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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From his studio in Memphis, Sun Records founder Sam Phillips was the first to record Elvis Presley, Howlin’ Wolf, Jerry Lee Lewis, and more. Music...

  • Added: Dec 03, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
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The Moog synthesizer is every bit as important to rock history as the Fender Telecaster and the Gibson Les Paul. As the analog synth revival contin...

  • Added: Nov 25, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
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Sometimes we look forward to an artist’s new release with great expectations, only to be crushed by the result. In honor of Thanksgiving, we presen...

  • Added: Nov 19, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
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Sound Opinions pays tribute to New Orleans pianist, producer and songwriter Allen Toussaint who died on November 10th, 2015. The music legend chatt...

  • Added: Nov 12, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
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Inspired by the artists of the 1950s, Low Cut Connie has dedicated itself to bringing the upright piano back to rock ‘n’ roll. The band (a favorite...

  • Added: Nov 05, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
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As baseball fans turn their attention to the World Series, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot are eager to step up to the plate. They share their fav...

  • Added: Oct 29, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
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With the spooky season creeping in, Jim and Greg are beginning to feel a little diabolical. In honor of Halloween, they share their favorite Songs ...

  • Added: Oct 23, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
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Chicago garage-rock band Twin Peaks formed when its members were still in high school. Now the group is playing big festivals and is poised for sta...

  • Added: Oct 15, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
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As a keyboardist in the legendary recording studios of Muscle Shoals, Alabama, Spooner Oldham wrote and played on dozens of classic hits from Areth...

  • Added: Oct 08, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
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London Calling, the double album masterpiece by British punk band The Clash, recently celebrated its 35th anniversary. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg...

  • Added: Oct 07, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
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Alice Cooper invented shock-rock in the 1970s, sparking controversy with his ghoulishly theatrical live shows and hard rock hits like “School’s Out...

  • Added: Sep 24, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
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Experimental art-punk band Wire has had a tremendous influence on music since forming in 1976. And unlike most first wave punks, the group continue...

  • Added: Sep 17, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
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Time to sharpen those #2 pencils. With classes back in session, it’s time for hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot to present some more of their favori...

  • Added: Sep 10, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
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Led by singer/songwriter Alicia Bognanno, Nashville’s Bully draws upon the sound of the ‘90s alternative era to create blistering two-minute anthem...

  • Added: Sep 03, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
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The Isley Brothers have scored hits in six different decades thanks to an ever-evolving sound, stretching from doo-wop to psychedelic funk to disco...

  • Added: Aug 27, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
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Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot put on their white coats once again as the Rock Doctors try to save a patient in desperate musical need. This time...

  • Added: Aug 20, 2015
  • Length: 58:00
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Great records are released every year that, for whatever reason, fly under the radar. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot unearth some of their latest...

  • Added: Aug 12, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
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Television has entered its Golden Age and music is playing an essential role. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot examine the evolving use of music in...

  • Added: Aug 06, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
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The Grateful Dead has the most devoted following of any rock band in history, but also has its fair share of detractors. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Gr...

  • Added: Jul 30, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
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Since 1976, The B-52’s have combined a zany punk attitude with avant-garde sensibilities. Singer Kate Pierson joins hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Ko...

  • Added: Jul 23, 2015
  • Length: 59:00