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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This week Sound Opinions welcomes prolific singer, songwriter, and producer Raphael Saadiq. Perhaps most widely known as a member of the 1990s R&B ...

  • Added: Apr 09, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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Spring is here, and it's time to get caught up with some of the new releases of the season. From comeback kids to buzzworthy new artists, Jim DeRog...

  • Added: Mar 31, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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In light of the global pandemic, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot are encouraging listeners to practice social distancing. They'll be sharing a fre...

  • Added: Mar 25, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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Almost 50 years ago, singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell released what became her signature album, Blue. The record is full of complex lyrics, gorgeous...

  • Added: Mar 18, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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After their third album went double-platinum, Atlanta hip-hop duo OutKast let their creativity run wild on 2000's Stankonia. Hosts Jim DeRogatis an...

  • Added: Mar 12, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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Outside of their natural habitats, you'll find animals all over music. From hound dogs to blackbirds, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share some o...

  • Added: Mar 05, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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Let's "Rock Around the Clock" like Bill Haley told us to! 2020 is another leap year, Daylight Savings is around the corner and this week, Jim DeRog...

  • Added: Feb 27, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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It's time again for hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot to share their latest buried treasures: recently released, under-the-radar albums you need to ...

  • Added: Mar 19, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot answer listener questions in a segment called Ask the Critics! They’ll give responses on subjects like ...

  • Added: Feb 13, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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King Crimson is a legendary progressive rock band that has evolved through the decades in innovative, and sometimes surprising ways. This week, Gre...

  • Added: Feb 06, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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Over the years, several notable musicians have tried their hand at acting in movies, whether it’s playing a character or playing themselves. While ...

  • Added: Jan 30, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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Motown Records helped create the soundtrack for a generation. And no group at that famous label was more iconic than The Supremes, both for their s...

  • Added: Jan 23, 2020
  • 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: Jan 16, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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A new year calls for new tunes. Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot are back with a new batch of Buried Treasures. They're always on the lookout for great n...

  • Added: Jan 09, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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As of January 1, 2020, Illinois joins several states in legalizing recreational marijuana. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot acknowledge the numerou...

  • Added: Jan 02, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot close out 2019 and the 2010s by sharing some of their best albums of the decade. Then, Greg will share ...

  • Added: Dec 23, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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It's a holiday tradition on Sound Opinions to welcome weird wax aficionado Andy Cirzan to share his annual mix of tinsel-time tunes with us. He sha...

  • Added: Dec 16, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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As 2019 comes to a close, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot reflect on the best albums of the year. They also hear from Sound Opinions producers and...

  • Added: Dec 12, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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Beat writer William S. Burroughs had a profound impact and interaction with rock and hip-hop music from the 1960s through his death in the late 199...

  • Added: Dec 05, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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As we finish eating Thanksgiving leftovers, Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot clear out musical discussions still left over from earlier in the year. From...

  • Added: Nov 26, 2019
  • Length: 59:00