Sound Opinions

GroupAccount image
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.

Pieces

Piece image
Singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash performs songs from her recent album The River & the Thread and talks about carrying on her family’s legacy and why ...

  • Added: Jul 17, 2014
  • Length: :00
Piece image
Sound Opinions celebrates the 30th anniversary of the greatest rock movie ever: This Is Spinal Tap. Jim and Greg turn it up to 11 and discuss the f...

  • Added: Jul 17, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
Piece image
X marks the spot! Jim and Greg go hunting for Buried Treasures: great lesser-known albums from 2014. Plus, they review new albums by Brian Eno and ...

  • Added: Jul 09, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
Piece image
Jim and Greg look back at the classic Prince album Purple Rain on its 30th anniversary. They talk to Prince collaborators “Wendy & Lisa” about the ...

  • Added: Jul 03, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
Piece image
It’s never too early to start making lists! Tune in for the Best Albums of 2014…so far. Plus, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot review a new solo al...

  • Added: Jun 26, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
Piece image
Singer-songwriter Angel Olsen shares her dramatic tunes of heartbreak and humor. Later, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot review the new album from ...

  • Added: Jun 19, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
Piece image
Guitar virtuoso Richard Thompson of Fairport Convention joins hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot in the studio for an interview and live performance....

  • Added: Jun 12, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
Piece image
Paging the Rock Doctors! Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot help a fellow physician find the perfect surgery soundtrack. Plus, Steve Wynn and Scott M...

  • Added: Jun 04, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
Piece image
Los Angeles dance-rock quartet Warpaint joins Jim and Greg in the studio. Then Jim and Greg review Neil Young's 35th album and Jim takes a trip to ...

  • Added: May 29, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
Piece image
Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot celebrate Memorial Day with "Songs from the Front Lines." Later they review Coldplay's "Ghost Stories."

  • Added: May 22, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Uncle Tupelo
With its innovative fusion of traditional folk and country with punk and rock ‘n’ roll, Uncle Tupelo’s "No Depression" is a genuine milestone in Am...

  • Added: May 15, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
Piece image
Electronic duo Darkside joins hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot for an interview and live performance.

  • Added: May 08, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
Piece image
Jim and Greg explore the 25-year history and influence of Chicago’s Chess Records. Then they review the debut solo album from Damon Albarn and the ...

  • Added: Apr 30, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
Piece image
Tearjerkers: Jim and Greg list the top songs that make you cry. Later, they review the new album from indie rock pioneers, The Afghan Whigs; their ...

  • Added: Apr 24, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
Piece image
40 years of ABBA! "ABBA Gold" author Elisabeth Vincentelli and Eurovision expert John Kennedy O'Connor speak with hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot ...

  • Added: Apr 17, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
Piece image
Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot speak with influential producer, songwriter, performer and disco godfather, Giorgio Moroder. Later, they review th...

  • Added: Apr 10, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
Piece image
The post-metal quartet Pelican brings its thundering instrumentals to the Sound Opinions studio. Later hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot review the ...

  • Added: Apr 03, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
Piece image
For 45 years The Allman Brothers have survived murder, mayhem, death, and addictions. Jim and Greg speak with Alan Paul, author of "One Way Out: Th...

  • Added: Mar 27, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
Piece image
Back from their trip to SXSW in Austin, TX, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share their favorite bands from the annual music conference. Later, th...

  • Added: Mar 20, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
Piece image
This is an Evergreen episode of Sound Opinions that can air at any time during the year.

  • Added: Mar 13, 2014
  • Length: 59:00