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Monday Nights at 10pm

The Big Beat is Chicago Radio’s premiere program for modern sounds from artists both domestic and abroad. Hosted by XRT’s Jason Thomas, tune in each week to hear “what’s next” in Chicago’s Finest Rock.

THE BIG BEAT Song of the Week: Grizzly Bear – ‘Mourning Sound’

Does Grizzly Bear still have it? Yeah, stupid question… Hear the new track along with the latest from LCD Soundsystem, Perfume Genius, The War on Drugs, Chastity Belt, and tons more.


THE BIG BEAT Song of the Week: LCD Soundsystem – “american dream”

When there are LCD Soundsystem tracks to be featured, they WILL be featured… Sample another new one from the band along with tracks from HAIM, (Sandy) Alex G, Fleet Foxes, Hercules & Love Affair, White Reaper, and lots more.


THE BIG BEAT Song of the Week: LCD Soundsystem – ‘call the police’

You didn’t think that the song of the week would be anything other than one of the new LCD songs, did you? Of course you didn’t. Sit back and enjoy “call the police” again (it gets better each time) and dig into the rest of this week’s program.


THE BIG BEAT Song of the Week: Phoenix – ‘J-Boy’

Excellent new tracks from The War on Drugs, Waxahatchee, Hercules & Love Affair, Foster the People, Shabazz Palaces, White Reaper, and lots more can be heard right here.


THE BIG BEAT Song of the Week: The War on Drugs – ‘Thinking of a Place’

You don’t hear eleven-minute songs on the radio every day, but when The War on Drugs goes long, people listen. The song of the week is their 12″ single that was just released on Record Store Day. Yes, all eleven minutes and twelve seconds of it.


THE BIG BEAT Song of the Week: Kevin Morby – ‘Aboard My Train’

Need help navigating the world of new music? Jason is here to help with new tracks from Kevin Morby, Feist, Father John Misty, Whitney, Future Islands, and tons more.


THE BIG BEAT Song of the Week: Feist – ‘Century (feat. Jarvis Cocker)’

Yes, Britpop junkies, that’s THE Jarvis Cocker featured on a new track from Leslie Feist. Pop quiz… How many seconds are in a century? Jarvis tells us.


THE BIG BEAT Song of the Week: Slowdive – ‘Sugar for the Pill’

We can’t say enough about this new track from Reading band Slowdive. Come for “Sugar for the Pill,” and stay for the rest of the playlist.


THE BIG BEAT Song of the Week: Sleaford Mods – ‘Moptop’

Nottingham’s finest lead another batch of brand new tunes, hand-picked for your enjoyment…


THE BIG BEAT Song of the Week: Real Estate – ‘Stained Glass’

THE BIG BEAT goes back to the beginning with Real Estate and we’re more than happy to share their latest work. Listen to it along with everything else from this week’s show.


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