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These Opinions Are Sound

By Tankboy in Arts & Entertainment on Jan 11, 2007 3:12PM

Chicago sure seems conducive to fostering public relationships between critically abrasive duos. We produced one of the most famous teams in movie criticism with Siskel and Ebert, and who can ever forget the headline-shattering team of Marin and Mancow? We think it’s time to add DeRogatis and Kot to that list as well.

2007_01_soundopinions_studio.jpgGreg Kot and Jim DeRogatis head up Sound Opinions, what they claim to be the world’s only rock 'n' roll talk show. The show actually began eight years ago, but just about one year ago DeRo and Kot moved the program to Chicago Public Radio. This was a smart move since American Public Media has since syndicated the program to a number of other markets, and the show just keeps growing.

It’s been a good first year for the duo at their new home, with guests like Radiohead, The Secret Machines, Julian Casablancas of The Strokes, Feist, Art Brut, Rhymefest, and even Roger Ebert (talk about taking things full-circle) dropping by the studio. They’ve decided to celebrate their first year on the air with a live taping on January 25 at the Claudia Cassidy Theater in the Chicago Cultural Center. Tickets are free, and can be obtained by RSVPing here.

The anniversary show’s guests will be Chicago’s own Robbie and Donna Fulks, so it should be an entertaining evening. Both Robbie and Donna are terrific storytellers and conversationalists (you really should ask them about the heartbreakingly hilarious tax audit they had to go through a few years back) so you can be sure we’ll be there to catch every word.