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.
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.
Erik Jensen and Jessica Blank talk about creating How to Be a Rock Critic: Based on the Writings of Lester Bangs.
Jim DeRogatis recommends a “don’t-miss event for fans of great rock writing.“