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E59 Midyear Rock Roundup: Pop Evil, Atreyu, & Ayron Jones

June 28, 2021

We're halfway through the year, so this week The Itch is bringing you our impressions on three impressive rock albums we've come across in recent months: Versatile from Pop Evil , Baptize from Atreyu , and Child of the State from Ayron Jones . Join us for history, commentary, and KC's attempt at a …

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E58 The Weezer Episode with Brian Colburn of Playlist Wars

June 22, 2021

It's time for a double dose! This week we're joined by our friend Brian Colburn of Playlist Wars to discuss the ever-polarizing Weezer! And we're not just doing it once, but twice! The Itch is here to disagree about 2021's Van Weezer and OK Human, and Brian and his co-host Gomez were kind enough to…

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E56 Trouble's Coming: Royal Blood and the Evolving Sounds of Rock

June 7, 2021

Royal Blood recently released Typhoons , their third full-length album. In it, they move slightly away from their riffy blues rock roots into a sound that will make you tap your toes as often as you bang your head. So is that for better or worse? And is Royal Blood just repeating the trajectory of …

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E53 What Is Classic Rock? with Chill Pill Liz

May 17, 2021

In this episode, The Itch calls back to episode 49 , when we posed the question "What IS classic rock?" To help us explore (and answer?) that question, we've enlisted the help of our old radio friend Chill Pill Liz and our new friend John from the Well Disguised podcast ! Along the way, we discuss …

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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 Season Finale: 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 …