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Arizona Marijuana Farm Lights Up Sky With Purple Haze

The early morning sky in Snowflake, Arizona was filled with a stunning spectacle recently as light from a nearby medical marijuana farm gave off a purple glow. No, it wasn't a new powerful strain emanating its strength. Instead, it was all due to the weather that morning. Cara Smith was on her way... Read More
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10 Song Lyrics That Defined the 2010’s Decade

“The poem is sad because it wants to be yours, and cannot be,” wrote the late poet John Ashbery (one of many great wordsmiths we lost this decade). The same could be said about song lyrics—after all, is a song really so different from a poem? Albeit with some controversy, Bob Dylan was awarded the... Read More
NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE - SEPTEMBER 11: Andrew Bird seen backstage during the 2019 Americana Honors & Awards at Ryman Auditorium on September 11, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Erika Goldring/Getty Images for Americana Music Association)

Andrew Bird Joins Fargo Season 4 [Trailer]

Back in December Andrew Bird told audiences throughout his Gezelligheid residency at the Fourth Presbyterian Church that he's been staying in Chicago recently, and we finally have a trailer to prove it. Bird is trying his hand at acting in the 4th season of the TV adaption of Fargo, among rumours... Read More
NASHVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 14: Singer/Songwriters Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley of Drive-By Truckers perform during 18th Annual Americana Music Festival & Conference - Cannery Ballroom Showcases at Cannery Ballroom on September 14, 2017 in Nashville, Tenn

New Song from Drive-By Truckers, "Thoughts and Prayers" [Listen]

Drive-By Truckers is set to release their 12th studio album in just a few weeks, and although the band no longer has help from Jason Isbell, they still share the same politically charged platform. Following The Unraveling 's first single “Armageddon’s Back In Town," we now have “Thoughts And... Read More
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Foo Fighters Promise "Seriously Crazy S***" On 25th Anniversary

Foo Fighters are gearing up to celebrate their 25th anniversary in grand fashion. You'd expect nothing less from a band with the propensity to bringing kids on stage for a dance party , jamming with a dude in full on Kiss makeup , and playing surprise shows in a parking lots among other things... Read More
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THE BIG BEAT Playlist (and a goodbye) - 1/13/2020

Jason Thomas here, host and curator of The Big Beat since 2015, and I have an announcement to make. After 5 years on The Big Beat and almost 14 on the air at XRT, I'll be leaving the station at the end of January. I've had a lot of good times on the air and in the beautiful city of Chicago, but the... Read More