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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And they're off! In honor of the Kentucky Derby, it seemed like the perfect time to explore a relatively common theme in music - horses. Hosts Jim ...

  • Added: Apr 26, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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For country singer/songwriter Jason Isbell's latest record, "The Nashville Sound," he wrote about his role as a father and an artist in today's Ame...

  • Added: Apr 19, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot explore the legend of Captain Beefheart, a musician with a larger-than-life personality who blurred the lines of m...

  • Added: Apr 12, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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The Regrettes are a young band that blends 1960s girl group sensibilities with the edge of Bikini Kill. Their debut album, Feel Your Feelings, Fool...

  • Added: Apr 04, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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Though originally panned by many critics, the Rolling Stones' 1972 album Exile on Main St. is now considered a masterpiece. Jim DeRogatis and Greg ...

  • Added: Mar 29, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot make their annual pilgrimage to the South By Southwest music conference in Austin, Texas. They'll report on some o...

  • Added: Mar 22, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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What happens when artists take a look inward at the music business? Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot play the best Songs About the Music Industry. Then, ...

  • Added: Mar 14, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot dig up some buried treasures - albums that aren't yet in the mainstream but that deserve some more attention. Plus...

  • Added: Mar 08, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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A film's soundtrack can be as memorable as its visuals. So as awards season winds down, Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot pick some of their favorite film...

  • Added: Mar 01, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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Don Was is a bassist in the band Was (Not Was), a successful music producer for artists like The Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan, and the president of...

  • Added: Feb 22, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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In many ways, Chicago artist and producer Sir the Baptist is a chaplain in the R&B scene. He creates hip hop infused music that bridges the gap bet...

  • Added: Feb 15, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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When candy, flowers, and love notes fail to woo your sweetie back, there's only one thing left to do: stake out under a window, hold up that boom b...

  • Added: Feb 08, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk to author Ray Padgett about his book Cover Me: The Stories Behind the Greatest Cover Songs of All Time. They ...

  • Added: Feb 01, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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On his debut record, The Autobiography, Vic Mensa raps about his life growing up on the South Side of Chicago. With a confessional tone, he explore...

  • Added: Jan 25, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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Jim and Greg talk to Lori Majewski about her book Mad World: An Oral History of New Wave Artists and the Songs That Defined the 1980s, co-written w...

  • Added: Jan 18, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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Sam Beam has been releasing his signature indie folk records under the moniker Iron & Wine for over 15 years. His 2017 effort, Beast Epic, returns ...

  • Added: Jan 11, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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Few filmmakers have embodied the punk aesthetic like Alex Cox. He joins hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot to discuss the classic LA punk soundtrack ...

  • Added: Jan 04, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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As 2017 comes to a close, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot present DJ sets full of some of their favorite songs of the year. They'll also pay tribu...

  • Added: Dec 27, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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Bob Ezrin, the "producer's producer," has been behind the boards for many blockbuster epic albums over the years. He shares stories with hosts Jim ...

  • Added: Dec 20, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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It's time again for the annual Sound Opinions Holiday Spectacular! Each year, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot are joined by holiday music collecto...

  • Added: Dec 14, 2017
  • Length: 59:00