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Take two nationally respected rock critics, the latest music news, personal commentary, and exclusive interviews and performances, add a huge pile of records old and new, and the result is Sound Opinions, where people who love music can come together.

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    • 4.3 • 1.9K Ratings

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, where people who love music can come together.

    Ghostly Tracks & the Origins Behind Them

    Ghostly Tracks & the Origins Behind Them

    It's spooky season and hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot have a new batch of songs about ghosts to share. They're joined by Sam Weller, author of many books on Ray Bradbury and the gothic short story collection Dark Black, to discuss spooky music.

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    • 49 min
    The Go-Go's Gina Schock on her new photobook, the Rock Hall of Fame & more

    The Go-Go's Gina Schock on her new photobook, the Rock Hall of Fame & more

    In this bonus episode, Sound Opinions Senior Producer Alex Claiborne chats with drummer Gina Schock of The Go-Go's about her upcoming photobook, induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the 40th anniversary of Beauty and the Beat.

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    • 27 min
    Jimmy Jam of Jam & Lewis on His Hits With Janet Jackson & New Album, Plus Shirley Manson of Garbage

    Jimmy Jam of Jam & Lewis on His Hits With Janet Jackson & New Album, Plus Shirley Manson of Garbage

    Since the 1980s, producers and songwriters Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis have made huge hits with artists like Janet Jackson, Boyz II Men and Mariah Carey. But finally in 2021, the duo released their debut album as artists. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot chat with Jimmy Jam about the record and his illustrious past work. Plus, we hear the song that got Garbage's Shirley Manson Hooked on Sonics.

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    • 50 min
    Critical darlings once more

    Critical darlings once more

    In this bonus podcast, Greg plays a song by a band that were once critical darlings, but have taken a critical beating over the past 20 years. He presents this song as evidence they haven't lost a step.

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    • 7 min
    Jason Molina: His Life and Music, Plus Opinions on Mickey Guyton & Leon Bridges

    Jason Molina: His Life and Music, Plus Opinions on Mickey Guyton & Leon Bridges

    Whether he was recording as Songs: Ohia or Magnolia Electric Company, Jason Molina was a poetic and enigmatic musician, releasing 16 studio albums before his untimely death in 2013. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk with Erin Osmon about her biography of Molina, "Riding With The Ghost." The hosts also hear what song got Leon Bridges Hooked on Sonics and review the new album from country artist Mickey Guyton.

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    • 51 min
    Shirley Manson on Garbage's new album and her podcast

    Shirley Manson on Garbage's new album and her podcast

    In this bonus episode producer Alex Claiborne talks with Garbage lead singer Shirley Manson about their new album "No Gods No Masters" and her podcast The Jump.

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    • 20 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
1.9K Ratings

1.9K Ratings

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Why is the podcast summary used as the episode summary?

Surely someone with the ability to fix this has noticed.

Right?

Otherwise I love this show. Have listened for 15 years.

BrianZZZ1 ,

Horrible political takes

Listened to and enjoyed this show for 10+ years, but DeRogatis couldn’t keep his political views out of the show and it just became too infuriating to tolerate. The Kavanaugh comment in the R Kelly episode was beyond the pale, like there was some sort of moral equivalence…completely asinine. Funny how NPR manages to stick to music and keep their political leanings to themselves.

JR2031 ,

Boomer music reviewers.

Used to enjoy the show when it was on NPR, gave the Woodstock ‘99 episode a listen and not sure when they became old pearl clutching boomers.

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