The Itch Rock Podcast

The Itch Rock Podcast

The Itch rock radio show has been on the air for 17 years. Now its hosts have entered the world of podcasting to bring you rock news, reviews, and interviews exploring the deep connection between people and music. If it gets your head banging and your blood flowing, it's an itch we're here to scratch.

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July 19, 2021 53 min

We're still on vacation, but in the meantime, we wanted to revisit an evergreen topic we discussed in season one: mental health. It's now been four years since Chester Bennington took his own life. In this episode, The Itch reflects on his legacy, recent music from his former bandmates Grey Daze and Mike Shinoda, and the future of Linkin Park. For even more on Chester's life, you can listen to our conversation with Sean...

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The Itch is taking a few weeks off from recording new episodes. But as we prep to launch season 3, we decided to take a trip down memory lane by revisiting a few of our favorite episodes from season 1, aka the Rock Matters Era!

First up, since last week's episode on Jimmy Eat World's Bleed American (with our friends from Podioslave, who you'll he hearing about again soon!), wasn't really an Independence Day celebra...

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If you loved The Itch's season finale episode with our friends from Podioslave as much as we did, you probably want a little more, yeah? Well, here you go. Listen as one of Dan's trademark rants about rock purity turns into a discussion about math and ... grapes?

In case you were wondering what a slightly less edited podcast conversation of six guys nerding out about music sounded like (and you obviously were), it's cha...

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It's season finale time! It's 'Murica time! And most importantly, it's twinsie time! In this episode, The Itch welcomes our friends and the podcast peanut butter to our jelly, Podioslave! Join us for our first ever six-man roundtable as we celebrate 20 years of Jimmy Eat World's power pop masterpiece, Bleed American. We'll discuss the band's longevity, how their sound has and hasn't changed over the ...

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We're halfway through the year, so this week The Itch is bringing you our impressions on three impressive rock albums we've come across in recent months: Versatile from Pop Evil, Baptize from Atreyu, and Child of the State from Ayron Jones. Join us for history, commentary, and KC's attempt at a death growl.

And hey, when you're done, check out our updated Flavor of the Week and New Rock Roundup playlists and then co...

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It's time for a double dose! This week we're joined by our friend Brian Colburn of Playlist Wars to discuss the ever-polarizing Weezer! And we're not just doing it once, but twice! The Itch is here to disagree about 2021's Van Weezer and OK Human, and Brian and his co-host Gomez were kind enough to let Aaron join them this week on Playlist Wars to attempt to put together the ultimate 10-song Weezer playlist. Can hi...

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Hey, The Itch releases new episodes every Monday, right? Right! ... except for this Monday. We're releasing this week's episode on Tuesday to coincide with something special. Listen to this Short Cut, check our social media feeds, or check back in tomorrow to find out what. We're pretty hyped.

In the meantime, have you heard our updated New Rock Roundup playlist? It's 40 tracks by established and rising artists, all...

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All Good Things is a band you may not have heard of, but you probably have heard. And despite the fact that their upcoming Better Noise Music release is functionally their proper band debut, they've been churning out bangers for years. How does any of this make sense, you ask? Find out in our conversation with vocalist/guitarist/doer of mad press Dan Murphy! Along the way we'll also discuss the NHL playoffs, the band's ...

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Royal Blood recently released Typhoons, their third full-length album. In it, they move slightly away from their riffy blues rock roots into a sound that will make you tap your toes as often as you bang your head. So is that for better or worse? And is Royal Blood just repeating the trajectory of rock bands before them, and perhaps even rock radio as a whole? In this episode, The Itch will take a long and winding road to find out!

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As a thank you to every listener who made our conversation with Robb Rivera and Jason Zeilstra of Nonpoint our most popular episodes to date, we're milking that chat juuuust a bit more! Enjoy a bonus segment where Robb and Jason gush about some of their favorite artists, albums, live acts, and songs they wish they'd written! We could talk bands with bands all day... and we almost did.

Check out parts one and two of our conv...

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The Itch's conversation with Robb Rivera and Jason Zeilstra of Nonpoint continues! Join us as we discuss how Jason joined the band, the response to their new single "Ruthless", the value of record stores and album liner notes, and the origins of their famous cover of Phil Collins' "In the Air Tonight". Plus, find out what question makes the band stop the interview!

Check out part one of our conversation with...

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The Itch is about to get Ruthless! Nonpoint dominated our March Bandness tournament, and then proceeded to announce not just a brand new, bangin' single, but their own independent record label, 361 Degrees! Oh, and that single was the theme for AEW's Blood and Guts match. And the band started a YouTube series chronicling their journey. And the kicker? All of those things were supposed to happen a year ago. Join us as we tal...

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In this episode, The Itch calls back to episode 49, when we posed the question "What IS classic rock?" To help us explore (and answer?) that question, we've enlisted the help of our old radio friend Chill Pill Liz and our new friend John from the Well Disguised podcast! Along the way, we discuss new music from bands with old sounds: Dirty Honey and Greta Van Fleet! Enjoy!

And hey, we've got merch now! If you wanna h...

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It's our one-year podiversary! For the 52nd episode of the show, The Itch celebrates the return of The Offspring and their long-awaited new album, Let The Bad Times Roll. Join us reminisce about the history of the band and discuss their place in the current rock landscape. And enjoy as Dan makes a painful and surprising admission and Aaron gets completely out of line to offer career advice to a band that's almost as old as ...

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Maynard James Keenan of Tool & A Perfect Circle and Sonny Sandoval of P.O.D. went through similar, life-changing experiences with their mothers ... and wrote very different songs about those experiences. If you're looking for a bit of food for thought this Mother's Day, Aaron's got you covered with this bonus story.

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May 3, 2021 44 min

It's almost Mother's Day! So in honor of our mothers, your mothers, and all you mothers, we're carrying on an Itch tradition with a celebration of the mamas. Join us as we talk about your mom for 45 minutes, diving in on a few of our favorite songs about moms and a few that remind us of our own. It's a journey full of humor, affection, and peach cobbler.

And inquiring minds want to know: do you have a "Stacy...

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Dan's Funko Pop obsession, about which he gives Aaron and KC frequent updates in Itch episode pre-game talk, was a secret to the public until episode 50. Now, on the heels of its revelation, The Itch felt that we had no choice but to tell, piece by piece, the long, esoteric tale of Dan's other great passion. So we give to you the first chapter in this off-topic babbling: The Funko Pop Saga Prelude. Enjoy...

and then tell us...

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April 26, 2021 35 min

The Itch has reached a milestone! Since we try to run a (semi) professional ship, we decided to celebrate 50 episodes by releasing a collection of our LEAST professional moments! Whether it's bodily functions, Dan forgetting the intros, or Aaron's penchant for strange and distracting sounds, we hope you enjoy 35 minutes of grown men giggling while trying to talk about hard rock!

And hey, tell us how you feel about this non...

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Finally, The Itch gets back to what brought us here! After playing our beloved classic rock artists weekly for 16 years on the radio, we've largely neglected them for 48 episodes of the podcast. Well, NO MORE! In this episode, we give some love to a few of the bands who taught us about talent, taste, and how to be comfortable being ourselves.

Spoiler: This episode ends with a big question, and we need your help to answer it! On...

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In this week's episode, we pondered some of the eternal questions about Dave Grohl, Foo Fighters, Nirvana, and what could've been if Kurt Cobain were still with us today. And it reminded us that we had an unused bonus chat along similar lines from alllll the way back in the recording of episode 9! So to keep the conversation going, we're sharing it with you now! We hope you enjoy this and the rest of the content we prod...

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