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Sound Opinions

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Take two nationally respected rock critics, the latest music news, personal commentary, and exclusive interviews and performances, add a huge pile of records old and new, and the result is Sound Opinions-the world's only rock and roll talk show.

Based in Chicago, Sound Opinions is hosted by Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot, two of the finest and best-recognized pop music writers in the nation. For over a decade they were dedicated competitors at Chicago's two daily newspapers-Jim at the Chicago Sun-Times and Greg at the Chicago Tribune. Today, Jim writes about music for WBEZ.org and teaches criticism at Columbia College. 

Every week, Sound Opinions fires up smart and spirited discussions about a wide range of popular music, from indie rock to classic rock, hip hop to R&B, and every genre under the sun.

Sound Opinions' consistently informed, engaging, and controversial dialogue makes it a unique and essential source for the top stories, albums, and trends in music. This is cutting-edge criticism and journalism presented in the great tradition of Siskel and Ebert. The discussion is as indispensible to the hardcore music fan as it is to the casual music fan who feels out of touch. 

Sound Opinions is a direct result of the experience and credibility of its creators. Jim and Greg are both critically acclaimed authors who also write for some of the nation's most prestigious rock magazines, including Rolling Stone, Spin, and Vibe.

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Swedish neo-soul singer Seinabo Sey is emerging as a major voice in pop music, blending R&B and African rhythms. She joins hosts Jim DeRogatis and ...

  • Added: Apr 28, 2016
  • Length: :15
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Music icon Prince died on April 21 at the age of 57. As a singer, guitarist, songwriter, and producer, he dominated the pop charts and had an enorm...

  • Added: Apr 28, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
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Like all human activity, even rock music has an ecological impact. On this Earth Day, environmentalist Bill McKibben joins hosts Jim DeRogatis and ...

  • Added: Apr 21, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
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Producer, songwriter, and record executive L.A. Reid has crafted hits for more than four decades. He joins hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot for a c...

  • Added: Apr 14, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
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More like H&R Rock: Nothing improves the irritation of filing taxes like a good soundtrack. As we prepare to give back to Uncle Sam, hosts Jim DeRo...

  • Added: Apr 07, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
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While never achieving the commercial success of its alt-rock peers like Nirvana and Smashing Pumpkins, Eleventh Dream Day has outlasted these bands...

  • Added: Mar 31, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
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Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot are back from their annual music-finding mission to the SXSW Music and Media Conference in Austin, TX. Tune in to ...

  • Added: Mar 24, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
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1991 was the year punk broke again! Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot explore what made 1991 so special: Nirvana, N.W.A., Lollapalooza and more. Plu...

  • Added: Mar 17, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
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Rock Around the Clock: Time to wind up those pocket watches and chronometers. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot take you on a fourth dimensional voy...

  • Added: Mar 10, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
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As we move slowly toward spring, the music release schedule starts heating up as well. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot review a bevy of new albums...

  • Added: Mar 03, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
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Famous for its instrumental virtuosity and heady, sci-fi influenced lyrics, the Canadian prog-rock trio Rush has amassed an obsessive cult followin...

  • Added: Feb 25, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
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Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot play "Hero Worship" songs that name check some musical greats. Tune in to hear tracks by The Replacements, Van Mor...

  • Added: Feb 25, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
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Music played an essential role in uplifting, motivating, and uniting people during the Civil Rights era of the 1950s and ‘60s. In honor of Black Hi...

  • Added: Feb 19, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
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Los Lobos has enjoyed a remarkable career for more than forty years, even retaining the same core lineup from its start as an East Los Angeles wedd...

  • Added: Feb 11, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
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Sound Opinions explores the music of the Civil Rights Era. From Bob Dylan to Odetta to the Staples Singers, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot remark...

Bought by WLPR, KISU, RadioFreePalmer, WQCS, KSKQ and more


  • Added: Feb 09, 2016
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 18
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Despite the gooey romantic marketing, more breakups happen around Valentine’s Day than any other part of the year. For those who get the feeling ev...

  • Added: Feb 04, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
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Patti Smith’s Horses forever changed what punk rock could be, beginning with its striking album cover and unforgettable opening line. The album tur...

  • Added: Jan 28, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
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Only a few years into his career, Las Vegas-based singer/songwriter Shamir has already explored house, disco, indie pop, country, and countless oth...

  • Added: Jan 21, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
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Sound Opinions remembers pioneering music icon David Bowie. The pop chameleon died of cancer on January 10, 2016. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot ...

  • Added: Jan 14, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
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This is your quintessential hour on rock's famous chameleon David Bowie. Hosts and critics Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot explore Bowie's long career a...

Bought by KPIP-LP, KUFM - Montana Public Radio, WHRV, WVIA, KMUD and more


  • Added: Jan 14, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 29