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!
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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

  • #586 The Gotobeds & Opinions on Lupe Fiasco
    The Gotobeds are known for outrageous stage antics and a biting sense of humor. But behind that is a lyrical sophistication and tight musicianship. The Pittsburgh post-punk band joins hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot for a raucous performance in the studio. Plus, a review of the new album from Chicago rapper Lupe Fiasco.<div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=OxLvqnji86M:fLExOeGq1Q4:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=OxLvqnji86M:fLExOeGq1Q4:F7zBnMyn0Lo"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?i=OxLvqnji86M:fLExOeGq1Q4:F7zBnMyn0Lo" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=OxLvqnji86M:fLExOeGq1Q4:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=OxLvqnji86M:fLExOeGq1Q4:V_sGLiPBpWU"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?i=OxLvqnji86M:fLExOeGq1Q4:V_sGLiPBpWU" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=OxLvqnji86M:fLExOeGq1Q4: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/OxLvqnji86M" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
  • #585 First Impressions & Opinions on Priests
    With Valentine's Day just around the corner, love is in the air. And what's more romantic than that cute moment of love at first sight? Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share some of their favorite tracks about first impressions. Plus, they review the new album from DC punk band Priests and pay tribute to the influential composer David Axelrod.<div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=dHt-h67qhSI:mh19vyPrat0:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=dHt-h67qhSI:mh19vyPrat0:F7zBnMyn0Lo"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?i=dHt-h67qhSI:mh19vyPrat0:F7zBnMyn0Lo" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=dHt-h67qhSI:mh19vyPrat0:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=dHt-h67qhSI:mh19vyPrat0:V_sGLiPBpWU"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?i=dHt-h67qhSI:mh19vyPrat0:V_sGLiPBpWU" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=dHt-h67qhSI:mh19vyPrat0: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/dHt-h67qhSI" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
  • #584 Shirley Collins & Opinions on Japandroids & Ty Segall
    Of all the artists in the English folk revival, Shirley Collins was the most devoted to traditional song. After a nearly 40 year recording hiatus, she's finally released a new album. Shirley Collins joins hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot to discuss her career and her experiences traveling through America to collect field recordings with Alan Lomax. Plus, reviews of the new albums by Japandroids and Ty Segall.<div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=jDeJJZfRwGU:O8nX7XafDgs:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=jDeJJZfRwGU:O8nX7XafDgs:F7zBnMyn0Lo"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?i=jDeJJZfRwGU:O8nX7XafDgs:F7zBnMyn0Lo" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=jDeJJZfRwGU:O8nX7XafDgs:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=jDeJJZfRwGU:O8nX7XafDgs:V_sGLiPBpWU"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?i=jDeJJZfRwGU:O8nX7XafDgs:V_sGLiPBpWU" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=jDeJJZfRwGU:O8nX7XafDgs: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/jDeJJZfRwGU" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
  • #583 Krautrock & Remembering Maggie Roche
    In the 1970s, German art-rockers took psychedelia and added hypnotic drumbeats and innovative synthesizer sounds to create a style known as Krautrock. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot dissect the Krautrock genre and its influential bands like Kraftwerk, Can, and Faust. Plus, they remember the late Maggie Roche of The Roches.<div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=Kr_6Awww5XE:AYXJvzjp018:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=Kr_6Awww5XE:AYXJvzjp018:F7zBnMyn0Lo"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?i=Kr_6Awww5XE:AYXJvzjp018:F7zBnMyn0Lo" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=Kr_6Awww5XE:AYXJvzjp018:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=Kr_6Awww5XE:AYXJvzjp018:V_sGLiPBpWU"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?i=Kr_6Awww5XE:AYXJvzjp018:V_sGLiPBpWU" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=Kr_6Awww5XE:AYXJvzjp018: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/Kr_6Awww5XE" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
  • #582 The Album Leaf & Opinions on The xx and The Flaming Lips
    The Album Leaf combines digital and organic instruments to make a unique sound. Bandleader Jimmy LaValle joins Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot to talk about the importance of giving electronic music a live experience and how the Album Leaf grew from a side project into a full time gig. Plus, reviews of the new albums from the Flaming Lips and the xx.<div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=XifddRAw55w:6czfkASLPcc:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=XifddRAw55w:6czfkASLPcc:F7zBnMyn0Lo"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?i=XifddRAw55w:6czfkASLPcc:F7zBnMyn0Lo" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=XifddRAw55w:6czfkASLPcc:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=XifddRAw55w:6czfkASLPcc:V_sGLiPBpWU"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?i=XifddRAw55w:6czfkASLPcc:V_sGLiPBpWU" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=XifddRAw55w:6czfkASLPcc: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/XifddRAw55w" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
  • #581 All Apologies & Opinions on Run the Jewels
    It's good to start a new year with a clean slate – and that can mean apologizing to those you've wronged. In that contrite spirit, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share their favorite songs that say "sorry." Plus, a review of the new album from hip-hop duo Run the Jewels.<div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=HXB9DKghozU:icoOWMb-kbM:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=HXB9DKghozU:icoOWMb-kbM:F7zBnMyn0Lo"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?i=HXB9DKghozU:icoOWMb-kbM:F7zBnMyn0Lo" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=HXB9DKghozU:icoOWMb-kbM:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=HXB9DKghozU:icoOWMb-kbM:V_sGLiPBpWU"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?i=HXB9DKghozU:icoOWMb-kbM:V_sGLiPBpWU" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=HXB9DKghozU:icoOWMb-kbM: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/HXB9DKghozU" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
  • #580 Esperanza Spalding & David Bowie, One Year Later
    Esperanza Spalding is a singer/songwriter, a multi-instrumentalist, a librettist, a Grammy winner, and much more. She joins Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot for a candid conversation about exploding genres and creating her theatrical new record. Plus, the music and legacy of David Bowie, one year after his death.<div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=AgznkeLO1yU:lOkE1UA3Y5I:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=AgznkeLO1yU:lOkE1UA3Y5I:F7zBnMyn0Lo"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?i=AgznkeLO1yU:lOkE1UA3Y5I:F7zBnMyn0Lo" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=AgznkeLO1yU:lOkE1UA3Y5I:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=AgznkeLO1yU:lOkE1UA3Y5I:V_sGLiPBpWU"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?i=AgznkeLO1yU:lOkE1UA3Y5I:V_sGLiPBpWU" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=AgznkeLO1yU:lOkE1UA3Y5I: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/AgznkeLO1yU" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
  • #579 Mixtapes 2016 & Musical In Memoriam
    Sound Opinions closes out 2016 with the year in song. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot present a mixtape of tracks that tell the story of the the past year. And we remember some of the many musicians who passed away in 2016.<div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=9piKEzyDqCY:-tXQIsZRAuc:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=9piKEzyDqCY:-tXQIsZRAuc:F7zBnMyn0Lo"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?i=9piKEzyDqCY:-tXQIsZRAuc:F7zBnMyn0Lo" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=9piKEzyDqCY:-tXQIsZRAuc:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=9piKEzyDqCY:-tXQIsZRAuc:V_sGLiPBpWU"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?i=9piKEzyDqCY:-tXQIsZRAuc:V_sGLiPBpWU" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=9piKEzyDqCY:-tXQIsZRAuc:qj6IDK7rITs"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?d=qj6IDK7rITs" border="0"></img></a> </div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast/~4/9piKEzyDqCY" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
  • #578 The Mekons & Opinions on Dawn Richard
    Formed in 1977 in the original British punk wave, The Mekons are still going strong nearly four decades later. The band joins hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot in the studio to demonstrate its eclectic blend of country, folk, and punk rock. Plus, a review of the new album from R&B singer Dawn Richard.<div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=8391_b1MCqQ:A3oZeTA8V5w:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=8391_b1MCqQ:A3oZeTA8V5w:F7zBnMyn0Lo"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?i=8391_b1MCqQ:A3oZeTA8V5w:F7zBnMyn0Lo" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=8391_b1MCqQ:A3oZeTA8V5w:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=8391_b1MCqQ:A3oZeTA8V5w:V_sGLiPBpWU"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?i=8391_b1MCqQ:A3oZeTA8V5w:V_sGLiPBpWU" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=8391_b1MCqQ:A3oZeTA8V5w:qj6IDK7rITs"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?d=qj6IDK7rITs" border="0"></img></a> </div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast/~4/8391_b1MCqQ" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
  • #577 The Sound Opinions Holiday Spectacular 2016
    It's time for the 2016 Sound Opinions Holiday Spectacular! Each year, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot are joined by holiday music collector Andy Cirzan who shares a mix of rare Christmas records scavenged from dusty record bins around the world.<div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=6iNwmx-sf3A:B-gcSUhI-Ng:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=6iNwmx-sf3A:B-gcSUhI-Ng:F7zBnMyn0Lo"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?i=6iNwmx-sf3A:B-gcSUhI-Ng:F7zBnMyn0Lo" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=6iNwmx-sf3A:B-gcSUhI-Ng:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=6iNwmx-sf3A:B-gcSUhI-Ng:V_sGLiPBpWU"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?i=6iNwmx-sf3A:B-gcSUhI-Ng:V_sGLiPBpWU" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=6iNwmx-sf3A:B-gcSUhI-Ng:qj6IDK7rITs"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?d=qj6IDK7rITs" border="0"></img></a> </div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast/~4/6iNwmx-sf3A" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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