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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(Legal) Weaponized Drones Are Here (Oh, and Killer Robots)

Wonderful. As if ongoing climate change wasn’t enough to worry about going forward, we now have legal, weaponized drones in North Dakota. Well, a law has been passed allowing law enforcement to use non-lethal weapons […]


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Everything You Need to Know About the Fargo Rock Scene in the ’90s?

So I’m scrolling through my Twitter feed today and I see a tweet from Chuck Klosterman (famous North Dakotan) that says there’s a documentary in the works about the ’90s rock scene in Fargo by […]


Chvrches (Eliot Hazel)

THE BIG BEAT: August 24, 2015 [Playlist]

-Is that a Leonard Cohen track in there from 2014? Yeah, well, I’m still high on True Detective Season 2 and a soundtrack just came in the mail today, so…. Hello again, Leonard! -The video […]


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Friday Double Feature: Clapton (’80s-Style)

Being a child of the ’80s, something I bring up from time to time when talking rock ‘n’ roll is the interesting relationship that I have with some of the greatest artists of the 1960s. […]


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Beirut Share New ‘Gibraltar’ Video [Watch]

In this new clip we get to see Zach Condon and a couple of his bandmates (Nick Petree and Paul Collins) making their way across litter-strewn beaches on their way to, um, a giant pinkish/reddish…thing. […]


Lana Del Rey (Neil Krug for Interscope Records)

THE BIG BEAT: August 17, 2015 [Playlist]

Another week, another batch of 22/23 records (that’s usually the number I can get to in two hours). BIG BEAT veterans Beach House and Deerhunter are back for more, and we got to sample Matt […]


Jason Thomas "MCing" The Head and the Heart @ Metro, 2011 (Photo: Zack Nechvatal)

Why Is The XRT DJ Talking To Me From The Stage Before The Show?

Once in a while you’ll go to a concert and a few minutes before the headlining band comes out, you’ll see an XRT DJ take the stage to say a few words to the crowd. […]


Georgia Barnes (Photo: Laura Coulson)

THE BIG BEAT: August 10, 2015 [Playlist]

I came up on an EP late last week from Gilligan Moss, an artist that was raised here in Chicago, and walked into the studio tonight pretty fired up to be sharing his jams with […]


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Traces of Cannabis Found in William Shakespeare’s Tobacco Pipe?

According to a story in Britian’s The Telegraph, traces of cannabis have been found in tobacco pipes that were excavated from William Shakespeare’s garden in Stratford-upon-Avon, England. South African scientists analyzed residue from pieces of […]


Georgia Barnes (Photo: Laura Coulson)

New Music Thursday: Georgia – “Nothing Solutions” [Watch]

Before I go on the air today, let me take a quick couple of minutes to share an artist that I’ve been spinning on Monday night show THE BIG BEAT for the past few weeks. […]