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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A Holiday Celebration with Run DMC/’Soul Christmas’ [Watch]

Night one of XRT’s Holiday Nights with Ryan Arnold took place last night and in our stash of holiday records one of my personal favorites is the 1968 compilation, Soul Christmas.  Otis Redding, Carla Thomas, […]


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Coldplay Share New Track, ‘Miracles’ [Listen]

A lot of people like to complain about Coldplay being a little too vanilla for their liking, but if you need music for a FIFA World Cup trophy presentation, the Olympic opening ceremony, or, let’s […]



Need Some Weekend Concert Ideas? How ‘Bout Fort Frances, Black Joe Lewis, and an All-Star Benefit?

The weekend is fast approaching and with each weekend in a city as big as ours comes an endless amount of concerts and events.  We’re here to help you navigate, to narrow down the hundreds […]


There's your gym. The sidewalk. (Photo: Jason Thomas)

Video of the Day: Homeless Bodybuilder Working Out in Paris

This video popped up on Reddit this past Friday and it’s pretty awesome.  Meet Jacques Sayagh, a homeless man in Paris that apparently never misses a workout.  If you’re a dedicated gym-goer that tries to […]


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Sleater-Kinney Share New Track, ‘Surface Envy,’ Are Still Awesome

While we wait patiently for Sleater-Kinney’s first album in almost ten years, we now have a second song to hold us over.  Back in October the band announced that they’d ended their hiatus, had a […]



Live Music Is Waiting For You This Weekend at Reggies, Buddy Guy’s Legends, and The Empty Bottle

What, you have holiday shopping to do?  That’s fine, just get it done during the daytime hours so you can enjoy the nightclub stages of Chicago later in the evening.  We celebrate the release of […]


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Big Holiday Concert Headliner St. Vincent Shows Off Her Soccer Skills

First of all, if you’re not yet set up with tickets for the first of two XRT/Bud Light Big Holiday Concerts tomorrow night with St. Vincent and Future Islands at the Chicago Theatre, you can […]



Thanksgiving Weekend Live Music Picks w/Lucinda Williams, Benoit & Sergio, Ha Ha Tonka

It’s the day before Thanksgiving and while a lot of people completely mail it in on this day, I won’t leave you hanging like that.  The concert picks must be posted.  You have a long […]


The none-more-blackness that will envelop parts of the U.S. on August 21, 2017. (Photo: Jason Thomas)

1000 Days From Next Total Solar Eclipse in North America

When Universe Today posted about the event yesterday, they did it with the nice, round number of 1000, but I’m pretty sure it’s 1000 today.  Either way, the next total solar eclipse that can be […]


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The Flaming Lips & Yoko Ono’s New Version of ‘Happy Xmas (War Is Over)’

The Flaming Lips are no strangers when it comes to covering the classics.  They’ve just released their version of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (With A Little Help From My Fwends), and they’re not […]




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