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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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Music played an essential role in uplifting, motivating, and uniting people during the Civil Rights era of the 1950s and ‘60s. In honor of Black Hi...

  • Added: Feb 11, 2016
  • Length: :00
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Los Lobos has enjoyed a remarkable career for more than forty years, even retaining the same core lineup from its start as an East Los Angeles wedd...

  • Added: Feb 11, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
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Sound Opinions explores the music of the Civil Rights Era. From Bob Dylan to Odetta to the Staples Singers, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot remark...

Bought by KCMJ Community Radio, WYAP, C89.5 - KNHC Seattle, KRCB-FM "Radio 91", WCQS and more


  • Added: Feb 09, 2016
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 9
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Despite the gooey romantic marketing, more breakups happen around Valentine’s Day than any other part of the year. For those who get the feeling ev...

  • Added: Feb 04, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
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Patti Smith’s Horses forever changed what punk rock could be, beginning with its striking album cover and unforgettable opening line. The album tur...

  • Added: Jan 28, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
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Only a few years into his career, Las Vegas-based singer/songwriter Shamir has already explored house, disco, indie pop, country, and countless oth...

  • Added: Jan 21, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
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Sound Opinions remembers pioneering music icon David Bowie. The pop chameleon died of cancer on January 10, 2016. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot ...

  • Added: Jan 14, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
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This is your quintessential hour on rock's famous chameleon David Bowie. Hosts and critics Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot explore Bowie's long career a...

Bought by KUFM - Montana Public Radio, WHRV, WVIA, KMUD, 90.1 WFYI Public Radio and more


  • Added: Jan 14, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 28
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Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot speak with producer Tony Visconti about his career working with chameleonic rock icon David Bowie. Bowie passed a...

Bought by KUFM - Montana Public Radio, WRGY, and XRAY.fm


  • Added: Jan 11, 2016
  • Length: 07:20
  • Purchases: 3
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English producer and engineer Glyn Johns has been behind the board for classic albums by Led Zeppelin, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and the Clas...

  • Added: Jan 07, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
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Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share their favorite songs of the year through their 2015 Mixtapes. Plus, they talk about one of the year’s most s...

  • Added: Dec 29, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
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This year Sound Opinions reached the milestone of 500 episodes. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot celebrate the accomplishment by reflecting on high...

  • Added: Dec 21, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
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Get out those sleigh bells…it’s time for the 2015 Sound Opinions Holiday Spectacular. As always, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot are joined by Chr...

  • Added: Dec 17, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
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With end of the year approaching, it’s time to celebrate all the great music we’ve had the pleasure to hear. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share...

  • Added: Dec 15, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
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In this FREE one-hour program, Sound Opinions hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot are joined by avid music collector Andy Cirzan for the annual Holida...

Bought by RadioFreePalmer, WLPR, KAWC, WHQR, KVNF and more


  • Added: Dec 10, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 21
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From his studio in Memphis, Sun Records founder Sam Phillips was the first to record Elvis Presley, Howlin’ Wolf, Jerry Lee Lewis, and more. Music...

  • Added: Dec 03, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
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The Moog synthesizer is every bit as important to rock history as the Fender Telecaster and the Gibson Les Paul. As the analog synth revival contin...

  • Added: Nov 25, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
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Sometimes we look forward to an artist’s new release with great expectations, only to be crushed by the result. In honor of Thanksgiving, we presen...

  • Added: Nov 19, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
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It's that most wonderful time of the year...the end! Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot look back at The Best Albums of 2015. What were some of the m...

Bought by WJFF, KSRQ, KMUD, WBEZ, KHNS and more


  • Added: Nov 17, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 25
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Sound Opinions pays tribute to New Orleans pianist, producer and songwriter Allen Toussaint who died on November 10th, 2015. The music legend chatt...

  • Added: Nov 12, 2015
  • Length: 59:00