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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The Shins frontman James Mercer and super producer Danger Mouse are the celestial rock duo Broken Bells. The pair joins Sound Opinions in Portland,...

  • Added: Oct 30, 2014
  • Length: :00
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Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot conduct a classic album dissection of Pink Floyd’s epic double concept album "The Wall", which celebrates its 35th...

  • Added: Oct 30, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
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Jim and Greg celebrate Halloween by dabbling in the dark arts with Peter Bebergal [BEE-ber-gaul], author of "Season of the Witch: How the Occult Sa...

  • Added: Oct 23, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
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While the charts are dominated by old standards like Barbra Streisand and Tony Bennett, there are a ton of exciting, new and lesser-known acts that...

  • Added: Oct 16, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
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After being surprisingly inspired by Thin Lizzy in a New York City hotel room, veteran singer-songwriters Aimee Mann and Ted Leo joined forces to f...

  • Added: Oct 09, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
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Does anything define rock ‘n’ roll more than the guitar? Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot play examples of the best guitar riffs in rock history an...

  • Added: Oct 02, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
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Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot catch up on big fall albums including the surprise free release from U2 and the latest from Interpol, Leonard Cohe...

  • Added: Sep 25, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
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Jim and Greg sit down with Jeff Tweedy of Wilco for a candid conversation and special live performance.

  • Added: Sep 18, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
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As film audiences “Get On Up,” hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot look back at James Brown’s classic album Live at the Apollo. Later they review two...

  • Added: Sep 10, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
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After a relaxing Labor Day, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot get back into the swing of things by playing the best songs inspired by work. Then the...

  • Added: Sep 04, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
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New Orleans singer-guitarist Benjamin Booker talks about his blues influences and opening for Jack White and plays songs from his self-titled debut.

  • Added: Aug 28, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
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Get out your skinny ties and don your best Flock of Seagulls hairdo. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot celebrate Duran Duran, A-Ha and the best of 1...

  • Added: Aug 21, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
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Forget about Carmen or Madame Butterfly. Sound Opinions' own divas, Jim and Greg, share their favorite Rock Operas.

  • Added: Aug 14, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
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Singer Kelis talks music, cooking and “Milkshakes” and performs songs from her aptly titled album Food. Then, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot revi...

  • Added: Aug 07, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
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Custom promos for KCUR featuring Sound Opinion's hosts Greg Kot and Jim DeRogatis.

Bought by KCUR


  • Added: Aug 07, 2014
  • Length: 01:47
  • Purchases: 1
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Jim and Greg conduct a Classic Album Dissection of The Ramones’ 1977 release Rocket to Russia, including a 2006 Sound Opinions interview with the l...

  • Added: Jul 31, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
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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 24, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
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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
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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
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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