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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.

Pieces

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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: Jun 30, 2016
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We’re barely halfway through the year and already there’s an overwhelming amount of great new music to enjoy. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot shar...

  • Added: Jun 30, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
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After his pioneering work in Hüsker Dü and his success with Sugar during the alternative era, Bob Mould shows no signs of slowing down. The legenda...

  • Added: Jun 23, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
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Nervy guitars and pounding drums can perfectly convey the restless sensation of being on the verge of breaking down. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg K...

  • Added: Jun 16, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
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After making her mark in the indie duo The Fiery Furnaces, singer/songwriter Eleanor Friedberger launched a solo career blending her former band’s ...

  • Added: Jun 09, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
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Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot conclude their two-part celebration of American icon Bob Dylan as he recently turned 75. This week, they explore t...

  • Added: Jun 02, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
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Bob Dylan, one of the most iconic American artists of the 20th century, turned 75 this May. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot examine the extraordin...

  • Added: May 26, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
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While the Seattle grunge bands had the commercial success, the Pacific Northwest’s Riot Grrrl scene had an equally important legacy. Hosts Jim DeRo...

  • Added: May 19, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
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Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys elevated pop music to new artistic heights with the band’s 1966 masterpiece Pet Sounds. With its ingenious orchestra...

  • Added: May 12, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
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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: May 05, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
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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