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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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Mavis Staples has always had an activist edge, even serving at times as Martin Luther King's warm-up act. This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg K...

  • Added: Sep 21, 2017
  • Length: :00
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So many talented musicians perform on Sound Opinions, but we don't always have time to share every song. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot play some...

  • Added: Sep 21, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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Some say that making music is a young person's game, but several artists beg to differ. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share some of their favori...

  • Added: Sep 14, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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Should we hold up a musician's output to a moral standard? Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk about whether art can be evaluated separately from...

  • Added: Sep 07, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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The beginning of September means students return to the classroom. Whether you're excited to be back to school or the very thought inspires dread a...

  • Added: Aug 31, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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The Melvins were an inspiration to the '90s alternative explosion, but the band's unclassifiable sound and uncommercial stance set them apart. In a...

  • Added: Aug 24, 2017
  • Length: 47:16
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Certain artists are perfectionists at heart, and if you want something done right, do it yourself. This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot shar...

  • Added: Aug 16, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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Over his decades long career, Steve Earle has been many things - songwriter, novelist, actor, activist. But for his latest record, So You Wannabe A...

  • Added: Aug 10, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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If you're looking for something new to round out your summer playlist, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot have you covered. They'll dig out some buri...

  • Added: Aug 03, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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Penelope Spheeris has directed some of the most influential movies about music of all time, from Wayne's World to all three installments of The Dec...

  • Added: Jul 27, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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The fantasy powerhouse Game of Thrones is returning for its penultimate season. With dragons, knights, and magic on their minds, hosts Jim DeRogati...

  • Added: Jul 20, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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In part two of our series 1977: The Year Punk Broke, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot look at the punk movement stateside with music writer Ira Rob...

  • Added: Jul 13, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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In part one of our two-part series on the historic year 1977, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot explore the punk explosion in the UK with music writ...

  • Added: Jul 05, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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The Sound Opinions World Tour rolls along, making its next stop in beautiful New Zealand. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot take a virtual trip to t...

  • Added: Jun 28, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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There are still six months of 2017 left, but there are already lots of contenders for album of the year. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share som...

  • Added: Jun 22, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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Summer is upon us so that means one thing: road trip! Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot take a virtual cross-country drive playing their favorite so...

  • Added: Jun 15, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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New :30 generic promo. Lighthearted, focusing on caller interaction.

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  • Added: Jun 09, 2017
  • Length: :30
  • Purchases: 2
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Keyboard player Benmont Tench was instrumental in the formation of Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers in 1976. He's also had a fruitful career as a cons...

  • Added: Jun 08, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot revisit their conversation with the hardest working man in rock, Jack White, recorded at Third Man Records in Nash...

  • Added: Jun 01, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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Norwegian singer-songwriter and performance artist Jenny Hval has released six albums of ethereal and challenging music. On her latest record, she ...

  • Added: May 25, 2017
  • Length: 59:00