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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.

Romy & Oliver of The xx during a station visit in 2010. (Photo: Jason Thomas)

THE BIG BEAT Song of the Week: The xx – ‘A Violent Noise’

Yet another selection from “I See You” makes the show this week along with Little Dragon, Mastodon, Real Estate, Dirty Projectors, and more.

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THE BIG BEAT Song of the Week: Mark Lanegan Band – ‘Nocturne’

An excellent new song from the ex-Screaming Trees frontman is featured, and that’s not all. Scroll down just a bit and BOOM. You can sample every other track from this week’s program.


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THE BIG BEAT Song of the Week: Day Wave – ‘Something Here’

Start off with an excellent new track from Day Wave, then dig into the rest of this week’s jams, hand-selected by Jason.


INDIO, CA - APRIL 17:  (L-R) Musicians 'G' Hastings, Kayus Bankole and Alloysious Massaquoi of Young Fathers (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Coachella)

THE BIG BEAT Song of the Week: Young Fathers – ‘Only God Knows’

Young Fathers are just one of the many excellent bands that you can sample right now from this week’s episode of THE BIG BEAT.


SALISBURY, ENGLAND - Jason Lytle of Grandaddy (Photo by Andy Sheppard/Redferns via Getty Images)

THE BIG BEAT Song of the Week: Grandaddy – ‘Evermore’

Who doesn’t love Grandaddy? Only those that aren’t familiar with them!


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THE BIG BEAT Playlist: January 16, 2017 [Listen]

If you missed THE BIG BEAT, hey, no worries, you can listen to everything from this week’s show right here.


The XX In Concert At Lollapalooza - Day 2

THE BIG BEAT Song of the Week: The xx – ‘Say Something Loving’

Yes, more new music to share from The xx along with the rest of this week’s episode of THE BIG BEAT.


BYRON BAY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 23:  James Alex of Beach Slang performs during Splendour in the Grass 2016 on July 23, 2016 in Byron Bay, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

THE BIG BEAT’s Best of 2016

Looking back at the year that was in the form of 26 scorching tracks.


INDIO, CA - APRIL 11:  Musician Tycho (Scott Hansen) performs onstage during day 2 of the 2015 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival (Weekend 1) at the Empire Polo Club on April 11, 2015 in Indio, California.  (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)

THE BIG BEAT Shares the “Second Best of 2016”

A REALLY nice warm-up for next week’s proper “best of 2016” show. This is the best of the rest (and still really damn good)…


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The Final “Regular” BIG BEAT of 2016 Features Grandaddy, Whitney, Bon Iver, Angel Olsen, Jagwar Ma, and More

Next week on THE BIG BEAT we begin to look back at the year that was, but for now we focus on 24 of the best new tracks that have surfaced in the past couple of months. Have a listen, kids…


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