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

  • #647 Jason Isbell & Opinions on Cardi B
    For country singer/songwriter Jason Isbell's latest record, "The Nashville Sound," he wrote about his role as a father and an artist in today's America. It ended up being his most political album yet, addressing issues like white privilege and working class frustrations. Jason joins Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot to talk about songwriting, ethics, sobriety, and performs a special acoustic set. Plus, the hosts review the debut studio album from rap sensation Cardi B.<div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=oLQ4DKIoe8k:T41h8-SCiXc:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=oLQ4DKIoe8k:T41h8-SCiXc:F7zBnMyn0Lo"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?i=oLQ4DKIoe8k:T41h8-SCiXc:F7zBnMyn0Lo" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=oLQ4DKIoe8k:T41h8-SCiXc:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=oLQ4DKIoe8k:T41h8-SCiXc:V_sGLiPBpWU"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?i=oLQ4DKIoe8k:T41h8-SCiXc:V_sGLiPBpWU" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=oLQ4DKIoe8k:T41h8-SCiXc: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/oLQ4DKIoe8k" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
  • #646 The Legend of Captain Beefheart, Opinions on Kacey Musgraves & Sarah Shook
    Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot explore the legend of Captain Beefheart, a musician with a larger-than-life personality who blurred the lines of music, art and noise. Also, they talk with longtime Captain Beefheart collaborator Gary Lucas and share their thoughts on why Beefheart's music, however difficult, is of value. Plus, the hosts review new albums from country artists Kacey Musgraves and Sarah Shook.<div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=sdw-BGGKDXI:-0NLOwV0tko:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=sdw-BGGKDXI:-0NLOwV0tko:F7zBnMyn0Lo"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?i=sdw-BGGKDXI:-0NLOwV0tko:F7zBnMyn0Lo" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=sdw-BGGKDXI:-0NLOwV0tko:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=sdw-BGGKDXI:-0NLOwV0tko:V_sGLiPBpWU"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?i=sdw-BGGKDXI:-0NLOwV0tko:V_sGLiPBpWU" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=sdw-BGGKDXI:-0NLOwV0tko: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/sdw-BGGKDXI" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
  • #645 The Regrettes, Buried Treasures & Frank Turner
    The Regrettes are a young band that blends 1960s girl group sensibilities with the edge of Bikini Kill. Their debut album, Feel Your Feelings, Fool! was a Best of 2017 pick for both Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot. The Regrettes joined Greg for a performance and conversation. Also, Jim and Greg share more of their buried treasures- bands flying under the radar that you need to hear! Plus, Frank Turner on the song that got him Hooked on Sonics.<div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=9zJai3v0ftc:BQ7_thDjUng:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=9zJai3v0ftc:BQ7_thDjUng:F7zBnMyn0Lo"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?i=9zJai3v0ftc:BQ7_thDjUng:F7zBnMyn0Lo" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=9zJai3v0ftc:BQ7_thDjUng:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=9zJai3v0ftc:BQ7_thDjUng:V_sGLiPBpWU"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?i=9zJai3v0ftc:BQ7_thDjUng:V_sGLiPBpWU" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=9zJai3v0ftc:BQ7_thDjUng:qj6IDK7rITs"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?d=qj6IDK7rITs" border="0"></img></a> </div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast/~4/9zJai3v0ftc" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
  • #644 Exile on Main St.
    Though originally panned by many critics, the Rolling Stones' 1972 album Exile on Main St. is now considered a masterpiece. Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot serve up a classic album dissection for the deeply influential recording.<div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=Dg2YueXxrr4:oXhZMPjQEpI:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=Dg2YueXxrr4:oXhZMPjQEpI:F7zBnMyn0Lo"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?i=Dg2YueXxrr4:oXhZMPjQEpI:F7zBnMyn0Lo" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=Dg2YueXxrr4:oXhZMPjQEpI:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=Dg2YueXxrr4:oXhZMPjQEpI:V_sGLiPBpWU"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?i=Dg2YueXxrr4:oXhZMPjQEpI:V_sGLiPBpWU" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=Dg2YueXxrr4:oXhZMPjQEpI: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/Dg2YueXxrr4" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
  • #643 SXSW 2018
    Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot make their annual pilgrimage to the South By Southwest music conference in Austin, Texas. They'll report on some of their new favorite bands that music lovers need to hear.<div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=nI5DtL33mII:42qk6F8kR70:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=nI5DtL33mII:42qk6F8kR70:F7zBnMyn0Lo"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?i=nI5DtL33mII:42qk6F8kR70:F7zBnMyn0Lo" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=nI5DtL33mII:42qk6F8kR70:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=nI5DtL33mII:42qk6F8kR70:V_sGLiPBpWU"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?i=nI5DtL33mII:42qk6F8kR70:V_sGLiPBpWU" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=nI5DtL33mII:42qk6F8kR70: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/nI5DtL33mII" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
  • #642 Songs About the Music Industry & Antibalas
    What happens when artists take a look inward at the music business? Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot play the best Songs About the Music Industry. Then, they sit down with the dynamic Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra.<div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=jDTzz2nCeIs:_bQskWB57CU:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=jDTzz2nCeIs:_bQskWB57CU:F7zBnMyn0Lo"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?i=jDTzz2nCeIs:_bQskWB57CU:F7zBnMyn0Lo" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=jDTzz2nCeIs:_bQskWB57CU:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=jDTzz2nCeIs:_bQskWB57CU:V_sGLiPBpWU"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?i=jDTzz2nCeIs:_bQskWB57CU:V_sGLiPBpWU" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=jDTzz2nCeIs:_bQskWB57CU: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/jDTzz2nCeIs" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
  • #641 Buried Treasures & A Giant Dog
    Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot dig up some buried treasures - albums that aren't yet in the mainstream but that deserve some more attention. Plus, cult rock outfit A Giant Dog join them for an interview and performance.<div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=LlJ9LpHaCSQ:0_lOxs6xGiE:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=LlJ9LpHaCSQ:0_lOxs6xGiE:F7zBnMyn0Lo"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?i=LlJ9LpHaCSQ:0_lOxs6xGiE:F7zBnMyn0Lo" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=LlJ9LpHaCSQ:0_lOxs6xGiE:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=LlJ9LpHaCSQ:0_lOxs6xGiE:V_sGLiPBpWU"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?i=LlJ9LpHaCSQ:0_lOxs6xGiE:V_sGLiPBpWU" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=LlJ9LpHaCSQ:0_lOxs6xGiE: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/LlJ9LpHaCSQ" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
  • #640 Best Movie Soundtracks Pt. 2 & Opinions on the Black Panther Soundtrack
    A film's soundtrack can be as memorable as its visuals. So as this awards season winds down, Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot pick some of their favorite film soundtracks. Plus, they'll review the soundtrack to the movie Black Panther, and we hear about what got latin electronic artist Helado Negro into music.<div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=tXeXA2pxyzs:4O1B8xxk_aU:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=tXeXA2pxyzs:4O1B8xxk_aU:F7zBnMyn0Lo"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?i=tXeXA2pxyzs:4O1B8xxk_aU:F7zBnMyn0Lo" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=tXeXA2pxyzs:4O1B8xxk_aU:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=tXeXA2pxyzs:4O1B8xxk_aU:V_sGLiPBpWU"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?i=tXeXA2pxyzs:4O1B8xxk_aU:V_sGLiPBpWU" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=tXeXA2pxyzs:4O1B8xxk_aU: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/tXeXA2pxyzs" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
  • #639 Don Was, Opinions on Superchunk & Dessa
    Don Was is a bassist in the band Was (Not Was), a successful music producer for artists like The Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan, and the president of legendary jazz label Blue Note Records. This week, Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot pick the brain of the multi-talented Don Was about his influences, what he looks for in an artist and what he loves about music. Plus, Jim and Greg review new albums from indie rock band Superchunk and rapper Dessa.<div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=wYRHWkmfP_o:D7tOi635POI:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=wYRHWkmfP_o:D7tOi635POI:F7zBnMyn0Lo"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?i=wYRHWkmfP_o:D7tOi635POI:F7zBnMyn0Lo" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=wYRHWkmfP_o:D7tOi635POI:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=wYRHWkmfP_o:D7tOi635POI:V_sGLiPBpWU"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?i=wYRHWkmfP_o:D7tOi635POI:V_sGLiPBpWU" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=wYRHWkmfP_o:D7tOi635POI: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/wYRHWkmfP_o" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
  • #638 Sir the Baptist & Opinions on MGMT
    In many ways, Chicago artist and producer Sir the Baptist is a chaplain in the R&B scene. He creates hip hop infused music that bridges the gap between his gospel roots and the world around him. Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk to Sir about making music with a message, plus he performs in studio with a 10-piece band. Jim and Greg will also review the new album from MGMT.<div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=dnNEMGLxCiQ:SKEcvMy34IY:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=dnNEMGLxCiQ:SKEcvMy34IY:F7zBnMyn0Lo"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?i=dnNEMGLxCiQ:SKEcvMy34IY:F7zBnMyn0Lo" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=dnNEMGLxCiQ:SKEcvMy34IY:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=dnNEMGLxCiQ:SKEcvMy34IY:V_sGLiPBpWU"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?i=dnNEMGLxCiQ:SKEcvMy34IY:V_sGLiPBpWU" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=dnNEMGLxCiQ:SKEcvMy34IY: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/dnNEMGLxCiQ" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

 

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