Podcast

Sound Opinions

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.

Episodes

  • #770: Give The Drummer Some

    Aug 28 2020

    What role do drums play in Rock? Should they be keeping the beat or leading from the front? Who are some of the greatest drummers in rock music? The beat goes on as Jim and Greg focus on the contributions of drummers to rock music with drummer Joe Wong. Wong also hosts a podcast on drummers called The Trap Set.

  • #769: The Replacements & Mission of Burma

    Aug 21 2020

    The Replacements never had a hit song, but few bands have inspired such a deep connection with their fans. Bob Mehr, author of the biography Trouble Boys, talks with Jim and Greg about the band. Plus we revisit our interview with Mission of Burma.

  • #768 The Velvet Underground & Nico

    Aug 14 2020

    Jim and Greg explore the background and influence of the Velvet Underground’s debut with a classic album dissection.

  • #767 The New Analog & Opinions On Neil Young

    Aug 07 2020

    Jim and Greg talk with Galaxie 500’s Damon Krukowski about the value of analog listening in an increasingly digital world. They’ll also review new albums from Neil Young and the mysterious Sault.

  • #766 Chris Frantz and Talking Heads

    Jul 31 2020

    Jim and Greg chat with Talking Heads drummer Chris Frantz about his new book, Remain In Love. The book tracks the bands commercial success and internal strife. Plus, they dig into some of their favorite tracks by the 'Heads’ and Tom Tom Club.

  • #765 Chicago Soul

    Jul 24 2020

    From Curtis Mayfield to Minnie Riperton, Jim and Greg explore the Chicago Soul scene. They’ll examine how the music tells the story of political and cultural change in Chicago. Plus, they look at the movement’s lasting impact.

  • #764 Songs About Help and the Rock Doctors

    Jul 17 2020

    In these confusing and anxious times, we could all use the occasional helping hand. This week, Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share their favorite songs about helping. Then they help a listener find new music to soothe her grandmother.

  • #763 Buried Treasures & Caroline Rose

    Jul 10 2020

    It's time for another edition of Buried Treasures, where Greg Kot and Jim DeRogatis share some under-the-radar new music you need to hear. Plus, we hear from the singer-songwriter Caroline Rose about the song that got her interested in making music.

  • #762 Bill Withers' Live at Carnegie Hall & Opinions on Phoebe Bridgers

    Jul 03 2020

    Bill Withers is beloved for classics like Lean On Me, but Greg contends that Withers’ best album is Live at Carnegie Hall. Jim and Greg honor Withers’ life with a classic album dissection of that record and review the latest from Phoebe Bridgers.

  • #761 Instant Commentaries & Opinions on Bob Dylan

    Jun 26 2020

    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.

  • #760 Best Albums of 2020...So Far

    Jun 19 2020

    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.

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

    Jun 12 2020

    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.

  • #758 Buried Treasures & Ask The Critics

    Jun 05 2020

    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.

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

    May 29 2020

    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.

  • #756 History in Songs & Best Coast

    May 22 2020

    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.

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

    May 15 2020

    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.

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

    May 08 2020

    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.

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

    Apr 30 2020

    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.

  • #752 Buried Treasures & Sudan Archives

    Apr 24 2020

    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.

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

    Apr 17 2020

    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.

  • #750 Raphael Saadiq, Remembering John Prine

    Apr 10 2020

    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.

  • #749 Review Roundup & The Masked Marauders

    Apr 03 2020

    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.

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

    Mar 27 2020

    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.

  • #747 Joni Mitchell's Blue

    Mar 20 2020

    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.

  • #746 OutKast's Stankonia & Caroline Polachek

    Mar 13 2020

    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.

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

    Mar 06 2020

    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.

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

    Feb 28 2020

    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.

  • #743 Buried Treasures & Briston Maroney

    Feb 21 2020

    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.

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

    Feb 14 2020

    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.

  • #741 King Crimson, R.I.P. Andy Gill of Gang of Four

    Feb 07 2020

    King Crimson is a legendary progressive rock band that has evolved through the decades in innovative, and sometimes surprising ways. This week, Greg Kot and Jim DeRogatis explore the constant evolution of the classic band that refuses to rest on its laurels. Plus, Jim and Greg pay tribute to Gang of Four guitarist Andy Gill, dead at the age of 64.

  • #740 Best Film Acting Performances By Musicians, Host of Slow Burn on the Muders of Tupac & Biggie

    Jan 31 2020

    Over the years, several notable musicians have tried their hand at acting in movies, whether it’s playing a character or playing themselves. While the results are mixed, there have been a handful of great, pitch perfect performances. With the Oscars looming, Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share some of their favorite acting performances by musicians in film. They’ll also talk with Joel Anderson, host of the third season of the podcast Slow Burn, which focuses on the murders of the Notorious B.I.G. a...more

  • #739 Mary Wilson of The Supremes, Opinions on Drive-By Truckers & Torres

    Jan 24 2020

    Motown Records helped create the soundtrack for a generation. And no group at that famous label was more iconic than The Supremes, both for their sound, and for their groundbreaking glamour. This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk to Mary Wilson of The Supremes about her days at Motown, and how the group became international ambassadors representing an entire community. Jim and Greg also review new records from the Southern rock band Drive-By Truckers and indie singer-songwriter Torres....more

  • #738 The Beach Boys' Pet Sounds, R.I.P. Neil Peart & Opinions on Beach Slang

    Jan 17 2020

    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. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot present a Classic Album Dissection of Pet Sounds. They also review the new album from punk band Beach Slang and bid farewell to Neil Peart of Rush.

  • #737 Buried Treasures & Folk Singer-Songwriter Joan Shelley

    Jan 10 2020

    A new year calls for new tunes. 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. These artists might not be household names, but they're definitely worth adding to your collection. They'll also talk to folk singer-songwriter Joan Shelley about recording her latest album in Iceland and how her Louisville, Kentucky heritage manifests in her music. ...more

  • #736 Songs About Pot, Rock Doctors & Angie McMahon

    Jan 03 2020

    As of January 1, 2020, Illinois joins several states in legalizing recreational marijuana. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot acknowledge the numerous songs about weed and share some of their favorites. Plus, Jim and Greg are the rock doctors, finding walk up music for a martial artist. They also find out what unique song got singer-songwriter Angie McMahon hooked on sonics.

  • #735 Albums of the Decade, Greg's Mixtape, Juice WRLD & Roy Loney

    Dec 27 2019

    This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot close out 2019 and the 2010s by sharing some of their best albums of the decade. Then, Greg will share his annual mixtape and the hosts will discuss musicians the world lost this year, including rapper Juice WRLD and Flamin' Groovies lead singer Roy Loney.

  • #734 Sound Opinions Holiday Spectacular 2019 with Andy Cirzan

    Dec 20 2019

    It's a holiday tradition on Sound Opinions to welcome weird wax aficionado Andy Cirzan to share his annual mix of tinsel-time tunes with us. He shares his bizarre holiday music finds and the stories behind them with hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot.

  • #733 The Best Albums of 2019

    Dec 13 2019

    As 2019 comes to a close, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot reflect on the best albums of the year. They also hear from Sound Opinions producers and listeners about their favorites.

  • #732 William S. Burroughs and the Cult of Rock 'N' Roll, Opinions on Leonard Cohen & Sudan Archives

    Dec 06 2019

    Beat writer William S. Burroughs had a profound impact and interaction with rock and hip-hop music from the 1960s through his death in the late 1990s. Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk with author Casey Rae about his book on Burroughs and "the cult of Rock 'n' Roll." They also review new albums from Leonard Cohen and singer and violinist Sudan Archives.

  • #731 Thanksgiving Leftovers & DJ Shadow on Sampling

    Nov 29 2019

    As we finish eating Thanksgiving leftovers, Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot clear out musical discussions still left over from earlier in the year. From chart-topping phenomenons to surprising archival finds, there was just too much music this year to cover it all as it happened. Plus, DJ Shadow explains how he found the sample for his latest single, "Rocket Fuel."

  • #730 Songs That Make You Cry, Opinions on The Replacements & FKA twigs

    Nov 22 2019

    For one reason or another, everyone has got a handful of songs that make them cry. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share some of the songs that bring tears to their eyes. They also review something old and something new: they revisit The Replacements' album Don't Tell a Soul 30 years later and share their thoughts on the new record from FKA twigs.

  • #729 Buried Treasures & Bobby Rush

    Nov 15 2019

    As we all settle in for the season, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot figure Sound Opinions listeners are ready for a playlist refresh. This week, they dip into the wealth of great new music beyond the FM dial and play you some Buried Treasures. These artists might not be household names, but they're definitely worth adding to your collection. Plus, blues legend Bobby Rush shares the song that got him Hooked on Sonics.

  • #728 Songs About the Radio & Opinions on Michael Kiwanuka

    Nov 08 2019

    Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot both fondly remember discovering new bands on their FM dials; and though there are many ways find new music, there's still a bit of magic to hearing a new favorite over the airwaves. To honor that legacy, Jim and Greg share some of their favorite radio-inspired tracks by artists like Wall of Voodoo and Donna Summer. Plus Jim and Greg review Kiwanuka, the latest album from English soul-folk artist Michael Kiwanuka.

  • #727 Janis Joplin, Opinions on Kanye West & Neil Young and Crazy Horse

    Nov 01 2019

    Janis Joplin was known for her iconic singing voice, gregarious image and refusal to conform. But behind her chill, blues mama persona was an intellectual, intentional artist. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot discuss the life and career of Janis Joplin with author and biographer Holly George-Warren. They talk about the legacy of Joplin's music and identity almost 50 years after her tragic death. Jim and Greg will also review new albums from Kanye West and Neil Young and Crazy Horse. ...more

  • #726 Bands in Costume, Opinions on Battles & Farewell to Music Critic Nick Tosches

    Oct 25 2019

    Rock and roll has never been purely about the music. The image a band puts forward can be almost as important as their songs. Some bands take it an extra step and make theatrical costumes an integral part of their act. In honor of Halloween, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share some of their favorite bands in costume. They also review the latest from rock band Battles and bid farewell to music journalist and biographer Nick Tosches.

  • #725 The Rolling Stones' Exile on Main St.

    Oct 18 2019

    Though originally panned by many critics, the Rolling Stones' 1972 album Exile on Main St. is now considered a masterpiece. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot serve up a classic album dissection for the deeply influential recording.

  • #724 Songs We Love By Bands We Don't, Opinions on Nick Cave & Farewell to Ginger Baker & Kim Shattuck

    Oct 11 2019

    Have you ever listened to a song and loved it, only to find out it’s by an artist you can’t stand? Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot will explore the concept of great songs by horrible artists and share a few of their favorites. Plus they'll review Ghosteen from Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds and pay tribute to drummer Ginger Baker and The Muffs' Kim Shattuck.

  • #723 Family Bands & Opinions on Wilco

    Oct 04 2019

    The family that plays together, stays together, right? If you‘ve ever traveled in a van with your mother, father, sister or brother, you know it's not that easy. From Sister Sledge to The Cowsills, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share some of the great Family Bands that made it work. Plus, Jim and Greg review Ode To Joy, the latest album from alt-rock band Wilco.

  • #722 Fugazi's Repeater, Opinions on Psychedelic Country Artist Sturgill Simpson

    Sep 27 2019

    Washington D.C. post-punk band Fugazi reshaped the definition of punk in America. Their 1990 debut album, Repeater, connected with a generation and eventually sold more than a million copies. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk with founding member Ian MacKaye about the writing and recording of the album and its impact. Plus we review Sturgill Simpson's new album, Sound and Fury, and learn what song got a member of the band Dehd "Hooked on Sonics."

  • #721 Opinions on Tool, Lana Del Rey & More, Farewell to Ric Ocasek & Daniel Johnston

    Sep 20 2019

    With an influx of new music, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot decide it's time for a review roundup. They share their opinions on records by Tool, Lana Del Rey, Common and more. They also pay tribute to the late Cars' frontman Ric Ocasek and solo artist Daniel Johnston.

  • #720 Buried Treasures & Peter Lewis of Moby Grape

    Sep 13 2019

    Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot are always on the lookout for buried treasures - newly released music that is flying underneath the critical and commercial radar. They're back this week with some exciting new songs. Jim and Greg also talk with a member of a somewhat buried treasure act from the past, Peter Lewis of Moby Grape. They discuss ways the 1960s San Francisco group turned convention on its head and some of the bad luck that befell the band.

  • #719 James Alexander of the Bar-Kays & Favorite Bass Lines

    Sep 06 2019

    This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot are joined by legendary funk and R&B bassist James Alexander of the Bar-Kays. They discuss his early days as a pivotal part of the Stax Records house band in Memphis and the enduring legacy of 1971's Shaft Soundtrack, which featured the Bar-Kays as the backing band. Then, Jim and Greg share some of their favorite bass lines (as well as the songs' players). Bass players usually aren't the flashiest members of a band, but they're a pivotal part of it...more

  • #718 Whitney & Songs About Quitting Work

    Aug 30 2019

    While critical and commercially successful “soft rock” music is rare in 2019, the Chicago band Whitney found a way to make it sound fresh and indie. This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk with the two main members of the band about how they came to their unique sound and their new album Forever Turned Around, released August 30th.

  • #717 Best Music Cameos & Opinions on Raphael Saadiq

    Aug 23 2019

    Sometimes, all it takes for a song to go from good to great is the addition of a guest artist, whether it’s a rapper going in on the verse or a guitarist shredding a solo. This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share some of their favorite musical cameos. They also review the latest from R&B singer Raphael Saadiq.

  • #716 The Mountain Goats, Opinions on Sleater-Kinney & The Regrettes

    Aug 16 2019

    Over the course of 17 albums, The Mountain Goats have gone from a super lo-fi solo project to a polished four piece combo. This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot are joined by the whole band for an exclusive performance and interview with songwriter John Darnielle and drummer Jon Wurster. They also review the new albums from Sleater-Kinney and The Regrettes.

  • #715 The Legend of Robert Johnson

    Aug 09 2019

    For decades, the myths surrounding Robert Johnson overshadowed his contributions as a singer, songwriter and guitarist. From the legend that he sold his soul to the devil at the crossroads to mystery surrounding his untimely death at age 27, the truths of Johnson’s life have remained untold. This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk with music historian Bruce Conforth about Johnson’s career, death and working to give the guitarist his identity back. They also share some of their favorite ...more

  • #714 Why the Ramones Matter, Tommy Ramone & Opinions on Chance the Rapper

    Aug 02 2019

    Back in the 1970s, punk was shorthand for a subculture that took pride in breaking the mainstream’s mold. And at the vanguard of punk rock was The Ramones. Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot explore the cultural contributions of the band, beyond the myth, with the author of Why The Ramones Matter, Donna Gaines. Plus, they revisit their 2007 conversation with the late Tommy Ramone. They also review the latest from Chicago's Chance the Rapper.

  • #713 Australian Singer-Songwriter Julia Jacklin, Opinions on Blood Orange

    Jul 26 2019

    While Australian singer-songwriter Julia Jacklin’s voice has a soft vibrato and sweet tone, her lyrics are laced with a dry sense of humor and unflinching honesty. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk to Julia about her new album, the pressure to appear perfect on social media and how as a performer and woman she sets boundaries to stay sane. She also gives a live performance at the Goose Island Tap Room in Chicago.

  • #712 Buried Treasures & Tasha

    Jul 19 2019

    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! They'll also chat with Chicago singer, songwriter and guitarist Tasha about her music, which champions marginalized people as well as prioritizes topics like self care.

  • #711 Marvin Gaye's What's Going On & the Wah-Wah Pedal

    Jul 12 2019

    This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot look back on Marvin Gaye's classic album What's Going On. They discuss the tracks, cultural climate and overarching themes of the 1971 album, many of which are more relevant than ever today.

  • #710 Neil Young & Crazy Horse's Rust Never Sleeps on its 40th Anniversary, the Rickenbacker 12-String Guitar

    Jul 05 2019

    Forty years later, Neil Young and Crazy Horse's masterpiece Rust Never Sleeps still captivates listeners and critics with its simple melodies, complex lyrics and punk-inspired sound. This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot discuss the album's impact and how Young's blend of acoustic and electric made for an iconic musical experience. They'll also discuss the electric Rickenbacker 12-String guitar, an instrument that was featured prominently in songs by bands ranging from the Beatles to the B...more

  • #709 Music That Made Me & the Universal Music Warehouse Fire

    Jun 28 2019

    Most music lovers can point to a song that made them: perhaps one that helps define them, or just one of those songs that defines a time in their life. This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share some of the music that made them. They also talk with music journalist Jody Rosen about his investigative article for The New York Times Magazine about the Universal Music Group Warehouse fire and the hundreds of thousands of master recordings that were lost.

  • #708 The Best Albums of 2019 So Far

    Jun 21 2019

    So many great albums come out every year that hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot can’t wait until December to start ranking their favorites. This week, the Best Albums of 2019 So Far.

  • #707 Roky Erickson, Dr. John & Jim DeRogatis on R. Kelly

    Jun 14 2019

    Roky Erickson and his group the 13th Floor Elevators spread the psychedelic gospel in the heart of Texas in the 1960s and influenced groups like R.E.M. and ZZ Top. After a tumultuous life that included a long battle with schizophrenia, Roky died last month at 71. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot pay tribute this week on Sound Opinions. Plus, Greg interviews Jim about what he learned about the nature of music in 19 years of investigating R. Kelly and they say goodbye to Dr. John.

  • #706 Mavis Staples

    Jun 07 2019

    As a member of her family group The Staple Singers and as a solo artist, Mavis Staples has used her huge voice to power the Civil Rights Movement and inspire generations. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot revisit their intimate discussion of her life and career as the gospel and soul legend approaches 80 years old.

  • #705 Buried Treasures & Ex Hex

    May 31 2019

    Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot are ready and raring to go with some new buried treasures: recent, under-the-radar albums that you need to hear. They also talk with the rock trio Ex Hex, led by Mary Timony, about their new record, plus the group gives a live performance.

  • #704 De La Soul's 3 Feet High and Rising & Opinions on The National

    May 24 2019

    In the digital age, most of us assume that every piece of music that ever was is available at the push of a button. But this week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot bring us a Classic Album Dissection of a recording that, despite its significance, is unavailable on digital platforms: De La Soul's 3 Feet High and Rising. They discuss the making of the groundbreaking hip-hop album, its importance, and why this classic is so hard to hear today. Plus, Jim and Greg review I Am Easy To Find, the latest...more

  • #703 Paisley Underground, The Shangri-Las' Leader of the Pack & Opinions on Tacocat

    May 17 2019

    In early '80s California, a new kind of music was brewing that blended the psychedelic sounds of the ‘60s with the modern day post-punk ethos. This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot reflect on the Paisley Underground movement. They’ll discuss the prominent bands like The Bangles, explore what made the scene so special and explain its impact on indie rock. Jim and Greg will also look back at the 1964 hit by The Shangri-Las, "Leader of the Pack," for its 55th anniversary. Plus, they...more

  • #702 Sharon Van Etten & Opinions on Jamila Woods

    May 10 2019

    Edgy folk-rocker Sharon Van Etten is busier than ever after quitting the music industry four years ago. Now she’s back and experimenting with new sounds, like the vintage synthesizer that lives in her New York City rehearsal space. Sharon joins hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot for an interview and performance of music from her latest release, Remind Me Tomorrow. They also review the new record from Chicago singer and poet Jamila Woods.

  • #701 Band Reunions, Opinions on Vampire Weekend

    May 03 2019

    Summer is coming…and that means a slew of music festivals and arena concerts around the country. Many bands hit the road for reunion tours, often times without all their original members. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot explore whether or not it’s sacrilegious to see a band missing its key original members. They’ll also share some of their favorite band reunions, ones that lived up to or even surpassed the originals. Plus, a review of the latest from Vampire Weekend.

  • #700 Sound Opinions in Space, Opinions on Lizzo & Emily King

    Apr 26 2019

    For Sound Opinions' 700th episode, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot are taking the show to outer space! They'll share some of their favorite songs about space in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. Plus, Jim and Greg review Cuz I Love You, the latest from hip hop and r&b artist Lizzo, and pop/soul singer-songwriter Emily King talks about the song that got her Hooked on Sonics.

  • #699 Moby, Opinions on Nico Segal's Intellexual

    Apr 19 2019

    Moby became the face of techno with the blockbuster success of his 1999 album Play. He’s since made several successful albums and put out his first memoir, Porcelain, in 2016. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot revisit their 2016 conversation with Moby in honor of his latest memoir, Then It Fell Apart.They also review the debut album from the group Intellexual, made up of frequent Chance the Rapper collaborators Nico Segal and Nate Fox.

  • #698 Buried Treasures, Rock Doctors, Opinions on Marvin Gaye

    Apr 12 2019

    As music critics and connoisseurs, Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot always have new under-the-radar tracks that you need to hear! This week, they’ll share some of their latest buried treasures. They'll also check in as the Rock Doctors to give some musical advice to a patient in need, as well as share their thoughts on the recent posthumous release by Marvin Gaye.

  • #697 Shoegaze & Opinions on Priests

    Apr 05 2019

    Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot dive into "Shoegaze." In the late '80s and early '90s, this sound developed in the U.K. and was typified by lots of guitar, atmosphere and noise. But while the height of Shoegaze only lasted a few years, its influence looms large today. Plus, Jim and Greg review the new album from Priests and learn what song got David Bazan "Hooked on Sonics."

  • #696 True Crime Songs, Opinions on Jenny Lewis & Sara Romweber

    Mar 29 2019

    There's a long tradition of blues and folk troubadours writing about subjects that are downright criminal. This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk about true crime, or at least allegedly true crimes, that have been immortalized in song. Plus, a review of the latest from singer-songwriter Jenny Lewis, and a remembrance of drummer Sara Romweber.

  • #695 Alternative Country Singer-Songwriter Sarah Shook & SXSW 2019

    Mar 22 2019

    Sarah Shook is an artist expertly bridging the worlds of punk grime and honky tonk played on sawdust floors. But it's her smart, pithy lyrics about love that grip listeners and don't let go. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot chat with country singer-songwriter Sarah Shook about her musical journey, activism and her latest record, Years. Also, Greg will return from the South By Southwest music conference with a report on some of his new favorite bands.

  • #694 The Best of Sound Opinions Live & Hal Blaine

    Mar 15 2019

    Over the years, Sound Opinions has seen many great performances from the talented artists and bands that appeared. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share some of the biggest performances ever on the show, including artists like Wilco, Common and Cheap Trick. They'll also bid farewell to legendary session drummer Hal Blaine, who died at age 90.

  • #693 Buried Treasures & Opinions on Chaka Khan & Solange

    Mar 08 2019

    This week, Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot unearth some Buried Treasures, musical gems that you may not have heard, but certainly should. Plus, the hosts review the latest releases from soul legend Chaka Khan and singer Solange.

  • #692 The Stooges' Fun House and Remembering Talk Talk's Mark Hollis

    Mar 01 2019

    In a Classic Album Dissection, Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot examine The Stooges' Fun House record from 1970. The album brought together garage rock, rhythm and blues and free jazz, setting a template for the punk revolution to come. Stooges guitarist Ron Asheton talks about the album as well as producer Don Gallucci, whose unorthodox studio technique is credited with capturing the singular sound of The Stooges.

  • #691 The Story of Blues Label Alligator Records & Conversation with Buddy Guy

    Feb 22 2019

    This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot explore the history and legacy of the almost 50-year-old Chicago blues label, Alligator Records, with its founder Bruce Iglauer. They'll talk to him about his new book Bitten By the Blues: The Alligator Records Story and discuss some of the landmark artists who came through, from Koko Taylor to Albert Collins. Jim and Greg will also revisit an interview they did with Chicago blues legend Buddy Guy.

  • #690 Songs About Writers, Opinions on Bob Mould & Sneaks

    Feb 15 2019

    This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot explore literature’s influence on popular music and how famous scribes like Shakespeare, Oscar Wilde and more get name drops. They'll share some of their favorite songs about writers. They'll also review the latest from rocker Bob Mould and techno-indie artist Sneaks.

  • #689 Walk This Way: The Story of Run-DMC's Collaboration With Aerosmith, Opinions on Emily King

    Feb 08 2019

    Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk with author Geoff Edgers about his 2019 book Walk This Way: Run-DMC, Aerosmith, and the Song that Changed American Music Forever. They discuss how Run-DMC's 1986 collaboration with Aerosmith came about and its impact. Plus, a review of soulful singer-songwriter Emily King's latest album, Scenery.

  • #688 Weird Instruments of Rock, Opinions on Maggie Rogers & Sharon Van Etten

    Feb 01 2019

    Forget about the guitar, bass, and drums. This week, Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot explore some of the weirder instruments of rock from the theremin to the ocarina to the cowbell. They'll also review new music from two singer-songwriters: the debut album from Maggie Rogers and the latest from Sharon Van Etten.

  • #687 Buried Treasures & Chicago Soul Band The O'My's

    Jan 25 2019

    Looking for some exciting new music to augment your 2019 playlist? Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share some of their latest Buried Treasures: favorite under-the-radar records that you need to hear! Plus, Jim and Greg are joined by the Chicago soul band The O'My's at the Goose Island Tap Room. The group's latest album, Tomorrow, pushes its soulful sound into fresh, forward-leaning territory.

  • #686 Revolver Cover Artist and Bassist Klaus Voormann, The Artist vs. the Art

    Jan 18 2019

    Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot sit down with artist and musician Klaus Voormann. Klaus shares his unique vantage point to rock and roll history: he designed the cover artwork for The Beatles’ album, Revolver, lived with George and Ringo and was a session bassist on many iconic albums in the 1970s including Imagine, All Things Must Pass and Plastic Ono Band. Also in the light of the recent R. Kelly docu-series, the hosts revisit their discussion about the artist vs. the art: whether art can be ...more

  • #685 Great Starts - Songs With Iconic Beginnings

    Jan 11 2019

    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.

  • #684 Great Duets & Writer Malcolm Gladwell

    Jan 04 2019

    There’s something about two performers, sometimes from different styles and points of view, coming together and creating a musical moment. This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share some of their favorite duets. They'll also interview author Malcolm Gladwell and journalist Bruce Headlam from the Broken Record podcast.

  • #683 Jim & Greg's 2018 Mixtapes & In Memoriam

    Dec 28 2018

    Sound Opinions closes out 2018 with the year in song. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot present a mixtape of tracks that tell the story of the the past year. And we remember some of the many musicians who passed away in 2018.

  • #682 Rush & Paying Tribute to Pete Shelley of the Buzzcocks

    Dec 21 2018

    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 hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot to discuss the band's remarkable 40 plus-year career. Jim and Greg will also say farewell to the leader of the punk band the Buzzcocks, Pete Shelley, who died earlier in December at age 63.

  • #681 Sound Opinions Holiday Spectacular

    Dec 14 2018

    Whether you've been naughty or nice, Sound Opinions has a new sack full of holiday music for you. Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot welcome back record crate explorer and Christmas music aficionado Andy Cirzan for our annual Holiday Spectacular. This year, Andy celebrates his 30th season of hunting for Christmas music you'll hear nowhere else!

  • #680 The Best Albums of 2018

    Dec 07 2018

    This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share their favorite albums of 2018. They also hear picks from Sound Opinions producers and listeners.

  • #679 Singer-Songwriter Amanda Shires & Opinions on Anderson .Paak & Art Brut

    Nov 30 2018

    This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot have a conversation with country singer-songwriter Amanda Shires at the Goose Island Tap Room in Chicago. They discuss her literary lyrics, her latest album To The Sunset and how becoming a mom has influenced her art. She'll also perform live. Jim and Greg will also review new albums from hip hop artist Anderson .Paak and indie rock band Art Brut.

  • #678 Astral Weeks 50th Anniversary & Guest Desert Island Jukebox

    Nov 23 2018

    Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot conduct an Album Dissection of Van Morrison's 1968 classic Astral Weeks. The landmark release celebrates its 50th anniversary this month. Then, we hear from recent Sound Opinions guests about their Desert Island Jukebox picks... Tracks they can't live without.

  • #677 Buried Treasures & Dad Rap

    Nov 16 2018

    Looking for new music that's out of the mainstream? Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot uncover some buried treasures: recent releases that you need to hear! Plus, Jim and Greg talk with author Steven Hyden about the parallels between "Dad Rock" bands and "Dad Rap" stars.

  • #676 Lennon v. McCartney Solo Careers & Opinions on Vince Staples & Makaya McCraven

    Nov 09 2018

    This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot discuss the post-Beatles careers of John Lennon and Paul McCartney... The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly. Plus, Jim and Greg review the new release from rapper Vince Staples and a hip-hop infused jazz album from drummer Makaya McCraven.

  • #675 21st Century Protest Music & Opinions on Robyn

    Nov 02 2018

    Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot discuss the impact of protest music in the 21st century and name a few of their favorite tracks from the genre from the last 18 years. They also review Robyn's new album, Honey, and Greg chooses a favorite song to add to the Desert Island Jukebox.

  • #674 Scary Songs For Halloween & Opinions on Greta Van Fleet

    Oct 26 2018

    Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot celebrate Halloween this week with a few of their favorite genre-spanning scary songs. Plus, we hear a selection of scary tunes nominated by listeners from around the country. They'll also give their opinions on the debut album from rock band Greta Van Fleet.

  • #673 Film & T.V. Music Supervisor Susan Jacobs, Opinions on Prince & Sam Phillips

    Oct 19 2018

    This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk with Emmy-winning music supervisor Susan Jacobs. Over her 30 year career, she's worked with directors like Spike Lee, David O. Russell and Robert Altman on placing music within movies. Most recently, she made the jump to television with HBO's Sharp Objects and Big Little Lies. Jim and Greg talk to Susan about the effects of great music on screen and how she convinced Led Zeppelin to let her expertly use the band's music in Sharp Objects. They'll a...more

  • #672 Buried Treasures & Beatles Audio Engineer Geoff Emerick

    Oct 12 2018

    It's Buried Treasures time yet again. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share some new under-the-radar music that you need to hear! Plus, they revisit their 2006 conversation with Geoff Emerick, an audio engineer who worked on the classic Beatles albums Revolver, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band and Abbey Road. Emerick passed away this month at the age of 72.

  • #671 Wayne Kramer of the MC5, Opinions on Noname & Otis Rush

    Oct 05 2018

    As the lead guitarist of the groundbreaking political rock band the MC5, Wayne Kramer experienced both the highs of recognition and the sting of defeat. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk with Kramer 50 years after the band's iconic debut Kick Out the Jams. They chat about his new memoir, the '60s Detroit rock scene and discuss his experiences with overcoming drug abuse and jail time. Jim and Greg will also review the new album from hip hop artist Noname and pay tribute to the late Chicago bl...more

  • #670 Diss Tracks & Rock Doctors

    Sep 28 2018

    Though music can be a mighty force that brings people together, it can also be weaponized. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot look at memorable times musicians have used their art to settle scores in song: their favorite diss tracks of all time. They also bring back the Rock Doctors segment to help a mom find songs that empower her son without toxic masculinity. Basically the polar opposite of diss tracks.

  • #669 Dessa & Opinions on Paul McCartney

    Sep 21 2018

    Dessa is a poet, singer and hip hop artist who is as interested in scientific theory as she is in lyricism. Her latest album, Chime, showcases her unique hybrid of clever rapping and singing about sometimes weighty issues. Dessa joined hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot at the Goose Island Tap Room for a conversation and a live performance. Plus, Jim and Greg review Sir Paul McCartney's latest, Egypt Station.

  • #668 Disco & Seymour Stein

    Sep 14 2018

    For decades, people have maligned disco music. This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot take an in-depth look at the genre from its origins in marginalized communities to its height of popularity. They'll also explore groundbreaking artists like Sylvester, the Bee Gees and more. Also, Greg talks to Sire Records co-founder Seymour Stein about signing acts like the Ramones and Madonna.

  • #667 Buried Treasures & Bat Fangs

    Sep 07 2018

    Looking for new music that's out of the mainstream? Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot uncover some buried treasures: under the radar tunes that you need to hear! They also interview the '80s hair metal-inspired band Bat Fangs.

  • #666 Mastodon's Brann Dailor & Songs About the Devil

    Aug 31 2018

    Over seven albums and 18 years, Mastodon has stretched the definition of metal. Co-founder, drummer and lyricist Brann Dailor recently joined hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot to look back over the band’s career. The conversation ranges from forming in Atlanta to coping with personal tragedy through music. They also couldn’t resist asking how the heck they wound up as wildlings on Game of Thrones. Plus, Jim and Greg share a few of their favorite songs about the devil.

  • #665 Billions Co-Creator & Screenwriter Brian Koppelman, Opinions on The Coup & Amanda Shires

    Aug 24 2018

    Brian Koppelman makes his living as the showrunner, co-creator and writer for the Showtime series Billions. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk with Koppelman about how he innovatively uses music in the critically acclaimed show. They also discuss his past career as an A&R executive, where he discovered artists like singer-songwriter Tracy Chapman. They'll also review the soundtrack to the critically acclaimed film Sorry to Bother You and the new release from country artist Amanda Shires. ...more

  • #664 Remembering Aretha Franklin

    Aug 17 2018

    The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, has died at age 76. This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot celebrate the life and career of the legend. They'll discuss her discography, music activism and impact.

  • #663 Roxy Music

    Aug 10 2018

    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.

  • #662 Sound Opinions at Sea & Phoebe Bridgers

    Aug 03 2018

    This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot take the show to the water with the episode Sound Opinions at Sea! They'll share some of their favorite songs about oceans, seas and more! Plus, a conversation and live performance at the Goose Island Tap Room in Chicago with singer-songwriter Phoebe Bridgers.

  • #661 Alice Cooper, Opinions on Chance the Rapper & Deafheaven

    Jul 27 2018

    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. They'll also review new music from Chance the Rapper and Deafheaven.

  • #660 PJ Morton & Opinions on Drake

    Jul 20 2018

    PJ Morton is an indie soul artist that just happens to be in Maroon 5, one of the biggest pop groups in the country. But his solo sound is light years away from Top 40 R&B, blending his New Orleans gospel roots with strains of Stevie Wonder. PJ joins Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot for a conversation and performance. Plus, Jim and Greg discuss the cultural zeitgeist which is rapper Drake's latest album.

  • #659 Buried Treasures & MSNBC's Ari Melber

    Jul 13 2018

    It's time yet again for Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot to open their treasure chests and reveal relatively unknown new albums YOU need to hear! They'll also talk to the host of MSNBC's The Beat, Ari Melber, about his love for rap music and how he integrates it into his political coverage.

  • #658 Sound Opinions LIVE

    Jul 06 2018

    So many talented musicians perform on Sound Opinions, but we don't always have time to air every song. Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share some of their favorite never-before-heard live performances from artists like Beach Slang and Arcade Fire. Plus, they unearth even more favorite performances from our archive.

  • #657 Best Albums of 2018 So Far

    Jun 29 2018

    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.

  • #656 Hinds & Opinions on Beyoncé and Jay-Z, Parquet Courts & More

    Jun 22 2018

    Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk with two members of the Spanish women rock band Hinds about their unique take on punk rock and how they've reached fans in America and the U.K. Also, with an influx of new releases, it’s time for a review round-up! Jim and Greg give their opinions on new albums from Beyoncé and Jay-Z, Neko Case and Parquet Courts.

  • #655 Margo Price & Anthony Bourdain

    Jun 15 2018

    This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot are joined by country singer-songwriter Margo Price. Price is signed to Jack White's Third Man Records, and her sound is a blend of outlaw country and roots music. A natural born storyteller, Price joined the hosts for an interview and performance. Plus, Jim and Greg revisit their interview with world traveler and chef Anthony Bourdain, who we lost recently. He was 61.

  • #654 Joni Mitchell's Blue

    Jun 08 2018

    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.

  • #653 Anxious Anthems & Leon Bridges

    Jun 01 2018

    Forget “Keep Calm and Carry On.” This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot play their favorite Anxious Anthems. Then, they chat with some listeners to hear what songs make them nervous. Plus, the hosts sit down with soul singer Leon Bridges. Leon's latest album, Good Thing, marks his transition into an adventurous new sound. Support Sound Opinions: soundopinions.org/support

  • #652 Give the Drummer Some

    May 25 2018

    What role do drums play in Rock? Should that be keeping the beat or leading from the front? Who are some of the greatest drummers in rock music? The beat goes on as Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot focus on the contributions of drummers to rock music with drummer Joe Wong. Wong also hosts a podcast on drummers called The Trap Set. Support Sound Opinions: soundopinions.org/support

  • #651 John Prine, Opinions on Courtney Barnett & Scott Hutchison

    May 18 2018

    For the last 50 years, John Prine has garnered a multi-generational fan base through his nuanced storytelling as a songwriter and performer. The balance of humor, plain language and reality in his music is what makes him stand out in the genres of folk, country and beyond. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk to Prine about starting his own independent label, working with Phil Spector and his writing process. Plus, the hosts review the latest album from Courtney Barnett and pay tribute to the l...more

  • #650 Buried Treasures & Guest Desert Island Jukebox

    May 11 2018

    Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot dive into their piles and piles of new music to bring you their latest favorites. Plus, some of our favorite musicians tell us about the songs they'd want with them if they were stranded on a desert island. Support Sound Opinions: soundopinions.org/support

  • #649 Slayer, Opinions on Janelle Monáe & Liz Phair

    May 04 2018

    With Slayer's farewell tour approaching, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot revisit their interview with two members of the iconic thrash metal band - drummer Dave Lombardo and guitarist Kerry King. They discuss their signature breakneck song pace, favorite moments in the group and working with hip hop producer Rick Rubin. They'll also review the new album from Janelle Monáe and review Liz Phair's Exile in Guyville for its 25th anniversary.

  • #648 Songs About Horses, Opinions on Lucy Dacus & Torres

    Apr 27 2018

    And they're off! In honor of the Kentucky Derby, it seemed like the perfect time to explore a relatively common theme in music - horses. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot discuss why these majestic animals cross genres from soul to rock and roll. They’ll also share some of their favorite tracks about stallions, mares, ponies and more. Plus, they'll review the sophomore album from indie singer-songwriter Lucy Dacus and artist Torres shares what song got her Hooked on Sonics.

  • #647 Jason Isbell & Opinions on Cardi B

    Apr 20 2018

    For country singer/songwriter Jason Isbell's latest record, "The Nashville Sound," he wrote about his role as a father and an artist in today's America. It ended up being his most political album yet, addressing issues like white privilege and working class frustrations. Jason joins Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot to talk about songwriting, ethics, sobriety, and performs a special acoustic set. Plus, the hosts review the debut studio album from rap sensation Cardi B.

  • #646 The Legend of Captain Beefheart, Opinions on Kacey Musgraves & Sarah Shook

    Apr 13 2018

    Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot explore the legend of Captain Beefheart, a musician with a larger-than-life personality who blurred the lines of music, art and noise. Also, they talk with longtime Captain Beefheart collaborator Gary Lucas and share their thoughts on why Beefheart's music, however difficult, is of value. Plus, the hosts review new albums from country artists Kacey Musgraves and Sarah Shook.

  • #645 The Regrettes, Buried Treasures & Frank Turner

    Apr 06 2018

    The Regrettes are a young band that blends 1960s girl group sensibilities with the edge of Bikini Kill. Their debut album, Feel Your Feelings, Fool! was a Best of 2017 pick for both Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot. The Regrettes joined Greg for a performance and conversation. Also, Jim and Greg share more of their buried treasures- bands flying under the radar that you need to hear! Plus, Frank Turner on the song that got him Hooked on Sonics.

  • #644 Exile on Main St.

    Mar 30 2018

    Though originally panned by many critics, the Rolling Stones' 1972 album Exile on Main St. is now considered a masterpiece. Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot serve up a classic album dissection for the deeply influential recording.

  • #643 SXSW 2018

    Mar 23 2018

    Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot make their annual pilgrimage to the South By Southwest music conference in Austin, Texas. They'll report on some of their new favorite bands that music lovers need to hear.

  • #642 Songs About the Music Industry & Antibalas

    Mar 16 2018

    What happens when artists take a look inward at the music business? Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot play the best Songs About the Music Industry. Then, they sit down with the dynamic Antibalas!

  • #641 Buried Treasures & A Giant Dog

    Mar 09 2018

    Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot dig up some buried treasures - albums that aren't yet in the mainstream but that deserve some more attention. Plus, cult rock outfit A Giant Dog join them for an interview and performance.

  • #640 Best Movie Soundtracks Pt. 2 & Opinions on the Black Panther Soundtrack

    Mar 02 2018

    A film's soundtrack can be as memorable as its visuals. So as this awards season winds down, Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot pick some of their favorite film soundtracks. Plus, they'll review the soundtrack to the movie Black Panther, and we hear about what got latin electronic artist Helado Negro into music.

  • #639 Don Was, Opinions on Superchunk & Dessa

    Feb 23 2018

    Don Was is a bassist in the band Was (Not Was), a successful music producer for artists like The Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan, and the president of legendary jazz label Blue Note Records. This week, Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot pick the brain of the multi-talented Don Was about his influences, what he looks for in an artist and what he loves about music. Plus, Jim and Greg review new albums from indie rock band Superchunk and rapper Dessa.

  • #638 Sir the Baptist & Opinions on MGMT

    Feb 16 2018

    In many ways, Chicago artist and producer Sir the Baptist is a chaplain in the R&B scene. He creates hip hop infused music that bridges the gap between his gospel roots and the world around him. Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk to Sir about making music with a message, plus he performs in studio with a 10-piece band. Jim and Greg will also review the new album from MGMT.

  • #637 "I Want You Back" Songs for Valentine's Day & Opinions on Justin Timberlake

    Feb 09 2018

    When candy, flowers, and love notes fail to woo your sweetie back, there's only one thing left to do: stake out under a window, hold up that boom box and blast an “I Want You Back” song. This Valentine’s Day, Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot present their favorite pleading songs. Plus, they'll review the new album from Justin Timberlake.

  • #636 Cover Songs, Opinions on First Aid Kit & Mark E. Smith

    Feb 02 2018

    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 Mar...more

  • #635 Vic Mensa, Opinions on tUnE-yArDs, Dolores O'Riordan & Hugh Masekela

    Jan 26 2018

    On his debut record, The Autobiography, Vic Mensa raps about his life growing up on the South Side of Chicago. With a confessional tone, he explores topics like community, violence, drugs, and racism. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk with Mensa about his influences, his struggles and the experience of growing up “five blocks from the projects and five blocks from Obama’s house." Plus, they review the latest album from tUnE-yArDs and Jim pays tribute to the late Dolores O'Riordan of The...more

  • #634 New Wave & Alison Moyet

    Jan 19 2018

    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.

  • #633 Iron & Wine and Opinions on Jeff Rosenstock

    Jan 12 2018

    Sam Beam has been releasing his signature indie folk records under the moniker Iron & Wine for over 15 years. His 2017 effort, Beast Epic, returns to his stripped down, acoustic roots. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot interview Sam Beam at the Goose Island Barrelhouse and they talk about his sound, collaborations and fatherhood. He also delivers a performance in front of a live audience. Plus, a review of the new album by punk rocker Jeff Rosenstock.

  • #632 Alex Cox & Opinions on N.E.R.D.

    Jan 05 2018

    Few filmmakers have embodied the punk aesthetic like Alex Cox. He joins hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot to discuss the classic LA punk soundtrack to Repo Man, the making of the Sex Pistols biopic Sid and Nancy, and his fruitful collaborations with Joe Strummer. Plus, a review of the new album from Pharrell Williams's side project N.E.R.D.

  • #631 Mixtapes 2017 & Musical In Memoriam

    Dec 29 2017

    As 2017 comes to a close, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot present DJ sets full of some of their favorite songs of the year. They'll also pay tribute to some of the musicians who died in 2017.

  • #630 Bob Ezrin & Amber Mark

    Dec 22 2017

    Bob Ezrin, the "producer's producer," has been behind the boards for many blockbuster epic albums over the years. He shares stories with hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot about working on classic albums by Pink Floyd, Alice Cooper, Kiss, and Peter Gabriel. Plus, up-and-coming R&B singer Amber Mark shares the song that got her Hooked on Sonics.

  • #629 The Sound Opinions Holiday Spectacular 2017

    Dec 15 2017

    It's time again for the annual Sound Opinions Holiday Spectacular! Each year, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot are joined by holiday music collector Andy Cirzan who shares a mix of rare Christmas records scavenged from dusty record bins around the world.

  • #628 Rock Criticism with Jonathan Lethem, Mavis Staples & Björk

    Dec 08 2017

    Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot indulge this week in a deep look at their own profession: rock criticism. They're joined by novelist Jonathan Lethem, co-editor of a new anthology of rock criticism, who makes the case for music journalism as great American writing. Plus, they look at the life and career of legendary critic Lester Bangs and review new albums from Chicago gospel legend Mavis Staples and Icelandic multimedia artist Björk.

  • #627 The Best Albums of 2017

    Dec 01 2017

    2017 has been full of highly anticipated releases and unexpected gems from relatively unknown artists. This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot reveal their lists of the Best Albums of 2017.

  • #626 Songs of Thanks, the Bass VI & Rise Against's Tim McIlrath

    Nov 24 2017

    Thanksgiving is a time to gather around the dinner table with family and friends to reflect on the past year and give thanks. This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share some of their favorite songs that say "thank you." Plus, the story of the twangy guitar-bass hybrid instrument known as the Bass VI, and Rise Against frontman Tim McIlrath shares the song that got him Hooked on Sonics.

  • #625 Al Green's The Belle Album & Opinions on Taylor Swift

    Nov 17 2017

    Al Green sang some of the most acclaimed soul records of the 1970s. So when he decided to leave it all behind for the church, many questioned why. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot discuss Al Green's life and his pivotal transitional record, The Belle Album, with biographer Jimmy McDonough. Plus, a review of new music from Taylor Swift.

  • #624 Ted Leo & Opinions on Shamir

    Nov 10 2017

    After a seven year gap, veteran rocker Ted Leo has expanded his sonic palette with his latest solo record, The Hanged Man. Written in the wake of emotional and financial turmoil, the album is perhaps his most personal work to date. Ted Leo joins hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot in front of an audience at the Goose Island Tap Room for an interview and intimate solo performance. Plus, a review of the new album from eclectic Las Vegas singer-songwriter Shamir.

  • #623 Buried Treasures & Ron Gallo

    Nov 03 2017

    Each season, there's a few highly anticipated albums with a ton of buzz behind them. Then there are other deserving records that won't get that kind of attention. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share their latest batch of Buried Treasures: hidden musical gems that everyone ought to hear. Plus, a conversation and live performance from Philadelphia indie rocker Ron Gallo.

  • #622 Musical Costumes, Fats Domino & Gord Downie

    Oct 27 2017

    Halloween is all about being someone else for a night – and musicians like to put on costumes, too. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share their favorite examples of artists temporarily donning a musical costume and performing in a different style under a fake name. Plus, they pay tribute to rock 'n' roll founder Fats Domino. And Toronto Star critic Ben Rayner remembers Gord Downie of the Tragically Hip.

  • #621 Julie Klausner, Beck, Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile

    Oct 20 2017

    As creator, writer, and star of the critically acclaimed TV comedy Difficult People, Julie Klausner not only crafts the show's jokes but also guides its soundtrack. This week, she joins hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot for a hilarious discussion of the show's music and her own musical tastes, and she even attempts to win them over to musical theatre. Plus, Jim and Greg review a new album from Beck and a collaboration between Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile.

  • #620 Jamila Woods, St. Vincent & Judy Collins

    Oct 13 2017

    On her debut album HEAVN, Jamila Woods contrasts weighty issues like police violence and the invisibility of black women with a breezy musical touch. The Chicago-based poet, singer, and songwriter joins hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot for an interview and performance. Plus, a review of the new album from St. Vincent, and folk legend Judy Collins tells us about the song that got her Hooked on Sonics.

  • #619 Remembering Tom Petty

    Oct 06 2017

    Tom Petty was a master of the perfect three-chord pop song and an icon of American music. This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot pay tribute to the late Florida rocker. They discuss Petty's tremendous songwriting gifts and revisit their 2003 interview with him on Sound Opinions.

  • #618 Mavis Staples, Pt. 2, Protomartyr & Charles Bradley

    Sep 29 2017

    This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk with gospel and soul legend Mavis Staples. She speaks about her role on the front line of the Civil Rights Movement as part of the Staple Singers and recounts a harrowing story of touring through the Jim Crow South. Plus, a review of the latest from Protomartyr, and a tribute to the late soul singer Charles Bradley.

  • #617 Live on Sound Opinions & Grant Hart of Hüsker Dü

    Sep 22 2017

    So many talented musicians perform on Sound Opinions, but we don't always have time to air every song. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share some of their favorite never-before-heard live performances from guests like Courtney Barnett, Drive-By Truckers, and more. Plus, a tribute to Grant Hart of Hüsker Dü.

  • #616 Late Bloomers, Filthy Friends & Little Dragon

    Sep 15 2017

    Some say that making music is a young person's game, but several artists beg to differ. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share some of their favorite "late blooming" musicians - artists that didn't achieve success or even start music until later in life. Plus, the debut album from rock supergroup Filthy Friends, and the song that got Yukimi Nagano of Little Dragon Hooked on Sonics.

  • #615 The Artist vs. the Art, The National, Queens of the Stone Age & Walter Becker

    Sep 08 2017

    Should we hold up a musician's output to a moral standard? Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk about whether art can be evaluated separately from the artist's ethics. Plus, reviews of new releases by The National and Queens of the Stone Age, and tributes to Walter Becker of Steely Dan, and Holger Czukay of the influential "Krautrock" group Can.

  • #614 Back-to-School Songs & Opinions on LCD Soundystem and Van Hunt

    Sep 01 2017

    The beginning of September means students return to the classroom. Whether you're excited to be back to school or the very thought inspires dread and anxiety, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot have put together a playlist to ease back to the grind. Plus, they review albums by LCD Soundsystem and Van Hunt.

  • #613 Melvins & Billy Bragg on Skiffle

    Aug 25 2017

    The Melvins were an inspiration to the '90s alternative explosion, but the band's unclassifiable sound and uncommercial stance set them apart. In a frank discussion with hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot, the Melvins reflect on their career and bust myths about the grunge scene. Plus, singer-songwriter Billy Bragg makes the case for the 1950s skiffle craze as the origin of guitar rock and punk sensibilities in the UK.

  • #612 One-Person Bands & Opinions on Randy Newman & Downtown Boys

    Aug 18 2017

    Certain artists are perfectionists at heart, and if you want something done right, do it yourself. This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share some of their favorite One-Person Bands – artists who have recorded albums playing all the instruments themselves. Plus, reviews of the latest from legendary songwriter Randy Newman and Rhode Island punk band Downtown Boys.

  • #611 Steve Earle, Glen Campbell & Opinions on Vic Mensa

    Aug 11 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 Chic...more

  • #610 Buried Treasures & the Wah-Wah Pedal

    Aug 04 2017

    If you're looking for something new to round out your summer playlist, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot have you covered. They'll 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.

  • #609 Penelope Spheeris & Opinions on Arcade Fire

    Jul 28 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.

  • #608 Fantasy Songs, Slowdive & Opinions on Public Enemy

    Jul 21 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.

  • #607 1977 – The Year Punk Broke (Pt. 2) & She-Devils

    Jul 14 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.

  • #606 1977 – The Year Punk Broke (Pt. 1), Opinions on Fleet Foxes, and Jody Stephens

    Jul 07 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.

  • #605 World Tour – New Zealand & Opinions on Lorde

    Jun 30 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.

  • #604 Best Albums of 2017...So Far

    Jun 23 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.

  • #603 Musical Road Trip & Opinions on Chuck Berry

    Jun 16 2017

    Summer is upon us so that means one thing: road trip! Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot take a virtual cross-country drive playing their favorite songs about American cities, states, and regions from coast-to-coast. Plus, they review the posthumous album from rock and roll legend Chuck Berry.

  • #602 Tom Petty and the Heartbreaker's Benmont Tench, Sgt. Pepper's 50th Anniversary & Opinions on Benjamin Booker

    Jun 09 2017

    Keyboard player Benmont Tench was instrumental in the formation of Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers in 1976. He's also had a fruitful career as a consummate sideman and session musician, working with artists like Bob Dylan, Stevie Nicks, U2, Johnny Cash, and more. Tench joins hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot for some lively conversation about his successful career in music. Plus, a reappraisal of The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band as it turns 50, and a review of the new album fr...more

  • #601 Jack White & The History of the Rickenbacker 12-String

    Jun 02 2017

    Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot revisit their conversation with the hardest working man in rock, Jack White, recorded at Third Man Records in Nashville. Plus, an exploration into the history of the Rickenbacker 12-string guitar in rock.

  • #600 Jenny Hval & Opinions on Harry Styles and Sir the Baptist

    May 26 2017

    Norwegian singer-songwriter and performance artist Jenny Hval has released six albums of ethereal and challenging music. On her latest record, she explores the links between vampirism and the female body. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot speak with Jenny Hval about her career and process. Plus, reviews of the new albums from Harry Styles and Sir the Baptist.

  • #599 Damon Krukowski & "The New Analog", Opinions on Low Cut Connie, and Lydia Loveless

    May 19 2017

    In a world becoming increasingly digital, Galaxie 500 co-founder and author Damon Krukowski says we need to hang on to aspects of analog media. Damon joins hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot to talk about the value of noise, liner notes, and his book The New Analog. Plus, a review of the latest from barroom rockers Low Cut Connie, and Lydia Loveless shares the song that got her Hooked on Sonics.

  • #598 Fictional Bands, "Convoy" & Opinions on Gorillaz

    May 12 2017

    Some bands are are born, and some are just made up. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share some of their favorite fictional bands from movies, TV, and more. Plus, a review of the new album from cartoon creation Gorillaz, and the strange story of C.W. McCall's trucker hit "Convoy."

  • #597 The Velvet Underground & Nico

    May 05 2017

    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.

  • #596 Guitar Riffs & Opinions on The Obsessed

    Apr 28 2017

    Perhaps the most essential element of rock ‘n’ roll is a great guitar riff. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share some of their favorite guitar licks of all time. Plus, they review the latest from long-running metal band The Obsessed and pay tribute to the late director Jonathan Demme.

  • #595 Drive-By Truckers & Opinions on Kendrick Lamar & Resistance Radio

    Apr 21 2017

    Drive-By Truckers have tackled politics and social issues in their music for decades, but never more strongly than on their latest album, American Band. Members Mike Cooley and Patterson Hood join Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot to talk about the record and perform acoustically in front of an audience. Plus, reviews of the new record from rapper Kendrick Lamar and the Danger Mouse-produced album inspired by The Man in the High Castle.

  • #594 Spring Record Review Round-Up & Honeyblood

    Apr 14 2017

    Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot give their take on several of the biggest new records, from Spoon to Mastodon, in this Review Roundup. Plus, a conversation with Scottish duo Honeyblood.

  • #593 Mavis Staples

    Apr 07 2017

    As a member of her family group The Staple Singers and as a solo artist, Mavis Staples has used her huge voice to power the Civil Rights Movement and inspire generations. The gospel and soul legend joins hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot for an intimate discussion of her life and career.

  • #592 SXSW 2017

    Mar 31 2017

    Every spring, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot head to Austin, Texas for the sprawling SXSW Music Conference. This week, they report back on their favorite musical discoveries of the festival. Plus, they chat with Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic.

  • #591 Remembering Chuck Berry

    Mar 24 2017

    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.

  • #590 Desert Island Jukebox & Sunflower Bean

    Mar 17 2017

    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.

  • #589 One and Done & Opinions on Thundercat

    Mar 10 2017

    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.

  • #588 Gene Chandler & Opinions on The Feelies

    Mar 03 2017

    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.

  • #587 Buried Treasures & Clyde Stubblefield

    Feb 24 2017

    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.

  • #586 The Gotobeds & Opinions on Lupe Fiasco

    Feb 17 2017

    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.

  • #585 First Impressions & Opinions on Priests

    Feb 10 2017

    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.

  • #584 Shirley Collins & Opinions on Japandroids & Ty Segall

    Feb 03 2017

    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.

  • #583 Krautrock & Remembering Maggie Roche

    Jan 27 2017

    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.

  • #582 The Album Leaf & Opinions on The xx and The Flaming Lips

    Jan 20 2017

    The Album Leaf combines digital and organic instruments to make a unique sound. Bandleader Jimmy LaValle joins Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot to talk about the importance of giving electronic music a live experience and how the Album Leaf grew from a side project into a full time gig. Plus, reviews of the new albums from the Flaming Lips and the xx.

  • #581 All Apologies & Opinions on Run the Jewels

    Jan 13 2017

    It's good to start a new year with a clean slate – and that can mean apologizing to those you've wronged. In that contrite spirit, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share their favorite songs that say "sorry." Plus, a review of the new album from hip-hop duo Run the Jewels.

  • #580 Esperanza Spalding & David Bowie, One Year Later

    Jan 06 2017

    Esperanza Spalding is a singer/songwriter, a multi-instrumentalist, a librettist, a Grammy winner, and much more. She joins Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot for a candid conversation about exploding genres and creating her theatrical new record. Plus, the music and legacy of David Bowie, one year after his death.

  • #579 Mixtapes 2016 & Musical In Memoriam

    Dec 30 2016

    Sound Opinions closes out 2016 with the year in song. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot present a mixtape of tracks that tell the story of the the past year. And we remember some of the many musicians who passed away in 2016.

  • #578 The Mekons & Opinions on Dawn Richard

    Dec 23 2016

    Formed in 1977 in the original British punk wave, The Mekons are still going strong nearly four decades later. The band joins hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot in the studio to demonstrate its eclectic blend of country, folk, and punk rock. Plus, a review of the new album from R&B singer Dawn Richard.

  • #577 The Sound Opinions Holiday Spectacular 2016

    Dec 16 2016

    It's time for the 2016 Sound Opinions Holiday Spectacular! Each year, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot are joined by holiday music collector Andy Cirzan who shares a mix of rare Christmas records scavenged from dusty record bins around the world.

  • #576 The Best Albums of 2016

    Dec 09 2016

    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.

  • #575 Hero Worship

    Dec 02 2016

    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.

  • #574 Jon Brion & Opinions on Emeli Sandé

    Nov 25 2016

    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.

  • #573 Turkey Pardons & Remembering Leonard Cohen

    Nov 18 2016

    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.

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

    Nov 11 2016

    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.

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

    Nov 04 2016

    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.

  • #570 The Handsome Family & Opinions on Lady Gaga

    Oct 28 2016

    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.

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

    Oct 21 2016

    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.

  • #568 Beach Slang & Opinions on Drive-By Truckers

    Oct 14 2016

    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.

  • #567 Bob Mehr on The Replacements & Opinions on Solange

    Oct 07 2016

    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."

  • #566 Fall Review Roundup & Buckwheat Zydeco

    Sep 30 2016

    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.

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

    Sep 23 2016

    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.

  • #564 Buried Treasures & Alex Ross

    Sep 16 2016

    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.

  • #563 Mudhoney & Opinions on Wilco

    Sep 09 2016

    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.

  • #562 End of Summer Songs & Opinions on Angel Olsen

    Sep 02 2016

    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.

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

    Aug 26 2016

    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.

  • #560 World Tour - Brazil & Opinions on Ryley Walker

    Aug 19 2016

    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.

  • #559 Courtney Barnett & Opinions on Lydia Loveless

    Aug 12 2016

    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...more

  • #558 Ska & Opinions on Jamila Woods

    Aug 05 2016

    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.

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

    Jul 29 2016

    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 th...more

  • #556 Moby & Opinions on The Julie Ruin

    Jul 22 2016

    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.

  • #555 Better Campaign Songs & Opinions on The Avalanches

    Jul 15 2016

    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. ...more

  • #554 Savages & Opinions on Maxwell & DJ Shadow

    Jul 08 2016

    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.

  • #553 Best Albums of 2016...So Far

    Jul 01 2016

    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.

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

    Jun 24 2016

    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.

  • #551 Anxious Anthems & Opinions on Paul Simon

    Jun 17 2016

    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.

  • #550 Eleanor Friedberger & Opinions on Chance the Rapper

    Jun 10 2016

    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.

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

    Jun 03 2016

    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.

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

    May 27 2016

    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.

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

    May 20 2016

    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.

  • #546 The Beach Boys' Pet Sounds

    May 13 2016

    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.

  • #545 Seinabo Sey & Opinions on Brian Eno

    May 06 2016

    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.

  • #544 Remembering Prince & Opinions on Beyoncé

    Apr 29 2016

    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.

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

    Apr 22 2016

    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.

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

    Apr 15 2016

    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.

  • #541 Tax Day & Opinions on PJ Harvey

    Apr 08 2016

    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.

  • #540 Eleventh Dream Day & Opinions on M83

    Apr 01 2016

    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.

  • #539 SXSW 2016 & Opinions on Bob Mould

    Mar 25 2016

    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.

  • #538 1991 Revisited & Opinions on Iggy Pop

    Mar 18 2016

    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.

  • #537 Rock Around the Clock & Opinions on Kendrick Lamar

    Mar 11 2016

    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.

  • #536 Reviews Round-Up

    Mar 04 2016

    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.

  • #535 Rush & Opinions on Kanye West

    Feb 26 2016

    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.

  • #534 Music of the Civil Rights Era

    Feb 19 2016

    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.

  • #533 Los Lobos

    Feb 12 2016

    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.

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

    Feb 05 2016

    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.

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

    Jan 29 2016

    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.

  • #530 Shamir & Opinions on Savages

    Jan 22 2016

    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.

  • #529 Remembering David Bowie

    Jan 15 2016

    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.

  • #528 Glyn Johns & Opinions on Coldplay

    Jan 08 2016

    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.

  • #527 Mixtapes 2015 and the Return of the Cassette

    Jan 01 2016

    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.

  • #526 Ten Years of Sound Opinions

    Dec 25 2015

    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.

  • #525 The Sound Opinions Holiday Spectacular 2015

    Dec 18 2015

    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.

  • #524 The Best Albums of 2015

    Dec 11 2015

    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.

  • #523 Sam Phillips & Sun Studios and Opinions on Adele

    Dec 04 2015

    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.

  • #522 History of the Moog & Opinions on Kurt Cobain

    Nov 27 2015

    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.

  • #521 The 2015 Thanksgiving Turkey Shoot

    Nov 20 2015

    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.

  • #520 Remembering Allen Toussaint & Opinions on The Chills

    Nov 13 2015

    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.

  • #519 Low Cut Connie & Opinions on Billy Gibbons

    Nov 06 2015

    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.

  • #518 Grand Slams in Music & Opinions on Protomartyr

    Oct 30 2015

    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.

  • #517 Songs About the Devil & Opinions on Joanna Newsom

    Oct 23 2015

    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.

  • #516 Twin Peaks & Opinions on The Dead Weather

    Oct 16 2015

    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.

  • #515 Spooner Oldham & Opinions on Janet Jackson

    Oct 09 2015

    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.

  • #514 London Calling and Opinions on Keith Richards & Disclosure

    Oct 02 2015

    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.

  • #513 Alice Cooper

    Sep 25 2015

    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.

  • #512 Wire, Blackalicious, & Low

    Sep 18 2015

    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.

  • #511 Back to School

    Sep 11 2015

    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.

  • #510 Bully and The Weeknd

    Sep 04 2015

    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.

  • #509 Ernie Isley

    Aug 28 2015

    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.

  • #508 Rock Doctors Return

    Aug 21 2015

    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.

  • #507 Buried Treasures & The Birth of Music Piracy

    Aug 14 2015

    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.

  • #506 Television and Music

    Aug 07 2015

    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.

  • #505 50 Years of The Grateful Dead

    Jul 31 2015

    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.

  • #504 Kate Pierson of the B-52s

    Jul 24 2015

    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.

  • #503 Tame Impala Live and On Record

    Jul 17 2015

    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.

  • #502 Summer Songs Part 2

    Jul 10 2015

    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.

  • #501 Torres and Opinions on Miguel

    Jul 03 2015

    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.

  • #500 Episode 500!

    Jun 26 2015

    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.

  • #499 The Life and Music of BB King & Opinions on Richard Thompson

    Jun 19 2015

    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.

  • #498 Best of 2015...So Far & Opinions on Donnie Trumpet

    Jun 12 2015

    The year is only half over, and already there are too many great new records to keep up with. Jim and Greg take a breath and catch you up with the Best of 2015…So Far.

  • #497 Zola Jesus & Opinions on Florence + The Machine

    Jun 05 2015

    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.

  • #496 Scharpling & Wurster and Spring Record Reviews

    May 29 2015

    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.

  • #495 Passion Pit & Opinions on Shamir

    May 22 2015

    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.

  • #494 Peter Hook and Opinions on Passion Pit

    May 15 2015

    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.

  • #493 Against Me! and Opinions on Blur

    May 08 2015

    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.

  • #492 Songs About Mom for Mother's Day

    May 01 2015

    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.

  • #491 The Rock Fan's Guide to Jazz

    Apr 24 2015

    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.

  • #490 Going Solo & Opinions on Modest Mouse

    Apr 17 2015

    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.

  • #489 Sleater Kinney and Opinions on Death Cab for Cutie

    Apr 10 2015

    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.

  • #488 Hal Blaine and Opinions on Courtney Barnett

    Apr 03 2015

    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.

  • #487 SXSW 2015 & Opinions on Kendrick Lamar

    Mar 27 2015

    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.

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

    Mar 20 2015

    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.

  • #485 Buried Treasures and Opinions on Madonna

    Mar 13 2015

    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.

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

    Mar 06 2015

    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.

  • #483 Nick Mason on Pink Floyd and Opinions on Drake

    Feb 27 2015

    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.

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

    Feb 20 2015

    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.

  • #481 Run the Jewels and Opinions on Father John Misty

    Feb 13 2015

    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.

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

    Feb 06 2015

    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.

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

    Jan 30 2015

    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.

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

    Jan 23 2015

    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.

  • #477 Mary J. Blige and Opinions on The Decemberists

    Jan 16 2015

    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.

  • #476 Spoon and Opinions on Divine Styler

    Jan 09 2015

    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.

  • #475 Mixtapes 2014 & Musical In Memoriam

    Jan 02 2015

    Jim and Greg present their Mixtapes for 2014 with their favorite songs of the year. And they remember some music greats.

  • #474 Desert Island Jukebox Special

    Dec 26 2014

    Jim and Greg hand the Desert Island Jukebox remote over to some of their favorite guests. Hear what music Robert Plant, Kelis and Fred Armisen say they can't live without.

  • #473 Bloodshot Records & Opinions on D'Angelo.

    Dec 19 2014

    Jim and Greg look back at 20 years of the groundbreaking alt-country label Bloodshot Records. Plus a review of the long-awaited new album by soul artist D'Angelo.

  • #472 The Sound Opinions Holiday Spectacular 2014

    Dec 12 2014

    Jim and Greg welcome back their favorite bearer of holiday music cheer, collector Andy Cirzan, to share his latest compilation of eclectic and eccentric seasonal tunes. This year, it's a "Holiday Pop Parade."

  • #471 The Best Albums of 2014

    Dec 05 2014

    The end of the year is nigh! Jim and Greg look back at the Best Albums of 2014 and hear some of your picks.

  • #470 Protomartyr and Opinions on The Preatures

    Nov 28 2014

    Detroit postpunk band Protomartyr visits the Sound Opinions studio, and Jim and Greg review a new album by the Australian quintet The Preatures.

  • #469 Robert Plant and Opinions on TV on the Radio

    Nov 21 2014

    Jim and Greg are joined by the legendary singer of Led Zeppelin, Robert Plant. Then they review the new album from TV on the Radio.

  • #468 The 2014 Thanksgiving Turkey Shoot

    Nov 14 2014

    Jim, Greg and the listeners nominate their most disappointing albums of 2014.

  • #467 Broken Bells

    Nov 07 2014

    The Shins frontman James Mercer and super-producer Danger Mouse are the celestial rock duo Broken Bells. The pair joins Sound Opinions in Portland, Oregon for a special live performance and conversation.

  • #466 Pink Floyd's The Wall and Music & Science

    Oct 31 2014

    Jim and Greg conduct a classic album dissection of Pink Floyd’s epic double concept album The Wall, which celebrates its 35th anniversary in November. But first, they talk music and science with Science Friday host Ira Flatow.

  • #465 Rock Music & the Occult and Opinions on Stevie Nicks

    Oct 24 2014

    Jim and Greg celebrate Halloween by dabbling in the dark arts with Peter Bebergal, author of "Season of the Witch: How the Occult Saved Rock and Roll." Later they review a new release from Fleetwood Mac frontwoman Stevie Nicks.

  • #464 Buried Treasures & Opinions on Bob Seger

    Oct 17 2014

    While the charts are dominated by old standards like Barbra Streisand and Tony Bennett, there are a ton of exciting, new and lesser-known acts that deserve your attention. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot bring you Buried Treasures.

  • #463 The Both & Opinions on Weezer

    Oct 10 2014

    After finding surprising inspiration in Thin Lizzy in a hotel room, veteran singer-songwriters Aimee Mann and Ted Leo joined forces to form The Both. Tune in for a conversation and live performance. Later Rivers Cuomo and Weezer are back with a new album.

  • #462 Best Guitar Riffs and Opinions on Prince

    Oct 03 2014

    Perhaps the most essential element of rock 'n' roll: The Guitar Riff. Jim, Greg and some listeners break it down and name their favorites. Then they review a new double album from another guitar legend, Prince.

  • #461 Fall Record Reviews

    Sep 26 2014

    Jim and Greg review some of the season's biggest new releases by U2, Interpol, Leonard Cohen and more.

  • #460 Tweedy

    Sep 19 2014

    Jeff & Spencer are "Tweedy." The Wilco frontman and his son join us for a special recording in front of a live audience at Chicago's Lincoln Hall.

  • #459 James Brown Live at the Apollo and Opinions on New Pornographers & FKA Twigs

    Sep 12 2014

    As film audiences “Get On Up,” hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot look back at James Brown’s classic album Live at the Apollo. Later they review two new albums by Canadian power pop supergroup The New Pornographers and London Trip-Hop singer FKA Twigs.

  • #458 Work Songs and Opinions on Ty Segall

    Sep 05 2014

    After a relaxing Labor Day, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot get back into the swing of things by playing the best songs inspired by work. Then they review a new album from the California garage rocker Ty Segall.

  • #457 Benjamin Booker and Opinions on Robert Plant

    Aug 29 2014

    New Orleans singer-guitarist Benjamin Booker talks about his blues influences and opening for Jack White and plays songs from his self-titled debut. Later hosts Jim and Greg review the new album from former Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant.

  • #456 New Wave and Opinions on Sinead O'Connor

    Aug 22 2014

    Get out your skinny ties and don your best Flock of Seagulls hairdo. Jim and Greg celebrate Duran Duran, A-Ha and the best of 1980's New Wave with "Mad World" author Lori Majewski. Then, Jim and Greg review the latest album from iconic singer-songwriter Sinéad O'Connor.

  • #455 Rock Operas

    Aug 15 2014

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

  • #454 Kelis & Opinions on Spoon

    Aug 08 2014

    Singer Kelis talks music, cooking and "Milkshakes" and performs songs from her aptly titled album Food. Then, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot review the latest from Austin rock band Spoon, and Greg drops a quarter in the Desert Island Jukebox.

  • #453 Tommy Ramone on Rocket to Russia & Opinions on Tom Petty

    Aug 01 2014

    Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot conduct a Classic Album Dissection of The Ramones' 1977 release Rocket to Russia, including a 2007 Sound Opinions interview with the late Tommy Ramone. Tommy died on July 11th and was the last surviving original member of the pioneering punk band. Later, Jim and Greg review a new album from Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers.

  • #452 Rosanne Cash & Opinions on Jenny Lewis

    Jul 25 2014

    Singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash performs songs from her recent album The River & the Thread and talks about carrying on her family's legacy and why there's no love lost between her and country music. This interview was recorded in front of an audience at WXPN in Philadelphia. Later Jim and Greg review the new release from another singer-songwriter, Jenny Lewis.

  • #451 Rob Reiner on Spinal Tap & Opinions on Morrissey

    Jul 18 2014

    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.

  • #450 Buried Treasures & Opinions on Brian Eno

    Jul 11 2014

    Jim and Greg unearth some "Buried Treasures": bands that you might not have heard of but should. Then they review new album from First Aid Kit and Brian Eno & Karl Hyde.

  • #449 Purple Rain and Opinions on Mastodon

    Jul 04 2014

    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.

  • #448 The 2014 Mid-Year Review & Opinions on Bob Mould

    Jun 27 2014

    It's never too early to start making lists! Tune in for The Best Albums of 2014…so far. Later, Jim and Greg review a new contender by Husker Du founder Bob Mould.

  • #447 Angel Olsen & Opinions on Lana Del Rey

    Jun 20 2014

    Singer-songwriter Angel Olsen shares her dramatic tunes of heartbreak and humor. Later, Jim and Greg review the new album from singer Lana Del Rey.

  • #446 Richard Thompson & Opinions on Jack White

    Jun 13 2014

    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.

  • #445 The Baseball Project, The Rock Doctors Perform Surgery & Opinions on Sharon Van Etten

    Jun 06 2014

    Paging the Rock Doctors! Jim and Greg help a fellow physician find the perfect surgery soundtrack. Plus, Steve Wynn and Scott McCaughey, members of supergroup The Baseball Project, talk about America's two favorite pastimes: Baseball and Rock 'n' Roll. Then, Jim and Greg review the new album from indie songstress Sharon Van Etten.

  • #444 Warpaint & Opinions on Neil Young

    May 30 2014

    Warpaint, a quartet from Los Angeles, makes danceable rock and roll and they join us this week on the show. Later Jim and Greg review the new lo-fi covers album from Neil Young.

  • #443 Songs from the Front Lines

    May 23 2014

    In honor of Memorial Day our brave men and women in service, Jim and Greg play Songs from the Front Lines. Later, they review the new album from Chris Martin and Coldplay.

  • #442 Uncle Tupelo's No Depression and Opinions on Black Keys & Lykke Li

    May 16 2014

    With its innovative fusion of traditional folk and country with punk and rock 'n' roll, Uncle Tupelo's album, No Depression, is a genuine milestone in American music, inspiring countless bands and defining what we today call alt-country. Jim and Greg talk to Uncle Tupelo's drummer Mike Heidorn about the 1990 release and its recent reissue. Later, they review new records by Swedish singer Lykke Li and American rockers The Black Keys.

  • #441 Darkside & Opinions on tUnE-yArDs

    May 09 2014

    Electronic duo Darkside joins hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot for an interview and live performance. Later they review a new album by experimental pop artist Tune-Yards.

  • #440 Chess Records & Damon Albarn & Kelis Reviews

    May 02 2014

    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.

  • #439 Songs That Make You Cry

    Apr 25 2014

    Get out your hankies! We've got the best musical "Tearjerkers." Then, Jim and Greg review the first record in over 15 years from The Afghan Whigs.

  • #438 ABBA at 40 & Eurovision

    Apr 18 2014

    40 years of ABBA! "ABBA Gold" author Elisabeth Vincentelli and Eurovision expert John Kennedy O'Connor speak with Jim and Greg on the 40th anniversary of the sequined Swedes' breakthrough and Eurovision victory.

  • #437 Giorgio Moroder and a Review of The Both

    Apr 11 2014

    Jim and Greg talk to Giorgio Moroder, one of the architects of Disco. And they review a new collaboration by Aimee Mann & Ted Leo.

  • #436 Pelican and a Review of The Hold Steady

    Apr 04 2014

    The post-metal quartet Pelican brings its thundering instrumentals to the Sound Opinions studio. And later, Jim and Greg review the latest album from The Hold Steady.

  • #435 The Allman Brothers Band & Black Lips Review

    Mar 28 2014

    For 45 years The Allman Brothers Band has survived murder, mayhem, death, and addictions. Jim and Greg speak with Alan Paul, author of "One Way Out: The Inside History of the Allman Brothers Band." Later they review the new album from Georgia punk rockers The Black Lips.

  • #434 SXSW 2014 & Nick Waterhouse Review

    Mar 21 2014

    Back from their trip to SXSW in Austin, TX, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share their favorite bands from the annual music conference. Later, they review the sophomore album from Nick Waterhouse.

  • #433 Mike Watt of Minutemen & Reviews of Pharrell Williams and The War on Drugs

    Mar 14 2014

    With his classic album Double Nickels on the Dime about to turn 30, bassist Mike Watt of Minutemen speaks with hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot . Later they review new albums from "Happy" Pharrell Williams and The War on Drugs.

  • #432 Allen Toussaint & 20 Feet from Stardom

    Mar 07 2014

    Allen Toussaint is a singer, songwriter, producer and all around legend. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer joins us this week to talk about his 60+ year career in music and how New Orleans is in everything he does. Jim and Greg also talk with Morgan Neville, the now Oscar winning director of "20 Feet from Stardom."

  • #431 Sly & the Family Stone, Oscar Songs and Lydia Loveless

    Feb 28 2014

    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.

  • #430 Deltron 3030 and Beck Review

    Feb 21 2014

    Deltron 3030 take Jim and Greg to the 31st century with songs from Event II. Plus: Old Transfomers vs. New, and why Del the Funky Homosapien, Kid Koala, Dan the Automator, Jim and Greg all take music advice from David Byrne. Later in the show, Beck gives us his Morning Phase.

  • #429 The Sound Opinions World Tour in Russia & Angel Olsen Review

    Feb 14 2014

    With all eyes on Russia for the Olympics, Sound Opinions wants to know where everyone's ears are. Join us this week as we go through the past, present & future of Russian Music on this leg of the Sound Opinions World Tour. Then, Jim and Greg review the new album from breakout singer-songwriter Angel Olsen.

  • #428 Musical Couples for Valentine's Day

    Feb 07 2014

    Rockers in Love: Sound Opinions celebrates Valentine's Day with selections by great musical power couples. Later, Jim and Greg review the new album from punk rockers Against Me!

  • #427 The Dismemberment Plan & Broken Bells Review

    Jan 31 2014

    Greg welcomes the recently re-formed Washington D.C. indie band The Dismemberment Plan to the Sound Opinions studio. Then they review the new album from Broken Bells, the collaboration between Shins frontman James Mercer & Danger Mouse.

  • #426 Bands of The Bermuda Triangle

    Jan 24 2014

    The Bermuda Triangle: Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot remember bands they thought were destined for big things, but which disappeared with barely a trace. Later, Jim and Greg review a new album by the California indie rock band Warpaint.

  • #425 The Beatles "Tune In" & Bruce Springsteen Review

    Jan 17 2014

    The definitive Beatles historian, Mark Lewisohn, talks about the Fab Four before they were legends. His comprehensive new book "Tune In" delves into the band's early years in Liverpool and Hamburg. And Jim and Greg rekindle an age-old Sound Opinions debate: To Bruce or not to Bruce.

  • #424 Rodrigo Y Gabriela & Remembering Phil Everly

    Jan 10 2014

    Find out how Rodrigo y Gabriela went from headbanging in Mexico to busking in Dublin to headlining festivals around the world. Plus, Jim and Greg remember Phil Everly and Benjamin Curtis of Secret Machines.

  • #423 2013 Mixtapes & Ask the Critic

    Jan 03 2014

    A final farewell to 2013--Jim and Greg present their mixtapes with the best tracks of the year. Stream them at http://www.soundopinions.org/. And, find out why Greg fondly remembers Yanni and Jim may never like Britney.

  • #422 The Dawn of Metal & Paramount Records

    Dec 27 2013

    A Very Metal Xmas continues with a look at the Dawn of Metal. Before there was Metallica and Slayer, there was Judas Priest and Black Sabbath. Plus, how did one of the most famed rosters in music history end up at a chair factory in Wisconsin?

  • #421 Slayer Turns 30 and Reviews of Norah Jones, Billie Joe Armstrong and Childish Gambino

    Dec 20 2013

    We celebrate the holidays Sound Opinions style...with a dose of metal! Jim and Greg look back at Slayer, 30 years after its debut. And they review albums by Beyonce, Norah Jones & Billie Joe Armstrong and Childish Gambino.