September 28, 2020

E22 Top 20 Rock Albums of 2019 (Part 1)

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 ev...

Album Reviews

September 22, 2020

[Short Cuts] Damn the Man! Save the Empire!

In this extended clip from episode 21, The Itch celebrates the 25th anniversary of one of our favorite music movies of all time: Empire Records ! Along the way we discuss DVD purging, concert decorum, and another surprising c...

Short Cuts

September 21, 2020

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

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 T...

Album Reviews

September 14, 2020

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

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 sur...

Album Reviews

September 07, 2020

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

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%...

Album Reviews Tributes

August 31, 2020

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

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 thei...

Album Reviews Anniversaries

August 28, 2020

[Short Cuts] Space Cat

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 co...

Short Cuts

August 24, 2020

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

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 disd...

Album Reviews

August 21, 2020

[Short Cuts] The Sounds of Summer

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...

Short Cuts

August 17, 2020

E16 Omaha Stylees: 30 Years of 311

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 d...


August 10, 2020

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

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 upc...

Album Reviews

August 03, 2020

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

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'...

Album Reviews

July 27, 2020

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

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...

Album Reviews

July 20, 2020

E12 Making Amends: The Light and Legacy of Chester Bennington

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...

Tributes Album Reviews

July 13, 2020

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

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 w...

July 07, 2020

[Short Cuts] A Tribute to Black Rock Artists

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 recogniz...

Short Cuts Tributes

July 06, 2020

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

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, ...


June 29, 2020

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

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...