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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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Along with the warm weather each year comes record release season with exciting new albums put out from major artists. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg...

  • Added: May 21, 2015
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Passion Pit first broke through via MySpace with its danceable electronic sound. But beneath the bright synth-pop are often tortured lyrics about f...

  • Added: May 21, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
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The legend of Joy Division continues to grow decades after the death of frontman Ian Curtis. Peter Hook, founding bassist for both Joy Division and...

  • Added: May 14, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
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Custom promos and tags for WCAI featuring Sound Opinions hosts Greg Kot and Jim DeRogatis

  • Added: May 08, 2015
  • Length: 01:18
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After coming out as a trans woman in 2012, lead singer Laura Jane Grace of Against Me! candidly addressed her experience in the punk band's critica...

  • Added: May 07, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
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Even the hardest rockers can take a moment to pay tribute to the people most responsible for getting them to where they are: their mothers. To cele...

  • Added: Apr 29, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
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Jazz is one of America’s greatest cultural contributions. But with more than a century of music to explore, it can be hard for rock listeners to fi...

  • Added: Apr 23, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
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It’s been 45 years since Paul McCartney broke away from The Beatles to release his first solo album. To mark the occasion, hosts Jim DeRogatis and ...

  • Added: Apr 16, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
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Riot grrrl pioneers Sleater-Kinney have reunited after a decade-long hiatus to release a blistering new album. They stop by the studio for a perfor...

  • Added: Apr 09, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
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Drummer Hal Blaine has played on countless hit records as part of the famed group of studio musicians known as the Wrecking Crew. He speaks with ho...

  • Added: Apr 02, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
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Custom promos for WRIR featuring Sound Opinions hosts Greg Kot and Jim DeRogatis.

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  • Added: Mar 26, 2015
  • Length: 01:00
  • Purchases: 1
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Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot are on the ground at the annual SXSW conference in Austin, Texas. They’ll share their favorite musical discoveries...

  • Added: Mar 26, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
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As Elektra records prepares to celebrate its 65th anniversary, Jim and Greg speak with label founder Jac Holzman about the birth of the modern labe...

  • Added: Mar 18, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
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Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot unearth their latest Buried Treasures, revealing their favorite records that have gone otherwise unnoticed by the ...

  • Added: Mar 12, 2015
  • Length: 42:46
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Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot don their stethoscopes for another installment of Rock Doctors. This time they help a newly divorced patient in ne...

  • Added: Mar 05, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
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Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason has been the only constant member of the band throughout its entire history. He speaks with hosts Jim DeRogatis and G...

  • Added: Feb 26, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
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The Sound Opinions World Tour treks on as we explore the rich musical heritage of Cuba with author and musician Ned Sublette. Then hosts Jim DeRoga...

  • Added: Feb 19, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
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Killer Mike and El-P of Run the Jewels talk about their unique brand of hip-hop and perform songs from one of the most highly acclaimed rap albums ...

  • Added: Feb 12, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
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Hush Hush: Secret Love Songs – Sometimes a crush has to stay a secret, even when you’d rather proclaim it loudly in candy heart form. In honor of V...

  • Added: Feb 05, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
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Last month marked the 45th anniversary of the Rolling Stones' notorious gig at the Altamont Speedway. Author Stanley Booth has been following the b...

  • Added: Jan 29, 2015
  • Length: 59:00