Purling Hiss, The Posies, and More [Listen]

New music, new music, and more new music… And then some more new music after that. Listen to all of it right here.


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Led Zeppelin x Burton Snowboards = Awesome

This is America. OF COURSE you can combine your love of snowboarding and classic rock.


LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 28: Musician Mike Wallace of Preoccupations performs onstage at FYF Fest (8/28/16) in Los Angeles.  (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for FYF)

THE BIG BEAT Kicks out the Jams from Dinosaur Jr, Preoccupations, Beach Slang, Dirty Projectors, and More

If your playlists are in dire need of updating, then let Jason help you out with his weekly picks. And hey, even if you’re on top of almost everything, you’ll still find a gem or two in here. Dig in.


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Debates Have You Stressed Out? Pot Purveyors in Oregon Offer Pairing Ideas

Yup, this is one way to calm the nerves. Um, if you’re in a state or municipality where it’s allowed, that is.



Hear Beach Slang, Lower Dens, Bon Iver, Leonard Cohen, and Other New Jams on THE BIG BEAT

All politics and no new music makes __________ a dull boy/girl. Dig into close to two hours of the latest and greatest.



Who Needs Shoelaces? Nike Introduces Power-Lacing!

If you don’t like to tie your shoes, you might be a big fan of Spicoli’s checkered, slip-on Vans. Well, guess what! Nike is now after your heart with their new power-lacing system.


INDIO, CA - APRIL 11:  Musician Tycho (Scott Hansen) performs onstage during day 2 of the 2015 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival (Weekend 1) at the Empire Polo Club on April 11, 2015 in Indio, California.  (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)

Tycho, Merchandise, Lower Dens, and More Return to THE BIG BEAT [Listen]

More new tunes, hand-picked by Jason just for you…



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