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. Proud part of Pantheon - the podcast network for music lovers.

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1
Quarantine Playlist: Class of 2012
Featuring quarantine-themed songs from the 2012 Rock Hall inductees
57 min
2
Quarantine Playlist: Class of 2013
Featuring quarantine-themed songs from the 2013 Rock Hall class
50 min
3
Quarantine Playlist: Class of 2014
Featuring quarantine-themed songs from the 2014 Rock Hall class
55 min
4
Quarantine Playlist: Class of 2015
Featuring quarantine-themed songs from the 2015 Rock Hall class
56 min
5
Quarantine Playlist: Class of 2016
Featuring a playlist of quarantine-themed songs from the 2016 Rock Hall class
49 min
6
Quarantine Playlist: Class of 2017
Featuring quarantine-themed songs from the Rock Hall class of 2017
51 min
7
Quarantine Playlist: Class of 2018
A quarantine-themed playlist featuring songs from the 2018 Rock Hall inductees
51 min
8
Remembering John Prine
A remastered version of the show's 2018 episode about John Prine with comedian/writer George McAuliffe
37 min
9
Quarantine Playlist: Class of 2019
Joe shares with Kristen the next quarantine-themed playlist, featuring songs from the 2019 Rock Hall inductees.
54 min
10
Quarantine Playlist: Class of 2020
Joe shares his quarantine-themed playlist featuring one song from each of this year's inductees.
58 min
11
Divas of Future Passed
Kristen walks Joe and guest Joey Devine through the lineups of the Divas Live concerts from 2000 to today.
52 min
12
Divas Live '99
Kristen takes the reins again and makes Joe and guest Joey Devine watch the VH-1 Divas Live special from 1999.
51 min
13
100th Episode: Divas Live '98
For the show's 100th episode, Kristen takes the reins and makes Joe and guest Joey Devine watch the inaugural VH-1 Divas Live special from 1998.
51 min
14
Rick Krim (Current Nominating Committee Member)
Music industry veteran Rick Krim joins Joe and Kristen to discuss his experiences as a current member of the Rock Hall nominating committee.
80 min
15
A History of Hip Hop Inductees w/ CJ Toledano
Joe walks co-host Kristen and guest CJ Toledano through the Rock Hall's history of hip hop inductees.
72 min
16
A History of Pop Music Inductees w/ Ellie McElvain
Joe walks co-host Kristen and return guest Ellie McElvain through the history of pop musicians being inducted into the Rock Hall
59 min
17
A History of Posthumous Inductee Tribute Perfor...
Joe walks co-host Kristen and return guest Jamison Webb through the Rock Hall's history of tribute performances for posthumous inductees.
69 min
18
A History of Non-Performer Inductees
49 min
19
Remastered: Whitney Houston w/ Carl Tart
From the archives, this episode from 2018 about Whitney Houston with comedian Carl Tart has been remastered for brevity's sake and to include song clips.
45 min
20
2020 Inductee Announcement w/ Joey Devine
At long last, Joe reveals the Class of 2020 inductees to co-host Kristen and frequent guest Joey Devine.
63 min
21
Calling More Voters (Bob Merlis, Evelyn McDonne...
Joe & Kristen go back to the phones to call up more current members of the voting body to see who they picked on this year's ballot.
65 min
22
Calling Some Voters (Gregg Geller, Roy Trakin, ...
Joe & Kristen take to the phones to call up some current members of the voting body to see who they picked on this year's ballot.
62 min
23
Dave Matthews Band w/ Torio Van Grol
Comedian Torio Van Grol joins Joe and Kristen to talk about the most surprising of this year's nominees, the Dave Matthews Band.
76 min
24
The Notorious B.I.G. w/ Vinny Pagán
Production director for LA hip-hop radio station Power 106 Vinny Pagán joins Joe & Kristen to talk about current nominee and one of the greatest rappers of all time, The Notorious B.I.G.
78 min
25
Depeche Mode w/ Kat Corbett
Radio personality Kat Corbett (KROQ, SiriusXM) joins Joe and Kristen to talk about post-punk synth goths and current inductees Depeche Mode.
73 min
26
T. Rex w/ Ben Merlis
Author Ben Merlis joins Joe and Kristen to advocate for current nominees and inventors of glam rock T. Rex.
75 min
27
Judas Priest w/ Bob Nalbandian
Filmmaker and podcaster Bob Nalbandian (Inside Metal, Shockwaves Skullsessions) joins Joe and Kristen to talk about British heavy metal giants and current Rock Hall nominees Judas Priest.
69 min
28
Nine Inch Nails w/ Matt Pinfield
Radio and television personality Matt Pinfield (MTV's 120 Minutes) joins Joe & Kristen to discuss current Rock Hall nominee and industrial rock pioneer Nine Inch Nails.
75 min
29
Rufus featuring Chaka Khan w/ Jimetta Rose
LA-based singer-songwriter Jimetta Rose joins Joe & Kristen to talk about funk outfit and current nominees Rufus featuring Chaka Khan.
77 min
30
Motörhead w/ Janiss Garza
Co-author of Lemmy Kilmister's autobiography "White Line Fever" Janiss Garza joins Joe & Kristen to talk about current nominees and metal gods Motörhead.
70 min
31
The Doobie Brothers w/ Steve Huey
Yacht Rock host and former Allmusic writer "Hollywood" Steve Huey joins Joe & Kristen to advocate for current nominees The Doobie Brothers.
75 min
32
Soundgarden w/ Kyle Duncan Graham
Musician and heavy metal DJ Kyle Duncan Graham (FOE) joins Joe & Kristen to talk about Seattle grunge godfathers Soundgarden.
74 min
33
2020 Nominee Announcement w/ Joey Devine & Greg...
Joe and Kristen are joined by friends of the show Joey Devine and Greg Heller for the announcement of the Rock Hall Class of 2020 nominees.
72 min
34
What to Expect from the 2020 Nominations w/ All...
Musician, podcaster, and return guest Allie Goertz joins Joe and Kristen for a special episode all about the expectations for next week's nomination announcement.
66 min
35
2020 Nominee Draft w/ Jimmy Pardo & Joey Devine
Comedians/friends Jimmy Pardo and Joey Devine join Joe and Kristen for the second annual Rock Hall Nominee Draft!
58 min
36
The Return of Seymour Stein, Bob Merlis, and An...
Nominating Committee all-stars Seymour Stein, Bob Merlis, and Andy Paley return to the show to talk about all things Rock Hall and many things not.
68 min
37
First-Year-Eligibles of 2020 w/ Paul Brittain
Comedian/actor Paul Brittain returns to the show for a very special episode all about acts that become eligible for the first time in 2020.
70 min
38
Weezer w/ Conor Sullivan
Writer and dear friend of the hosts Conor Sullivan joins Joe and Kristen to talk about the Rock Hall merits of the newly-eligible band Weezer.
77 min
39
Oasis w/ Eve Barlow
Music critic Eve Barlow joins Joe and Kristen to talk about '90s Britpop gods Oasis.
76 min
40
Joy Division/New Order w/ Wendy Fonarow
Indie music scholar and sociology professor Wendy Fonarow joins Joe and Kristen to talk about the potential Rock Hall future for post-punk legends Joy Division/New Order.
76 min
41
Thin Lizzy w/ Guy Norman Bee
TV director Guy Norman Bee (Supernatural, Criminal Minds) joins Joe and Kristen to talk about the Rock Hall merits of Irish hard rockers Thin Lizzy.
69 min
42
Slayer w/ Greg Heller
Television producer and former rock journalist Greg Heller joins Joe and Kristen to discuss the Rock Hall merits of thrash metal godfathers Slayer.
81 min
43
The J. Geils Band w/ Mike Scully
Writer/producer Mike Scully (The Simpsons) joins Joe and Kristen to talk about one his favorite groups and frequent Rock Hall nominee, The J. Geils Band.
84 min
44
De La Soul w/ Oliver Wang
Culture writer, author, and podcast host Oliver Wang (Heat Rocks podcast) joins Joe and Kristen to talk about the potential Rock Hall future of groundbreaking hip-hop trio De La Soul.
76 min
45
Carpenters w/ Karen Tongson
Writer and podcaster Karen Tongson joins Joe and Kristen to talk about the Carpenters and their Rock Hall merits.
79 min
46
The B-52's w/ Oscar Montoya
Comedian and fellow podcaster Oscar Montoya join Joe and Kristen to discuss the Rock Hall merits of campy New Wave all-stars The B-52's.
78 min
47
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
48
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
49
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
50
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
51
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
52
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
53
Boston w/ Colleen Green
Musician Colleen Green joins Joe and Kristen to discuss the band Boston and their potential Rock Hall future.
83 min
54
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
55
Blur w/ Siobhan Thompson
Writer/comedian Siobhan Thompson joins Joe and Kristen to discuss the Rock Hall merits of Britpop legends Blur.
74 min
56
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
57
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
58
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
59
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
60
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
61
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
62
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
63
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
64
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
65
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
66
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
67
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
68
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
69
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
70
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
71
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
72
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
73
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
74
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
75
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
76
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
77
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
78
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
79
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
80
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
81
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
82
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
83
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
84
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
85
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
86
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
87
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
88
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
89
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
90
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
91
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
92
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
93
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
94
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
95
Special Announcement!
No new episode this week, but Joe & Kristen have a fun announcement. Also included is something special from the archives!
12 min
96
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
97
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
98
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
99
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
100
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