Sound Opinions

Sound Opinions is the world's only rock and roll talk show! The mix is like this: take two nationally respected rock critics, the latest music news, personal commentary, and exclusive interviews and performances, add a huge pile of records old and new, and the result is Sound Opinions. Before coming to public radio station WBEZ in Chicago in December 2005, Sound Opinions aired for seven successful years on one of the Midwest's most powerful rock radio stations, Chicago's WXRT. Now you can hear it in the Tampa Bay area every Saturday afternoon!
Schedule:

Saturday 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM on WUSF 89.7

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Host:
Jim DeRogatis

Born in Jersey City, New Jersey, the year the Beatles arrived in America, Jim DeRogatis began voicing his opinions about rock ’n’ roll shortly thereafter. He a full-time lecturer in the English Department at Columbia College Chicago, writes the “PopNStuff” music and culture blog for blogs.vocalo.org, and co-hosts Sound Opinions, “the world’s only rock ’n’ roll talk show,” with Greg Kot of the Chicago Tribune. The hour-long weekly radio show originates at Chicago Public Radio and is syndicated nationally to some 94 public radio stations in 80 markets ranging from New York to Alaska.

DeRogatis spent 15 years as the pop music critic at the Chicago Sun-Times, worked as an editor at... Read More...

Host:
Greg Kot

Greg Kot has been the music critic at the Chicago Tribune since 1990 and is the cohost of the nationally syndicated Sound Opinions. He has written several books, including Ripped: How the Wired Generation Revolutionized Music and Wilco: Learning How to Die. In 2014, Scribner publishes his biography I‘ll Take You There: Mavis Staples, the Staple Singers, and the March up Freedom’s Highway. He also coauthored The Beatles vs. The Rolling Stones: Sound Opinions on the Great Rock ‘n’ Roll Rivalry with his Sound Opinions colleague Jim DeRogatis. Kot's Tribune-hosted blog, Turn it Up, debuted in 2007 and covers all aspects of music. A... Read More...

From Sound Opinions

  • #596 Guitar Riffs & Opinions on The Obsessed
    Perhaps the most essential element of rock ‘n’ roll is a great guitar riff. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share some of their favorite guitar licks of all time. Plus, they review the latest from long-running metal band The Obsessed and pay tribute to the late director Jonathan Demme.<div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=ygGjqN9iqk0:j1tgL1Me058:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=ygGjqN9iqk0:j1tgL1Me058:F7zBnMyn0Lo"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?i=ygGjqN9iqk0:j1tgL1Me058:F7zBnMyn0Lo" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=ygGjqN9iqk0:j1tgL1Me058:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=ygGjqN9iqk0:j1tgL1Me058:V_sGLiPBpWU"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?i=ygGjqN9iqk0:j1tgL1Me058:V_sGLiPBpWU" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=ygGjqN9iqk0:j1tgL1Me058:qj6IDK7rITs"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?d=qj6IDK7rITs" border="0"></img></a> </div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast/~4/ygGjqN9iqk0" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
  • #595 Drive-By Truckers & Opinions on Kendrick Lamar & Resistance Radio
    Drive-By Truckers have tackled politics and social issues in their music for decades, but never more strongly than on their latest album, American Band. Members Mike Cooley and Patterson Hood join Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot to talk about the record and perform acoustically in front of an audience. Plus, reviews of the new record from rapper Kendrick Lamar and the Danger Mouse-produced album inspired by The Man in the High Castle.<div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=Fo7yoK305EM:44c4VVAnwNk:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=Fo7yoK305EM:44c4VVAnwNk:F7zBnMyn0Lo"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?i=Fo7yoK305EM:44c4VVAnwNk:F7zBnMyn0Lo" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=Fo7yoK305EM:44c4VVAnwNk:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=Fo7yoK305EM:44c4VVAnwNk:V_sGLiPBpWU"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?i=Fo7yoK305EM:44c4VVAnwNk:V_sGLiPBpWU" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=Fo7yoK305EM:44c4VVAnwNk:qj6IDK7rITs"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?d=qj6IDK7rITs" border="0"></img></a> </div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast/~4/Fo7yoK305EM" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
  • #594 Spring Record Review Round-Up & Honeyblood
    Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot give their take on several of the biggest new records, from Spoon to Mastodon, in this Review Roundup. Plus, a conversation with Scottish duo Honeyblood.<div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=qCpuCXm6ghQ:Qb-MGMCsHkQ:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=qCpuCXm6ghQ:Qb-MGMCsHkQ:F7zBnMyn0Lo"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?i=qCpuCXm6ghQ:Qb-MGMCsHkQ:F7zBnMyn0Lo" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=qCpuCXm6ghQ:Qb-MGMCsHkQ:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=qCpuCXm6ghQ:Qb-MGMCsHkQ:V_sGLiPBpWU"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?i=qCpuCXm6ghQ:Qb-MGMCsHkQ:V_sGLiPBpWU" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=qCpuCXm6ghQ:Qb-MGMCsHkQ:qj6IDK7rITs"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?d=qj6IDK7rITs" border="0"></img></a> </div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast/~4/qCpuCXm6ghQ" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
  • #593 Mavis Staples
    As a member of her family group The Staple Singers and as a solo artist, Mavis Staples has used her huge voice to power the Civil Rights Movement and inspire generations. The gospel and soul legend joins hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot for an intimate discussion of her life and career.<div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=HO5CLAHEpCY:vxo4u22pUUg:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=HO5CLAHEpCY:vxo4u22pUUg:F7zBnMyn0Lo"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?i=HO5CLAHEpCY:vxo4u22pUUg:F7zBnMyn0Lo" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=HO5CLAHEpCY:vxo4u22pUUg:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=HO5CLAHEpCY:vxo4u22pUUg:V_sGLiPBpWU"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?i=HO5CLAHEpCY:vxo4u22pUUg:V_sGLiPBpWU" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=HO5CLAHEpCY:vxo4u22pUUg:qj6IDK7rITs"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?d=qj6IDK7rITs" border="0"></img></a> </div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast/~4/HO5CLAHEpCY" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
  • #592 SXSW 2017
    Every spring, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot head to Austin, Texas for the sprawling SXSW Music Conference. This week, they report back on their favorite musical discoveries of the festival. Plus, they chat with Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic.<div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=UMLmsNtfFe4:pCJ-oQ_C07Y:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=UMLmsNtfFe4:pCJ-oQ_C07Y:F7zBnMyn0Lo"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?i=UMLmsNtfFe4:pCJ-oQ_C07Y:F7zBnMyn0Lo" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=UMLmsNtfFe4:pCJ-oQ_C07Y:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=UMLmsNtfFe4:pCJ-oQ_C07Y:V_sGLiPBpWU"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?i=UMLmsNtfFe4:pCJ-oQ_C07Y:V_sGLiPBpWU" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=UMLmsNtfFe4:pCJ-oQ_C07Y:qj6IDK7rITs"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?d=qj6IDK7rITs" border="0"></img></a> </div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast/~4/UMLmsNtfFe4" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
  • #591 Remembering Chuck Berry
    Chuck Berry, one of the architects of rock 'n' roll, has died at age 90. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot reflect on the life, music, and enduring legacy of the legendary guitarist and singer.<div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=1KQqzQa9jFs:YaBNe29t9IA:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=1KQqzQa9jFs:YaBNe29t9IA:F7zBnMyn0Lo"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?i=1KQqzQa9jFs:YaBNe29t9IA:F7zBnMyn0Lo" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=1KQqzQa9jFs:YaBNe29t9IA:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=1KQqzQa9jFs:YaBNe29t9IA:V_sGLiPBpWU"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?i=1KQqzQa9jFs:YaBNe29t9IA:V_sGLiPBpWU" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=1KQqzQa9jFs:YaBNe29t9IA:qj6IDK7rITs"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?d=qj6IDK7rITs" border="0"></img></a> </div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast/~4/1KQqzQa9jFs" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
  • #591 Remembering Chuck Berry
    Chuck Berry, one of the architects of rock 'n' roll, has died at age 90. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot reflect on the life, music, and enduring legacy of the legendary guitarist and singer.<div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=1KQqzQa9jFs:YaBNe29t9IA:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=1KQqzQa9jFs:YaBNe29t9IA:F7zBnMyn0Lo"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?i=1KQqzQa9jFs:YaBNe29t9IA:F7zBnMyn0Lo" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=1KQqzQa9jFs:YaBNe29t9IA:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=1KQqzQa9jFs:YaBNe29t9IA:V_sGLiPBpWU"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?i=1KQqzQa9jFs:YaBNe29t9IA:V_sGLiPBpWU" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=1KQqzQa9jFs:YaBNe29t9IA:qj6IDK7rITs"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?d=qj6IDK7rITs" border="0"></img></a> </div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast/~4/1KQqzQa9jFs" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
  • #590 Desert Island Jukebox & Sunflower Bean
    The proverbial Desert Island Jukebox is filled with songs that hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot would want with them if they were marooned on a remote isle. This week, Jim and Greg hand quarters out to guests like Mary J. Blige, Sleater-Kinney, and Rush to select the tracks they can't live without. Plus, an interview and performance from the Brooklyn rock band Sunflower Bean.<div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=yMUeuIweHCE:YittdtyYDTE:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=yMUeuIweHCE:YittdtyYDTE:F7zBnMyn0Lo"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?i=yMUeuIweHCE:YittdtyYDTE:F7zBnMyn0Lo" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=yMUeuIweHCE:YittdtyYDTE:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=yMUeuIweHCE:YittdtyYDTE:V_sGLiPBpWU"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?i=yMUeuIweHCE:YittdtyYDTE:V_sGLiPBpWU" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=yMUeuIweHCE:YittdtyYDTE:qj6IDK7rITs"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?d=qj6IDK7rITs" border="0"></img></a> </div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast/~4/yMUeuIweHCE" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
  • #589 One and Done & Opinions on Thundercat
    Some artists deliver a fantastic debut album, yet never make another LP again. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot select some of their favorite “one and done” bands and explore what makes these one-album wonders so great. Plus, a review of the new record from multi-genre bassist Thundercat.<div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=Q1Qb5llFCwo:DV8YL1xN49U:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=Q1Qb5llFCwo:DV8YL1xN49U:F7zBnMyn0Lo"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?i=Q1Qb5llFCwo:DV8YL1xN49U:F7zBnMyn0Lo" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=Q1Qb5llFCwo:DV8YL1xN49U:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=Q1Qb5llFCwo:DV8YL1xN49U:V_sGLiPBpWU"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?i=Q1Qb5llFCwo:DV8YL1xN49U:V_sGLiPBpWU" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=Q1Qb5llFCwo:DV8YL1xN49U:qj6IDK7rITs"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?d=qj6IDK7rITs" border="0"></img></a> </div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast/~4/Q1Qb5llFCwo" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
  • #588 Gene Chandler & Opinions on The Feelies
    From 1962 to 1970, Chicago soul singer Gene Chandler recorded nineteen top forty hits, but he'll forever be known as the "Duke of Earl." As a young artist, he performed across the country, including the Jim Crow South, later transitioning from performer to award-winning producer. Gene Chandler joins hosts Greg Kot and Jim DeRogatis for a conversation. Plus, a review of the new album by New Jersey rock band The Feelies.<div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=i1B15UcT1u4:2Iki05K5Z9A:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=i1B15UcT1u4:2Iki05K5Z9A:F7zBnMyn0Lo"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?i=i1B15UcT1u4:2Iki05K5Z9A:F7zBnMyn0Lo" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=i1B15UcT1u4:2Iki05K5Z9A:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=i1B15UcT1u4:2Iki05K5Z9A:V_sGLiPBpWU"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?i=i1B15UcT1u4:2Iki05K5Z9A:V_sGLiPBpWU" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=i1B15UcT1u4:2Iki05K5Z9A:qj6IDK7rITs"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?d=qj6IDK7rITs" border="0"></img></a> </div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast/~4/i1B15UcT1u4" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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