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: DJDS & Empress Of – “Love”

The Lana Del Rey version is great on its own, for sure, but there’s always room for an excellent cover tune, and that’s exactly what DJDS and Empress Of have for us.


THE BIG BEAT Song of the Week: Charlotte Gainsbourg – “Ring-a-Ring O’ Roses”

Click for Charlotte and stay for Awolnation, Morrissey, Mogwai, Sunflower Bean, and so many more.


THE BIG BEAT Song of the Week: ODESZA – “Line of Sight”

The third track from ODESZA’s “A Moment Apart” to get a spin on THE BIG BEAT leads the way this week, and hear more from Franz Ferdinand, King Krule, Sunflower Bean, and others.


THE BIG BEAT Song of the Week: Sunflower Bean – “I Was a Fool”

Sunflower Bean are back! So are Belle & Sebastian, Fever Ray, Franz Ferdinand, Quicksand, Julien Baker, Miguel, and tons more. Hear ’em all right here.


THE BIG BEAT Song of the Week: Shame – “Concrete”

This week’s batch of new tunes is led by a blistering track from a young band out of South London. Rock out to Shame and then dig into the rest of this week’s picks…


THE BIG BEAT Song of the Week: tUnE-yArDs – “Look At Your Hands”

We’re so happy to have tUnE-yArDs back. And LCD Soundsystem, and Franz Ferdinand, and Hamilton Leithauser, and Quicksand, and Fever Ray, etc, etc…


THE BIG BEAT Song of the Week: Fever Ray – “To the Moon and Back”

Dig into this week’s episode of THE BIG BEAT. Oh, and along with posting every track played on the show, spend some time with the show in Spotify playlist form.


THE BIG BEAT Song of the Week: Bully – “Kills to Be Resistant”

Bully, The War on Drugs, LCD Soundsystem, Charlotte Gainsbourg, and tons more are right here, all begging to be heard…


THE BIG BEAT Song of the Week: Ages and Ages – “How It Feels”

Ages and Ages are back with a delightful new track. Sample it along with everything else Jason played on the show this week (Run The Jewels, LCD Soundsystem, Wolf Parade, Alvvays, and more).


THE BIG BEAT Song of the Week: Charlotte Gainsbourg – “Deadly Valentine”

Charlotte is amazing on the screen and not bad in the studio either. Sample her latest, along with the rest of this week’s picks.


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