Introducing Dear Young Rocker

A podcast memoir about finding a home in rock music and learning to flourish in your own weird way. Created and narrated by Chelsea Ursin, executive produced by Jake Brennan (Disgraceland). …

E1: STEAM

In this first episode, we travel back to the early 2000’s, get to know young Chelsea and experience first hand her struggles with anxiety, problems with being a girl, and why music is so …

E2: BASS PLAYER

Young Chelsea brings us back to the strange landscape of middle school and recounts how she discovered and fell in love with her favorite band and …

E3: CLAW MARKS AND BLOOD

In this installment of the story young Chelsea goes to her first big show (Green Day), attends a band practice for the first time, although not in the way she anticipated, and searches the …

E4: BATTLE OF THE BANDS

Chelsea's long held dream comes true as she experiences the rush of joining her first band and playing her first live rock show. Everything seems to finally be lining up. Even a surprise …

E5: KISS

A trip to the local fair for young Chelsea and her band ends up a little more eventful than she had planned for. Like with any group of high school …

E6: BREAKING UP

Tensions in the band have been high. Young Chelsea makes some mistakes and tries to do her best to hold things together to keep the music going. …

E7: ACHE

Junior year of high school is usually the time when kids have hit their stride and have found their crew. But things are still pretty complicated for …

E8: GRADUATION

Senior year and graduation is cracked up to be the pinnacle of high school, but Chelsea isn't feeling much school spirit. She just wants out, and is …

E9: STICK WITH IT

Chelsea presses pause on her own story and passes the mic to five other rockers. Members of the bands Palehound (Ellen Kempner and Larz Brogan), Summer Cannibals (Jess Boudreaux and Cassi …

E10: FRESHMAN

Young Chelsea's first semester of college is an adjustment and she isn't sure about being a biology major. She finds one person who "gets it" though …

EP11: MUSIC MAJOR

College is a time to try out different for yourself and Chelsea does just that with a 180 degree major switch from Biology to Music and Sound …

E12: AURAL SKILLS

In this final episode of season one, young Chelsea starts coming up against some obstacles in her new chosen major of music and sound recording. She is feeling inadequate in her musical …

Blood on the Tracks Trailer

Phil Spector: Murderer. Musical genius. His story is told from the perspective of those who knew him best, his famous so-called friends. Blood On The …

Dear Young Rocker Season 2 Trailer

Dear Young Rocker Season 2 launches August 26th, 2020. Tune in for a raw, honest, and strange story about finding yourself in your early 20's and a life-long relationship with music, along …

E13: STUDIO TIME

In the Season 2 premiere of Dear Young Rocker, we find young Chelsea where we left her - in college as a sound recording technology major. She falls …

E14: NO MORE JAZZ

Choosing a major, or sticking with one, can be pretty stressful. Chelsea decides to take a break from thinking about it and joins a new yoga class …

E15: TRUE SELF

With no music in her life for the foreseeable future, Chelsea has found a way to fill the hole in her life by getting more deeply involved with the …

E16: GUITAR CENTER

A teacher takes an interest in Chelsea and gives her some feedback that rocks her world. She also does some jamming: by herself, with a new potential band, and with her friend at the world …

E17: WRITER

Chelsea meets a friend in German class and struggles to live up to her new self-imposed expectations as a writer. She lets music fall by the wayside but uses her creativity to instead plan …

E18: THE ISLAND

Sometimes running away from your problems is actually the right thing to do. Chelsea spends a summer living on the beach on Martha’s Vineyard in a cottage with no TV, internet, or cell …

E19: DESTINY

Chelsea experiences what feels like destiny when she runs into a crush in the most romantic way possible. An intense relationship develops between the pair, who happen to have a large age …

E20: CRAIGSLIST

In this installment, Chelsea deals with a lot of change at once. The confusion and pain of her first major heartbreak is followed by an ambivalent …

E21: ROCK CAMP PART 1

Chelsea has a transformative experience as a mentor and music teacher at a week of Girls Rock Camp. Her band of high schoolers causes her to feel …

E22: ROCK CAMP PART 2

The story of the young band at rock camp continues. Chelsea helps them finish their new song and get ready to perform. In the process she realizes she might actually be what’s blocking …

E23: SWEDEN

This episode of Dear Young Rocker finds our heroine in Scandinavia for the summer to volunteer at another rock camp. Being so far from home is …

E24: PURPOSE

In the season two finale of Dear Young Rocker, Chelsea feels an intense desire to make noise and tell stories. For the first time she fronts her own band. By writing her own songs and …

Angie and David Bowie: The Prettiest Star

In the summer of 1969, people all over the world were gripped by space fever in the wake of NASA’s Apollo 11 mission, which would successfully land …

Dear Young Rocker Season 3 Trailer

Dear Young Rocker Season 3 launches April 7th, 2021. Tune in for a music-themed audio memoir podcast where musicians tell the stories of their teenage struggles and triumphs and how they …

E25: PRELUDE

Chelsea tells us the origin story of Dear Young Rocker and makes the case for creating the work you want to, rather than waiting for someone else to hand you the keys to the life you dream …

E26: NERD CAMP - FEAT. AMY HOFFMAN OF FUTURE TEENS

Amy Hoffman of the band Future Teens has a transformative high school summer at an academic camp in Missouri. When a teacher encourages the students …

Introducing 27 Club Season 3

Listen to Season 3 of the 27 Club to hear the wild details behind the life of one of rock's greatest icons — Janis Joplin. From her roots as a …

E27: CRYING IN H MART FEAT. MICHELLE ZAUNER OF JAPANESE BREAKFAST

Michelle Zauner joins Chelsea to read a selection from and discuss her new book Crying in H Mart (Knopf). Chelsea asks Michelle about her writing process, her teenage relationship with her …

E28: DOC MARTENS FEAT. MIA BERRIN OF POM POM SQUAD

Mia Berrin, frontwoman of Pom Pom Squad, tells the story of a difficult freshman year of high school in Florida. She endured racially-motivated …

Introducing Badlands Season 1: Hollywoodland

Launching May 5th, BADLANDS is a new true crime anthology podcast from Jake Brennan, creator and host of the award-winning music and true crime …

E29: THE BLAZER FEAT LIRA MONDAL OF SWEEPING PROMISES

Lira Mondal of the band Sweeping Promises shares her story of growing up in Arkansas as a nerdy choir kid longing to fit into an alternative rock …

E30: FOLK PUNK FEAT. KATIE LAU OF PAINTED ZEROS

Katie Lau takes the mic on this episode and tells her story of adolescent self-discovery as a kid that withdrew after some harsh bullying but came …

Introducing Here Comes the Break, a new podcast from Double Elvis

Here Comes the Break, a new podcast from Double Elvis and Def Jam, premieres on Thursday, May 13th.


Executive produced by Jake Brennan, Here Comes the Break features real interviews and …

E31: ANXIOUS BUT OKAY FEAT ELISE OKUSAMI

Elise Okusami of the band Oceanator started playing guitar and listening to Green Day pretty young at nine years old, and her first band wasn't long …

E32: STOMPHIA FEAT WENDY EISENBERG

Wendy Eisenberg went through a best friend transition in middle school that led to playing in their first band and some insight about what it means …

E33: GAY ROCKER FEAT LG OF THELMA AND THE SLEAZE

LG of the band Thelma and the Sleaze brings us all the way back to her early adolescence in Kankakee Illinois. Surviving a childhood marked by head …

About A Girl Season 2 Preview With Nikki Lynette

About A Girl returns on June 7th with twelve new episodes about women who have played crucial roles in music history, but whose fascinating personal …

E34: SKANKING FEAT ANJIMILE

While Anjimile Chithambo was growing up in Richardson Texas, he found himself drawn more and more to music. After trying different genres on for …

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