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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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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
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Producer, songwriter, and record executive L.A. Reid has crafted hits for more than four decades. He joins hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot for a c...

  • Added: Apr 14, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
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More like H&R Rock: Nothing improves the irritation of filing taxes like a good soundtrack. As we prepare to give back to Uncle Sam, hosts Jim DeRo...

  • Added: Apr 07, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
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While never achieving the commercial success of its alt-rock peers like Nirvana and Smashing Pumpkins, Eleventh Dream Day has outlasted these bands...

  • Added: Mar 31, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
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Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot are back from their annual music-finding mission to the SXSW Music and Media Conference in Austin, TX. Tune in to ...

  • Added: Mar 24, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
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1991 was the year punk broke again! Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot explore what made 1991 so special: Nirvana, N.W.A., Lollapalooza and more. Plu...

  • Added: Mar 17, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
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Rock Around the Clock: Time to wind up those pocket watches and chronometers. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot take you on a fourth dimensional voy...

  • Added: Mar 10, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
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As we move slowly toward spring, the music release schedule starts heating up as well. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot review a bevy of new albums...

  • Added: Mar 03, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
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Famous for its instrumental virtuosity and heady, sci-fi influenced lyrics, the Canadian prog-rock trio Rush has amassed an obsessive cult followin...

  • Added: Feb 25, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
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Music played an essential role in uplifting, motivating, and uniting people during the Civil Rights era of the 1950s and ‘60s. In honor of Black Hi...

  • Added: Feb 19, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
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Los Lobos has enjoyed a remarkable career for more than forty years, even retaining the same core lineup from its start as an East Los Angeles wedd...

  • Added: Feb 11, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
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Despite the gooey romantic marketing, more breakups happen around Valentine’s Day than any other part of the year. For those who get the feeling ev...

  • Added: Feb 04, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
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Patti Smith’s Horses forever changed what punk rock could be, beginning with its striking album cover and unforgettable opening line. The album tur...

  • Added: Jan 28, 2016
  • Length: 59:00