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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. 5, 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…

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E22 Top 20 Rock Albums of 2019 (Part 1)

Sept. 28, 2020

In this two-part episode, The Itch revisits our top rock albums from 2019. From veterans to up-and-comers, prog metal to reggae rock, and brooding angst to goofball weirdness, albums 20 through 11 should have something for everyone! After you listen, we'd love to hear your predictions on 2019's top…

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E21 Can't Fight the Seether: Finding Inspiration in Anger

Sept. 21, 2020

In this episode, The Itch discusses Seether 's new album Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum . Along the way, the conversation touches on big vs small concert venues, greatest hits albums, and an all-important question: who can cover The Who? Check out this episode's playlist , and then connect with us! Twit…

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E20 Rock Like a Pirate: Alestorm and the Arrrt of Commitment

Sept. 14, 2020

In this episode, The Itch prepares for Talk Like a Pirate Day by inviting an old friend to discuss Alestorm 's latest release , Curse of the Crystal Coconut ! Along the way, we discover other pirate metal bands, concoct a surefire recipe for concert cruise success, and finally let our love for Broa…

Guest: Ronnie Cobb
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E19 Rock 'n' Rasslin': Code Orange and the Best Wrestling Theme Songs

Sept. 7, 2020

In this episode, two-thirds of The Itch discuss Underneath , the breakout album from Code Orange , and take a trip through wrestling history to identify some of its the most memorable rock theme songs! And since it's only 67% of the team, we're giving you an extra 20% more show! The Steiner Math ad…

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E18 Going for Broke: The Growth and Graduation of (Hed) P.E.

Aug. 31, 2020

In this episode, The Itch discusses the ups and downs in the career of G-punkers (Hed) P.E. , from their breakthrough album Broke to their new (and final?) release, Class of 2020 . Join us to decipher the meanings behind their name and album art, discuss a costly misstep, and wonder about their fut…

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E17 Kingdom Come: Bush, Good Production, and the Ghost in the Machine

Aug. 24, 2020

In this episode, The Itch reviews Bush 's new album The Kingdom . Along the way they focus on the role of production in molding an album, and how not all of Gavin Rossdale's guest appearances were good ideas! Plus, Dan's disdain for Bob Rock rears its head again! Check out this episode's playlist a…

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E15 Regeneration X: Static-X and the Rebirth of Evil Disco

Aug. 10, 2020

In this episode, The Itch reviews Project Regeneration, Vol. 1 , the new album from a reincarnated (or possibly reanimated?) Static-X . Along the way they discuss the complicated nature of band harmony, a slew of exciting upcoming releases , and theories about the identity of the semi-mysterious Xe…

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E14 HU's the Boss: The Gereg, Guest Stars, and the Language of Music

Aug. 3, 2020

In this episode, The Itch reviews the new deluxe edition of The HU 's debut album The Gereg . Along the way they touch on communicating through language barriers, choosing good collaborators, and how quarantine and Mulan don't always mix! Check out this episode's playlist and then connect with us! …

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E13 Only in Darkness: Stitched Up Heart and 2020's Top Rock Releases

July 27, 2020

In this episode, The Itch checks in on some of 2020's top rock releases to date and reviews Stitched Up Heart 's album Darkness . As a bonus, enjoy this adorable supergroup photo of The Itch with Stitched Up Heart (aka Itched Up Heart ). Check out this episode's playlist and then connect with us! T…

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E12 Making Amends: The Light and Legacy of Chester Bennington

July 20, 2020

It's been three years since the world lost Chester Bennington . In this episode, The Itch reflects on his legacy, new music from his former bandmates Grey Daze and Mike Shinoda , and the future of Linkin Park . Check out this episode's playlist and then connect with us! Twitter: https://twitter.com…

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E7 Father of All: Green Day, Fatherhood, and Art vs the Artist

June 15, 2020

In the Father's Day episode, the guys discuss: How our fathers influenced our musical taste One of the Itch’s fondest memories Dan’s experience with the BMG Music Service Green Day 's Father of All... Barfing rainbow unicorns A loose definition of punk Why some music sounds better live than in the …

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E6 Declaration Against the Machine: Red and Artists Against Injustice

June 8, 2020

This week, a Rock Matters episode gets its very own permanent Spotify playlist ! In this episode, the guys discuss: The value of a good group text grandson , Tony Baker and how to use a platform to speak against injustice Tom Morello ’s resume George Michael Bluth Red ’s new album Declaration and D…

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E4 AWOLstation: Aaron Bruno and How to Stylize a Band Name

May 25, 2020

In this episode, KCLC remains closed, but Dan gets a new mic! Also, the guys discuss: Nothingmore and the art of good merchandising Gratitude to supporters and a bit more on our vision for Rock Matters Concerning developments from the 2020 NHL All-Star game A breakdown of AWOLNATION 's new album An…