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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For much of his life, Robert Finley's musical talent was a buried treasure, but with "Sharecropper's Son" he made one of the best albums of 2021. H...

  • Added: Jan 13, 2022
  • Length: 54:00
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Some songs can define our memory of a year when we look back. Host Jim DeRogatis and production staff share the songs that defined 2021 for them. P...

  • Added: Jan 06, 2022
  • Length: 54:00
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We revisit author Dawnie Walton’s talk with hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot about her inspiration for her debut novel, The Final Revival of Opal a...

  • Added: Dec 16, 2021
  • Length: 54:00
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Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot revisit their classic album dissection of Carole King's "Tapestry" for its 50th anniversary.

  • Added: Dec 16, 2021
  • Length: 54:00
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It's the most wonderful time of the year: Andy Cirzan has a bag full of fresh festive tunes for everyone to enjoy. The Sound Opinions Holiday Spect...

  • Added: Dec 14, 2021
  • Length: 54:00
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It's time for one of the most anticipated shows of the year, the Best Albums of 2021! Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share their favorite records...

  • Added: Dec 09, 2021
  • Length: 54:00
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This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk with Sound Opinions collaborator Althea Legaspi about the tragedy at Travis Scott's Astroworld Fes...

  • Added: Dec 02, 2021
  • Length: 54:00
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Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot are big fans of Aimee Mann's songwriting so they've asked her to choose five albums that shaped her artistic outlo...

  • Added: Nov 25, 2021
  • Length: 54:00
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With Thanksgiving coming up, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share some of their favorite songs about giving thanks. Plus they review highly antic...

  • Added: Nov 18, 2021
  • Length: 54:00
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It's that time yet again! Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot love to share newly released music that they've uncovered, Buried Treasures. This week, ...

  • Added: Nov 11, 2021
  • Length: 54:00
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As a co-founder and executive at I.R.S. Records, Miles Copeland found success in the 1980s with a roster of artists ranging from R.E.M. to The Poli...

  • Added: Nov 04, 2021
  • Length: 54:00
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Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot have long praised The Velvet Underground as one of the most important bands of the rock era. This week they review...

  • Added: Oct 28, 2021
  • Length: 54:00
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It's spooky season and hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot have a new batch of songs about ghosts to share. They're joined by Sam Weller, author of ma...

  • Added: Oct 21, 2021
  • Length: 54:00
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Since the 1980s, producers and songwriters Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis have made huge hits with artists like Janet Jackson, Boyz II Men and Mariah Ca...

  • Added: Oct 14, 2021
  • Length: 54:00
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Whether he was recording as Songs: Ohia or Magnolia Electric Company, Jason Molina was a poetic and enigmatic musician, releasing 16 studio albums ...

  • Added: Oct 07, 2021
  • Length: 54:00
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As the two journalists who had the biggest roles in bringing R. Kelly to justice, dream hampton, director of "Surviving R. Kelly" and Jim DeRogatis...

  • Added: Sep 30, 2021
  • Length: 54:00
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As we move into fall, there's an abundance of new music to review. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot do a review roundup, sharing their thoughts on ...

  • Added: Sep 23, 2021
  • Length: 54:00
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With the volume of music released each week, some is bound to not get the attention it deserves. This week hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share s...

  • Added: Sep 16, 2021
  • Length: 54:00
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In the great glam rock tradition, Art d’Ecco is making dynamic, melodic music as his costumed alter ego. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk with...

  • Added: Sep 09, 2021
  • Length: 54:00