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Music Reviews

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…

Music Reviews Tributes

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 …

Short Cuts Tributes

[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 recogni…

Tributes

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,…

Anniversaries

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 Dog…

Anniversaries

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 benefi…

Music Reviews

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 unicorn…

Music Reviews

E6 Declaration Against the Machine: Red and Artists Against Injustice

June 8, 2020

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 To…

Anniversaries

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

June 1, 2020

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 …

Music Reviews

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

May 25, 2020

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 development…

Music Reviews

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

May 18, 2020

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 l…

Music Reviews

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

May 9, 2020

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 Princ…

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

May 9, 2020

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 bothe…