The Itch Rock Podcast

The Itch Rock Podcast

The Itch is a longtime rock radio show on 89.1 The Wood (KCLC-FM). Now its hosts have entered the podcasting world with 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.


September 21, 2023 29 mins

This week, we're scratching The Itch to expand our musical horizons! Aaron saw indie rock royalty The New Pornographers at Thalia Hall in Chicago all the way back in May, and we've been sitting on the recording for months waiting for the right time to share it. But now, as we continue our recent streak of dropping two episodes a week, it's time to reveal the long-lost final Itch event of KC's birthday week! The New P's are an everg...

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This week, we're scratching The Itch for a double episode! Legendary blues rock guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd joins us to talk about his new album, Dirt on My Diamonds, re-recording his breakthrough Trouble Is..., cover songs (including Five Finger Death Punch!), and adding polarizing sounds to his musical toolbox. Then, KC and Dan recount their experience seeing Kenny alongside King Solomon Hicks this past summer at The Factory! ...

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This week, we're scratching The Itch to see four shows at four venues in two days! That's right, The Itch has been so busy that it's another double episode week. Join us for a recap of seeing Fame on Fire and Kingdom Collapse (at the Old Rock House), Corey Taylor, Wargasm UK, and Itch favorites Oxymorrons (at The Factory), Memphis May Fire, Catch Your Breath, and Another Day Dawns (at Red Flag), and Shinedown, Papa Roach, and Spiri...

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This week, we're scratching The Itch for a birthday celebration! Aaron may not have had KC and Dan with him for his big day, but he had Eve 6, and that was enough for a great evening! Join us for tales of ancient automobiles, Yiddish lessons, and a hot tip on bagels as Aaron celebrates a milestone, Dan keeps his lips sealed about prom night, and KC continues his heelish behavior! Enjoy.

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This week, we're scratching the Itch for free beer... and a bonus episode! We've seen so many fun shows lately that, if we publish just one episode per week, we'll perpetually be months behind. So until we're caught up, that means extra episodes for you! In this one, KC recounts his recent experience at a Bud Light-sponsored "pop up" show featuring Dashboard Confessional and Itch favorite Des Rocs. Join us for sordid tale...

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September 5, 2023 29 mins

This week, we're scratching not just an Itch, but an artist off our wish list! Chad Sexton of 311 joins us to discuss the 30th anniversary re-issue of his band's debut album Music, the fine art of creating a setlist, and what keeps five people together in a band for over three decades (hint: it might be bacon). Plus, Chad takes us on a trip down memory lane with stories from a few album eras, Aaron doesn't get to talk about drum ar...

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This week, we're scratching The Itch ... for crime? Dan and KC visited the Red Flag to see the Collapse Tour, featuring Secrets, Outline in Color, Nerv, and our friend Joey Varela and VRSTY, whom the guys may or may not have inadvertently kidnapped. Join us for a fun talk about tour camaraderie, on-stage swagger, and the search for Subway. Plus, a shout out to St. Louis' own Discrepancies, and the long-awaited debut of The Itch Box...

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August 22, 2023 36 mins

This week, we're scratching The Itch for family fun! In episode 154, Dan introduced his son Dean to our guest grandson. Not long after, Dan and his family got to see grandson at The Factory on his I Love You, I'm Trying tour with K.Flay (whose new album Mono drops in September). A fun (and sometimes sleepy) time was had by all! Enjoy.

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This week, we're scratching The Itch to catch up on the back catalog! Months ago, The Itch saw a series of very memorable shows. But once we started the Upheaval interviews, those episodes got put on the back burner. Now we're bringing you some overdue coverage of some headbangin' shows. First up, our experience seeing Indian folk metal band Bloodywood alongside Vended and Wargasm at Pops! If you haven't felt the energy of a band l...

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This week, we're scratching The Itch for a throwback! Blake Bedsaul was our third guest, back in episode 44. Now he's back for our 50th interview, and he brought his brother Zach along for the ride! The Bedsaul brothers and their band, SAUL, have just released their second full-length album, This Is It... The End of Everything, and they're here to talk about the evolution of their sound, processing the loss of their mother, and the...

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August 1, 2023 59 mins

Welcome to the Uprising... one more time! Detroit's In Our Wake joins us to close out the series by sharing the Upheaval experience from the artist's perspective. Join us to hear tales of what it's like to be independent, what to do when a pandemic depletes your band, and why Michiganders are such sweethearts. Plus: The Itch welcomes its youngest guest. And a record is broken, as well as some knees.

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July 25, 2023 101 mins

The Uprising has welcomed us! Upheaval is in the books, and we made it out alive, but not unscathed! Join us (and a very special guest) to recap our two days in Grand Rapids. Who we saw, who we didn't, and what made this such a memorable experience from start to finish. It's a long one, but we promise the ride is worth it.

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Welcome to the uprising! While we get some much-needed rest after a wild weekend at Upheaval, we found some fun snippets from our interview series to tide you over until our recap. You’ll hear the crazy story of why Alfonso from Heartsick missed our initial interview attempt, get some insight into the busy lives of the Oxymorrons as they prepare to release their debut album, catch a preview of a future conversation topic with Eva U...

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Welcome to the uprising! Rebecca Potzner of Banded PR joins us in this episode to discuss her journey into the world of music publicity and the role(s) she plays on the Upheaval team. Rebecca is the person responsible for giving us the green light to partner with Upheaval on this series, so we had to give her the final pre-fest spotlight. But stay tuned, because we've got more to come in the Upheaval aftermath!

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Welcome to the uprising! MiEntertainment's Chris Meyer, one of the creators of Upheaval, joins us to discuss the complicated work of concert promotion, being a family business, and even a few wish list artists for next year's Upheaval! We hope you enjoy this behind-the-scenes look at a part of the music business that means so much to us.

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Welcome to the uprising! Ricardo Ortiz and Gabby Bryant of Ann Arbor-based Upheaval openers Black Note Graffiti join us in this episode. They discuss road testing new music, their love for a certain festival headliner, the dynamic of changing from predominantly male lead vocals to predominantly female, and a pair of strong words for a home state artist!

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Welcome to the uprising! The Itch's most frequent guest Eva Marie of Eva Under Fire ups her tally to five as she joins us to talk about her Michigan band's Upheaval debut! If you're interested in Halestorm and Evanescence fandom, Detroit radio, and the perks of having a supportive mother, Eva's got you covered. And we heavily recommend checking out Eva Under Fire's debut album Love, Drugs, & Misery. Enjoy.

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June 21, 2023 69 mins

Welcome to the uprising! All four of 2022 Upheaval performers and notably pretty punk boy band Oxymorrons join us this week for our second conversation. Our first interview, in January 2022, was somehow one of the funniest and deepest chats we've ever had, and this doesn't disappoint as a follow-up. As they prepare to release their first full LP, Melanin Punk, they've got plenty to say about the creative process, keeping fans' expe...

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Welcome to the uprising! Alfonso Civile of Heartsick kicks off our series as a subject matter expert on all things Michigan, including Upheaval. The Lansing-based band has been a mainstay in the regional heavy music scene for years, and, as you'll hear from his stories, Alfonso has a knack for rubbing elbows with the biggest stars in rock while maintaining a humble heart for small-town musicians who just want to make noise with the...

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June 8, 2023 3 mins

The Itch is here with a special guest and some big news! We've got summer plans that you won't wanna miss!

If you like what you hear, you can hear more of us every Sunday night broadcasting rock to the masses from 6-9pm CST on KCLC-FM. If you're not in the St. Louis area, you can stream the show from, TuneIn,, and OnlineRadioBox!

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