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Van Morrison Releases Another Album - His 6th in 4 years.

Video of Van Morrison - Dark Night Of The Soul (Audio) We previewed Van Morrison’s upcoming album - his sixth in four years - with a very bluesly, groovy song called “ In The Dark Night Of The Soul. ” We also gave first spins on XRT to a few songs! Check out everything we played on the show below... Read More

Jimmy Page Calls Led Zeppelin The Best Band Of All Time

Led Zeppelin has already enshrined their spot in the pantheon of rock legends. Are they the Zeus of rock & roll? Debateable. However, Jimmy Page certainly thinks they are at the top in the rock universe. In an interview with Uncut , Page isn't candid when it comes to assessing his former band... Read More

How Coldplay Convinced Kraftwerk To Allow "Computer Love" Sample

Coldplay's 2005 album X&Y features several songs that will end up on their greatest hits album. From the upbeat "Speed of Sound" to the dramatic ballad "Fix You", the record was highly praised and continued to propel Coldplay towards worldwide stardom. Another track that will go down as one of... Read More
James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett of Metallica perform a concert at the Rose Bowl.

Metallica Named The Biggest All-Time Touring Band

It's no secret that Metallica is one of the premiere touring acts today, but are they the greatest of all time? Pollstar made the case for Metallica being the biggest touring act in the world as citing the sale of 22.1 million total tickets and $1.4 billion grossed since 1982. The closest... Read More

Of Monsters & Men Take A New Direction On 'Fever Dream'

Of Monsters and Men's excellent third studio album Fever Dream was released this past July and will surely end up on year end best album lists. The group treated XRT fans to an intimate Live From Studio X set at Schubas just hours before they played a much larger show at the Aragon Ballroom. Prior... Read More

Brandi Carlile Welcomes Mavis Staples & The Highwomen On Stage

It was a star-studded affair at Madison Square Garden this weekend as Brandi Carlile welcomed her bandmates Amanda Shires and Natalie Hemby from The Highwomen and Mavis Staples to the stage. The Highwomen 's self-titled debut album was released on September 6 and Carlile showcased three songs from... Read More

THE BIG BEAT Playlist - 9/16/19

10pm Naked Giants - "Green Fuzz" (New West) HAIM - "Summer Girl" (Columbia) The Murder Capital - "Don't Cling to Life" (Human Season) (break) (Sandy) Alex G - "Southern Sky" (Domino) Ride - "Clouds of Saint Marie" (Wichita) Cautious Clay - "Swim Home" (Cautious Clay) A. Swayze & The Ghosts - "... Read More

Ric Ocasek Cause Of Death Revealed

The Cars founder Ric Ocasek was found dead on September 15th in his New York City apartment. According to the New York Daily News , Ocasek died from heart disease. The New York City medical examiner's office said the cause of death was hypertensive and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease with... Read More