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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—the world's only rock and roll talk show.
Based in Chicago, Sound Opinions is hosted by Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot, two of the finest and best-recognized pop music writers in the nation. For over a decade they were dedicated competitors at Chicago’s two daily newspapers—Jim at the Chicago Sun-Times and Greg at the Chicago Tribune. Today, Jim writes about music for WBEZ.org and teaches criticism at Columbia College.
Every week, Sound Opinions fires up smart and spirited discussions about a wide range of popular music, from indie rock to classic rock, hip hop to R&B, and every genre under the sun.
Sound Opinions' consistently informed, engaging, and controversial dialogue makes it a unique and essential source for the top stories, albums, and trends in music. This is cutting-edge criticism and journalism presented in the great tradition of Siskel and Ebert. The discussion is as indispensible to the hardcore music fan as it is to the casual music fan who feels out of touch.
Sound Opinions is a direct result of the experience and credibility of its creators. Jim and Greg are both critically acclaimed authors who also write for some of the nation's most prestigious rock magazines, including Rolling Stone, Spin, and Vibe.
Before coming to WBEZ 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. The show has built a thriving and loyal community of inquisitive and engaged fans hungry for smart conversation and new sounds.
Wednesday, November 27, 2013 4:19pmSuits—from the managers to the label execs—rock ‘n’ roll is filled with ‘em. Jim and Greg play the best Songs About the Biz. And they discuss the controversial viral ad parodying The Beastie Boys.
Thursday, November 21, 2013 4:10pmJim and Greg remember Lou Reed and five of his most important releases. Plus, M.I.A. makes a lot of headlines, and now she's made a new album. They review Matangi.
Thursday, November 14, 2013 4:38pmIt's Turkey Time! Take out your frustrations on the year's biggest musical disappointments during our annual Thanksgiving Turkey Shoot. And, how does Lady Gaga fare on Artpop?
Thursday, November 7, 2013 4:56pmParquet Courts brings the humor and punk rock. And Arcade Fire's Reflektor is finally here. Is it a Buy It?
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 3:01pmJim and Greg conduct a Classic Album Dissection of Van Morrison’s Astral Weeks. The landmark release celebrates its 45th anniversary this month. Plus, a review of the chart-topping debut by New Zealand's Lorde.