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]

Sunflower Bean (photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

New Music Thursday: Sunflower Bean – “Wall Watcher” [Watch]

We sprinkle in new records throughout the day on the air, so why not use this space to share a worthy new band?

WXRT–02/11/2016

PJ Harvey (courtesy of Sommerset House)

THE BIG BEAT: February 8, 2016 [Listen]

Another batch of new tunes that our more adventurous listeners will undoubtedly enjoy. Well, we think they’ll enjoy most of ’em, anyway. CLICK ON THE LINK, KIDS…

WXRT–02/08/2016

Photo: Alexa Lopez

New Music Thursday: Cullen Omori – “Cinnamon” [Watch]

Chicago’s own Smith Westerns are no more, but a name many of us remember from the band has signed on with legendary Sub Pop Records. Cullen Omori’s solo debut (New Misery) will be released on […]

WXRT–02/04/2016

Smith Westerns In Concert

THE BIG BEAT: February 1, 2016 [Listen]

23 brand new tracks that are worthy of your attention. Sample every single one of ’em right here.

WXRT–02/01/2016

UK band Underworld performs during the first day of the Vive Latino 2013 Music Fest at the Foro Sol in Mexico City, on March 15, 2013. AFP PHOTO/Alfredo Estrella        (Photo credit should read ALFREDO ESTRELLA/AFP/Getty Images)

New Music Thursday: Underworld – “I Exhale” [Watch]

Need an 8-minute jam for your next workout? Look no further than the new material from Underworld.

WXRT–01/28/2016

Junior Boys (photo courtesy of The Billions Corporation)

THE BIG BEAT: January 25, 2016 [Listen]

Go nuts with this week’s batch of new tunes, kids! Especially the Underworld track. Trust us. It’s a complete jam.

WXRT–01/26/2016

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New Music Thursday: Yeasayer – “I Am Chemistry”

Yeasayer recently shared an animated video for their brand new track “I Am Chemistry” and it’s not the “hard-working band on the road” kind of video either.

WXRT–01/21/2016

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THE BIG BEAT: January 18, 2016 [Listen]

Yeah, that’s Charles Bradley right there. Hear him like you never have before as a he puts his own spin on a Black Sabbath classic. And what’s that? You’re not yet familiar with Hinds, Teleman, and Tycho? Well, that’s what this show is about. Turning you onto the new jams…

WXRT–01/18/2016

Before settling on Bloc Party in 2003, the group was billed as Union, Superheroes Of BMX, The Angel Range, and Diet.  (Photo by Simone Joyner/Getty Images)

THE BIG BEAT: January 11, 2016 [Listen]

If you crave the newest of the new and trying to impress friends/co-workers with the new tunes that you’re into, then this is a good place to come every week to see if we have anything that works for you…

WXRT–01/11/2016

(Photo Sanjay Kanojia/AFP/Getty Images)

Urban Rat Hunting in NYC [Watch]

I’ve never seen a rat in my alley (fingers always crossed) thanks to the three or four cats that patrol the area, but not everyone is so lucky. See what these New Yorkers do to combat the rat problem in their town.

WXRT–01/08/2016

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