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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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Led by singer/songwriter Alicia Bognanno, Nashville’s Bully draws upon the sound of the ‘90s alternative era to create blistering two-minute anthem...

  • Added: Aug 27, 2015
  • Length: :00
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The Isley Brothers have scored hits in six different decades thanks to an ever-evolving sound, stretching from doo-wop to psychedelic funk to disco...

  • Added: Aug 27, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
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Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot put on their white coats once again as the Rock Doctors try to save a patient in desperate musical need. This time...

  • Added: Aug 20, 2015
  • Length: 58:00
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Great records are released every year that, for whatever reason, fly under the radar. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot unearth some of their latest...

  • Added: Aug 12, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
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Television has entered its Golden Age and music is playing an essential role. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot examine the evolving use of music in...

  • Added: Aug 06, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
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The Grateful Dead has the most devoted following of any rock band in history, but also has its fair share of detractors. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Gr...

  • Added: Jul 30, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
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Since 1976, The B-52’s have combined a zany punk attitude with avant-garde sensibilities. Singer Kate Pierson joins hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Ko...

  • Added: Jul 23, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
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Led by multi-instrumentalist Kevin Parker, Australian psych-rockers Tame Impala made huge waves in both hemispheres with the release of their album...

  • Added: Jul 16, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
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The hot sun is beating down and we’re busy waxing our surfboards. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share more of their favorite Summer Songs. Plus,...

  • Added: Jul 09, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
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Torres, the musical project of Georgia native Mackenzie Scott, has shown off her prodigious songwriting abilities in two critically acclaimed and i...

  • Added: Jul 02, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
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Sound Opinions is celebrating its 500th episode. To mark this milestone, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share highlights from throughout the show...

  • Added: Jun 25, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
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B.B. King, the international ambassador for the blues, passed away in May. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot celebrate the life and music of the gre...

  • Added: Jun 17, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
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The year is only half over and already there are too many great new records to keep up with. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot take a breath and cat...

  • Added: Jun 11, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
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Custom promo for WBJB featuring Sound Opinions hosts Greg Kot and Jim DeRogatis

  • Added: Jun 08, 2015
  • Length: :30
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Electronic artist Zola Jesus uses her powerful operatic voice to create a uniquely dark and cinematic sound. She joins hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg...

  • Added: Jun 04, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
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Along with the warm weather each year comes record release season with exciting new albums put out from major artists. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg...

  • Added: May 28, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
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Passion Pit first broke through via MySpace with its danceable electronic sound. But beneath the bright synth-pop are often tortured lyrics about f...

  • Added: May 21, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
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The legend of Joy Division continues to grow decades after the death of frontman Ian Curtis. Peter Hook, founding bassist for both Joy Division and...

  • Added: May 14, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
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Custom promos and tags for WCAI featuring Sound Opinions hosts Greg Kot and Jim DeRogatis

  • Added: May 08, 2015
  • Length: 01:18
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After coming out as a trans woman in 2012, lead singer Laura Jane Grace of Against Me! candidly addressed her experience in the punk band's critica...

  • Added: May 07, 2015
  • Length: 59:00