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Who Cares About the Rock Hall?
A podcast about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame hosted by comedians Joe Kwaczala and Kristen Studard. He's a long-time devotee. She's a skeptic. Join them as he attempts to get her (and their guests) to care about this institution.
Performing Arts
The Guess Who w/ Grace Spelman
Writer and music aficionado Grace Spelman joins Joe & Kristen to discuss the Rock Hall merits of '60s Canadian rockers The Guess Who.
76 min
The Monkees w/ John Levenstein
Writer/producer John Levenstein (Arrested Development, Kroll Show) stops by to make a case for The Monkees' induction into the Rock Hall.
81 min
LL Cool J w/ Renee Gauthier
Comedian and writer Renee Gauthier joins Joe and Kristen to talk about the Rock Hall prospects of hip-hop pioneer LL Cool J.
75 min
Duran Duran w/ Dave Schilling
Writer Dave Schilling (WWE, Bleacher Report) joins Joe and Kristen to discuss the potential Rock Hall future for English new wave band Duran Duran.
70 min
George Michael w/ Darren Hayes
Recording artist and former Savage Garden frontman Darren Hayes joins Joe and Kristen to talk about George Michael's Rock Hall prospects.
77 min
A Tribe Called Quest w/ Matt Braunger
Comedian Matt Braunger joins Joe and Kristen to talk about the legendary hip=hop group A Tribe Called Quest.
75 min
Boston w/ Colleen Green
Musician Colleen Green joins Joe and Kristen to discuss the band Boston and their potential Rock Hall future.
83 min
Blink-182 w/ Whitmer Thomas
Comedian/actor Whitmer Thomas joins Joe and Kristen to talk about pop-punk godfathers Blink-182 and their potential induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
81 min
Blur w/ Siobhan Thompson
Writer/comedian Siobhan Thompson joins Joe and Kristen to discuss the Rock Hall merits of Britpop legends Blur.
74 min
The Best of the First Year
In this clip show, Joe and Kristen look back at some memorable moments from the first year of the podcast. A great episode for people new to the show, as well as people who just love to remember!
47 min
2019 Induction Ceremony (HBO Broadcast) w/ Jess...
Vulture writer and podcaster Jesse David Fox (Good One) returns to the show to discuss HBO's broadcast of the 2019 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Sorry for the late upload on this-- technical difficulties, nah mean? This closes the...
102 min
A History of Multiple Inductees
In honor of Stevie Nicks' second induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, we present an episode entirely about multiple inductees. Listen (and play?) along as Kristen tries to guess them all! Note: this is an episode from the vault that was...
53 min
Evelyn McDonnell & the Hall's "Women Problem"
Author and rock critic Evelyn McDonnell joins Joe & Kristen to talk about her recently-published article "The Manhandling of Rock 'N' Roll History." Also discussed is her history with the Hall, male-driven rock criticism, Ahmet Ertegun, and...
55 min
Whose Induction Matters Most? (Vulture Exclusive)
Recorded before the ceremony, Joe & Kristen rank the 2019 inductees in terms of how important their induction is for the artists themselves and how important it is for the Hall. This conversation originally ran as an exclusive on Vulture.
44 min
Gregg Geller (Former Nominating Committee Member)
Gregg Geller was not only on the Rock Hall nominating committee for 25 years, but for every induction ceremony since the beginning, he has curated the official CD that VIP attendees receive. He joins Joe & Kristen (in New York City!) to talk about...
66 min
2019 Induction Ceremony w/ Neil Walls (Future R...
Neil Walls is the foremost Rock Hall expert in the world and creator of the website Future Rock Legends. He joins Joe & Kristen to review the 2019 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. Also, somehow the first 20 minutes of this episode...
85 min
What to Expect at the 2019 Induction Ceremony
Our final predictions of what we think might happen at the 2019 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.
62 min
The Cure w/ Kat Corbett
KROQ DJ Kat Corbett joins Joe & Kristen to talk about one of this year's inductees, The Cure. We just had to cover them before they were inducted! Also discussed in this episode is the evolution of radio formats, Joe's first radio contest win, and...
80 min
2017 Induction Ceremony (Part Two) w/ Scott Gai...
The thrilling conclusion to our first ever two-parter episode! We wrap up our watch/review of the 2017 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony with the very funny writer/podcaster Scott Gairdner (Podcast: The Ride)
63 min
2017 Induction Ceremony (Part One) w/ Scott Gai...
The great writer/podcaster Scott Gairdner (Moonbeam City, Podcast: the Ride) returns to the show to watch and review the 2017 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. We're getting close to this year's induction ceremony! Also, we go waaay...
61 min
2016 Induction Ceremony w/ Jesse David Fox
Journalist Jesse David Fox (Vulture) flew all the way from New York just to watch and review the 2016 Rock Hall Induction Ceremony with Joe and Kristen. And he was probably also in LA for some other things, but this is all that matters! 
81 min
2002 Induction Ceremony w/ Tommy McNamara
Comedian and fellow podcaster Tommy McNamara (Stand By Your Band) comes all the way from New York to watch the 2002 induction ceremony with Joe and Kristen. That's right-- we're switching it up by going back a decade! This ceremony is available...
65 min
2015 Induction Ceremony w/ Allie Goertz & Alec ...
Musician/writer Allie Goertz and actor/writer Alec Owen join Joe & Kristen to watch the 2015 induction ceremony. Allie's a return guest. Alec's a first-timer. Neither of them have seen an induction ceremony before. Both of them are very funny....
84 min
2014 Induction Ceremony w/ BUTT (Joe McAdam & C...
The sketch group BUTT (Joe McAdam & Chris Stephens) join Joe & Kristen to watch and then discuss the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. The beginning of this episode got messed up, and we're very sorry! We think you'll get...
62 min
2013 Induction Ceremony w/ James Austin Johnson...
#CeremonySeason continues as Joe and Kristen review the 2013 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony with comedians/friends James Austin Johnson and Sam Wiles. 
66 min
2012 Induction Ceremony w/ Amy Silverberg
Comedian/writer Amy Silverberg joins Joe & Kristen for the second installment of #CeremonySeason. They watch the 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, the first one broadcast on HBO. Amy doesn't know much about music, but she's so...
94 min
2011 Induction Ceremony w/ Sean O'Connor
Comedian/writer Sean O'Connor joins Joe & Kristen to watch the 2011 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. This is the first in a very special run of episodes in which Joe forces Kristen to watch old induction ceremonies! She's pretty...
66 min
2019 Singles Draft w/ Jamison Webb & Joey Devine
Comedians/writers/favorites Jamison Webb and Joey Devine join Joe & Kristen for the first annual Rock Hall Singles Draft! Which songs will be chosen? Did Kristen prepare? (No!)
65 min
Joe & Kristen Go to the Museum!
In this episode "from the vault," Joe and Kristen talk about their recent visits to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame museum in Cleveland.
39 min
A History of First-Year-Nominated Inductees
Joe gives Kristen and Joey a history lesson of the artists who have been inducted into the Rock Hall the first time they appeared on the ballot.
60 min
A History of First-Year-Eligible Inductees
Joe gives Kristen and Joey a history lesson on the artists that the Rock Hall has inducted in their first year of eligibility.
47 min
2019 Inductee Announcement w/ Joey Devine
Joe reveals the names of the inductees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2019 to Kristen and Joey.
56 min
The Zombies w/ Josh Androsky
Writer and comedian Josh Androsky joins Joe & Kristen to talk about the induction merits of current nominees, The Zombies. Also discussed in this episode is the hosts' excursion to see Elvis Costello, Mike Love's similarity to Donald Trump, and...
91 min
John Prine w/ George McAuliffe
Comedian and writer George McAuliffe joins Joe and Kristen to talk about the Rock Hall prospects of current nominee, singer-songwriter John Prine. George also goes deep on Bruce Springsteen, specifically regarding a very special moment the two shared.
82 min
Def Leppard w/ Patrick Fabian
Actor Patrick Fabian (Better Call Saul) joins Joe & Kristen to talk about one of his favorite bands, current Rock Hall nominee Def Leppard. Also discussed in this episode: Patrick's attendance of the 2017 induction ceremony, his run-ins with...
106 min
Kraftwerk w/ DeMorge Brown
Actor/director DeMorge Brown joins Joe & Kristen to talk the potential Rock Hall future of one of his favorite bands, Kraftwerk. Also in this episode: the surprising rules of Jon Bon Jovi's restaurant, the meaning of Steve Miller's The Joker, and...
93 min
Todd Rundgren w/ Roy Trakin
Former Nominating Committee member and journalist Roy Trakin returns to the show to discuss the career and Rock Hall merits of Todd Rundgren! Also, Joe and Kristen help Roy fill out his ballot! This episode is really something... anything?
78 min
Janet Jackson w/ Gerrick Kennedy
Journalist/author Gerrick Kennedy joins Joe and Kristen to talk about his love for Janet Jackson and her Rock Hall prospects. Also discussed are Gerrick's feelings about having to somewhat pay attention to the Hall as a journalist, as well as...
82 min
MC5 w/ Mikal Cronin
Musician and indie darling Mikal Cronin joins Joe & Kristen to talk about another M.C.-- current Rock Hall nominees the MC5. They evaluate the Detroit rock pioneers' chances of induction and also take a look at the official fan vote on the Hall's...
84 min
Devo w/ Rhea Butcher
Comedian Rhea Butcher (Three Swings Podcast) joins Joe & Kristen to talk about the Rock Hall merits of current nominee and fellow Ohioans, Devo. This meaty episode also features some KCSN appreciation, record player recommendations, and additional...
99 min
2019 Nominee Announcement! (For Real!) w/ Joey ...
Joe makes Kristen meet up at the crack of 5am, so he can reveal the nominees (as they become available) for the Rock Hall Class of 2019. Former guest Joey Devine opens his doors and lends some equipment (and commentary) to make this wild-ass episode...
40 min
2019 Nominee Announcement! (Not Really...)
The long-awaited nominees for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2019 are here. Or are they?
31 min
2019 Nominee Draft w/ Greg Behrendt & Joey Devine
Comedians (and podcasters) Greg Behrendt and Joey Devine return to the show to join Joe and Kristen for the inaugural "Who Cares" Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Nominee Draft! The group takes turns picking eligible artists that they believe will be...
76 min
Seymour Stein, Andy Paley, and Bob Merlis
In this very special episode, Joe & Kristen are joined by former Nominating Committee members Andy Paley & Bob Merlis, alongside current member and INDUCTEE, the legendary Seymour Stein. Much is discussed (and sung!) in this super-sized...
105 min
The Previously Nominated w/ Joe McAdam
Comedian/writer Joe McAdam joins Joe & Kristen to chat about ALL the artists who have been nominated but not inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. It's another chapter in our on-going special coverage, leading up to this year's nominee...
74 min
First Year Eligibles of 2019
As we approach the nominee announcement for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2019, Joe & Kristen review the significant (and not so significant) artists who are in their first year of eligibility.
50 min
Sublime w/ Cullen Crawford
Writer Cullen Crawford (The Late Show with Stephen Colbert) joins Joe & Kristen to express his complicated love for Sublime, as they evaluate their potential for Rock Hall induction. Also discussed are Joe and Kristen's Rock Hall...
82 min
Warren Zevon w/ James Fritz
Stand-up comedian James Fritz joins Joe & Kristen to discuss Warren Zevon's potential as a Rock Hall inductee. Also discussed is Randy Newman's recent concert at the Hollywood Bowl, and we revisit the ballot from the year 2000. It's a new...
80 min
Special Announcement!
No new episode this week, but Joe & Kristen have a fun announcement. Also included is something special from the archives!
12 min
Indigo Girls w/ Emily Heller
Comedian/writer Emily Heller (Barry, People of Earth) comes by the podcast to let Joe & Kristen know why she thinks the Indigo Girls belong in the Hall. Also discussed is the changing attitudes towards selling out, Phil Collins vs. Peter Gabriel,...
105 min
Harry Nilsson w/ Megan Koester
Comedian and writer Megan Koester joins Joe & Kristen to talk about the surprising Rock Hall snub Harry Nilsson. She also provides some information on her correspondence with actor Curtis Armstrong, who is also a thorough Nilsson archivist....
100 min
Taylor Swift w/ Ellie McElvain
Stand-up and writer Ellie McElvain joins Joe & Kristen to rep hard for Taylor Swift and her potential Rock Hall future in this pop-heavy episode. Also discussed are Rolling Stone's list of "The New Immortals" as well as choreographed middle school...
117 min
They Might Be Giants w/ Joey Devine
Comedian and podcaster Joey Devine (Roundball Rock podcast) comes by to talk about the divisive They Might Be Giants with Joe & Kristen. Also discussed is Joey's run-in with Seymour Stein, a potential Eagles Broadway musical, and good rock...
100 min
Pat Benatar w/ Karen Kilgariff
Comedian & musician Karen Kilgariff (My Favorite Murder podcast) joins Joe & Kristen to evaluate the Hall prospects of a much-discussed artist: Pat Benatar! Also discussed are rock & roll murders, snubbed female musicians, and something...
104 min
Radiohead w/ Demi Adejuyigbe
Comedian/writer/podcaster Demi Adejuyigbe (The Good Place, Punch Up the Jam) comes by to talk the criminally-snubbed Radiohead with Joe & Kristen. Also discussed is potential future first-year-eligible inductees, as well as Kristen's mom's visit...
109 min
Lesley Gore w/ Bob Merlis
Former Nominating Committee member Bob Merlis comes by the studio to tell Joe & Kristen about his experiences with the Hall. Lots of fun insights and stories, as Bob was on the NomCom for 23 years and has been in the industry working in publicity...
102 min
Iron Maiden w/ Jimmy Pardo
Comedian and fellow podcaster Jimmy Pardo (Never Not Funny, Conan) joins Joe & Kristen to talk the merits of Iron Maiden in this super-sized episode. Also discussed is Jimmy's trip to the 2016 induction, as well as Jimmy Buffett's Hall prospects.
109 min
BONUS EPISODE - A Defense of The Moody Blues
In this very first bonus episode, Joe tries to make a case for The Moody Blues' induction, so that Kristen can stop being so mad about it.
36 min
Roxy Music w/ Roy Trakin
Former Nominating Committee member Roy Trakin joins Joe & Kristen to talk about his history with the Hall, as well as the merits of Roxy Music. Roy has had a long career as a rock journalist and gives some insight as to what goes down when the...
92 min
Whitney Houston w/ Carl Tart
The hilarious Carl Tart (Comedy Bang! Bang!) joins Joe & Kristen to talk about one of the hall's biggest snubs: Whitney Houston. Other divas (who are in and not in the Hall) are discussed, like Donna Summer, Tina Turner, and Chaka Khan. Also, they...
101 min
Liz Phair w/ Emma Koenig
Emma Koenig, author of the new book MOAN, swings by the studio to talk to Joe & Kristen about alt-rock goddess Liz Phair. They also go through some of Vulture writer Bill Wyman's ranking of all the Rock Hall inductees. And the gang plays a game at...
98 min
Foo Fighters w/ Allie Goertz
Musician/writer Allie Goertz joins Joe & Kristen to talk about Foo Fighters. Also discussed is Allie's father's 80s cover band (Knyght Ryder) as well as Jeff Lynne's ELO and if any women like The Who. Almost nothing rude is said about The Moody...
94 min
Toto w/ Scott Gairdner
Joe & Kristen welcome the very funny writer/director Scott Gairdner (Conan, Moonbeam City) to talk about studio musician supergroup and '80s hitmakers Toto. The Hall's stance on country music is discussed, as well as its consistent snubbing of...
97 min
2018 Induction Ceremony w/ Jamison Webb
Joe & Kristen welcome comedian/actor Jamison Webb (The Second City) to talk about the Hall. Like Joe, Jamison is actually invested in this institution and has been for a while! This upsets Kristen. The bulk of this episode is dedicated to...
97 min
The Prodigy w/ Anna Seregina
Comedian Anna Seregina joins Joe & Kristen on the podcast this week. Much of the episode is spent recapping Joe's attempts to get into the 2017 induction ceremony. Also, the '90s techno, big-beat group The Prodigy is evaluated in terms of their...
85 min
Dick Dale w/ Greg Behrendt
Joe & Kristen welcome comedian & author Greg Behrendt (Walking the Room, He's Just Not That Into You) to the podcast. Somehow they get on a tear where they're really roasting The Moody Blues, as Joe begrudgingly tries to make a case for them....
86 min
The Replacements w/ Paul Brittain
Actor and comedian Paul Brittain (SNL) joins Joe & Kristen in this (the second!) episode. Overall, Joe is still attempting to get Kristen on-board with this whole idea. They react to the news of the 2018 induction ceremony, which featured some...
96 min
Pixies w/ Nate Fernald
Comedian Nate Fernald (The Late Late Show) joins Joe & Kristen for the podcast's very first episode. Joe attempts to break down what exactly the Rock Hall is and how it operates, as Kristen laughs in his face. The upcoming 2018 induction is...
83 min