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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.

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The 1967 debut from The Velvet Underground didn't sell many records, but arguably no album in the past half century has had a greater influence on ...

  • Added: Apr 27, 2017
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Perhaps the most essential element of rock ‘n’ roll is a great guitar riff. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share some of their favorite guitar li...

  • Added: Apr 27, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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Drive-By Truckers have tackled politics and social issues in their music for decades, but never more strongly than on their latest album, American ...

  • Added: Apr 20, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot give their take on several of the biggest new records, from Spoon to Mastodon, in this Review Roundup. Plus, a con...

  • Added: Apr 13, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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This is a special fundraising edition of Sound Opinions hosted by Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot. This episode features Jim and Greg's collection of so...

  • Added: Apr 10, 2017
  • Length: 35:00
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As a member of her family group The Staple Singers and as a solo artist, Mavis Staples has used her huge voice to power the Civil Rights Movement a...

  • Added: Apr 06, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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Every spring, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot head to Austin, Texas for the sprawling SXSW Music Conference. This week, they report back on their ...

  • Added: Mar 30, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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Chuck Berry, one of the architects of rock ‘n’ roll, died on March 18, 2017 at age 90. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot reflect on the life, music,...

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  • Added: Mar 24, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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Chuck Berry, one of the architects of rock 'n' roll, has died at age 90. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot reflect on the life, music, and enduring ...

  • Added: Mar 23, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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The proverbial Desert Island Jukebox is filled with songs that hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot would want with them if they were marooned on a rem...

  • Added: Mar 16, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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Some artists deliver a fantastic debut album, yet never make another LP again. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot select some of their favorite “one ...

  • Added: Mar 09, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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From 1962 to 1970, Chicago soul singer Gene Chandler recorded nineteen top forty hits, but he'll forever be known as the "Duke of Earl." As a young...

  • Added: Mar 02, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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Many great albums are released each year, but only a handful get the attention they deserve. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share some recent Bur...

  • Added: Feb 23, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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The Gotobeds are known for outrageous stage antics and a biting sense of humor. But behind that is a lyrical sophistication and tight musicianship....

  • Added: Feb 16, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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With Valentine's Day just around the corner, love is in the air. And what's more romantic than that cute moment of love at first sight? Hosts Jim D...

  • Added: Feb 09, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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Of all the artists in the English folk revival, Shirley Collins was the most devoted to traditional song. After a nearly 40 year recording hiatus, ...

  • Added: Feb 02, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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In the 1970s, German art-rockers took psychedelia and added hypnotic drumbeats and innovative synthesizer sounds to create a style known as Krautro...

  • Added: Jan 27, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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The Album Leaf combines digital and organic instruments to make a unique sound. Bandleader Jimmy LaValle joins Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot to talk a...

  • Added: Jan 27, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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It's good to start a new year with a clean slate – and that can mean apologizing to those you've wronged. In that contrite spirit, hosts Jim DeRoga...

  • Added: Jan 12, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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Esperanza Spalding is a singer/songwriter, a multi-instrumentalist, a librettist, a Grammy winner, and much more. She joins Jim DeRogatis and Greg ...

  • Added: Jan 05, 2017
  • Length: 59:00