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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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
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Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot indulge this week in a deep look at their own profession: rock criticism. They're joined by novelist Jonathan Leth...

  • Added: Dec 07, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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2017 has been full of highly anticipated releases and unexpected gems from relatively unknown artists. This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot ...

  • Added: Nov 30, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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Thanksgiving is a time to gather around the dinner table with family and friends to reflect on the past year and give thanks. This week, hosts Jim ...

  • Added: Dec 01, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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Al Green sang some of the most acclaimed soul records of the 1970s. So when he decided to leave it all behind for the church, many questioned why. ...

  • Added: Dec 01, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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After a seven year gap, veteran rocker Ted Leo has expanded his sonic palette with his latest solo record, The Hanged Man. Written in the wake of e...

  • Added: Dec 01, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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Each season, there's a few highly anticipated albums with a ton of buzz behind them. Then, there are other deserving records that won't get that ki...

  • Added: Dec 01, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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Halloween is all about being someone else for a night – and musicians like to put on costumes, too. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share their fa...

  • Added: Dec 01, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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As creator, writer, and star of the critically acclaimed TV comedy Difficult People, Julie Klausner not only crafts the show's jokes but also guide...

  • Added: Dec 01, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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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: Dec 01, 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: Dec 01, 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: Dec 01, 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: Dec 01, 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: Dec 01, 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: Dec 01, 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: Dec 01, 2017
  • Length: 59:00