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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: 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.


THE BIG BEAT Song of the Week: Little Dragon – ‘Sweet’

The brand new jam from Little Dragon is just the tip of the iceberg. Sample every other track from this week’s program as well…


THE BIG BEAT Song of the Week: Kishi Bashi – ‘Can’t Let Go, Juno’

Come for Kishi Bashi, and stay for tracks from The xx, Pissed Jeans, Dirty Projectors, The Black Angels, Hippo Campus, and more.


THE BIG BEAT Song of the Week: Pissed Jeans – “The Bar Is Low”

This week’s featured track sounds just as cool as the band’s name. Get to know Pissed Jeans and a whole bunch of other under-the-radar acts.


XRT Big Beat Sneak Peek Concert with LP

It’s another beautiful night in Chicago with LP Live from Bottom Lounge.


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