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

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
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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…


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…

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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…


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
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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…

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[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…

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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. …

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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…

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[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 …

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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 …

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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 su…

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…

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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 the…

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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 c…

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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 dis…

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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 albu…


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 …

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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 up…

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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…

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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 Itche…

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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 thi…

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 …