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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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Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot don their stethoscopes for another installment of Rock Doctors. This time they help a newly divorced patient in ne...

  • Added: Feb 26, 2015
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Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason has been the only constant member of the band throughout its entire history. He speaks with hosts Jim DeRogatis and G...

  • Added: Feb 26, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
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The Sound Opinions World Tour treks on as we explore the rich musical heritage of Cuba with author and musician Ned Sublette. Then hosts Jim DeRoga...

  • Added: Feb 19, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
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Killer Mike and El-P of Run the Jewels talk about their unique brand of hip-hop and perform songs from one of the most highly acclaimed rap albums ...

  • Added: Feb 12, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
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Hush Hush: Secret Love Songs – Sometimes a crush has to stay a secret, even when you’d rather proclaim it loudly in candy heart form. In honor of V...

  • Added: Feb 05, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
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Last month marked the 45th anniversary of the Rolling Stones' notorious gig at the Altamont Speedway. Author Stanley Booth has been following the b...

  • Added: Jan 29, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
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Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett and Kanye West & Paul McCartney surprised music fans by teaming up. But they are only the most recent example of “Strange ...

  • Added: Jan 22, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
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Mary J. Blige, the "Queen of Hip-Hop Soul," joins hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot for a conversation about her two decades in music, keeping it re...

  • Added: Jan 15, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
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Revered indie rock band Spoon joins hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot for a conversation and live performance of songs off their eighth studio album.

  • Added: Jan 08, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
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This is an Evergreen episode of Sound Opinions that can air at any time during the year.

  • Added: Jan 07, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
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Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot celebrate the New Year by crafting the perfect year-end mixtape featuring their favorite songs of 2014.

  • Added: Dec 29, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
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Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot turn control of the Desert Island Jukebox over to some of their favorite guests, including Robert Plant, Kelis and...

  • Added: Dec 18, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
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Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot look back at 20 years of Bloodshot Records with founders Nan Warshaw and Rob Miller. Bloodshot is a pioneering ind...

  • Added: Dec 18, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
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The Sound Opinions Holiday Spectacular: Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot welcome back their favorite bearer of holiday music cheer, collector Andy ...

  • Added: Dec 11, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
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In this FREE one-hour program, Sound Opinions hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot are joined by avid music collector Andy Cirzan for the annual Holida...

Bought by KMUD, WBEZ, KSQM 91.5 FM, KHSU, RadioFreePalmer and more


  • Added: Dec 10, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 14
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The end of the year is nigh! Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot look back at The Best Albums of 2014. What did 2014 sound like? What are the albums y...

Bought by WJFF, RadioFreePalmer, KHNS, WMMT, KZYX and more


  • Added: Dec 10, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 26
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The end of the year is nigh! Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot look back at the Best Albums of 2014.

  • Added: Dec 04, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
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Detroit postpunk band Protomartyr joins hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot in the Sound Opinions studio for a conversation and live performance of so...

  • Added: Nov 26, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
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Rock legend and Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant joins Jim and Greg in the studio to discuss his decades long career and why he made a decision t...

  • Added: Nov 20, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
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It’s November, and that means it’s time for the annual Sound Opinions Turkey Shoot! Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot grab their muskets and set the...

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