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Sound Opinions Episodes

Series produced by Sound Opinions

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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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338 Pieces

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On her debut album HEAVN, Jamila Woods contrasts weighty issues like police violence and the invisibility of black women with a breezy musical touc...

  • Added: Oct 12, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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Tom Petty was a master of the perfect three-chord pop song and an icon of American music. This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot pay tribute t...

  • Added: Oct 05, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk with gospel and soul legend Mavis Staples. She speaks about her role on the front line of the Civi...

  • Added: Sep 28, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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So many talented musicians perform on Sound Opinions, but we don't always have time to share every song. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot play some...

  • Added: Sep 21, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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Some say that making music is a young person's game, but several artists beg to differ. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share some of their favori...

  • Added: Sep 14, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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Should we hold up a musician's output to a moral standard? Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk about whether art can be evaluated separately from...

  • Added: Sep 07, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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The beginning of September means students return to the classroom. Whether you're excited to be back to school or the very thought inspires dread a...

  • Added: Aug 31, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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The Melvins were an inspiration to the '90s alternative explosion, but the band's unclassifiable sound and uncommercial stance set them apart. In a...

  • Added: Aug 24, 2017
  • Length: 47:16
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Certain artists are perfectionists at heart, and if you want something done right, do it yourself. This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot shar...

  • Added: Aug 16, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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Over his decades long career, Steve Earle has been many things - songwriter, novelist, actor, activist. But for his latest record, So You Wannabe A...

  • Added: Aug 10, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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If you're looking for something new to round out your summer playlist, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot have you covered. They'll dig out some buri...

  • Added: Aug 03, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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Penelope Spheeris has directed some of the most influential movies about music of all time, from Wayne's World to all three installments of The Dec...

  • Added: Jul 27, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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The fantasy powerhouse Game of Thrones is returning for its penultimate season. With dragons, knights, and magic on their minds, hosts Jim DeRogati...

  • Added: Jul 20, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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In part two of our series 1977: The Year Punk Broke, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot look at the punk movement stateside with music writer Ira Rob...

  • Added: Jul 13, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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In part one of our two-part series on the historic year 1977, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot explore the punk explosion in the UK with music writ...

  • Added: Jul 05, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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The Sound Opinions World Tour rolls along, making its next stop in beautiful New Zealand. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot take a virtual trip to t...

  • Added: Jun 28, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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There are still six months of 2017 left, but there are already lots of contenders for album of the year. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share som...

  • Added: Jun 22, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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Summer is upon us so that means one thing: road trip! Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot take a virtual cross-country drive playing their favorite so...

  • Added: Jun 15, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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Keyboard player Benmont Tench was instrumental in the formation of Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers in 1976. He's also had a fruitful career as a cons...

  • Added: Jun 08, 2017
  • Length: 59:00