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Audio Archive: 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005

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 #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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Show #405: 08.30.13
The Sound Opinions World Tour touches down in South Africa. Jim and Greg learn where Paul Simon picked up that Kwela guitar and hear the latest in "Township Tech."

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Show #404: 08.24.13
Jim and Greg mark the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream Speech" with a discussion of the Music of the Civil Rights Movement.

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Show #403: 08.17.13
Queens of the Stone Age founder Josh Homme joins Jim and Greg for a live conversation. And later, a review of I Hate Music, the new record from North Carolina indie rockers Superchunk.

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Show #402: 08.09.13
Fleetwood Mac’s pop songsmith and guitar hero Lindsey Buckingham is live in the Sound Opinions studio.

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Show #401: 08.02.13
Who needs lyrics? This week, Jim and Greg play the Best Rock Instrumentals.

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Show #400: 07.26.13
Jim and Greg dig deep for Buried Treasures. They spotlight great albums buried under the Top 40. Then it's back to the charts for a review of the latest from blue-eyed soul singer Robin Thicke.

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Show #399: 07.19.13
Guitar hero Johnny Marr joins Jim and Greg live in the studio to talk about The Smiths and his new solo career. Later, Jim and Greg review Run the Jewels, the latest collaboration between Killer Mike and El-P.

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Show #398: 07.12.13
Jim and Greg talk about the intersection of rock and Beat poetry with Beat scholar Simon Warner.

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Show #397: 07.05.13
Danish electro-pop act Indians is live in the Sound Opinions studio. Plus, Black Sabbath are back. Jim and Greg review the nineteenth studio album from the original masters of darkness.

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Show #396: 06.28.13
Rock journalists Josh Norek and Alejandro Franco are our guides to music south of the border as the Sound Opinions World Tour heads to Mexico.

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Show #395: 06.20.13
Jim and Greg talk with Roxy Music founder Bryan Ferry about re-interpreting his work. Later in the show, they weigh in on Kanye West’s dark new album Yeesus.

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Show #394: 06.13.13
In honor of Father’s Day, Jim and Greg celebrate rock’s best Family Bands.

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Show #393: 06.07.13
We've reached the mid-year point, which means it's time for Jim and Greg to unveil the Best Albums of 2013…So Far.

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Show #392: 05.31.13
Johnny Cash’s At Folsom Prison turns 45 this month, and Jim and Greg celebrate with a Classic Album Dissection. Plus they review new records from The National and Dixie Chick Natalie Maines.

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Show #391: 05.24.13
Wild Belle’s brother-sister combo brings its brand of reggae-inspired psychedelic pop to the studio. Plus, the robots are back: Jim and Greg review the new album from Daft Punk.

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Show #390: 05.17.13
Legendary bassist Peter Hook remembers Ian Curtis and Joy Division. And later in the show, Jim and Greg review new releases from up-and-coming Chicago MC Chance the Rapper.

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Show #389: 05.10.13
Australian psych-rockers Tame Impala perform live in the studio. And later, Jim and Greg review the debut album from buzzed-about post-punk band, Savages.

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Show #388: 05.03.13
Sound Opinions is “Big in Japan.” Jim and Greg get an education in J-pop and the Japanese underground in the next installment of our Sound Opinions World Tour.

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Show #387: 04.26.13
Producer Joe Boyd remembers making studio magic with legendary UK songwriter Nick Drake. Plus, Jim and Greg review the new album from Canadian shoegazers The Besnard Lakes.

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Show #386: 04.19.13
Philly-based songwriter and guitar wizard Kurt Vile performs live in the studio. Later, Jim and Greg review Bankrupt!, the new album from Sound Opinions alums Phoenix.

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Show #385: 04.12.13
Jim and Greg remember a critical hero: Roger Ebert. In 2006, the three critics sat down to discuss the best and worst music movies and Ebert's own rock 'n' roll past.

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Show #384: 04.05.13
UK singer-songwriter Emeli Sande performs live in the studio. And later, Jim and Greg review the latest from Minnesota "slowcore" band Low.

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Show #383: 03.29.13
Sound Opinions celebrates baseball's Opening Day with musical Grand Slams: Four knockout albums in a row. Plus, they review the new record from New York garage rockers The Strokes.

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Show #382: 03.22.13
Jim and Greg share their favorite musical finds from the 2013 SXSW Music Conference in Austin, TX. Plus, Justin Timberlake is back with a "20/20 Experience."

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Show #381: 03.15.13
Bowie is back! Jim and Greg review the new David Bowie album The Next Day, and speak with Bowie's longtime producer Tony Visconti.

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Show #380: 03.08.13
Singer-songwriter and alt-country pioneer Lucinda Williams is live in the Sound Opinions studio.

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Show #379: 03.01.13
Jim and Greg kick off the Sound Opinions World Tour with a musical voyage to Sweden. DJ Stefan Wermelin is our guide through Swedish Pop history from ABBA to Robyn.

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Show #378: 02.22.13
Call it Sound Opinions' antidote to the Grammys: Jim and Greg play tracks they think deserve wider notice during our latest Buried Treasures episode.

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Show #377: 02.15.13
Reggae legend Jimmy Cliff is live in the Sound Opinions studio. Plus, guitar great Richard Thompson goes "Electric."

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Show #376: 02.08.13
This Valentine’s Day, Jim and Greg lend the recently-split a helping hand. They list rock n’ roll’s best songs to tell your sweetie “I Want You Back!

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Show #375: 02.01.13
Veteran power pop band The dB’s are live in the Sound Opinions studio.

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Show #374: 01.25.13
Trey Parker and Matt Stone - the creative minds behind South Park and The Book of Mormon - discuss the intersection between music and comedy.

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Show #373: 01.18.13
Jim and Greg celebrate the greatest in rock n' roll satire with Best Satirical Songs.

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Show #372: 01.11.13
Indie songstress Aimee Mann visits the Sound Opinions studios.

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Show #371: 01.04.13
Jim and Greg dive into the influential UK genre known as Shoegaze and review the latest record from Outkast's Big Boi.

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