Sound Opinions

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Take two nationally respected rock critics, the latest music news, personal commentary, and exclusive interviews and performances, add a huge pile of records old and new, and the result is Sound Opinions-the world's only rock and roll talk show.

Based in Chicago, Sound Opinions is hosted by Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot, two of the finest and best-recognized pop music writers in the nation. For over a decade they were dedicated competitors at Chicago's two daily newspapers-Jim at the Chicago Sun-Times and Greg at the Chicago Tribune. Today, Jim writes about music for WBEZ.org and teaches criticism at Columbia College. 

Every week, Sound Opinions fires up smart and spirited discussions about a wide range of popular music, from indie rock to classic rock, hip hop to R&B, and every genre under the sun.

Sound Opinions' consistently informed, engaging, and controversial dialogue makes it a unique and essential source for the top stories, albums, and trends in music. This is cutting-edge criticism and journalism presented in the great tradition of Siskel and Ebert. The discussion is as indispensible to the hardcore music fan as it is to the casual music fan who feels out of touch. 

Sound Opinions is a direct result of the experience and credibility of its creators. Jim and Greg are both critically acclaimed authors who also write for some of the nation's most prestigious rock magazines, including Rolling Stone, Spin, and Vibe.

Pieces

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Jim and Greg explore the 25-year history and influence of Chicago’s Chess Records. Then they review the debut solo album from Damon Albarn and the ...

  • Added: Apr 24, 2014
  • Length: :00
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Tearjerkers: Jim and Greg list the top songs that make you cry. Later, they review the new album from indie rock pioneers, The Afghan Whigs; their ...

  • Added: Apr 24, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
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40 years of ABBA! "ABBA Gold" author Elisabeth Vincentelli and Eurovision expert John Kennedy O'Connor speak with hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot ...

  • Added: Apr 17, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
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Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot speak with influential producer, songwriter, performer and disco godfather, Giorgio Moroder. Later, they review th...

  • Added: Apr 10, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
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The post-metal quartet Pelican brings its thundering instrumentals to the Sound Opinions studio. Later hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot review the ...

  • Added: Apr 03, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
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For 45 years The Allman Brothers have survived murder, mayhem, death, and addictions. Jim and Greg speak with Alan Paul, author of "One Way Out: Th...

  • Added: Mar 27, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
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Back from their trip to SXSW in Austin, TX, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share their favorite bands from the annual music conference. Later, th...

  • Added: Mar 20, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
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This is an Evergreen episode of Sound Opinions that can air at any time during the year.

  • Added: Mar 13, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
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With his classic album "Double Nickels on the Dime" about to turn 30, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot speak with Mike Watt of The Minutemen. Later...

  • Added: Mar 12, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
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Legendary piano man Allen Toussaint brings a little New Orleans to the Sound Opinions studio. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot also speak with Morg...

  • Added: Mar 06, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
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Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk to Jerry Martini and Cynthia Robinson from Sly & the Family Stone.

  • Added: Feb 27, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
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Host Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot welcome hip-hop supergroup Deltron 3030. Dan "The Automator" Nakamura, Del the Funky Homosapien and Kid Koala perfo...

  • Added: Feb 20, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
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With the Winter Olympics underway in Sochi, the Sound Opinions World Tour touches down in Russia. Music critic Artemy Troitsky guides hosts Jim DeR...

  • Added: Feb 13, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
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Rockers in Love: Sound Opinions celebrates Valentine’s Day with selections by great musical power couples. Later hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot ...

  • Added: Feb 06, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
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D.C. indie rockers The Dismemberment Plan are back from a break-up with their first new album in over ten years. They join host Greg Kot in studio ...

  • Added: Jan 30, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
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In this calls-driven segment, Sound Opinions hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot ask listeners to chime in on great bands that have disappeared into t...

  • Added: Jan 27, 2014
  • Length: 03:35
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On February 7, 1964, The Beatles took their first steps on U.S. soil, setting Beatlemania into motion. Now 50 years later, Sound Opinions hosts Jim...

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  • Added: Jan 27, 2014
  • Length: 06:25
  • Purchases: 5
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The Bermuda Triangle: Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot remember bands they thought were destined for big things, but which disappeared with barely ...

  • Added: Jan 23, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
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Upon the anniversary of The Beatles stateside debut, definitive Beatles historian, Mark Lewisohn, talks about the Fab Four before they were legends...

  • Added: Jan 16, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
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Mexican duo Rodrigo y Gabriela showcases its guitar virtuosity at a special recording at Goose Island’s barrel-aging warehouse in Chicago. Plus, ho...

  • Added: Jan 09, 2014
  • Length: 59:00