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Sound Opinions, the World's only rock and roll talk show; now to go. Hosted by Jim DeRogatis of the Vocalo.org and Greg Kot of the Chicago Tribune. Each week Jim and Greg bring you the latest music news and reviews. Plus tune in to hear exclusive interviews and performances. Sound Opinions is a production of WBEZ and distributed by PRX.

Sound Opinions, the World's only rock and roll talk show; now to go. Hosted by Jim DeRogatis of the Vocalo.org and Greg Kot of the Chicago Tribune. Each week Jim and Greg bring you the latest music news and reviews. Plus tune in to hear exclusive interviews and performances. Sound Opinions is a production of WBEZ and distributed by PRX.
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Sound Opinions, the World's only rock and roll talk show; now to go. Hosted by Jim DeRogatis of the Vocalo.org and Greg Kot of the Chicago Tribune. Each week Jim and Greg bring you the latest music news and reviews. Plus tune in to hear exclusive interviews and performances. Sound Opinions is a production of WBEZ and distributed by PRX.

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Sound Opinions c/o Chicago Public Radio Navy Pier 848 E. Grand Ave. Chicago, IL 60611-3509 888-859-1800


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#699 Moby, Opinions on Nico Segal's Intellexual

4/19/2019
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Moby became the face of techno with the blockbuster success of his 1999 album Play. He’s since made several successful albums and put out his first memoir, Porcelain, in 2016. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot revisit their 2016 conversation with Moby in honor of his latest memoir, Then It Fell Apart.They also review the debut album from the group Intellexual, made up of frequent Chance the Rapper collaborators Nico Segal and Nate Fox.

Duration:01:00:11

#698 Buried Treasures, Rock Doctors, Opinions on Marvin Gaye

4/12/2019
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As music critics and connoisseurs, Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot always have new under-the-radar tracks that you need to hear! This week, they’ll share some of their latest buried treasures. They'll also check in as the Rock Doctors to give some musical advice to a patient in need, as well as share their thoughts on the recent posthumous release by Marvin Gaye.

Duration:00:59:43

#697 Shoegaze & Opinions on Priests

4/5/2019
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Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot dive into "Shoegaze." In the late '80s and early '90s, this sound developed in the U.K. and was typified by lots of guitar, atmosphere and noise. But while the height of Shoegaze only lasted a few years, its influence looms large today. Plus, Jim and Greg review the new album from Priests and learn what song got David Bazan "Hooked on Sonics."

Duration:00:59:29

#696 True Crime Songs, Opinions on Jenny Lewis & Sara Romweber

3/29/2019
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There's a long tradition of blues and folk troubadours writing about subjects that are downright criminal. This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk about true crime, or at least allegedly true crimes, that have been immortalized in song. Plus, a review of the latest from singer-songwriter Jenny Lewis, and a remembrance of drummer Sara Romweber.

Duration:01:00:28

#695 Alternative Country Singer-Songwriter Sarah Shook & SXSW 2019

3/22/2019
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Sarah Shook is an artist expertly bridging the worlds of punk grime and honky tonk played on sawdust floors. But it's her smart, pithy lyrics about love that grip listeners and don't let go. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot chat with country singer-songwriter Sarah Shook about her musical journey, activism and her latest record, Years. Also, Greg will return from the South By Southwest music conference with a report on some of his new favorite bands.

Duration:01:01:16

#694 The Best of Sound Opinions Live & Hal Blaine

3/15/2019
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Over the years, Sound Opinions has seen many great performances from the talented artists and bands that appeared. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share some of the biggest performances ever on the show, including artists like Wilco, Common and Cheap Trick. They'll also bid farewell to legendary session drummer Hal Blaine, who died at age 90.

Duration:01:01:01

#693 Buried Treasures & Opinions on Chaka Khan & Solange

3/8/2019
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This week, Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot unearth some Buried Treasures, musical gems that you may not have heard, but certainly should. Plus, the hosts review the latest releases from soul legend Chaka Khan and singer Solange.

Duration:01:01:09

#692 The Stooges' Fun House and Remembering Talk Talk's Mark Hollis

3/1/2019
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In a Classic Album Dissection, Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot examine The Stooges' Fun House record from 1970. The album brought together garage rock, rhythm and blues and free jazz, setting a template for the punk revolution to come. Stooges guitarist Ron Asheton talks about the album as well as producer Don Gallucci, whose unorthodox studio technique is credited with capturing the singular sound of The Stooges.

Duration:01:01:49

#691 The Story of Blues Label Alligator Records & Conversation with Buddy Guy

2/22/2019
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This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot explore the history and legacy of the almost 50-year-old Chicago blues label, Alligator Records, with its founder Bruce Iglauer. They'll talk to him about his new book Bitten By the Blues: The Alligator Records Story and discuss some of the landmark artists who came through, from Koko Taylor to Albert Collins. Jim and Greg will also revisit an interview they did with Chicago blues legend Buddy Guy.

Duration:00:59:52

#690 Songs About Writers, Opinions on Bob Mould & Sneaks

2/15/2019
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This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot explore literature’s influence on popular music and how famous scribes like Shakespeare, Oscar Wilde and more get name drops. They'll share some of their favorite songs about writers. They'll also review the latest from rocker Bob Mould and techno-indie artist Sneaks.

Duration:00:59:54

#689 Walk This Way: The Story of Run-DMC's Collaboration With Aerosmith, Opinions on Emily King

2/8/2019
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Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk with author Geoff Edgers about his 2019 book Walk This Way: Run-DMC, Aerosmith, and the Song that Changed American Music Forever. They discuss how Run-DMC's 1986 collaboration with Aerosmith came about and its impact. Plus, a review of soulful singer-songwriter Emily King's latest album, Scenery.

Duration:00:59:59

#688 Weird Instruments of Rock, Opinions on Maggie Rogers & Sharon Van Etten

2/1/2019
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Forget about the guitar, bass, and drums. This week, Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot explore some of the weirder instruments of rock from the theremin to the ocarina to the cowbell. They'll also review new music from two singer-songwriters: the debut album from Maggie Rogers and the latest from Sharon Van Etten.

Duration:00:58:15

#687 Buried Treasures & Chicago Soul Band The O'My's

1/25/2019
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Looking for some exciting new music to augment your 2019 playlist? Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share some of their latest Buried Treasures: favorite under-the-radar records that you need to hear! Plus, Jim and Greg are joined by the Chicago soul band The O'My's at the Goose Island Tap Room. The group's latest album, Tomorrow, pushes its soulful sound into fresh, forward-leaning territory.

Duration:00:58:05

#686 Revolver Cover Artist and Bassist Klaus Voormann, The Artist vs. the Art

1/18/2019
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Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot sit down with artist and musician Klaus Voormann. Klaus shares his unique vantage point to rock and roll history: he designed the cover artwork for The Beatles’ album, Revolver, lived with George and Ringo and was a session bassist on many iconic albums in the 1970s including Imagine, All Things Must Pass and Plastic Ono Band. Also in the light of the recent R. Kelly docu-series, the hosts revisit their discussion about the artist vs. the art: whether art can...

Duration:00:57:24

#685 Great Starts - Songs With Iconic Beginnings

1/11/2019
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Sometimes songs make a strong, memorable statement from the very first note. This week, to start off the new year, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share songs with iconic starts.

Duration:00:57:18

#684 Great Duets & Writer Malcolm Gladwell

1/4/2019
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There’s something about two performers, sometimes from different styles and points of view, coming together and creating a musical moment. This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share some of their favorite duets. They'll also interview author Malcolm Gladwell and journalist Bruce Headlam from the Broken Record podcast.

Duration:01:13:51

#683 Jim & Greg's 2018 Mixtapes & In Memoriam

12/28/2018
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Sound Opinions closes out 2018 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 2018.

Duration:00:00:12

#682 Rush & Paying Tribute to Pete Shelley of the Buzzcocks

12/21/2018
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Famous for its instrumental virtuosity and heady, sci-fi influenced lyrics, the Canadian prog-rock trio Rush has amassed an obsessive cult following. Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson of Rush join hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot to discuss the band's remarkable 40 plus-year career. Jim and Greg will also say farewell to the leader of the punk band the Buzzcocks, Pete Shelley, who died earlier in December at age 63.

Duration:00:58:09

#681 Sound Opinions Holiday Spectacular

12/14/2018
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Whether you've been naughty or nice, Sound Opinions has a new sack full of holiday music for you. Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot welcome back record crate explorer and Christmas music aficionado Andy Cirzan for our annual Holiday Spectacular. This year, Andy celebrates his 30th season of hunting for Christmas music you'll hear nowhere else!

Duration:00:58:25

#680 The Best Albums of 2018

12/7/2018
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This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share their favorite albums of 2018. They also hear picks from Sound Opinions producers and listeners.

Duration:00:58:03