Sound Opinions

Fridays at 10:00 p.m.
  • Hosted by Jim DeRogatis, Greg Kot

Produced by WBEZ in Chicago, Sound Opinions is where people who love music can come together. Make discoveries, debate, learn about pop culture, engage, have fun and find new ways to further enrich your lives through music.

Sound Opinions: One-Person Bands

Aug 16, 2017

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Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share some of their favorite One-Person Bands – projects where one artist wrote all the lyrics, played all the instruments, and sung all the vocals themselves. Featured artists include Stevie Wonder and Grimes.

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Jim and Greg review the albums Dark Matter, from legendary songwriter Randy Newman and Cost of Living from Rhode Island punk band Downtown Boys.

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Sound Opinions: Steve Earle

Aug 10, 2017

Over his decades long career, Steve Earle has been many things - songwriter, novelist, actor, activist. But for his latest record, So You Wannabe An Outlaw, he went back to the foundation he started from: outlaw country. Steve joins hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot to talk about about those early influences and how he sees his duty as a songwriter. Plus, he performs a special solo set in front of a live audience at the Goose Island Tap Room in Chicago. Plus, a review of the debut album from Chicago rapper Vic Mensa and a tribute to the late Glen Campbell.

Sound Opinions: Buried Treasures

Aug 3, 2017

ANNOUNCER COPY: Coming up on Sound Opinions… Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot dig out some buried treasures – albums not yet in the mainstream but deserve some more attention. Plus, an in-depth look at the history of the wah-wah pedal.

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Jim and Greg expand your summer playlist by sharing some of their previously unearthed buried treasures - obscure albums by relatively unknown artists. Featured artists include Capitalist Kids, Chicano Batman and Gothic Tropic.

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Sound Opinions: Penelope Spheeris

Jul 27, 2017

Penelope Spheeris has directed some of the most influential movies about music of all time, from Wayne's World to all three installments of The Decline of Western Civilization films. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk with Penelope about the 25th anniversary of Wayne's World, her fascinating path as a director, and the legacy of her films. Plus, a review of the new album from Arcade Fire.

Sound Opinions: Fantasy Songs

Jul 20, 2017

The fantasy powerhouse Game of Thrones is returning for its penultimate season. With dragons, knights, and magic on their minds, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot play their favorite songs about fantasy worlds. Plus, a review of the latest from hip-hop stalwarts Public Enemy, and Neil Halstead of Slowdive shares the song that got him Hooked on Sonics.

Sound Opinions: Year Punk Broke (pt 2)

Jul 13, 2017

In part two of our series 1977: The Year Punk Broke, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot look at the punk movement stateside with music writer Ira Robbins. They discuss how The Ramones, Talking Heads, and the rest of the CBGB scene inspired generations of artists. Plus, an interview and live performance from Montreal electronic duo She-Devils.

Sound Opinions: Year Punk Broke (pt 1)

Jul 5, 2017

In part one of our two-part series on the historic year 1977, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot explore the punk explosion in the UK with music writer Jon Savage. They discuss important British bands like The Buzzcocks, The Sex Pistols and The Clash and what made them so influential. Plus, they'll review the new record from indie folk band Fleet Foxes, and Big Star's Jody Stephens shares the song that got him Hooked on Sonics.

Sound Opinions: World Tour New Zealand

Jun 28, 2017

The Sound Opinions World Tour rolls along, making its next stop in beautiful New Zealand. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot take a virtual trip to the other side of the world to explore the best of kiwi music, focusing on the influential jangly pop movement known as the Dunedin Sound. Plus, they review the sophomore album from New Zealand's biggest pop star, Lorde.

Sound Opinions: Best of 2017...So Far

Jun 22, 2017

There are still six months of 2017 left, but there are already lots of contenders for album of the year. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share some of their favorites of the year...so far. Plus, we hear picks from Sound Opinions listeners. 

Sound Opinions: Musical Road Trip

Jun 15, 2017

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Coming up on Sound Opinions...Jim and Greg take you on a musical road trip, playing songs about American cities and states, from the bustling streets of New York City to the beaches of California. Later, they’ll review the final album from rock and roll legend Chuck Berry.

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