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Sound Opinions Episodes

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Weekly episodes of Sound Opinions.

Sound Opinions is your one-stop-shop for smart and engaging music criticism and conversation. Each week hosts and nationally respected rock critics Greg Kot and Jim DeRogatis talk about pop culture and music industry news, interview artists and bands, review new record releases and highlight their all-time favorite rock and roll. And, because on Sound Opinions, "everyone's a critic," listeners are invited to join in the debate.


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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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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, 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
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Sound Opinions closes out 2016 with the year in song. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot present a mixtape of tracks that tell the story of the the p...

  • Added: Dec 28, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
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Formed in 1977 in the original British punk wave, The Mekons are still going strong nearly four decades later. The band joins hosts Jim DeRogatis a...

  • Added: Dec 21, 2016
  • Length: 59:00