The Big Beat

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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: The War on Drugs – ‘Strangest Thing’

Yes, an amazing track from TWOD is featured this week, but you can also dig into new ones from Arcade Fire, Wolf Parade, Sheer Mag, Nine Inch Nails, and, yes, the one-and-only Michael McDonald!

WXRT–07/24/2017

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.

WXRT–07/17/2017

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.

WXRT–07/10/2017

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

Hear every song from the latest episode right here.

WXRT–06/26/2017

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.

WXRT–06/12/2017

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.

WXRT–06/05/2017

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.

WXRT–05/22/2017

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.

WXRT–05/15/2017

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.

WXRT–05/08/2017

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.

WXRT–05/01/2017

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