Sound Opinions Episodes

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Weekly episodes of Sound Opinions.

Sound Opinions is your one-stop-shop for smart and engaging music criticism and conversation. Each week hosts and nationally respected rock critics Greg Kot and Jim DeRogatis talk about pop culture and music industry news, interview artists and bands, review new record releases and highlight their all-time favorite rock and roll. And, because on Sound Opinions, "everyone's a critic," listeners are invited to join in the debate.


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Though originally panned by many critics, the Rolling Stones' 1972 album Exile on Main St. is now considered a masterpiece. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and...

  • Added: Oct 16, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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Have you ever listened to a song and loved it, only to find out it’s by an artist you can’t stand? Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot will explore th...

  • Added: Oct 10, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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The family that plays together, stays together, right? If you‘ve ever traveled in a van with your mother, father, sister or brother, you know it's ...

  • Added: Oct 03, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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Washington D.C. post-punk band Fugazi reshaped the definition of punk in America. Their 1990 debut album, Repeater, connected with a generation and...

  • Added: Sep 26, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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With an influx of new music, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot decide it's time for a review roundup. They share their opinions on records by Tool, ...

  • Added: Sep 19, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot are always on the lookout for buried treasures - newly released music that is flying underneath the critical and c...

  • Added: Sep 11, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot are joined by legendary funk and R&B bassist James Alexander of the Bar-Kays. They discuss his early da...

  • Added: Sep 05, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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While critical and commercially successful “soft rock” music is rare in 2019, the Chicago band Whitney found a way to make it work. This week, host...

  • Added: Aug 29, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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Sometimes, all it takes for a song to go from good to great is the addition of a guest artist, whether it’s a rapper going in on the verse or a gui...

  • Added: Aug 22, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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Over the course of 17 albums, The Mountain Goats have gone from a super lo-fi solo project to a polished four piece combo. We're joined by the whol...

  • Added: Aug 15, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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For decades, the myths surrounding Robert Johnson overshadowed his contributions as a singer, songwriter and guitarist. From the legend that he sol...

  • Added: Aug 08, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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Back in the 1970s, punk was shorthand for a subculture that took pride in breaking the mainstream’s mold. And at the vanguard of punk rock was The ...

  • Added: Aug 01, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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While Australian singer-songwriter Julia Jacklin’s voice has a soft vibrato and sweet tone, her lyrics are laced with a dry sense of humor and unfl...

  • Added: Jul 25, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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It's time again for hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot to share their latest buried treasures: recently released, under-the-radar albums you need to ...

  • Added: Jul 18, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot look back on Marvin Gaye's classic album What's Going On. They discuss the tracks, cultural climate and...

  • Added: Jul 11, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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Forty years later, Neil Young and Crazy Horse's masterpiece Rust Never Sleeps still captivates listeners and critics with its simple melodies, comp...

  • Added: Jul 02, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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Most music lovers can point to a song that made them: perhaps one that helps define them, or just one of those songs that defines a time in their l...

  • Added: Jun 27, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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So many great albums come out every year that hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot can’t wait until December to start ranking their favorites. This wee...

  • Added: Jun 20, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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Roky Erickson and his group the 13th Floor Elevators spread the psychedelic gospel in the heart of Texas in the 1960s and influenced groups like R....

  • Added: Jun 13, 2019
  • Length: 59:00