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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Don Was is a bassist in the band Was (Not Was), a successful music producer for artists like The Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan, and the president of...

  • Added: Feb 22, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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In many ways, Chicago artist and producer Sir the Baptist is a chaplain in the R&B scene. He creates hip hop infused music that bridges the gap bet...

  • Added: Feb 15, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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When candy, flowers, and love notes fail to woo your sweetie back, there's only one thing left to do: stake out under a window, hold up that boom b...

  • Added: Feb 08, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk to author Ray Padgett about his book Cover Me: The Stories Behind the Greatest Cover Songs of All Time. They ...

  • Added: Feb 01, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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On his debut record, The Autobiography, Vic Mensa raps about his life growing up on the South Side of Chicago. With a confessional tone, he explore...

  • Added: Jan 25, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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Jim and Greg talk to Lori Majewski about her book Mad World: An Oral History of New Wave Artists and the Songs That Defined the 1980s, co-written w...

  • Added: Jan 18, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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Sam Beam has been releasing his signature indie folk records under the moniker Iron & Wine for over 15 years. His 2017 effort, Beast Epic, returns ...

  • Added: Jan 11, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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Few filmmakers have embodied the punk aesthetic like Alex Cox. He joins hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot to discuss the classic LA punk soundtrack ...

  • Added: Jan 04, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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As 2017 comes to a close, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot present DJ sets full of some of their favorite songs of the year. They'll also pay tribu...

  • Added: Dec 27, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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Bob Ezrin, the "producer's producer," has been behind the boards for many blockbuster epic albums over the years. He shares stories with hosts Jim ...

  • Added: Dec 20, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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It's time again for the annual Sound Opinions Holiday Spectacular! Each year, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot are joined by holiday music collecto...

  • Added: Dec 14, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot indulge this week in a deep look at their own profession: rock criticism. They're joined by novelist Jonathan Leth...

  • Added: Dec 07, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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2017 has been full of highly anticipated releases and unexpected gems from relatively unknown artists. This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot ...

  • Added: Nov 30, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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Thanksgiving is a time to gather around the dinner table with family and friends to reflect on the past year and give thanks. This week, hosts Jim ...

  • Added: Dec 01, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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Al Green sang some of the most acclaimed soul records of the 1970s. So when he decided to leave it all behind for the church, many questioned why. ...

  • Added: Dec 01, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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After a seven year gap, veteran rocker Ted Leo has expanded his sonic palette with his latest solo record, The Hanged Man. Written in the wake of e...

  • Added: Dec 01, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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Each season, there's a few highly anticipated albums with a ton of buzz behind them. Then, there are other deserving records that won't get that ki...

  • Added: Dec 01, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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Halloween is all about being someone else for a night – and musicians like to put on costumes, too. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share their fa...

  • Added: Dec 01, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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As creator, writer, and star of the critically acclaimed TV comedy Difficult People, Julie Klausner not only crafts the show's jokes but also guide...

  • Added: Dec 01, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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On her debut album HEAVN, Jamila Woods contrasts weighty issues like police violence and the invisibility of black women with a breezy musical touc...

  • Added: Dec 01, 2017
  • Length: 59:00