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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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[Short Cuts] Space Cat

Aug. 28, 2020

This week marks the 10th anniversary of an all-time great album cover... at least to one of The Itch guys. If you can't wait to find out what it is, here's the album and the photo it was based on. Enjoy! Oh, and we want to connect with you! Twitter: https://twitter.com/itchrocks Facebook: http://ww…

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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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[Short Cuts] The Sounds of Summer

Aug. 21, 2020

In this bonus segment from the recording of the episode Omaha Stylees , The Itch discusses music that reminds them of summer ! And as a bonus to the bonus, Aaron has created a new Rock Matters Revision of the Best Coast album California Nights! There's still a bit of summer left, and we'd love to h…

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E16 Omaha Stylees: 30 Years of 311

Aug. 17, 2020

In this episode, The Itch celebrates 311 and (give or take) three decades of anniversaries ! Along the way they discuss middle school idiocy, how to craft a concert setlist , and the ghosts of radio stations past . Plus, we debut a new playlist series, Rock Matters Revisions ! Check out this episod…

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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…

E11 The Windup and The Itch: Baseball Themes and Poorly Timed Injuries

July 13, 2020

Baseball season is (hopefully) almost here! In this episode, The Itch gives a brief look at the history of the walk-up song, and then do a deep dive into our favorite rock tracks that've been used as MLB entrance music. And we've compiled another unique Spotify playlist of our picks! Connect with u…

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[Short Cuts] A Tribute to Black Rock Artists

July 7, 2020

This is the closing to the Rock Matters episode Black Rock Matters . Each band mentioned is or has been composed, all or in part, of black artists. The list is hardly exhaustive, but it's our way of acknowledging and recognizing just a few of the contributions rockers of color have made to our worl…

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E10 Black Rock Matters: The Musical Contribution of Rockers of Color

July 6, 2020

In this episode, The Itch explores some basic history on the contributions of Black rockers to the music industry, as well as to our own journeys as music lovers, and to The Itch radio show. Plus, in a bit of perfect timing, the show gets a new theme song from our official favorite band! Connect wi…

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E9 Red, White, and Foo: Dave Grohl and Songs that (Almost) Fly the Flag

June 29, 2020

This week, The Itch discusses the greatest red, white, and blue music in rock, and recognize the importance of Foo Fighters on their 25th anniversary . The conversation touches on the tension of being American, how Snoop Dogg is forever chill , Rooooooxanne , and some revisionist history for Nirvan…

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E8 The Itch and Pony Show: Deftones and Evolving Beyond Nu Metal

June 22, 2020

This week, the guys celebrate the 20th anniversary of Deftones’ seminal album White Pony ! Along the way they touch on: How an awful thought can become a great song How to use music to end an unwanted relationship The benefits of bands sticking together How to not be just nu metal Haunted houses Li…

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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 …