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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As 2019 comes to a close, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot reflect on the best albums of the year. They also hear from Sound Opinions producers and...

  • Added: Dec 12, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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Beat writer William S. Burroughs had a profound impact and interaction with rock and hip-hop music from the 1960s through his death in the late 199...

  • Added: Dec 05, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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As we finish eating Thanksgiving leftovers, Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot clear out musical discussions still left over from earlier in the year. From...

  • Added: Nov 26, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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For one reason or another, everyone has got a handful of songs that make them cry. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share some of the songs that br...

  • Added: Nov 20, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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As we all settle in for the season, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot figure Sound Opinions listeners are ready for a playlist refresh. This week, t...

  • Added: Nov 13, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot both fondly remember discovering new bands on their FM dials; and though there are many ways to find new music, th...

  • Added: Nov 07, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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Janis Joplin was known for her iconic singing voice, gregarious image and refusal to conform. But behind her chill, blues mama persona was an intel...

  • Added: Oct 31, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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Rock and roll has never been purely about the music. The image a band puts forward can be almost as important as their songs. Some bands take it an...

  • Added: Oct 24, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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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