Stories by Jim DeRogatis
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 Caroline Rose explains how Dave Brubeck inspired her to pursue music.
Bill Withers is beloved for writing classics like Lean On Me, but Greg Kot has long contended that Withers’ best album is Live at Carnegie Hall. This week hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot honor Withers’ life by doing a classic album dissection on that record and review the latest album from Phoebe Bridgers.
Sometimes current events inspire urgent art. This week Jim and Greg share their favorite instant commentary tracks, songs that were published in a hurry in hopes of effecting change.
While the year is only half over, hosts 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.
This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot discuss the roots of the term “cover song" 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 favorites. They also review the debut solo album by Jehnny Beth of Savages.
Looking for new music that you won't hear on the radio or almost anywhere else? Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share some recent songs they're loving (aka Buried Treasures) that are beneath the mainstream radar. They also answer some questions from listeners in another edition of Ask the Critics.
In a time when most independent concert venues have a doubtful future, Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot relive their favorite moments they've experienced in live concerts. They also review Ric Wilson and Terrace Martin's They Call Me Disco and pay tribute to recently deceased percussionist, Tony Allen.
Sometimes musicians double as historians, documenting the world around them. This week, Jim and Greg 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.
Destinations include India (Big Star), Japan (Lupe Fiasco) and Italy (Morcheeba). Plus, a tribute to Little Richard, who died last week.
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.