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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.A Produc



Published: Sat, 10 Dec 2016 04:59:20 -0600

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#576 The Best Albums of 2016

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0600

If you're a music fanatic, the end of the year means one thing: best of lists! Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot reveal their favorite albums of the year. And Sound Opinions listeners weigh-in with their favorites of 2016.(image)


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#575 Hero Worship

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0600

Artists are also music fans like the rest of us, often paying tribute to the musicians who inspired them. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share their favorite examples of Hero Worship in music – songs that name-check great artists from the history of rock and roll. Plus, the Rolling Stones pay tribute to their own blues heroes on a new album.(image)


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#574 Jon Brion & Opinions on Emeli Sandé

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 00:00:00 -0600

Studio wizard Jon Brion has composed scores for films by P.T. Anderson and Michel Gondry and produced for artists from Fiona Apple to Kanye West. The multi-instrumentalist also has grown a following for his virtuosic live performances. Jon Brion speaks with hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot about the art of songcraft. Plus, a review of the latest from Scottish R&B singer Emeli Sandé.(image)


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#573 Turkey Pardons & Remembering Leonard Cohen

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 00:00:00 -0600

Every year, a turkey is saved from its Thanksgiving dinner fate by a presidential pardon. In that gracious spirit, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot give their own Turkey Pardons. They share their picks of lousy artists who still had one redeemable musical moment. Plus, they pay tribute to the great singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen.(image)


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#572 World Tour – Canada & Opinions on Alejandro Escovedo.

Fri, 11 Nov 2016 00:00:00 -0600

Many Americans are thinking a lot about Canada these days. So hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot take the Sound Opinions World Tour to Canada explore the music of our neighbor to the north. And we play our favorite performances by Canadian artists from the Sound Opinions archives. Plus, a review of the latest from Texan singer-songwriter Alejandro Escovedo.(image)


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#571 Marvin Gaye's *What's Going On*

Fri, 04 Nov 2016 00:00:00 -0500

In 1971, Marvin Gaye made a career left turn with the album What's Going On, adopting a socially conscious sound that addressed war, racism, and drugs. 45 years later, What's Going On remains as relevant as ever. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot present a Classic Album Dissection of the iconic record. Then, they review a contemporary protest album from Common.(image)


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#570 The Handsome Family & Opinions on Lady Gaga

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0500

The Handsome Family gained wider notoriety for providing the theme to HBO's True Detective. But the duo's dark, literate songwriting has been acclaimed by critics for decades. Rennie and Brett Sparks of The Handsome Family join hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot for a conversation and performance. Plus, a review of the new album from pop superstar Lady Gaga.(image)


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#569 Songs That Give You the Creeps & Opinions on Leonard Cohen

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0500

The spookiest time of the year is upon us. To celebrate Halloween, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot turn the show over to listeners who share the songs that tingle their spines the most. Plus, they share their thoughts on Bob Dylan's Nobel Prize and review the latest from singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen.(image)


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#568 Beach Slang & Opinions on Drive-By Truckers

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0500

Beach Slang has wowed critics and audiences alike with its loud, energy filled live performances and unabashedly earnest lyrics. But in front of a live audience at the Goose Island Tap Room, Beach Slang songwriter James Alex strips away the volume, but not the heart, for an intimate acoustic performance and conversation with hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot. Plus, the new record by Southern rockers Drive-By Truckers, and the story behind a forgotten garage classic.(image)


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#567 Bob Mehr on The Replacements & Opinions on Solange

Fri, 07 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0500

The Replacements never had a hit song, but few bands have inspired such a deep personal connection with their fans. Bob Mehr, author of the new biography Trouble Boys, speaks with hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot about the heartbreaking story and enduring legacy of the Minneapolis band. Plus, a review of the new album from Solange and a look at the sample driving Drake's "Hotline Bling."(image)


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#566 Fall Review Roundup & Buckwheat Zydeco

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0500

September is bursting with major new album releases. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot give their take on several of the biggest new records, from Bon Iver to M.I.A. to Against Me!, in this Review Roundup. Plus, they report on Chance the Rapper's music festival and pay tribute to Buckwheat Zydeco.(image)


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#565 Herb Alpert & Opinions on Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0500

Trumpeter Herb Alpert has had a remarkable, multifaceted career. In addition to scoring his own hits with the Tijuana Brass in the '60s, he cofounded A&M Records, signing a diverse roster of artists ranging from The Carpenters to Janet Jackson. Herb Alpert joins hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot for a conversation. Plus, a review of the new album from legendary band Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds.(image)


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#564 Buried Treasures & Alex Ross

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0500

Many great albums are released each year, but only a handful get the attention they deserve. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share some of their Buried Treasures of 2016: the best albums that flew under the radar. Plus, they speak with critic Alex Ross about the use of music as a weapon.(image)


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#563 Mudhoney & Opinions on Wilco

Fri, 09 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0500

Mudhoney was at the forefront of Seattle's exploding music scene in the '80s and '90s, paving the way for grunge with its distorted, chaotic sound. Though the group never received the world-wide attention of its peers Nirvana, Mudhoney has achieved a cult-like longevity. Mudhoney talks with hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot and performs in front of a hometown Seattle audience. Plus, the new album from Chicago band Wilco, and the psychedelic sample driving a key Beyoncé track.(image)


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#562 End of Summer Songs & Opinions on Angel Olsen

Fri, 02 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0500

With lyrics about sun, surf, and young love, there are plenty of songs that welcome in the summer. But how do you musically say goodbye to warm weather and prepare for the fall? Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot swap their swim trunks for their sweaters and share their favorite End of Summer Songs. Plus, a review of the new album from Asheville-based singer-songwriter Angel Olsen.(image)


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#561 The Art of Writing Hit Songs with Mann & Weil & Opinions on Frank Ocean

Fri, 26 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0500

What goes into writing a hit song? Sound Opinions takes a look at the craft of songwriting, from the Righteous Brothers to Beyoncé. Jim and Greg talk with legendary Brill Building songwriters Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil about their decades long career. Then they talk with Ryan Tedder about penning songs for Adele and Taylor Swift. Plus, a review of the long-awaited new album from Frank Ocean.(image)


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#560 World Tour - Brazil & Opinions on Ryley Walker

Fri, 19 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0500

With all eyes turned toward the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, the Sound Opinions World Tour makes its next stop in Brazil, a country with an unmatched musical influence on the globe. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot explore the rich musical history of Brazil, including the bossa nova, MPB, and Tropicália phenomena of the 1950s and '60s. Plus, a review of the new album from Chicago fingerpicking virtuoso Ryley Walker.(image)


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#559 Courtney Barnett & Opinions on Lydia Loveless

Fri, 12 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0500

Australian singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett’s 2015 album Sometimes I Sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit was a critical success and Sound Opinions favorite. Her conversational songwriting manages to be simultaneously clever and poignant, and her guitar technique combining lead and rhythm parts is nothing short of impressive. All of her skills are on display as Courtney Barnett joins hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot for an interview and intimate solo performance in front of an audience. Plus, a review of the new album from country singer-songwriter Lydia Loveless(image)


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#558 Ska & Opinions on Jamila Woods

Fri, 05 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0500

In the late 1950s, Jamaican musicians blended home-grown rhythms with R&B to create ska. The genre's influence quickly spread across the globe, paving the way for the reggae phenomenon. Jim and Greg explore the history of ska from its island origins to its British revival to its most recent punk incarnation. Plus, a review of the debut album from poet and soul singer Jamila Woods.(image)


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#557 Tortoise, Post-Rock & Opinions on Michael Kiwanuka

Fri, 29 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0500

With an eclectic all-instrumental blend of rock, jazz, dub, electronics, and the avant-garde, Tortoise emerged as the leading band of Chicago’s so-called “post-rock” scene in the 1990s. On its seventh album The Catastrophist, the group has introduced a radical new element: vocals. Tortoise joins hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot for a conversation and performance. Jim and Greg also explore the history and legacy of the post-rock movement. Plus, a tribute to Alan Vega of Suicide and a review of the new album from British soul musician Michael Kiwanuka.(image)


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#556 Moby & Opinions on The Julie Ruin

Fri, 22 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0500

Moby became the face of techno with the blockbuster success of his 1999 album Play. In his new memoir Porcelain, he explores his origins in the underground rave scene of ‘80s New York up until his mainstream success. Moby joins hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot for a conversation. Plus, a review of the new album from post-Riot Grrrl band The Julie Ruin.(image)


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#555 Better Campaign Songs & Opinions on The Avalanches

Fri, 15 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0500

It’s not a political rally without a crowd-pumping and uplifting playlist. But political campaign teams are not always great music tastemakers. NPR’s National Political Correspondent Don Gonyea talks with hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot about hearing the same songs over and over on the campaign trail. Then Jim and Greg play campaign managers and make a list of better campaign theme songs. Plus, a review of the long-awaited second album from Australian electronic group The Avalanches.(image)


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#554 Savages & Opinions on Maxwell & DJ Shadow

Fri, 08 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0500

The London-based quartet Savages made a stunning debut with Silence Yourself in 2013 and established a reputation as a formidable live act. On the 2016 followup Adore Life, the brooding post-punk band tackles something new: love songs. Savages joins hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot for a conversation and live performance. Plus, reviews of the new albums from Maxwell and DJ Shadow.(image)


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#553 Best Albums of 2016...So Far

Fri, 01 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0500

We’re barely halfway through the year and already there’s an overwhelming amount of great new music to enjoy. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share their lists of the Best Albums of 2016...So Far. Plus, they discuss the “Stairway to Heaven” plagiarism verdict and pay tribute to Parliament-Funkadelic keyboardist Bernie Worrell.(image)


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#552 Bob Mould & Opinions on case/lang/veirs

Fri, 24 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0500

After his pioneering work in Hüsker Dü and his alternative era success with Sugar, Bob Mould shows no signs of slowing down. The legendary songwriter and guitarist joins hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot for a live performance and a conversation. Plus, a review of the new collaboration between Neko Case, k.d. lang, and Laura Veirs.(image)


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#551 Anxious Anthems & Opinions on Paul Simon

Fri, 17 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0500

Nervy guitars and pounding drums can perfectly convey the restless sensation of being on the verge of breaking down. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share their favorite Anxious Anthems. Then, they review the new album from venerable songwriter Paul Simon.(image)


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#550 Eleanor Friedberger & Opinions on Chance the Rapper

Fri, 10 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0500

After making her mark in the indie duo The Fiery Furnaces, singer-songwriter Eleanor Friedberger launched a solo career blending her former band’s experimentalism with classic '70s sounds. She joins hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot for a conversation and live performance. Plus, a review of the new mixtape from Chicago artist Chance the Rapper.(image)


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#549 Bob Dylan at 75 – *Blonde on Blonde* to Modern Times

Fri, 03 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0500

Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot conclude their two-part celebration of American icon Bob Dylan as he turns 75. This week, they explore the recording of Blonde on Blonde through his late career renaissance.(image)


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#548 Bob Dylan at 75 – From Protest to Plugging In

Fri, 27 May 2016 00:00:00 -0500

Bob Dylan, one of the most iconic American artists of the 20th century, just turned 75 this May. Jim and Greg examine the extraordinary career of the music legend in the first of a two-part series. This week, they explore Dylan's folk days to the moment he went electric.(image)


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#547 Riot Grrrl at 25 & Opinions on Radiohead & Drake

Fri, 20 May 2016 00:00:00 -0500

While the Seattle grunge bands had the commercial success, the Pacific Northwest’s Riot Grrrl scene has an equally important legacy. Jim and Greg look back at feminist punk movement 25 years on. Then they review the new albums from Drake and Radiohead.(image)


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#546 The Beach Boys' Pet Sounds

Fri, 13 May 2016 00:00:00 -0500

Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys elevated pop music to new artistic heights with the band’s 1966 masterpiece Pet Sounds. With its ingenious orchestrations and earnest lyrics, the album remains an enormous influence to this day. To celebrate its 50th anniversary, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot present a Classic Album Dissection of Pet Sounds.(image)


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#545 Seinabo Sey & Opinions on Brian Eno

Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0500

Swedish neo-soul singer Seinabo Sey is emerging as a major voice in pop music, blending R&B and African rhythms. She joins hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot for a conversation and performance. Then they review the new album from pioneering ambient producer Brian Eno.(image)


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#544 Remembering Prince & Opinions on Beyoncé

Fri, 29 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0500

Music icon Prince died on April 21 at the age of 57. As a singer, guitarist, songwriter, and producer, he dominated the pop charts and had an enormous impact on funk, R&B, and rock. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot look back on the life, career, and music of the Minnesota monarch, Prince. Then they review the surprise new album from R&B superstar Beyoncé.(image)


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#543 Earth Day, TV Tunes, & Opinions on Parquet Courts

Fri, 22 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0500

Like all human activity, even rock music has an ecological impact. On this Earth Day, environmentalist Bill McKibben and musician/activist Adam Gardner join Jim and Greg for a discussion about the complicated relationship between music and the environment. Jim and Greg also talk to music supervisor Randall Poster about bringing tunes to the big and small screens.(image)


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#542 L.A. Reid & Springsteen's Protest

Fri, 15 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0500

Producer, songwriter, and record executive L.A. Reid has crafted hits for more than four decades. He joins hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot for a candid conversation about the major label system and working with Rihanna, Michael Jackson, Kanye West, and more.(image)


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#541 Tax Day & Opinions on PJ Harvey

Fri, 08 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0500

More like H&R Rock: Nothing improves the irritation of filing taxes like a good soundtrack. As we prepare to give back to Uncle Sam, Jim and Greg carry out an audit of the best songs for Tax Day. Then, they review the new album from veteran British rocker PJ Harvey.(image)


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#540 Eleventh Dream Day & Opinions on M83

Fri, 01 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0500

While never achieving the commercial success of its alt-rock peers like Nirvana and Smashing Pumpkins, Eleventh Dream Day has outlasted these bands and remain critical darlings. They join Jim and Greg Kot for a conversation and live performance. Plus, a review of the new album from French electronic band M83.(image)


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#539 SXSW 2016 & Opinions on Bob Mould

Fri, 25 Mar 2016 00:00:00 -0500

Jim and Greg are back from their annual music-finding mission to the SXSW Music and Media Conference in Austin, TX. Tune in to find out what bands will make the most noise in 2016. Later, they review a new album from Hüsker Dü leader Bob Mould.(image)


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#538 1991 Revisited & Opinions on Iggy Pop

Fri, 18 Mar 2016 00:00:00 -0500

1991 was the year punk broke again! Twenty five years later, Jim and Greg explore what made 1991 so special: Nirvana, N.W.A., Lollapalooza and more. Plus a review of the new collaboration between punk veteran Iggy Pop and Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age.(image)


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#537 Rock Around the Clock & Opinions on Kendrick Lamar

Fri, 11 Mar 2016 00:00:00 -0600

Rock Around the Clock: Time to wind up those pocket watches and chronometers. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot take you on a fourth dimensional voyage as they explore their favorite “Songs About Time.” Then they review the surprise album from California rapper Kendrick Lamar.(image)


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#536 Reviews Round-Up

Fri, 04 Mar 2016 00:00:00 -0600

As we move slowly toward spring, the music release schedule starts heating up as well. Jim and Greg review a bevy of new albums, including records by TEEN, Mavis Staples, Bonnie Raitt and more. Plus, they examine the current state of the recording studio industry.(image)


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#535 Rush & Opinions on Kanye West

Fri, 26 Feb 2016 00:00:00 -0600

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 Jim and Greg to discuss the band’s remarkable 40-year career. Then they review the latest album from polarizing rapper Kanye West.(image)


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#534 Music of the Civil Rights Era

Fri, 19 Feb 2016 00:00:00 -0600

Music played an essential role in uplifting, motivating, and uniting people during the Civil Rights era of the 1950s and '60s. In honor of Black History Month, hosts Jim and Greg explore the powerful music of the Civil Rights Movement, from Mahalia Jackson to Curtis Mayfield and beyond.(image)


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#533 Los Lobos

Fri, 12 Feb 2016 00:00:00 -0600

Los Lobos has enjoyed a remarkable career for more than forty years, even retaining the same core lineup from its start as an East Los Angeles wedding band in 1973. Los Lobos joins hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot for a special interview and performance in front of a live audience.(image)


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#532 Anti-Love Songs for Valentine's Day & Opinions on Lucinda Williams

Fri, 05 Feb 2016 00:00:00 -0600

Despite the gooey romantic marketing, more breakups happen around Valentine’s Day than any other part of the year. For those who get the feeling every February that “Love Stinks,” hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share their favorite Anti-Love Songs. Later, they review the new album from Americana songwriter Lucinda Williams.(image)


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#531 Patti Smith's Horses & Opinions on Pusha T

Fri, 29 Jan 2016 00:00:00 -0600

Patti Smith's Horses forever changed what punk rock could be, beginning with its striking album cover and unforgettable opening line. The album turned 40 in December, so in celebration, Jim and Greg give Horses the Classic Album Dissection treatment. Later they review the new solo album from Clipse rapper Pusha T.(image)


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#530 Shamir & Opinions on Savages

Fri, 22 Jan 2016 00:00:00 -0600

Only a few years into his career, Las Vegas-based singer/songwriter Shamir has already explored house, disco, indie pop, country, and countless other styles. He joins hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot in the studio for a stripped-down performance and conversation about refusing to be pigeonholed, performing personal songs in front of crowds, and gender identity. Then, a review of the sophomore album from post-punk band Savages.(image)


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#529 Remembering David Bowie

Fri, 15 Jan 2016 00:00:00 -0600

Sound Opinions remembers pioneering music icon David Bowie. The pop chameleon died of cancer on January 10, 2016. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot also review the singer's new album Blackstar, which came out on his 69th birthday, only two days prior to his death.(image)


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#528 Glyn Johns & Opinions on Coldplay

Fri, 08 Jan 2016 00:00:00 -0600

English producer and engineer Glyn Johns has been behind the board for classic albums by Led Zeppelin, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and the Clash. He joins hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot for a candid conversation about being re-worked by Phil Spector, trying to infuse The Eagles with the blues, and more from his storied career. Plus, a review of the latest album from British stadium rockers Coldplay.(image)


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#527 Mixtapes 2015 and the Return of the Cassette

Fri, 01 Jan 2016 00:00:00 -0600

Jim and Greg share their favorite songs of the year through their 2015 Mixtapes. Plus, they talk about one of the year's most surprising musical trends: the cassette comeback.(image)


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#526 Ten Years of Sound Opinions

Fri, 25 Dec 2015 00:00:00 -0600

This year Sound Opinions reached the milestone of 500 episodes. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot celebrate the accomplishment by reflecting on highlights from the first ten years of the show.(image)


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#525 The Sound Opinions Holiday Spectacular 2015

Fri, 18 Dec 2015 00:00:00 -0600

Get out those sleigh bells…it's time for the 2015 Sound Opinions Holiday Spectacular. As always, Jim and Greg are joined by Christmas record collector Andy Cirzan who will share a mix of yuletide tunes you won‘t hear anywhere else. This year’s theme is rare country, bluegrass, and hillbilly Christmas music. Andy's complete 2015 holiday compilation, The Holiday Hangout at Hillbilly Holler, is available as a free download through the end of the year at christmas.soundopinions.org.(image)


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#524 The Best Albums of 2015

Fri, 11 Dec 2015 00:00:00 -0600

With end of the year approaching, it's time to celebrate all the great music we've had the pleasure to hear. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share their Best Albums of 2015 and hear nominations from listeners.(image)


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#523 Sam Phillips & Sun Studios and Opinions on Adele

Fri, 04 Dec 2015 00:00:00 -0600

From his studio in Memphis, Sun Records founder Sam Phillips was the first to record Elvis Presley, Howlin’ Wolf, Jerry Lee Lewis, and more. Music writer Peter Guralnick joins host Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot for a discussion about the pioneering rock ‘n’ roll producer. Then Jim and Greg review the new record-setting album from British singer Adele.(image)


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#522 History of the Moog & Opinions on Kurt Cobain

Fri, 27 Nov 2015 00:00:00 -0600

The Moog synthesizer is every bit as important to rock history as the Fender Telecaster and the Gibson Les Paul. As the analog synth revival continues in pop music,Jim and Greg examine the history and legacy of the revolutionary instrument. Then they review the new posthumous release from Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain.(image)


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#521 The 2015 Thanksgiving Turkey Shoot

Fri, 20 Nov 2015 00:00:00 -0600

Sometimes we look forward to an artist's new release with great expectations, only to be crushed by the result. In honor of Thanksgiving, we present the annual Sound Opinions Turkey Shoot, where Jim and Greg share the biggest musical disappointments of the year. Later they review the new album from Canadian electronic artist Grimes, and Greg drops a quarter in the Desert Island Jukebox.(image)


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#520 Remembering Allen Toussaint & Opinions on The Chills

Fri, 13 Nov 2015 00:00:00 -0600

Sound Opinions pays tribute to New Orleans pianist, producer and songwriter Allen Toussaint who died on November 10, 2015. The music legend chatted with hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot in the studio in 2013 after the release of his album Songbook. Later in the show, Jim and Greg review a New Zealand import from The Chills.(image)


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#519 Low Cut Connie & Opinions on Billy Gibbons

Fri, 06 Nov 2015 00:00:00 -0600

Inspired by the artists of the 1950s, Low Cut Connie has dedicated itself to bringing the upright piano back to rock ‘n’ roll. The band (a favorite of President Obama) joins Jim and Greg for a conversation and performance. Then a review of the debut solo album by ZZ Top guitarist Billy Gibbons.(image)


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#518 Grand Slams in Music & Opinions on Protomartyr

Fri, 30 Oct 2015 00:00:00 -0500

As baseball fans turn their attention to the World Series, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot are eager to step up to the plate. They share their favorite examples of musical Grand Slams: four knockout albums in a row. Then they review the new album from Detroit post-punk band Protomartyr.(image)


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#517 Songs About the Devil & Opinions on Joanna Newsom

Fri, 23 Oct 2015 00:00:00 -0500

With the spooky season creeping in, Jim and Greg are beginning to feel a little diabolical. In honor of Halloween, they share their favorite Songs About the Devil. Then, a more angelic sound from singer/songwriter and harpist Joanna Newsom.(image)


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#516 Twin Peaks & Opinions on The Dead Weather

Fri, 16 Oct 2015 00:00:00 -0500

Chicago garage-rock band Twin Peaks formed when its members were still in high school. Now the group is playing big festivals and is poised for stardom. They join hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot for a special live performance and conversation. Plus a review of the new album from Jack White's band The Dead Weather.(image)


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#515 Spooner Oldham & Opinions on Janet Jackson

Fri, 09 Oct 2015 00:00:00 -0500

As a keyboardist in the legendary recording studios of Muscle Shoals, Alabama, Spooner Oldham wrote and played on dozens of classic hits from Aretha Franklin, Percy Sledge, and more. He joins Jim and Greg for a conversation. Then they review the new album from Janet Jackson.(image)


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#514 London Calling and Opinions on Keith Richards & Disclosure

Fri, 02 Oct 2015 00:00:00 -0500

London Calling, the double album masterpiece by British punk band The Clash, recently celebrated its 35th anniversary. Jim and Greg pay it tribute with a Classic Album Dissection. Then they review the new albums by electronic duo Disclosure and rock icon Keith Richards.(image)


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#513 Alice Cooper

Fri, 25 Sep 2015 00:00:00 -0500

Alice Cooper invented shock-rock in the 1970s, sparking controversy with his ghoulishly theatrical live shows and hard rock hits like "School's Out" and "I'm Eighteen." Alice Cooper joins hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot for a career-spanning conversation.(image)


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#512 Wire, Blackalicious, & Low

Fri, 18 Sep 2015 00:00:00 -0500

Ever since they formed in 1977, experimental art-punk band Wire has had a tremendous influence on music. And unlike most first wave punks, the group continues to release challenging music into the 21st century. Wire joins Jim and Greg for a special live performance and interview.(image)


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#511 Back to School

Fri, 11 Sep 2015 00:00:00 -0500

Time to sharpen those #2 pencils. With classes back in session, it's time for Jim and Greg to present some more of their favorite Back-To-School songs. Plus, we remember the late, great neurologist and writer Oliver Sacks.(image)


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#510 Bully and The Weeknd

Fri, 04 Sep 2015 00:00:00 -0500

Led by singer/songwriter Alicia Bognanno, Nashville's Bully draws upon the sound of the '90s alternative era to create blistering two-minute anthems. Bully joins Jim and Greg for a discussion and live performance. Plus, the number one album from The Weeknd.(image)


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#509 Ernie Isley

Fri, 28 Aug 2015 00:00:00 -0500

The Isley Brothers have scored hits in six different decades thanks to an ever-evolving sound, stretching from doo-wop to psychedelic funk to disco. Guitarist Ernie Isley joins Jim and Greg for a career spanning discussion.(image)


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#508 Rock Doctors Return

Fri, 21 Aug 2015 00:00:00 -0500

Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot put on their white coats once again as the Rock Doctors try to save a patient in desperate musical need. This time they attempt to revive a woman bored by rock’s recent formulaic trends.(image)


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#507 Buried Treasures & The Birth of Music Piracy

Fri, 14 Aug 2015 00:00:00 -0500

Great records are released every year that, for whatever reason, fly under the radar. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot unearth some of their latest musical Buried Treasures. Plus, we hear the untold story of the Patient Zero of music piracy.(image)


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#506 Television and Music

Fri, 07 Aug 2015 00:00:00 -0500

Television has entered its Golden Age and music is playing an essential role. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot examine the evolving use of music in commercials and TV shows from Mad Men to Empire to The Voice.(image)


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#505 50 Years of The Grateful Dead

Fri, 31 Jul 2015 00:00:00 -0500

The Grateful Dead has the most devoted following of any rock band in history, but also has its fair share of detractors. Jim and Greg reexamine the legacy of The Grateful Dead as the band celebrates its 50th anniversary. Later, a review of the debut album from Long Beach rapper Vince Staples.(image)


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#504 Kate Pierson of the B-52s

Fri, 24 Jul 2015 00:00:00 -0500

Since 1976, The B-52’s have combined a zany punk attitude with avant-garde sensibilities. Singer Kate Pierson joins hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot for a conversation about the band’s history and her first solo album Guitars and Microphones. Then they review the surprise new album from veteran Chicago band Wilco.(image)


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#503 Tame Impala Live and On Record

Fri, 17 Jul 2015 00:00:00 -0500

Led by multi-instrumentalist Kevin Parker, Australian psych-rockers Tame Impala made huge waves in both hemispheres with the release of their album Lonerism in 2012. They join Jim and Greg for a discussion and live performance. Then, Jim and Greg review the band’s new release Currents.(image)


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#502 Summer Songs Part 2

Fri, 10 Jul 2015 00:00:00 -0500

The hot sun is beating down and we’re busy waxing our surfboards. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share more of their favorite Summer Songs. Plus, they speak with music writer Jessica Hopper about her new anthology of criticism.(image)


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#501 Torres and Opinions on Miguel

Fri, 03 Jul 2015 00:00:00 -0500

Torres, the musical project of Georgia native Mackenzie Scott, has shown off her prodigious songwriting abilities in two critically acclaimed and intensely emotional albums. Torres joins hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot for a conversation and live performance.(image)


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#500 Episode 500!

Fri, 26 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0500

Sound Opinions is celebrating its 500th episode. To mark this milestone, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share highlights from throughout the show’s history and look ahead to the next 500 episodes.(image)


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#499 The Life and Music of BB King

Fri, 19 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0500

B.B. King, the international ambassador for the blues, passed away in May. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot celebrate the life and music of the great guitarist with a classic album dissection of King’s Live at the Regal. Then they review the latest from British folk-rock guitarist Richard Thompson.(image)


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#497 Zola Jesus Live

Fri, 05 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0500

Electronic artist Zola Jesus uses her powerful operatic voice to create a uniquely dark and cinematic sound. She joins hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot for a conversation and live performance.(image)


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#496 Scharpling & Wurster and Spring Record Reviews

Fri, 29 May 2015 00:00:00 -0500

Along with the warm weather each year comes record release season, with exciting new albums put out by major artists. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot get you up to speed by offering a review roundup of new releases from Alabama Shakes, Mumford & Sons, Sufjan Stevens, and Van Hunt.(image)


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#495 Passion Pit and Opinions on Shamir

Fri, 22 May 2015 00:00:00 -0500

Passion Pit first broke through via MySpace with its danceable electronic sound. But beneath the bright synth-pop are often tortured lyrics about frontman Michael Angelakos’s struggle with manic depression. Angelakos joins hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot for a stripped-down performance and frank conversation about his illness. Then, they review the debut record from genre-defying singer Shamir.(image)


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#494 Peter Hook and Opinions on Passion Pit

Fri, 15 May 2015 00:00:00 -0500

The legend of Joy Division continues to grow decades after the death of frontman Ian Curtis. Peter Hook, founding bassist for both Joy Division and its successor New Order, joins hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot to set the record straight on the mythology surrounding his influential bands. Later, a review of the new release from indietronica artist Passion Pit.(image)


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#493 Against Me! and Opinions on Blur

Fri, 08 May 2015 00:00:00 -0500

After coming out as a trans woman in 2012, lead singer Laura Jane Grace of punk band Against Me! candidly addressed her experience in the critically lauded album Transgender Dysphoria Blues. Against Me! joins hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot for a performance and an honest conversation. Later, they review the new album from Britpop heroes Blur.(image)


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#492 Songs About Mom for Mother's Day

Fri, 01 May 2015 00:00:00 -0500

Even the hardest rockers can take a moment to pay tribute to the people most responsible for getting them to where they are: their mothers. To celebrate Mother’s Day, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share their favorite tunes inspired by Mom.(image)


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#491 The Rock Fan's Guide to Jazz

Fri, 24 Apr 2015 00:00:00 -0500

Jazz is one of America’s greatest cultural contributions. But with more than a century of music to explore, it can be hard for rock listeners to find their way in. Jazz writer John Corbett joins hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot to offer up the Rock Fan’s Guide to Jazz.(image)


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#490 Going Solo & Opinions on Modest Mouse

Fri, 17 Apr 2015 00:00:00 -0500

It’s been 45 years since Paul McCartney broke away from The Beatles to release his first solo album. To mark the occasion, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk about other artists’ efforts toward Going Solo. Then they review the new album from Modest Mouse.(image)


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#489 Sleater Kinney and Opinions on Death Cab for Cutie

Fri, 10 Apr 2015 00:00:00 -0500

Riot grrrl pioneers Sleater-Kinney have reunited after a decade-long hiatus to release a blistering new album. They stop by the studio for a performance and a career-spanning interview. Then hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot review the latest from another Northwest band, Death Cab For Cutie.(image)


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#488 Hal Blaine and Opinions on Courtney Barnett

Fri, 03 Apr 2015 00:00:00 -0500

Drummer Hal Blaine has played on countless hit records as part of the famed group of studio musicians known as the Wrecking Crew. He speaks with hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot about recording with Frank Sinatra, the Beach Boys, Simon & Garfunkel, and more.(image)


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#487 SXSW 2015 & Opinions on Kendrick Lamar

Fri, 27 Mar 2015 00:00:00 -0500

Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot are on the ground at the annual SXSW conference in Austin, Texas. They’ll share their favorite musical discoveries of this year’s festival. Then they review the new album from rapper Kendrick Lamar.(image)


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#486 Jac Holzman on Elektra Records and Opinions on Cannibal Ox

Fri, 20 Mar 2015 00:00:00 -0500

As Elektra records prepares to celebrate its 65th anniversary, Jim and Greg speak with label founder Jac Holzman about the birth of the modern label system and its diverse roster of artists including Queen, Love and The Doors. Later they review the long-awaited new album from hip-hop duo Cannibal Ox.(image)


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#485 Buried Treasures and Opinions on Madonna

Fri, 13 Mar 2015 00:00:00 -0500

Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot unearth their latest Buried Treasures, revealing their favorite records that have gone otherwise unnoticed by the mainstream in recent months. Then they review the new release from pop icon Madonna.(image)


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#484 The Rock Doctors Cure Heartache & Opinions on Screaming Females

Fri, 06 Mar 2015 00:00:00 -0600

Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot don their stethoscopes for another installment of Rock Doctors. This time they help a newly divorced patient in need of a jolt of musical adrenaline. Then they review the new album from New Jersey punk band Screaming Females.(image)


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#483 Nick Mason on Pink Floyd and Opinions on Drake

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 00:00:00 -0600

Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason has been the only constant member of the band throughout its entire history. He speaks with Jim and Greg about his half-century with the pioneering psychedelic band and their highly anticipated reunion. Later, a review of the surprise new mixtape from Drake.(image)


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#482 The Sound Opinions World Tour: Cuba & Opinions on Pops Staples

Fri, 20 Feb 2015 00:00:00 -0600

Sound Opinions gasses up the byplane and makes its next stop on the World Tour: Cuba. Later they review the posthumous release from gospel icon Pops Staples.(image)


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#481 Run the Jewels and Opinions on Father John Misty

Fri, 13 Feb 2015 00:00:00 -0600

Killer Mike and El-P of Run the Jewels talk about their unique brand of hip-hop and perform songs from one of the most highly acclaimed rap albums of 2014. Then Jim and Greg review the new album from Sub-Pop indie rocker, Father John Misty.(image)


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#480 Secret Love for Valentine's Day & Opinions on Bob Dylan.

Fri, 06 Feb 2015 00:00:00 -0600

Sometimes a crush has to stay a secret, even when you’d rather proclaim it loudly in candy heart form. In honor of Valentine’s Day, Jim and Greg offer up a bouquet of their favorite songs of secret love. Then they review the new album of Frank Sinatra covers by Bob Dylan.(image)


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#479 The True Adventures of The Rolling Stones & Opinions on Lupe Fiasco and Bjork

Fri, 30 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0600

Last month marked the 45th anniversary of the Rolling Stones' notorious gig at the Altamont Speedway. Stanley Booth was there to witness it, and he literally wrote the book on it. Plus, we've got new albums from Bjork and Lupe Fiasco.(image)


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#478 Strange Bedfellows of Rock & Opinions on Sleater-Kinney.

Fri, 23 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0600

We are talking musical odd couples this week. Take a listen as Jim and Greg play some of the best examples of rock's "Strange Bedfellows." Then they review the long awaited comeback album from Sleater Kinney.(image)


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#477 Mary J. Blige and Opinions on The Decemberists

Fri, 16 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0600

Mary J. Blige, the "Queen of Hip-Hop Soul," joins Jim and host: Greg for a conversation about her two decades in music, keeping it real on American Idol and hopping across the pond to record her new album The London Sessions. Later, Jim and Greg review the new release from Portland folk-rock group The Decemberists. [...]


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#476 Spoon and Opinions on Divine Styler

Fri, 09 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0600

Veteran indie rockers Spoon return to Sound Opinions for a conversation and live performance of songs off their 8th studio album They Want My Soul.(image)


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