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A pug and a Tibetan mastif.

Study: Owning A Dog Can Lower Your Risk Of Dying Early

There's numerous benefits to owning a dog, but one of the most important promising rewards was revealed today. Dogs go a long way towards preventing an early death. A new study released from Circulation , a journal of the American Heart Association revealed that dog ownership was associated with a... Read More

Brand New Song from Liz Phair, "Good Side" [Listen]

Chicago's own Liz Phair is back with her first new music in about 10 years, and a new memoir subtly titled Horror Stories. She's teamed up with her old producer Brad Wood (Exile In Guyville, Whip-Smart, and whitechocolatespaceegg), for a new album due out next year, and a new song out this week... Read More

White Stripes Announce Biographical Podcast, "Striped"

White Stripes fans will be happy to hear this-Third Man Records are releasing a podcast documenting the story of the band, from start to finish. Titled "Striped," host Sean Cannon will chat with the band's friends and collaborators, including members of Pavement, The MC5, The Dirtbombs, The... Read More
Lucy Dacus performs live in concert.

Listen To Lucy Dacus Cover Phil Collins "In The Air Tonight"

Lucy Dacus is a brilliant songwriter with two excellent studio albums under her belt along with an EP with the supergroup boygenius comprised of Dacus, Phoebe Bridgers, and Julien Baker. While Dacus had a frenetic 2018, she's been quiet thus far in 2019 with a handful of single releases. Her latest... Read More
Side by side photo of Steve Miller and Jimi Hendrix.

Steve Miller Rips Jimi Hendrix For Setting Guitar On Fire

Steve Miller was the subject of a glowing Washington Post profile surrounding the release of his new box set Welcome To The Vault , a career spanning 3 CD + DVD collection with 52 audio tracks and 21 performances on DVD. If you're a fan of Miller's work you'll enjoy the piece as it delves into his... Read More
Runners at the beginning of the Chicago Marathon.

How To Track Chicago Marathon Runners

The 2019 Chicago Marathon takes place this Sunday, October 13th with 45,000 runners making their way throughout the city. If you have a family member, friend, co-worker, or any other person close to running the marathon, you'll want to be there to offer your support. The Marathon offers several... Read More

THE BIG BEAT Playlist - 10/7/19

What's that? A new one featuring The Streets?! Oh, hells yeah. Original Pirate Material was a personal fav back in the early '00s, so huge thanks to Chris Lorenzo for grabbing Mike Skinner for this one and cranking out a track that's worthy of several spins... No, "Long-Forgotten Fairytale" isn't... Read More