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E52 Let The Bad Times Roll: The Long-Awaited Return of The Offspring

May 10, 2021

It's our one-year podiversary! For the 52nd episode of the show, The Itch celebrates the return of The Offspring and their long-awaited new album, Let The Bad Times Roll . Join us reminisce about the history of the band and discuss their place in the current rock landscape. And enjoy as Dan makes a…

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E48 Rock Roundup: Teenage Wrist, Foo Fighters, Rob Zombie, & Serj Tankian

April 12, 2021

It's time to catch up on some recent rock releases! We each came to the mic with a 2021 album that's impressed and tried to sell each other on its merits! Aaron's got Teenage Wrist 's Earth Is a Black Hole , KC brought Foo Fighters ' Medicine at Midnight , and Dan's in with Rob Zombie 's The Lunar …

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E45 The Unknown Future of Chevelle

March 22, 2021

In honor of Chevelle 's winding, space travel-themed new album NIRATIAS , The Itch presents its most unconventionally formatted episode yet! Join us to talk aliens, interludes, inspiration, and awful politicians! And once you've given NIRATIAS a listen, check out our Rock Matters Revision version o…

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E42 Death By Rock & Roll: The Pretty Reckless and Life at 27

March 1, 2021

Within a single year, Taylor Momsen of The Pretty Reckless was faced with the deaths of both her rock hero and her musical muse. Her downward spiral and climb back from the brink led to Death By Rock and Roll , one of the first great albums of 2021. In this episode, The Itch explores the album, as …

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Rock 'n' Rasslin' (Extended)

Feb. 8, 2021

When Dan went on vacation last year, KC and Aaron found the perfect topic to talk about while their Itch brother was gone: Rock 'n' Rasslin' . In fact, we enjoyed ourselves so much that we had to cut the episode down to keep it anywhere close to our standard length. So as a bonus for those who appr…

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E40 Top 20 Rock Albums of 2020 (Part 2)

Jan. 25, 2021

It's the season 1 finale of Rock Matters! The Itch is ready to reveal our top 10 albums of 2020, as well as the winners of the Itch Awards as voted on by you! We've loved creating this season and we thank you for being part of the music conversation. We're plotting season 2 and will be back in a fe…

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E39 Top 20 Rock Albums of 2020 (Part 1)

Jan. 18, 2021

The Itch has been building to this episode all season, and it's finally here! (Well, half of it.) We're counting down our top 20 rock albums of 2020, based on a collective vote. Find out who endorsed what (and who didn't) and, hopefully, discover some new music along the way. Check out this episode…

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E38 The Itch Awards: Celebrating the Best Rock of 2020

Jan. 11, 2021

It's time! Since institutions like Pitchfork, the Grammys, and the even the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame struggle to define, much less always honor rock, The Itch has taken it upon ourselves to nominate artists for prestigeless rock bragging rights and imaginary trophies. It's the first ever Itch Awa…

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E35 Rapid Fire Reviews: Nothing But Thieves, From Ashes to New, Local H, Saul

Dec. 21, 2020

In this episode, The Itch catches up on some albums that we couldn't let slip through the cracks. Enjoy FOUR Flavors of the Week as we discuss Nothing But Thieves ' Moral Panic , From Ashes to New 's Panic , Local H 's Lifers , and Saul 's debut Rise As Equals ! When you're through, check out this …

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E34 Building an Empire: Hollywood Undead Bookends the Year

Dec. 14, 2020

In this episode, The Itch discusses two 2020 releases from Hollywood Undead , a band that brought in the new year and is now seeing it out (thank goodness). Join us for a discussion about guest rappers, fun band member names, potty humor, and ... Pauly Shore ? Spoiler that you'll have to listen to …

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E32 Death of an Optimist: Grandson's Grand Debut

Nov. 30, 2020

In this episode, The Itch discusses Death of an Optimist , the upcoming debut album from grandson . We've been snacking on every grandson single, EP, and guest spot for the past few years, and now we're ready to feast on his first full-length offering. (Sorry, still thinking Thanksgiving.) Join us …

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E28 Humored Condition: Black Stone Cherry and Music That Makes Us Happy

Nov. 9, 2020

In a bit of unintentional forward thinking, The Itch knew that, one way or another, people would need some happy music this week. So in this episode, we're checking out Black Stone Cherry 's new album The Human Condition and discussing music that brings us joy! Come enjoy with us, and then add to o…

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E26 No Place Like Ohms: How Deftones Redeemed Themselves (and 2020)

Oct. 26, 2020

In this episode, The Itch dissects one of the most anticipated rock releases of the year: Deftones ' Ohms . Join us to discuss Stephen Carpenter's return to form, how a band can incorporate old sounds into new music, and a questionable method of sneaking into shows! Plus, Aaron's mic drops out and …

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E24 10 Years and Counting: Multi-Instrumentalists and the Numbers Game

Oct. 12, 2020

In this episode, The Itch explores the new 10 Years album Violent Allies , touching on how bands can improve over time, the role of instrumental tracks in rock, and how sometimes one man can do it all. And since we love counting so much (and frankly, need the practice), we decide to play a game inv…

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E23 Top 20 Rock Albums of 2019 (Part 2)

Oct. 4, 2020

The Itch is back to wrap up our trip to 2019, when the world felt a little less crazy. In this episode, we'll count down our 10 favorite albums of the year. We've got pop punkers, nu metal vets, and even a bit of the blues. But who ended up in the #1 spot? After you listen, we'd love to hear your 2…