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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Every year, a turkey is saved from its Thanksgiving dinner fate by a presidential pardon. In that gracious spirit, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot...

  • Added: Dec 01, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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Many Americans are thinking a lot about Canada these days. So hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot take the Sound Opinions World Tour to Canada explore...

  • Added: Dec 01, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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In 1971, Marvin Gaye made a career left turn with the album What's Going On, adopting a socially conscious sound that addressed war, racism, and d...

  • Added: Dec 01, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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The Handsome Family gained wider notoriety for providing the theme to HBO's True Detective. But the duo's dark, literate songwriting has been accla...

  • Added: Dec 01, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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The spookiest time of the year is upon us. To celebrate Halloween, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot turn the show over to listeners who share the s...

  • Added: Dec 01, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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Beach Slang has wowed critics and audiences alike with its loud, energy filled live performances and unabashedly personal lyrics. In front of a liv...

  • Added: Dec 01, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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The Replacements never had a hit song, but few bands have inspired such a deep personal connection with their fans. Bob Mehr, author of the new bio...

  • Added: Dec 01, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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September is bursting with major new album releases. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot give their take on several of the biggest new records, from B...

  • Added: Dec 01, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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Trumpeter Herb Alpert has had a remarkable, multifaceted career. In addition to scoring his own hits with the Tijuana Brass in the '60s, he cofound...

  • Added: Dec 01, 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 of their B...

  • Added: Dec 01, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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Mudhoney was at the forefront of Seattle's exploding music scene in the '80s and '90s, paving the way for grunge with its distorted, chaotic sound....

  • Added: Dec 01, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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With lyrics about sun, surf, and young love, there are plenty of songs that welcome in the summer. But how do you musically say goodbye to warm wea...

  • Added: Dec 01, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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What goes into writing a hit song? Sound Opinions takes a look at the craft of songwriting, from the Righteous Brothers to Beyoncé. Jim and Greg ta...

  • Added: Dec 01, 2017
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With all eyes turned toward the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, the Sound Opinions World Tour makes its next stop in Brazil, a country with an unmatche...

  • Added: Dec 01, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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Australian singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett’s 2015 album Sometimes I Sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit was a critical success and Sound Opin...

  • Added: Dec 01, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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In the late 1950s, Jamaican musicians blended home-grown rhythms with R&B to create ska. The genre’s influence quickly spread across the globe, pav...

  • Added: Dec 01, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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With an eclectic all-instrumental blend of rock, jazz, dub, electronics, and the avant-garde, Tortoise emerged as the leading band of Chicago’s so-...

  • Added: Jul 28, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
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Moby became the face of techno with the blockbuster success of his 1999 album Play. In his new memoir Porcelain, he explores his origins in the und...

  • Added: Jul 21, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
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It’s not a political rally without a crowd-pumping and uplifting playlist. But political campaign teams are not always great music tastemakers. Hos...

  • Added: Jul 14, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
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The London-based quartet Savages made a stunning debut with Silence Yourself in 2013 and established a reputation as a formidable live band. On th...

  • Added: Jul 07, 2016
  • Length: 59:00