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Rank #36 in Music category

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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.

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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.

iTunes Ratings

1674 Ratings
Average Ratings
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46

Friday Favorite

By Almost Deef - May 16 2020
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Makes my end of the week commute worth looking forward to.

Best Music Podcast

By Big Fan 67-78 - Aug 11 2019
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The Robert Johnson episode was sorely lacking, almost insulting in substance.Rare miss.

iTunes Ratings

1674 Ratings
Average Ratings
853
671
67
37
46

Friday Favorite

By Almost Deef - May 16 2020
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Makes my end of the week commute worth looking forward to.

Best Music Podcast

By Big Fan 67-78 - Aug 11 2019
Read more
The Robert Johnson episode was sorely lacking, almost insulting in substance.Rare miss.
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Sound Opinions

Latest release on Jun 26, 2020

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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.

Rank #1: #455 Rock Operas

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Forget about Carmen or Madame Butterfly. Sound Opinions' own divas, Jim and Greg, share their favorite Rock Operas.

Aug 15 2014

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Rank #2: #503 Tame Impala Live and On Record

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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.

Jul 17 2015

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Rank #3: #403 Josh Homme & Opinions on Superchunk

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Queens of the Stone Age founder Josh Homme joins Jim and Greg for a conversation in the Sound Opinions studios. (Don't miss his story about meeting John Paul Jones at Medieval Times!) Later on, Jim and Greg review I Hate Music, the new record from indie mainstays Superchunk.

Aug 17 2013

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Rank #4: #395 Bryan Ferry & Opinions on Kanye West

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Jim and Greg don their spiffiest suits for a sit-down with Roxy Music's stylish founder Bryan Ferry. And later in the show, they weigh in on Kanye West’s dark new album Yeezus.

Jun 20 2013

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Rank #5: #408 Replacements Reunion & Classic Album Dissection

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Jim and Greg dissect The Replacements’ classic album Let It Be in honor of the band getting back together after a twenty two year hiatus.

Sep 20 2013

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Rank #6: #576 The Best Albums of 2016

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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.

Dec 09 2016

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Rank #7: #634 New Wave & Alison Moyet

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Jim and Greg talk to Lori Majewski about her book "Mad World: An Oral History of New Wave Artists and the Songs That Defined the 1980s", co-written with Jonathan Bernstein. In it, the authors reveal why New Wave caught on so strongly with pop fans and the media, especially post-punk in the U.K. Plus, an interview with Alison Moyet, an English singer-songwriter that came up in the New Wave scene, and is still making waves musically.

Jan 19 2018

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Rank #8: #636 Cover Songs, Opinions on First Aid Kit & Mark E. Smith

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Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk to author Ray Padgett about his book Cover Me: The Stories Behind the Greatest Cover Songs of All Time. They discuss the roots of the term "cover" and dig into the surprising stories behind some of rock's most notable examples, from Elvis's rendition of "Hound Dog" to the Feelies doing the Rolling Stones. Plus, Jim and Greg share a few of their favorite cover songs. Plus, a review of Swedish folk duo First Aid Kit and a remembrance of Mark E. Smith of The Fall.

Feb 02 2018

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Rank #9: #449 Purple Rain and Opinions on Mastodon

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Jim and Greg look back at the classic Prince album Purple Rain on its 30th anniversary. They talk to Prince collaborators Wendy & Lisa about the album's avant-garde pop sound and suggestive lyrics. Later they review a new album by the metal band Mastodon.

Jul 04 2014

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Rank #10: #419 The Best Albums of 2013

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Jim and Greg present the Best Albums of 2013, and they hear nominations from guest critics in the listening audience.

Dec 06 2013

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Rank #11: #597 The Velvet Underground & Nico

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The 1967 debut from The Velvet Underground didn't sell many records, but arguably no album in the past half century has had a greater influence on rock music. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot offer a Classic Album Dissection of The Velvet Underground & Nico in celebration of the art-rock classic's fiftieth anniversary.

May 05 2017

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Rank #12: #663 Roxy Music

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Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot dig into Roxy Music's influential 1972 self-titled debut album. They get the inside story of the recording of Roxy Music with former Roxy Music guitarist Phil Manzanera, and discuss the album's lasting impact.

Aug 10 2018

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Rank #13: #451 Rob Reiner on Spinal Tap & Opinions on Morrissey

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Sound Opinions celebrates the 30th anniversary of the greatest rock movie ever: This Is Spinal Tap. Jim and Greg turn it up to 11 and discuss the fine line between clever and stupid with comedian and director Rob Reiner. Later they review the new album from English brooder Morrissey.

Jul 18 2014

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Rank #14: #657 Best Albums of 2018 So Far

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The year is half over and we think it's time to share some of our favorite albums of 2018 so far! Find out what albums hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot have at the top of their lists, plus hear from some listeners.

Jun 29 2018

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Rank #15: #524 The Best Albums of 2015

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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.

Dec 11 2015

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Rank #16: #399 Johnny Marr & Reviews of El-P and Killer Mike

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"This Charming Man" Johnny Marr joins Jim and Greg live in the studio. He talks guitar wizardry, his new solo career, and of course The Smiths. Later, Jim and Greg review Run the Jewels, the latest collaboration between MCs Killer Mike and El-P.

Jul 19 2013

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Rank #17: #440 Chess Records & Damon Albarn & Kelis Reviews

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Jim and Greg explore the history and influence of Chess Records. During its 25 year run, the Chicago label put out music by Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters—forever changing the sound of rock and roll. Later, they review new albums from Damon Albarn and Kelis.

May 02 2014

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Rank #18: #685 Great Starts - Songs With Iconic Beginnings

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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.

Jan 11 2019

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Rank #19: #446 Richard Thompson & Opinions on Jack White

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Guitar virtuoso Richard Thompson of Fairport Convention joins hosts Jim and Greg in the studio for an interview and live performance. Later, Jim and Greg review the new album by fellow guitar rocker Jack White of The White Stripes.

Jun 13 2014

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Rank #20: #431 Sly & the Family Stone, Oscar Songs and Lydia Loveless

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Jerry Martini and Cynthia Robinson of Sly & the Family Stone talk about the band's funk innovation, radical politics and Sly's magnetic power. Plus, Jim and Greg roll out the Oscar red carpet and review a new album from the alt-country singer/songwriter Lydia Loveless.

Feb 28 2014

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#761 Instant Commentaries & Opinions on Bob Dylan

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Sometimes current events inspire urgent art. Jim and Greg share their favorite instant commentary tracks, songs that were published in a hurry in hopes of affecting change. Plus we review the latest from Bob Dylan.

Jun 26 2020

55mins

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#760 Best Albums of 2020...So Far

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While the year is only half over, Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot couldn’t wait until December to share their favorite albums. This week, Jim and Greg share their picks for the Best Albums of 2020 so far.

Jun 19 2020

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#759 Cover Songs, Opinions on Jehnny Beth & Remembering Jimmy Cobb

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Jim and Greg discuss the value of cover songs and dig into the surprising stories behind some of rock's most notable examples. Also, they review the debut solo album from artist Jehnny Beth and remember drummer Jimmy Cobb.

Jun 12 2020

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#758 Buried Treasures & Ask The Critics

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Jim and Greg share some recent songs they're loving that are beneath the mainstream radar. They also answer some questions from listeners in another edition of Ask the Critics.

Jun 05 2020

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#757 Concerts That Shaped Us & Opinions On They Call Me Disco

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In a time when most independent concert venues have a doubtful future, Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot relive their favorite moments experienced at live concerts. They also review the new EP by rapper Ric Wilson and pay tribute to percussionist, Tony Allen.

May 29 2020

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#756 History in Songs & Best Coast

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Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share some of their favorite tracks about historical figures, events and places. Plus, a conversation with Best Coast's Bethany Cosentino about sobriety and how it has affected her music.

May 22 2020

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#755 Virtual Vacations, Mudhoney in Seattle, & RIP Little Richard

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Jim and Greg take a virtual vacation via music! Tour guides including Kraftwerk, Spoon and A Tribe Called Quest will take you to Japan, India, Italy and more. Plus, they go on a real trip to Seattle to interview Mudhoney. And they remember Little Richard.

May 15 2020

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#754 God Save the Queens: Women in Hip-Hop, Opinions on Jason Isbell & Chicano Batman, Hamilton Bohannon

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This week, Jim and Greg talk about the history of women in hip-hop, and how amazing MCs have been chronically undervalued since the beginning of the art form. They also review new records from Jason Isbell and Chicano Batman.

May 08 2020

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#753: Review Roundup, Bill Withers & the Red Sox Organist

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Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot review the new records from Fiona Apple, The Weeknd and more. They’ll hear how the Boston Red Sox's organist is keeping busy during the COVID-19 pandemic. Plus, we bid farewell to Bill Withers.

Apr 30 2020

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#752 Buried Treasures & Sudan Archives

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With nothing but time on our hands, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot are back with a new batch of Buried Treasures. They're always on the lookout for great new music beyond the FM dial and this week they share their latest finds. Plus we'll hear a live performance and interview with singer and violinist Sudan Archives.

Apr 24 2020

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#751 Rocking the Closet: Sexuality in Music, Opinions on Dua Lipa, Waxahatchee & Melkbelly

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Back in the 1950s, artists like Little Richard and Liberace found unique ways to present their sexuality within the “acceptable” boundaries existing in society, and in many ways, pushed them. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot have a discussion about sexuality in music. They also review new albums by pop artist Dua Lipa and indie acts Waxahatchee and Melkbelly.

Apr 17 2020

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#750 Raphael Saadiq, Remembering John Prine

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This week Sound Opinons welcomes prolific singer, songwriter, and producer Raphael Saadiq. Perhaps most widely known as a member of the 1990s R&B band Tony! Toni! Toné!, he's also released five critically acclaimed solo albums, all the while producing notable work for others, including "Lady" by D'Angelo, and "Cranes In The Sky" by Solange. Plus, Jim and Greg bid farewell to legendary songwriter John Prine.

Apr 10 2020

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#749 Review Roundup & The Masked Marauders

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Spring is here, and it's time to get caught up with some of the new releases of the season. From comeback kids to buzzworthy new artists, Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot have you covered. Plus, we revisit the "best" supergroup of all time 50 years later, The Masked Marauders.

Apr 03 2020

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#748 Social Distancing on the Desert Island, R.I.P. Singer and Songwriter Paul K.

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In light of the global pandemic, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot are encouraging listeners to practice social distancing. They'll be sharing a fresh batch of Desert Island Jukebox picks, music that seems particularly well suited to the moment we're in. Greg also bids farewell to the late singer and songwriter Paul K. of Paul K. & the Weathermen.

Mar 27 2020

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#747 Joni Mitchell's Blue

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Almost 50 years ago, singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell released what became her signature album, Blue. The record is full of complex lyrics, gorgeous guitar and deeply personal themes. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot do a classic album dissection of Blue, sharing the context of the record, exploring its lasting impact and looking in depth at its impressive track list.

Mar 20 2020

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#746 OutKast's Stankonia & Caroline Polachek

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After their third album went double-platnium, Atlanta hip-hop duo OutKast let their creativity run wild on 2000's Stankonia. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot do a classic album dissection of that landmark record. Plus, Caroline Polachek shares the song that got her into music as a career and Jim adds a song to the Desert Island Jukebox.

Mar 13 2020

56mins

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#745 Songs About Animals, Opinions on Tame Impala & Grimes

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Outside of their natural habitats, you'll find animals all over music. From hound dogs to blackbirds, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share some of their favorite songs about animals. They also review new records from Tame Impala and Grimes, and Greg bids farewell to David Roback of Mazzy Star and the Rain Parade.

Mar 06 2020

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#744 Songs About Time, Ask the Critics Pt. 2

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Let's "Rock Around the Clock" like Bill Haley told us to! 2020 is another leap year, Daylight Savings is around the corner and this week, Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot explore their favorite Songs About Time. They also answer more listener questions for another edition of Ask the Critics, ranging from their personal experiences making music to their biggest disagreements.

Feb 28 2020

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#743 Buried Treasures & Briston Maroney

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It's time again for hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot to share their latest buried treasures: recently released, under-the-radar albums you need to hear! Plus, Jim takes a trip to the desert island jukebox to play a song he can't live without. Then, they hear from musician Briston Maroney about the song that got him Hooked On Sonics.

Feb 21 2020

55mins

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#742 Ask the Critics, Hologram Tours & Opinions on Wire

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This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot answer listener questions in a segment called Ask the Critics! They’ll give responses on subjects like musical taste, disagreements with each other and what it’s really like to be a professional critic. Plus, they’ll talk to music journalist Mark Binelli about the rise of deceased musician hologram tours. They also review the new album from English art rock band Wire.

Feb 14 2020

57mins

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iTunes Ratings

1674 Ratings
Average Ratings
853
671
67
37
46

Friday Favorite

By Almost Deef - May 16 2020
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Makes my end of the week commute worth looking forward to.

Best Music Podcast

By Big Fan 67-78 - Aug 11 2019
Read more
The Robert Johnson episode was sorely lacking, almost insulting in substance.Rare miss.