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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 prestigeles…

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 dru…

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 …

Music Reviews

E35 Rapid Fire Reviews: Nothing But Thieves, From Ashes to New, Local H, Saul

Dec. 21, 2020

In this episode, The Itch catches up on some albums that we couldn't let slip through the cracks. Enjoy FOUR Flavors of the Week as we discuss Nothing But Thieves ' Moral Panic , From Ashes to New 's Panic , Local H 's Lifer…

Music Reviews

E34 Building an Empire: Hollywood Undead Bookends the Year

Dec. 14, 2020

In this episode, The Itch discusses two 2020 releases from Hollywood Undead , a band that brought in the new year and is now seeing it out (thank goodness). Join us for a discussion about guest rappers, fun band member names…

Short Cuts

[Short Cuts] Who Cares About the Rock Hall?

Dec. 10, 2020

The Itch had a serendipitous interaction while preparing for episode 33 . So if our introductory overview of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame whet your appetite for more, Who Cares About the Rock Hall? is here to satisfy your …

Tributes

E33 Hall of Fame Reframe: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2020

Dec. 7, 2020

In this episode, The Itch runs the gamut on all things Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The election process. The 2020 class. And, of course... the snubs! And hey, you can send us voice messages now! Please use your power respons…

Short Cuts

[Short Cuts] Accidentally Sh!tting on Shinedown

Dec. 3, 2020

In this Short Cut, The Itch corrects the context of a comment from episode 32 (which you should listen to immediately if you haven't yet). But despite the correction of our intention... we may accidentally end up insulting S…

Music Reviews

E32 Death of an Optimist: Grandson's Grand Debut

Nov. 30, 2020

In this episode, The Itch discusses Death of an Optimist , the upcoming debut album from grandson . We've been snacking on every grandson single, EP, and guest spot for the past few years, and now we're ready to feast on his…

Clipisodes

E31 Clipisode: Leftovers

Nov. 26, 2020

Happy Thanksgiving! We published this week's planned episode a few days early, and we wanted to give you something to tide you over until next week's, so here's a little treat! We're grateful for the 30+ episodes we've been …

Guest: Ronnie Cobb
Interviews

E30 A Conversation with Arya Goggin of Skindred (Part 2)

Nov. 20, 2020

We couldn't wait to share the rest of our conversation with Arya Goggin of Skindred , The Itch 's official favorite band™, so this episode is here early! In part 2, Arya discusses a trifecta of events that cursed their globa…

Guest: Arya Goggin
Interviews

E29 A Conversation with Arya Goggin of Skindred (Part 1)

Nov. 16, 2020

In this episode, guys have the pleasure of speaking with Arya Goggin, drummer of Skindred , The Itch's official favorite band™. In part 1 of our conversation, Arya discusses the differences between finding success in the US …

Guest: Arya Goggin
Music Reviews

E28 Humored Condition: Black Stone Cherry and Music That Makes Us Happy

Nov. 9, 2020

In a bit of unintentional forward thinking, The Itch knew that, one way or another, people would need some happy music this week. So in this episode, we're checking out Black Stone Cherry 's new album The Human Condition and…

Anniversaries

E27 The System Is Down: Music and the Toxicity of American Politics

Nov. 2, 2020

Yep, The Itch is going there too. The election is here, and in this episode the guys discuss how art relates to politics, raising questions about the current relevance of socially-minded rock heavyweights System of a Down an…

Music Reviews

E26 No Place Like Ohms: How Deftones Redeemed Themselves (and 2020)

Oct. 26, 2020

In this episode, The Itch dissects one of the most anticipated rock releases of the year: Deftones ' Ohms . Join us to discuss Stephen Carpenter's return to form, how a band can incorporate old sounds into new music, and a q…

Interviews

E25 A Conversation with Sean Dowdell of Grey Daze

Oct. 19, 2020

Just in time for the 20th anniversary of Linkin Park 's game-changing debut Hybrid Theory , The Itch has the pleasure of speaking with the multi-talented Sean Dowdell of Grey Daze , who just released the album Amends , featu…

Guest: Sean Dowdell
Music Reviews

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 coun…

Short Cuts

[Short Cuts] You Helped Us Make a Difference

Oct. 8, 2020

For the month of September, The Itch made a commitment in honor of Suicide Prevention Month . Because of your help, we'll be sending $60 to ChangeDirection.org to promote mental health. Thank you for listening and sharing in…

Music Reviews

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. …

Music Reviews

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 e…

Short Cuts

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

Sept. 22, 2020

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 …

Music Reviews

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 …

Music Reviews

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 su…

Guest: Ronnie Cobb
Music Reviews Tributes

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…