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

  • #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=""/>
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    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=""/>
  • #587 Buried Treasures & Clyde Stubblefield
    Many great albums are released each year, but only a handful get the attention they deserve. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share some recent Buried Treasures – the best albums that flew under the radar. Plus, they give the drummer some with a tribute to Clyde Stubblefield, James Brown's legendary sideman. And Jason Narducy joins us for a new segment called Hooked on Sonics.<div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=Guujy7NzPoo:f4Gx4fcZ0qw:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=Guujy7NzPoo:f4Gx4fcZ0qw:F7zBnMyn0Lo"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?i=Guujy7NzPoo:f4Gx4fcZ0qw:F7zBnMyn0Lo" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=Guujy7NzPoo:f4Gx4fcZ0qw:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=Guujy7NzPoo:f4Gx4fcZ0qw:V_sGLiPBpWU"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?i=Guujy7NzPoo:f4Gx4fcZ0qw:V_sGLiPBpWU" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=Guujy7NzPoo:f4Gx4fcZ0qw: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/Guujy7NzPoo" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
  • #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=""/>

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