April 7, 2017
1984 – the year Big Brother was watching…and listening!
Both Rolling Stone and Billboard magazines have proclaimed 1984}as "pop music's best year ever!" But is it? Jim & Greg examine the year-in-music for 1984 and its lasting impact on Friday, April at 7 p.m. at the Lake Forest High School Auditorium in Lake Forest, IL. Register online or call 847-234-5253. Sponsored by the Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Historical Society.
April 6, 2017
Some People Say That I Am a Poet
Jim & Greg discuss Bob Dylan's work, and his impact on the world of both music and literature, at the Metropolois Performing Arts Centre in downtown Arlington Heights, IL. This event begins at 7:30 p.m. Registration is required beginning on March 1, online or by phone at 847.392.0100.
January 18, 2017
Sound Opinions at the Movies: McCabe & Mrs. Miller
Sound Opinions at the Movies pays tribute to the late great singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen with a screening of the 1971 Western McCabe & Mrs. Miller. Directed by Robert Altman and starring Warren Beatty and Julie Christie, the classic film features an iconic song score by Cohen, who passed away in 2016.
See Jim and Greg introduce a special screening of McCabe & Mrs. Miller on Wednesday, January 18 at 7:00 p.m. at the Music Box Theatre.
October 19, 2016
Jim & Greg on Punk Rock 1977— The Sound of Genius in Arlington Heights, IL
In a program specially developed for the Arlington Heights Memorial Library, Jim and Greg will discuss 1977, the year punk music emerged from London and New York. Punk rock, which has proven influential on everything that's followed, erupted in those two cities out of an uneasy stew of economic inequality, racial tensions, budding anger, and a sense that we all had“no future”— a time, in other words, not unlike today. The program will be at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre. The event begins at 7:00. For more information visit the Arlington Heights Memorial Library website.
October 5, 2016
Sound Opinions at the Movies: A Mighty Wind
Sound Opinions at the Movies is back with a screening of Christopher Guest's folk mockumentary A Mighty Wind. The hilarious yet touching film reunites the cast of This Is Spinal Tap along with a brilliant ensemble of improvisers including Jane Lynch, Parker Posey, Eugene Levy, and Catherine O'Hara.
See Jim and Greg introduce a special screening of A Mighty Wind on Wednesday, October 5 at 7:00 p.m. at the Music Box Theatre in Chicago.
August 25, 2016
Jim & Greg on The Future of Music in Northbrook, IL
Discover the latest trends in the music industry as Jim & Greg share their insights on this ever-changing topic at the Northbrook Public Library in Northbrook, IL. Now that fans are tastemakers, music distributors, and even collaborators, what does that mean for the artists? This event is free and begins at 7 p.m. For more information, visit the Northbrook Public Library website.
August 13, 2016
Jim & Greg at Tall Tales Festival with Cory Chisel
What happens when a gifted songwriter and performer throws conventional music industry wisdom out the window? Join Jim and Greg on Saturday, August 13 from noon-1:30 pm, as they moderate a discussion with Grammy Award nominee Cory Chisel on how he's finding success in the music industry by ignoring all the rules.
This event is FREE and open to the public. It will be held at Tall Tales Music Festival, located at 492 N. Pine Street, Burlington, WI. Click here for additional festival information.
August 10, 2016
Sound Opinions Summer BBQ 2016
Join Jim & Greg for our annual Sound Opinions BBQ on August 10 on WBEZ's beautiful terrace at Navy Pier overlooking Lake Michigan. Enjoy food by The Butcher and Larder, Bang Bang Pie Shop, Black Dog Gelato, Kuma's Corner, and Honey Butter Fried Chicken & drinks by Virtue Cider, Goose Island Beer, Koval Distillery, and Dark Matter Coffee. Vegetarian options will be available. Then, stay for a front row seat for the Navy Pier Fireworks starting at 9:30 p.m. It all starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $40, and all proceeds go to benefit Sound Opinions and Chicago Public Media.
June 1, 2016
Sound Opinions at the Movies: The Harder They Come
Sound Opinions at the Movies is back with a screening of the classic 1972 Jamaican crime flick The Harder They Come. It's the movie that introduced reggae to the rest of the world, with a killer soundtrack featuring Desmond Dekker, Toots & the Maytals, and the film's star (and former Sound Opinions guest) Jimmy Cliff.
See Jim and Greg introduce a special screening of The Harder They Come on Wednesday, June 1 at 7:00 p.m. at the Music Box Theatre.
May 13, 2016
Sound Opinions Live: Mudhoney in Seattle
It's what you love about the radio show and podcast, but up close and in-person: Music news, conversation, debate and a special live interview and performance with Seattle grunge stalwarts, Mudhoney. It all goes down on May 13th.
Special thanks to KUOW, STG and Goose Island Beer.
April 28, 2016
Sound Opinions Live: Courtney Barnett
Yes, you can peek behind the curtain at a Sound Opinions taping! Join Jim & Greg for another Sound Opinions Live!
This time we're featuring an interview and performance from Australian singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett. It's on Thursday, April 28 at the Goose Island Taproom in Chicago. Doors open at 2:30 p.m. and the recording runs until 4 p.m.
It's FREE! Claim your tickets before they're gone.
April 26, 2016
Jim & Greg at Northwestern with Mary Lambert
Want to know more about how composers and lyricists write some of your favorite songs? Join Jim and Greg Tuesday, April 26 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. as they moderate a discussion on the art of songwriting with Grammy nominee Mary Lambert. Lambert will also be doing a special live performance.
This event is FREE and open to the public. It will be held at Northwestern University in Lutkin Memorial Hall, 700 University Place on the Evanston Campus.
April 13, 2016
Sound Opinions Live: Buried Treasures
Want to be a part of a Sound Opinions taping? Join us at Lincoln Hall on Wednesday, April 13 for another edition of Sound Opinions Live! Sponsored by Goose Island, this one-night only event is one you won't want to miss. Jim and Greg will share some unearthed musical gems in their Buried Treasures segment. These picks aren't featured on any tired top 10 lists, but will be sure to enhance any playlist.
For tickets, visit here: http://sndo.ps/22mLp0V
March 16, 2016
Sound Opinions Live: Eleanor Friedberger at SXSW
Jim and Greg are once again heading to Austin, Texas for the SXSW Music Conference, and this year they're taking the show with them.
Join Sound Opinions for a live taping with singer/songwriter Eleanor Friedberger on Wednesday, March 16 at the Gibson Brands Showroom in Austin. Doors open at 2:30 p.m., and the interview and performance begin at 3 p.m.
Tickets are free, but you have to reserve in advance. So claim your spot now!
February 17, 2016
Sound Opinions at the Movies: Trainspotting
Sound Opinions at the Movies returns with a special 20th anniversary screening of Danny Boyle's 1996 black comedy Trainspotting, adapted from the fantastic novel by Irvine Welsh. Not only will viewers be treated to a killer soundtrack and wonderful performances, but also we'll be joined that evening by special guest Irvine Welsh himself!
See Jim, Greg, and Irvine Welsh introduce a special screening of Trainspotting on Wednesday, February 17 at 7:15 p.m. at the Music Box Theatre.
December 15, 2015
Sound Opinions Live: Los Lobos
Here's your chance to see how radio gets made— give or take a few hundred fans, great Goose Island Beer and a kick-ass venue.
Join Jim & Greg for a live recording with Los Lobos on Tuesday December 15th at City Winery in Chicago. Doors open at 12 p.m., and the tape starts to roll at 1.
It's FREE! So get your tickets before they're gone!
December 11, 2015
Eat to the Beat: An Evening with Neko Case
Guess who's coming to dinner? That's right…the one and only Neko Case!
Join Jim, Greg, and Neko for a spectacular dining event on Friday December 11th at the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel in Chicago. It's a feast for the ears and belly.
Mindy Segal, Matthias Merges, Iliana Regan and more of the finest chefs in the city will be preparing courses they conceived to pair specially with Neko's gorgeous music. Plus, purchase passes to enjoy drinks with Neko that have been prepared by acclaimed mixologist Paul McGee. It all goes to benefit Sound Opinions.
Hope you'll join us! Tickets and more info.
November 11, 2015
Sound Opinions at the Movies: Nashville
Time to seek our fortune down in Music City. We're celebrating the 40th anniversary of Nashville, the satirical masterpiece from American icon Robert Altman.
Join Jim and Greg on Wednesday, November 11 at 7:30 p.m. at the Music Box Theatre as they introduce a special screening of what Pauline Kael called "the funniest epic vision of America ever to reach the screen."
October 17, 2015
Music University in Des Moines, IA
Come see Jim and Greg speak at the Music University (MU) Conference and Showcase in Des Moines, IA on Saturday, October 17. MU is a gathering designed to help inspire and enable independent musicians to succeed while working and living in the Midwest. To register or get more information, visit music-university.org.
August 19, 2015
Sound Opinions Summer BBQ 2015
What better way to celebrate Sound Opinions and the Summer season than with a BBQ on our beautiful terrace at WBEZ's Studios on Navy Pier? Enjoy food by The Butcher and Larder, Honey Butter Fried Chicken, La Sirena Clandestina, Pork Shoppe, Kuma's Corner, Bang Bang Pie Shop, Black Dog Gelato, & Stan's Donuts and drinks by Goose Island, Virtue Cider, Dark Matter Coffee, Few Spirits, & Koval Distillery. Then stay for a front row seat for the spectacular Navy Pier Fireworks. It all starts at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $45, and all proceeds go to benefit Sound Opinions and Chicago Public Media. Click here to buy tickets
July 28, 2015
Almost Famous in Millennium Park
Our Sound Opinions at the Movies series returns to the biggest venue in the city this summer with a FREE public screening of Cameron Crowe's Almost Famous at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Chicago's Millennium Park.
Whether you want to declare yourself a golden god from the pavilion seats or from a spot on the lawn, there's a free seat waiting for you. The film begins at 6:30 p.m.
June 13, 2015
Sound Opinions Live: Wire
Sound Opinions & The Billions Corporation have teamed up to bring you a live taping of the show with art-punk pioneers Wire. Join Jim DeRogatis, Greg Kot, and Wire for a FREE interview and performance that will be broadcast on a future episode of Sound Opinions. It's on Saturday, June 13 at the Goose Island Barrel House in Chicago. The recording will run from approximately 12:45 - 2:00 p.m. Please be there promptly at 12:15 p.m. to check in. You must be 21+ to reserve your spot and IDs will be checked at the door. Limit 2 tickets per person & your guest must be with you at check-in.
April 22, 2015
Sound Opinions at the Movies: The Breakfast Club
Raise your fist in the air – it's time to celebrate the 30th anniversary of The Breakfast Club from beloved writer/director John Hughes.
Join our own Brat Pack of Jim and Greg on Wednesday, April 22nd at 7:30 p.m. at the Music Box Theatre as they channel their inner teens and rock out to the classic New Wave soundtrack.
April 17, 2015
Seymour Stein at the Lake FX Summit + Expo
Join Greg Kot as he interviews Seymour Stein at 10:30 a.m. on Friday April 17th at the Hard Rock Hotel in Chicago. He'll talk to the Sire Records co-founder and Warner Bros. Records VP about his long career as a hitmaker, working with Madonna, The Ramones, Talking Heads, The Smiths, The Cure and many others. This event is FREE!
The City of Chicago's Lake FX Summit + Expo presented by Google, April 16-19, 2015, is the Midwest region's largest free conference for artists, creative professionals and entrepreneurs.
Pre-registration for the summit is not required but encouraged. More info here
February 18, 2015
Sound Opinions at the Movies: Sid and Nancy
A movie for all you lovers and haters alike….the ultimate anti-Valentine's Day flick about the ultimate anti-Romeo and Juliet: Sid and Nancy.
Join our own special duo, Jim and Greg, for this punk rock romance on Wednesday February 18th at 7:30 p.m. at the Music Box Theatre.
November 10, 2014
Sound Opinions at the Movies: The Wall
Some movies should never, ever be seen on a small screen (Or, heaven forbid, a cellphone!) And Pink Floyd's sensory assault The Wall is one of them.
Join Jim and Greg on Monday November 10th at 7:30 p.m. as we do this unforgettable film justice on the big screen at The Music Box Theatre.
Celebrate 35 years of The Wall and Get your tickets now!
November 5, 2014
Beatles Vs. Stones
Join Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot of Sound Opinions for a great debate: The Beatles Vs. The Rolling Stones. It has now been 50 years since they first hit the world stage, and the Beatles and the Stones continue to bring people together—and tear them apart. This is one debate you won't want to miss as.
A special book signing will be held at the close of the program so audience members can secure the perfect holiday gift for their favorite Beatles or Stones fan!
October 12, 2014
Eat to the Beat
Join Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot of Sound Opinions for a one-of-a-kind experience. Chefs Paul Kahan of Nico Osteria, Blackbird, and the Publican, and Matthias Merges of Yusho, Billy Sunday and A10 present a spectacular multi-course dinner inspired by the groundbreaking 1967 album The Velvet Underground & Nico - with special guest Velvet Underground founder John Cale. Your donation includes courses expertly paired with wine and a Velvet Underground listening session and converstion.
September 30, 2014
20 (More) Albums
Jim and Greg present “20 (More) Albums You Really Need to Hear”on September 30th at 7:30 p.m. at Space in Evanston, IL.
They'll go beyond the usual suspects from the canon and introduce you to classic, influential albums that deserve more attention. Audience participation is encouraged!
August 20, 2014
Sound Opinions Summer BBQ 2014
What better way to celebrate Sound Opinions and the Summer season than with a BBQ on our beautiful terrace at WBEZ's Studios on Navy Pier? Enjoy Food by Kuma's Corner, Hoosier Mama Pie Company, Parsons Chicken & Fish, Leghorn Chicken, Butcher & Larder, & Black Dog Gelato and Drinks by Goose Island, Virtue Cider, Candid Wines & Intelligentsia. Plus, get Tours of the station and watch the spectacular Navy Pier Fireworks. It all starts at 6 p.m. Tickets are $40, and all proceeds go to benefit Sound Opinions and Chicago Public Media. Click here to buy tickets
August 15, 2014
The Summer Music Film Festival
For the 4th year Sound Opinions and the Music Box Theatre will co-present a festival featuring a unique selection of fantastic music films from August 15th through August 19th.
Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot will kick it all off with an opening night 30th Anniversary presentation of Stop Making Sense. Get up on your feet and dance to Jonathan Demme's footage of the Talking Heads.
Then come back for more great music movies featuring John C. Reilly, Yoko Ono and Prince in Purple Rain. Tickets and more info
August 11, 2014
Sound Opinions Live with Broken Bells
Hello Portland! Sound Opinions and OPB have teamed up to bring you a live recording of the show. Join Jim DeRogatis, Greg Kot & Broken Bells for a FREE interview and performance. It's on Monday August 11th at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in Portland. Doors open at 4:00 p.m., and the event runs from approximately 4:30 - 6:00 p.m. Limit 2 tickets per person, & your guest must be with you at check-in.
July 29, 2014
Spinal Tap in Millennium Park
We turn our Sound Opinions at the Movies series up to 11 with a celebration of the 30th birthday of This Is Spinal Tap with a FREE public screening at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion.
As Greg says, "Spinal Tap is our number-one music movie, so we were really waiting for a biggest and best opportunity to show it…Spinal Tap knows where the fine line between clever and stupid actually is, which is why it's both the funniest and best rock movie ever made." Jim adds, "Spinal Tap is, quite simply, the best movie ever made about a rock band because, fictional or not, it absolutely is the truest.!"
The event is part of Millennium Park's Summer Film Series, made possible by the Millennium Park Foundation and co-curated by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, with generous support from the Music Box Theatre.
Come see This is Spinal Tap, hosted by Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot, on Tuesday, July 29, at 6:30 p.m. in Chicago's Millennium Park at 201 E Randolph St. Turn it up to 11!
July 17, 2014
Sound Opinions Live with Jeff Tweedy
Join Jim and Greg for a live recording of Sound Opinions at Lincoln Hall in Chicago. Jim and Greg will interview Jeff Tweedy of Wilco, and he'll treat the audience to a performance with Spencer Tweedy on drums, Jim Elkington on guitar, Darin Gray on bass, and Liam Cunningham on keyboards. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the conversation starts at 6:30 pm. at Lincoln Hall. Get more info
Please note this event is 21+ and is SOLD OUT. But we are auctioning off 5 pairs of backstage tickets for a good cause. Click here to bid.
May 17, 2014
Sound Opinions Live in Philly
Join Jim and Greg for a live taping of Sound Opinions with Rosanne Cash at the WXPN Studios. They will talk with Rosanne about her longtime career and the Cash family legacy. Plus, she'll perform live.
Doors open at 3:15 pm then at 3:30 an interview with Rosanne Cash will be taped for a future Sound Opinions episode. Tickets are SOLD OUT.
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May 3, 2014
Greg Kot at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
Greg will be doing a free reading and signing of his new book I‘ll Take You There: Mavis Staples, the Staple Singers, and the March Up Freedom’s Highway. on May 3rd at 1 p.m. at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.
April 23, 2014
Sound Opinions at the Movies: Almost Famous
On Wednesday April 23rd, join Jim and Greg for a special screening of Almost Famous at the Music Box Theatre. Jim and Greg will talk about Cameron Crowe's love letter to musical discovery with a note-perfect soundtrack. Plus, Jim will share his memories of the late actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman and the late critic Lester Bangs. And you'll be able to enjoy Goose Island beer while listening to audio of a young Jim DeRogatis speaking with his hero, Lester Bangs.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the chat & screening will start at 7:30. Special thanks to Basecamp. Get advance tickets at a discount
April 5, 2014
Everything You Need to Know…
Jim and Greg present “Everything You Need to Know About the Music Industry in 2014”on April 5th at 11 a.m. at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago.
This half-day rock-n-roll boot camp will give attendees the top 10 things they need to know to take their bands from the basement to the stage.
March 1, 2014
I'll Take You There
Join Greg Kot for a signing of his new book I‘ll Take You There: Mavis Staples, the Staple Singers, and the March Up Freedom’s Highway. on March 1 from 2 - 5 p.m. at the landmark Stax Museum of American Soul Music in Memphis, TN.
Plus check out these other events and updates
February 19, 2014
Jim and Greg present “20 Albums You Haven't Heard That You Need to Know About”on February 19th at 8 p.m. at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago.
They'll go beyond the usual suspects from the canon and introduce you to classic, influential albums that deserve more attention. Audience participation is encouraged!
January 22, 2014
Sound Opinions at the Movies: Diner
Join Jim and Greg for a special screening of Barry Levinson's Diner on Wednesday January 22nd at the Music Box Theatre in Chicago.
They'll talk about the great '60s soundtrack and invite WBEZ's "Chewing the Fat", to share Chicago's best diners.
November 22, 2013
WHYY Member Meetup
Goose Island Beer will provide the drinks, and Sound Opinions will provide the soundtrack. But we need your help! What song says“Philly”to you? It can be from your fair city or about it. We want to add it to the Philadelphia Desert Island Jukebox. First register here for this free event. Then share your pick at firstname.lastname@example.org. WHYY will play your tracks on the 22nd, and Jim and Greg will pick the best to win prizes.
November 1, 2013
KUT Desert Island Jukebox Member Meet-Up
On Friday November 1st at 6 pm, join your fellow music fans and KUTX listeners at the Cactus Cafe for a Desert Island Jukebox Happy Hour. It's FREE! KUTX's own Matt Reilly will host, Goose Island Beer will provide the drinks, and Sound Opinions will provide the soundtrack – with a little help from our listeners in Austin and beyond!
What is your favorite Texas-themed track? What are the best songs about Texas? Or the best songs by Texas artists? Register for this free event below. Then share your pick at email@example.com.
Jim and Greg will handpick the best to play on November 1st. And you'll be eligible to win Sound Opinions prizes.
October 24, 2013
Sound Opinions at the Movies: High Fidelity
On Thursday October 24th, join Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot for a special screening of High Fidelity at the Music Box Theatre. Jim and Greg will talk about the Chicago-set film and the local music scene that inspired it.
Beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Music Box lobby, listeners are invited to have their own record store experience with a listening station provided by Grain Audio and album selections hand-picked by Laurie's Planet of Sound, Dave's Records and Dusty Groove. The movie starts at 7:30.
Buy tickets now!