Jason Thomas

Monday – Friday: 5-9pm
Host: XRT’s Eleventh Hour

Jason Thomas began his radio career at one of the country’s foremost modern rock stations, Live 105 (KITS) in San Francisco. OK, so his first job was answering the request line, tallying up the day’s requests for a nightly feature called, “Most Wanted,” but he was soon wowing the insomniacs of the Bay Area.[Read Jason’s Full Bio]

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New Music Thursday: Oscar – “Beautiful Words” [Watch]

Meet Oscar. “Oscar” is Oscar Scheller, an artist from North London that grew up around music as both of his parents were musicians and the bio on his Wichita Recordings page says that he went […]


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THE BIG BEAT: June 29, 2015 [Playlist]

Hey, dusted off an old pic of Patrick Stickles & myself at the Pitchfork Music Festival back in 2008. You know, their 29-track, 93-minute album comes out in late-July, right? And that you can see […]


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Check out This Digital Camera’s Ridiculous Zoom-in on the Moon [Watch]

Goofing around on Reddit earlier tonight and what do I see? A YouTube video demonstrating the zooming capability of a new digital camera from Nikon. If you ever hear anyone complaining about the technology that […]


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John Malkovich Voices Kurt Vonnegut’s ‘Breakfast of Champions’ [Watch]

Who doesn’t love the voice of John Malkovich? Now, imagine being able to soak it in for hours at a time while he performs the work of Kurt Vonnegut… Yes, this is reality. Malkovich recently […]


Kevin Parker of Tame Impala performs at the 2014 Big Day Out Festival. (Matt Roberts/Getty Images)

The Big Beat: June 22, 2015 [Playlist]

Here ya go! Knock yourself out sampling new music for an hour or two… 10pm HEALTH – “Stonefist” (Loma Vista) Tame Impala – “Let It Happen” (Interscope) (break) Vérité – “Colors” (unsigned) Royal Headache – […]


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Cigarette Butts That Flower into Trees?

OK, we seem to have solved the litter thing in this country. No, definitely not 100%, because you can still find Flamin’ Hot Cheetos bags on the ground on nearly every block in Chicago, but for the most part it’s now considered socially unacceptable to just toss your trash on the ground….unless you’re a smoker. Yes, maintaining one of the unhealthiest habits known to man despite mountains of evidence that it’s probably the sh—-est thing one can do to themselves somehow grants them litterbug immunity. Yeah, sure, just toss your burning piece of trash on the ground, buddy… Maybe all of those nasty chemicals that are trapped in the filter will find their way into our water supply! Perfect!


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The Big Beat: June 15, 2015 [Playlist]

(approx. 9:54 pm) Blackhawks win the Cup…. Good timing, guys! 10pm Neon Indian – “Annie” (Mom + Pop) Royal Headache – “High” (What’s Your Rupture) Jamie xx – “Loud Places (feat. Romy)” (Young Turks) (break) […]


Actually, that's my old ride. Wear & tear cracked the frame eventually, so picture that bike in black and that's what the new one looks like. (Photo: Jason Thomas)

Bike to Work Week 2015

Just a friendly reminder that it’s Bike to Work Week, so if you can pull it off, taking a trip or two via bike would be greatly appreciated. Appreciated by your body and by the […]


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Hot Chip Cover Springsteen in Boston [Watch]

After seeing the words “Hot Chip” and “Dancing in the Dark” in the same sentence, you might wonder what took so long. If you dig through Bruce’s catalog, it would be tough to find a […]


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The Big Beat: June 8, 2015 [Playlist]

Heard the show but you missed an artist or title and want to double back and pick it up? Or maybe you missed the show altogether and you just want to sample a bunch of […]