Episodes

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[Short Cuts] Finding Love at Flogging Molly

March 17, 2021

Happy St. Patty's from The Itch! We hope you enjoyed our chat with The Struggling Artist on Boston music and punk rock in episode 43 . For some further Irish goodness, here's a clip we cut from episode 36 and saved specifically for this day! It's a quick tale about how Aaron's experience at a Flogg…

Interviews

E44 A Conversation with Blake Bedsaul of SAUL

March 15, 2021

SAUL 's Rise As Equals was not only one of the best debut albums of 2020, but it was one of our top ten albums overall. So we were thrilled to have a chance to talk with vocalist Blake Bedsaul about making the album, being in a band with family, good nicknames for a band's fanbase, and what records…

Guest: Blake Bedsaul
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E43 Boston Punk and Beyond with Trev Allen of The Struggling Artist

March 8, 2021

Just in time for St. Patrick's Day, The Itch is joined by our friend Trev Allen of The Struggling Artist Podcast to discuss the Boston music scene, punk rock, and how the Dropkick Murphys were a gateway to both! It's a fun follow-up conversation after our recent appearance on his show! Check out ou…

Guest: Trev Allen
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March Bandness: First Round Matchups

March 5, 2021

We're doing a totally original and not-at-all-derivative thing! The Itch has decided that it's time for a listener-voted tournament to crown a winner of the prestigious "Future Episode Recipient" title. We've chosen 16 bands that got frequent airplay on our radio show but have yet to be discussed o…

Album Reviews

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 …

Anniversaries

E41 Season Premiere: Who Is The Itch?

Feb. 22, 2021

We're back and we're mildly rebranded! While we put the finishing touches on everything from guest spots to new art, we're here to celebrate our Itchiversary with a mission statement, a few teases about what's to come, and a bit of bro love to top it all off. Enjoy. This episode doesn't have a play…

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[Short Cuts] Snow Stories

Feb. 18, 2021

Alright, so this conversation has virtually nothing to do with music. But since it's snowing everywhere and we're excited for our official return this coming Monday, we decided to share a little side conversation from our season premiere recording that was prompted by Dan asking about our favorite …

Interviews

A Conversation with Sean Dowdell of Grey Daze (Revisited)

Feb. 15, 2021

We're almost ready to return! In the meantime, here's one last revisit to one of our favorite episodes of last season: our conversation with Sean Dowdell of Grey Daze. Enjoy his stories about life with Chester Bennington of Linkin Park, and our newly recorded intro about Amends...Stripped , a colle…

Guest: Sean Dowdell
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[Short Cuts] The Greatest Wrestling Story Never Told

Feb. 11, 2021

Alright, so even after releasing the extended version of our Rock 'n' Rasslin' episode, KC and Aaron STILL had one more bit left over to share. If you can ignore the lower audio quality (that's the last time we experiment with a recording service called "Cleanfeed") and turn on your imagination, yo…

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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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[Short Cuts] Eve 6 (and a Half or So)

Feb. 5, 2021

After months of garnering attention with his impressive and amusing consistency on Twitter , Max Collins and Eve 6 finally announced a release date for their new EP, Grim Value , and dropped Black Nova , their first new track in nearly a decade. And even though The Itch is still on break to plan fo…

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[Short Cuts] A Tribute to Black Rock Artists (Revisited)

Feb. 4, 2021

In case you missed it the first time or haven't listened to the full episode yet, this is the closing segment of our Black Rock Matters episode. We hope it serves to honor a few of the countless artists we love, as well as to introduce listeners to their music, which can be found on episode 10's pl…

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Black Rock Matters (Revisited)

Feb. 1, 2021

Episode 10 was one of our early favorites. We got to research, ponder, and present a History 101 overview of some of the many black artists who have played a role in the formation of rock music as we know it, as well as in the formation of The Itch itself. In celebration of Black History Month, we'…

Album Reviews

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…

Tributes

E37 Gush About Rush: The Fascinating Life of Neil Peart

Jan. 4, 2021

In this episode, Rich Lamberty, an old friend and co-host, joins The Itch to discuss the winding career of Rush and the fascinating life of their late, great drummer Neil Peart . Join us to hear stories of loss, changing drum styles, and... party goats? Check out this episode's all-Rush playlist , …

Guest: Rich Lamberty
Anniversaries

E36 Millennium Mania: 20 Albums That Turned 20 in 2020

Dec. 28, 2020

In this episode, The Itch travels through time to revisit the rock albums that brought in the new century! Join us as Aaron explains the dangers of Christian rock, teenage Dan’s band chooses a bold cover song, and KC speaks the name of The Band That Shall Not Be Named! When you're finished, check o…