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This is a story for the weirdos, the loners, the ugly ducklings. Dear Young Rocker is a raw, music-oriented, audio memoir. In this scripted, narrative podcast, listeners both laugh and empathize as our protagonist Chelsea struggles to feel cool enough to exist and finds a home in music. It's also a series of letters of from older Chelsea to her younger self, reminding us all that as alone as we may have felt at that age, there's so many others out there who've felt just like us. Created, written, narrated, and produced by Chelsea Ursin. Executive produced by Jake Brennan (Disgraceland).
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Trailer for Season 1 of Dear Young Rocker coming early 2020 from Double Elvis Productions and iHeartMedia Podcasts.
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). Season one features twelve episodes, premiering January 15th with new episodes releasing weekly on Wednesdays. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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). Season one features twelve episodes, premiering January 15th with new episodes releasing weekly on Wednesdays. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
E1: STEAM

E1: STEAM

2020-01-1534:433

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 important. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
E2: BASS PLAYER

E2: BASS PLAYER

2020-01-1539:442

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 playing bass. Old Chelsea provides some much-needed advice about making and keeping friends. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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 internet for people who feel like she does about music. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
E4: BATTLE OF THE BANDS

E4: BATTLE OF THE BANDS

2020-01-2934:382

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 appearance by the cop's can't get her down. Older Chelsea explains the difference between the right way and the wrong way to build one's self-esteem. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
E5: KISS

E5: KISS

2020-02-0541:19

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 friends, things can get sticky in a band when relationships form. Older Chelsea explains the power of saying "no thank you." Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
E6: BREAKING UP

E6: BREAKING UP

2020-02-1243:00

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. Older Chelsea tells her to remember that when anxiety speeds you up that you must slow yourself down. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
E7: ACHE

E7: ACHE

2020-02-1940:21

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 young Chelsea. She's dealing with the urges of others and herself. The only thing keeping her grounded is the music. But is it enough? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
E8: GRADUATION

E8: GRADUATION

2020-02-2646:13

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 looking forward to college but her cello teacher doesn't think music school is for her. She makes a painful decision to give up what she loves most. Without music, life is even more confusing and scary but older Chelsea reassures her that high school isn't everything and that she has so much life left to live and time to be happy.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
E9: STICK WITH IT

E9: STICK WITH IT

2020-03-0444:00

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 Blum) and Worriers (Lauren Denitzio) add their own experiences to the collective Dear Young Rocker story of finding a voice in music, and give some straight-talking advice to their younger selves, such as to just “stick with it." Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
E10: FRESHMAN

E10: FRESHMAN

2020-03-1146:59

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 she can't say the same for her roommate. She wonders if once again she's just surrounded by the wrong people, or is it her? Older Chelsea gives a brief explanation on consent in response to the actions of a creepy guy from orientation. Songwriter Stef Chura talks about her own adolescent journey into music. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
EP11: MUSIC MAJOR

EP11: MUSIC MAJOR

2020-03-1838:24

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 Recording Technology. Once again despite feeling in her heart that she's probably on the right path, outside factors threaten to scare her away from it before she even starts. Musician Ella Williams, known as Squirrel Flower (Polyvinyl Records) sends in a letter to her young musician self.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
E12: AURAL SKILLS

E12: AURAL SKILLS

2020-03-2547:001

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 ability once again and it hinders her bonding with her classmates. Against her own instincts, she continues an internet-based relationship. Musician and poet Sadie Dupuis of Speedy Ortiz chimes in with a guest letter describing her own early songwriting experiences and influences. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Comments (4)

Whitney Rodden

This is relatable af! Took me right back to my own awkward youth when I first heard alternative rock. Well done. 😎

Apr 12th
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Masi s

How can I view the text of this podcast?

Apr 11th
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Caio C

I love that!

Feb 29th
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Jason Burnett

love this podcast!!!. i can relate 100%. I went Acton-Boxborough and Leominster highschools around the same time. I spent alot of time at the palladium.

Feb 26th
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