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Sound Opinions, the World's ONLY Rock and Roll talk show launched its first show on WBEZ, with hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot, on December 3rd, 2005 at 7 p.m.

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Show #421: 12.20.13
Jim and Greg celebrate the holidays “Sound Opinions style”…with a big dose of metal! They talk to founding members of the pioneering heavy metal band Slayer on the 30th anniversary of its debut album, Show No Mercy. Plus, they review new albums from Norah Jones & Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day and Childish Gambino.

Show #420: 12.13.13
Sound Opinions presents a Christmas special like none other. Holiday music collector and expert Andy Cirzan is back with “Rock 'n' Pop Xmas”—Selections from XTC, The Band, The Kinks, The Beatles and more.

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Show #419: 12.06.13
Jim and Greg present the Best Albums of 2013, and they hear nominations from guest critics in the listening audience.

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Show #418: 11.29.13
The Business: What happens when artists take a look inward? Jim and Greg play the best songs written about the music industry. And they review the new album from the California band The Warlocks.

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Show #417: 11.22.13
Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot pay tribute to the late, great New York rocker, Lou Reed. The Velvet Underground founder and rock pioneer died last month at age 71.

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Show #416: 11.15.13
Jim and Greg take aim the year’s biggest musical disappointments during the annual Sound Opinions Thanksgiving Turkey Shoot. Later, they review Lady Gaga, and Jim takes a trip to the desert island.

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Show #415: 11.08.13
Art punks Parquet Courts appear at a special live recording of Sound Opinions.

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Show #414: 11.01.13
Jim and Greg conduct a Classic Album Dissection of Van Morrison’s Astral Weeks. The landmark release celebrates its 45th anniversary this month. Plus, a review of the chart-topping debut by New Zealand's Lorde.

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Show #413: 10.25.13
Neko Case returns to her old Chicago stomping grounds for a special live Sound Opinions recording at The Hideout. Then Jim and Greg review the latest from Sir Paul McCartney.

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Show #412: 10.18.13
Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot get grisly with their favorite Murder Songs for Halloween. 

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Show #411: 10.11.13
Folk-soul balladeer Willis Earl Beal performs live in the studio. Later hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot review the latest from southern stars Kings of Leon.

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Show #410: 10.04.13
Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot get critical with five new record releases from the likes of Justin Timberlake, Elvis Costello, Franz Ferdinand, The Weeknd and HAIM.

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Show #409: 09.27.13
British quartet Savages performs for a live Sound Opinions audience at Lincoln Hall in Chicago.

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Show #408: 09.20.13
Jim and Greg dissect The Replacements’ classic album Let It Be in honor of the band getting back together after a twenty two year hiatus.

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Show #407: 09.13.13
35 years ago Cheap Trick were Live at Budokan. This week, they do it all again live in our studio.

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Show #406: 09.06.13
Jim and Greg are the Rock Doctors. They prescribe an epic workout playlist for a martial arts instructor in need.

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