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]

THE BIG BEAT Song of the Week: Metz – ‘Cellophane’

Wanna get to know the best new music show on Chicago radio? Come for METZ, and stay for Cut Copy, Arcade Fire, Zola Jesus, Radiohead, Ibeyi, and tons more.


Jason’s (Non-LCD Soundsystem) Pitchfork Picks

A quick list of acts to make time for if you’re planning on heading over to Union Park this coming weekend.


THE BIG BEAT Song of the Week: Tall Ships – “Home”

Tall Ships are just the, um, tip of the iceberg. There are so many more new tracks for you to dig into. 23, to be exact.


Jason Thomas Explains a Few Bike-Commuting Realities

A few thoughts on biking in the city from someone that’s been at it for over a decade.


Seen the New Trailer for the Morrissey Movie?

What will Moz think of an unauthorized (sorry, “unauthorised”) film about his formative years in Manchester?


Liam Gallagher to Play Lollapalooza, Aftershow, and Now the Riviera Theater This Fall

One of the most outspoken artists that the world has ever known will be playing Chicago quite often in the coming months.


THE BIG BEAT Song of the Week: Craig Finn – ‘God in Chicago’

Hear every song from the latest episode right here.


THE BIG BEAT Song of the Week: Alvvays – ‘In Undertow’

“Catchy as hell” would be a good way to describe the new track from Alvvays. Hear it along with the rest of this week’s selections right here.


Thundercat Performs with Yacht Rock Legends McDonald and Loggins on ‘Fallon’

Is that Kenny Loggins on the right? Why, yes it is. He looks different, though, right? He looks good, just different than most of us remember him.


THE BIG BEAT Song of the Week: Broken Social Scene – ‘Skyline’

If Broken Social Scene isn’t enough to get your click, will the names LCD Soundsystem, The War on Drugs, Fleet Foxes, Lorde, and Grizzly Bear do anything for you? Well, hey, if you need more new music in your life, here ya go.




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