June 22, 2020

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

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 benefit...


June 15, 2020

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

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...

Album Reviews

June 08, 2020

E6 Declaration Against the Machine: Red and Artists Against Injustice

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...

Album Reviews

June 01, 2020

E5 Primus Time(us): Tales from the Punchbowl and Good Live Gimmicks

In this episode, the guys write a love letter to Primus on the 25th anniversary of Tales from the Punchbowl , a foundational piece of The Itch's history. Topics include: How to mine a live album debut for a decade When funk m...


May 25, 2020

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

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...

Album Reviews

May 18, 2020

E3 Mother of All: In This Moment, Censorship, and Owning a Cover Song

In this episode, The Itch does a deep dive review of In This Moment ’s new album Mother , and discusses a profound question about Pearl Jam, Mother’s Day , potty-mouth children, Red Hot Chili Peppers , and the difference a li...

Album Reviews

May 09, 2020

E2 A Gigaton to Talk About: Pearl Jam and Connecting in Quarantine

In this episode, The Itch reviews Pearl Jam 's Gigaton , discusses the joy of experiencing an album from start to finish, explores how artists are connecting with audiences virtually, and shares in the world's love for Prince...

Album Reviews

May 09, 2020

E1 Rock Matters: An Introduction to The Itch's New Podcast

In the introductory episode, the guys discuss who we are, what The Itch is, when this show came to be, where it's from, and why it’s called Rock Matters ... also how. [Note: If the sound quality of these early episodes bother...