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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With lyrics about sun, surf, and young love, there are plenty of songs that welcome in the summer. But how do you musically say goodbye to warm wea...

  • Added: Dec 01, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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What goes into writing a hit song? Sound Opinions takes a look at the craft of songwriting, from the Righteous Brothers to Beyoncé. Jim and Greg ta...

  • Added: Dec 01, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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With all eyes turned toward the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, the Sound Opinions World Tour makes its next stop in Brazil, a country with an unmatche...

  • Added: Dec 01, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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Australian singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett’s 2015 album Sometimes I Sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit was a critical success and Sound Opin...

  • Added: Dec 01, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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In the late 1950s, Jamaican musicians blended home-grown rhythms with R&B to create ska. The genre’s influence quickly spread across the globe, pav...

  • Added: Dec 01, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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With an eclectic all-instrumental blend of rock, jazz, dub, electronics, and the avant-garde, Tortoise emerged as the leading band of Chicago’s so-...

  • Added: Jul 28, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
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Moby became the face of techno with the blockbuster success of his 1999 album Play. In his new memoir Porcelain, he explores his origins in the und...

  • Added: Jul 21, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
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It’s not a political rally without a crowd-pumping and uplifting playlist. But political campaign teams are not always great music tastemakers. Hos...

  • Added: Jul 14, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
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The London-based quartet Savages made a stunning debut with Silence Yourself in 2013 and established a reputation as a formidable live band. On th...

  • Added: Jul 07, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
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We’re barely halfway through the year and already there’s an overwhelming amount of great new music to enjoy. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot shar...

  • Added: Jun 30, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
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After his pioneering work in Hüsker Dü and his success with Sugar during the alternative era, Bob Mould shows no signs of slowing down. The legenda...

  • Added: Jun 23, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
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Nervy guitars and pounding drums can perfectly convey the restless sensation of being on the verge of breaking down. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg K...

  • Added: Jun 16, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
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After making her mark in the indie duo The Fiery Furnaces, singer/songwriter Eleanor Friedberger launched a solo career blending her former band’s ...

  • Added: Jun 09, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
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Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot conclude their two-part celebration of American icon Bob Dylan as he recently turned 75. This week, they explore t...

  • Added: Jun 02, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
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Bob Dylan, one of the most iconic American artists of the 20th century, turned 75 this May. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot examine the extraordin...

  • Added: May 26, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
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While the Seattle grunge bands had the commercial success, the Pacific Northwest’s Riot Grrrl scene had an equally important legacy. Hosts Jim DeRo...

  • Added: May 19, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
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Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys elevated pop music to new artistic heights with the band’s 1966 masterpiece Pet Sounds. With its ingenious orchestra...

  • Added: May 12, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
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Swedish neo-soul singer Seinabo Sey is emerging as a major voice in pop music, blending R&B and African rhythms. She joins hosts Jim DeRogatis and ...

  • Added: May 05, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
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Music icon Prince died on April 21 at the age of 57. As a singer, guitarist, songwriter, and producer, he dominated the pop charts and had an enorm...

  • Added: Apr 28, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
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Like all human activity, even rock music has an ecological impact. On this Earth Day, environmentalist Bill McKibben joins hosts Jim DeRogatis and ...

  • Added: Apr 21, 2016
  • Length: 59:00