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: Destroyer – “Tinseltown Swimming in Blood”

Come for the new Destroyer track and stay for new jams from LCD Soundsystem, Wolf Parade, Deer Tick, Cut Copy and a bunch more.

WXRT–09/18/2017

THE BIG BEAT Song of the Week: Weaves – “53”

Also not to be missed is the latest from The War on Drugs, LCD Soundsystem, Mount Kimbie, The Districts, The Lemon Twigs…all of which are right here.

WXRT–08/28/2017

THE BIG BEAT Song of the Week: Protomartyr – ‘My Children’

Yeah, the Protomartyr is excellent, and so is the LCD Soundsystem, Wolf Alice, Lemon Twigs, Cut Copy, Ariel Pink and Belle & Sebastian…

WXRT–08/21/2017

THE BIG BEAT Song of the Week: Bully – ‘Feel the Same’

A new track from Bully is awesome enough, but on top of that you get stuff from Francis and the Lights, METZ, The National, Grizzly Bear, Run The Jewels, The xx, and a whole bunch more.

WXRT–08/07/2017

THE BIG BEAT Song of the Week: The Lemon Twigs – ‘Night Song’

If you have a soft spot for ’70s “AM Gold,” then you’ll probably like what The Lemon Twigs have going on. Check out their latest along with a TON of other new tracks for you to dig into.

WXRT–07/31/2017

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

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