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LITHICS 'MATING SURFACES' OUT NOW

May 26, 2018

“Mating Surfaces is easily one of the best releases this year.” - Bandcamp

“The band’s genius lies not only in the idea of doing so much with so little, but also creating an immersive experience with such serrated edges.” - KEXP

"Elevating promise to certain brilliance, Aubrey Hornor’s languid vocals are fully present yet deftly unemotional on ‘Mating Surfaces’’ dozen combustions." - Loud and Quiet

“it's easy to see what's special about Lithics. They are intense.” - NPR Music

“For the sake of repeating ourselves, Lithics could just be the best post-punk band of this generation” - Post-Trash

“Lithics are one band that you would be a fool to ignore.” - Louder Than War



Happy album week to Lithics! The Portland, OR band's fantastic new LP, Mating Surfaces, is now available on LP, cassette, compact disc, and mp3 download. CLICK HERE TO BUY YOUR COPY!

To celebrate the release of their new album, Lithics are taking their mesmerizing live show on the road for a month-long tour including many dates supporting Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks. See below for tour dates.



LITHICS TOUR DATES


5/26 Portland, OR @ The Spare Room (Album Release Show)
5/29 Spokane, WA @ Baby Bar
5/31 Sioux Falls, SD @ Total Drag Records
6/01 St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club* (SOLD OUT)
6/02 Milwaukee, WI @ Colectivo Back Room* (SOLD OUT)
6/03 Chicago, IL @ Bric-A-Brac Records (Early 5pm show!)
6/03 Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall* (SOLD OUT)
6/05 Columbus, OH @ Ace of Cups* (SOLD OUT)
6/06 Pittsburgh, PA @ Rex Theater*
6/07 Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop*
6/08 Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick*
6/09 Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace* (SOLD OUT)
6/11 Montreal, QC @ Theatre Fairmount*
6/12 Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair* (SOLD OUT)
6/13 Brooklyn, NY @ Union Pool
6/14 Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg* (SOLD OUT)
6/15 Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg* (SOLD OUT)
6/16 Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of the Living Arts*
6/17 Washington DC @ Black Cat*
6/18 Durham, NC @ Chaz's Bull City Records (Free 6pm in-store!)
6/19 Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle*
6/20 Athens, GA @ The Georgia Theatre*
6/21 Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge*
6/22 Louisville, KY @ Zanzabar*
6/23 Cincinnati, OH @ The Woodward Theater*
6/24 St. Louis, MO @ Foam
6/26 Denver, CO @ Lost Lake
6/28 Boise, ID @ Neurolux

* w/ Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks


Lithics' September European tour dates will be announced next week.

HORSE FEATHERS 'APPRECIATION' OUT NOW

May 04, 2018

HAPPY ALBUM RELEASE DAY TO HORSE FEATHERS! Their new album, Appreciation, is available now on LP, CD, and digital services.



On Appreciation, their sixth full-length and the fifth on venerable independent label Kill Rock Stars, the signifiers of the band are there: Lead singer Justin Ringle’s warm tenor and lyrics that speak of work, love, and other struggles. But on this album less of the song dynamics are achieved with strings and more with an exciting new rhythm section steeped in Northern Soul. Longtime violinist Nathan Crockett and keyboardist Dustin Dybvig provide continuity, but much of Appreciation feels like the best of Ringle’s previous musical ideas just took a giant step into a larger arena.

Recorded primarily in Kentucky (at La-La Land Studios in Louisville and Shangri-La Studios in Lexington), the new album features instrumentalists J. Tom Hnatow, Robby Cosenza and R&B vocalist Joslyn Hampton, who helped make Appreciation a mixture of strutting ‘70s-style country-pop (“Without Applause,” “Don’t Mean To Pry”) and supple soul (“Best To Leave,” “Evictions”). But Horse Feathers hasn’t gained accessibility at the expense of quality, nor at the expense of their signature instrumentation (“The Hex” might be the only R&B/soul song where the rhythmic lead is played on banjo). For those who crave what NPR called “the densely pretty seethe of Horse Feathers’ earlier ballads”, the album delivers “Born in Love” and “On the Rise”, accentuating the string surge with Hammond organ, piano, tambourine, and finger snaps.

“It just felt like a fresh take on how my songs can come across,” Ringle says. “With this incarnation, it’s okay if what I’m doing right now is in fact kind of a pop song. I can have a chorus and repeat something. I’m more aware of that and enjoy it.”

Horse Feathers will launch their tour in support of Appreciation in May, see below for dates.



Horse Feather Tour Dates:

May 9 - Vancouver, CN - Fox Cabaret
May 10 - Seattle, WA - Tractor Tavern
May 11 - Portland, OR - Revolution Hall
May 14 - Felton, CA - Don Quixote’s
May 15 - Sacramento, CA @ Harlow's
May 16 - San Francisco, CA - The Chapel
May 17 - Los Angeles, CA - The Bootleg
May 18 - San Diego, CA - Casbah
May 19 - Tucson, AZ - 191 Toole
May 20 - Flagstaff, AZ - Coconino Center For The Arts
May 22 - Santa Fe, NM - Meow Wolf
May 24 - Salt Lake City, UT - State Room
May 25 - Ft Collins, CO - Downtown Artery
May 26 - Denver, CO - Bluebird Theater
May 27 - Kansas City, MO - Record Bar
May 29 - Louisville, KY - Zanzabar
May 30 - Nashville, TN - Hi Watt
May 31 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl
June 1 - Asheville, NC - Mothlight
June 3 - Charlotte, NC - Neighborhood Theater
June 6 - Washington, DC - Union Stage
June 7 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
June 8 - Boston, MA - Sinclair
June 9 - Philadelphia, PA - Boot & Saddle
June 13 - Toronto, ON - Drake
June 14 - Detroit, MI - Otus Supply
June 15 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
June 16 - Minneapolis, MN - Turf Club
June 17 - Omaha, NE - The Waiting Room

LITHICS PREMIERE VIDEO FOR "SPECS" AND FULL US TOUR DATES AT BROOKLYN VEGAN

April 12, 2018

On a grey winter morning Lithics used a handheld video camera to shoot scenes of themselves pretending to play music, walking around a reservoir, blowing their noses etc, and synced it to the song "Specs." It was easy, literally anyone could have done it. "Specs," a song loosely about the presumptuous desire to know the details about a stranger’s personal life, is the second single from their new record Mating Surfaces, out May 25th on Kill Rock Stars! Click here to watch the video at Brooklyn Vegan.



Lithics will be touring the USA in June, including MANY dates with Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks!

5/26 Portland, OR @ The Spare Room (Album Release Show)
5/29 Spokane, WA @ Baby Bar
5/31 Sioux Falls, SD @ Total Drag Records
6/01 St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club* (SOLD OUT)
6/02 Milwaukee, WI @ Colectivo Back Room* (SOLD OUT)
6/03 Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall*
6/05 Columbus, OH @ Ace of Cups* (SOLD OUT)
6/06 Pittsburgh, PA @ Rex Theater*
6/07 Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop*
6/08 Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick*
6/09 Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace* (SOLD OUT)
6/11 Montreal, QC @ Theatre Fairmount*
6/12 Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair* (SOLD OUT)
6/13 Jamaica Plain, MA @ Deep Thoughts
6/14 Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg* (SOLD OUT)
6/15 Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg* (SOLD OUT)
6/16 Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of the Living Arts*
6/17 Washington DC @ Black Cat*
6/19 Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle*
6/20 Athens, GA @ The Georgia Theatre*
6/21 Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge*
6/22 Louisville, KY @ Zanzabar*
6/23 Cincinnati, OH @ The Woodward Theater*
6/24 St. Louis, MO @ Foam
6/26 Denver, CO @ Lost Lake

* with Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks

CLICK HERE TO PRE-ORDER MATING SURFACES ON LP, CS, CD, OR MP3!

WIMPS ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM 'GARBAGE PEOPLE'

April 10, 2018

Seattle’s Wimps (Rachel Ratner, Matt Nyce, and David Ramm) are back with their third album, Garbage People, out July 13th on LP, cassette, CD, and MP3 on Kill Rock Stars! The album's title track earlier debuted today at Paste Magazine.

Known all over as one of the premiere “plenty of nonsense” guitar/bass/drum groups, Garbage People finds Wimps taking leaps forward sonically (there’s saxophone, keyboard, and juuuust enough cowbell) and lyrically (subject matter ranges from gender pay inequality, decline of bee populations as a result of climate change, insomnia, and wanting to steal a pizza ... but only if it’s cheese!) On Garbage People, Wimps have successfully filtered the best parts of 70’s Rough Trade, the International Pop Underground 7” series, Devo, The B-52s, the Breeders, etc. into a unique and timeless sound that appeals to playlist streaming teens AND adults who own over 500 records.



CLICK HERE TO PRE-ORDER GARBAGE PEOPLE

LITHICS SIGN TO KILL ROCK STARS FOR NEW ALBUM 'MATING SURFACES'

March 07, 2018

We are pleased to announce that Portland, Oregon based minimalist punk group Lithics have joined the Kill Rock Stars roster. Their new album, Mating Surfaces, is out May 25th, 2018 on LP, CS, CD, and MP3. Post Trash has premiered the album's first single, "Excuse Generator" today.



CLICK HERE TO PRE-ORDER LITHICS MATING SURFACES

"Lithics exist in a nervous fragmented world, a propulsive futuristic hell where anything can be consumed at any time, where any sound from any era can be conjured and reproduced and yet most of what we are stuck with seems like a trite reproduction of a sentiment long lost. A stern danceable sound that summons cut up snapshots of Su Tissue and Mark E Smith, an imagined landscape where Captain Beefheart hits that 99 Records “Too Many Creeps” beat.<
Tour Dates:

Wed-Mar-21 Los Angeles, CA Resident ^
Thu-Mar-22 San Francisco, CA Rickshaw Stop *
Fri-Mar-23 Portland, OR Bunk Bar *
Sat-Mar-24 Seattle, WA Vera Project *
Fri-Jun-01 St. Paul, MN Turf Club ! (SOLD OUT)
Sat-Jun-02 Milwaukee, WI Colectivo Back Room ! (SOLD OUT)
Sun-Jun-03 Chicago, IL Thalia Hall !
Tue-Jun-05 Columbus, OH Ace of Cups ! (SOLD OUT)
Wed-Jun-06 Pittsburgh, PA Rex Theater !
Thu-Jun-07 Cleveland, OH Grog Shop !
Fri-Jun-08 Detroit, MI Magic Stick !
Sat-Jun-09 Toronto, ON Lee's Palace !
Mon-Jun-11 Montreal, QC Theatre Fairmount !
Tue-Jun-12 Boston, MA The Sinclair ! (SOLD OUT)
Thu-Jun-14 Brooklyn, NY MHOW ! (SOLD OUT)
Fri-Jun-15 Brooklyn, NY MHOW !
Sat-Jun-16 Philadelphia, PA Theatre of the Living Arts !
Sun-Jun-17 Washington, DC Black Cat !
Tue-Jun-19 Carrboro, NC Cat's Cradle !
Wed-Jun-20 Athens, GA The Georgia Theatre !
Thu-Jun-21 Nashville, TN Mercy Lounge !
Fri-Jun-22 Louisville, KY Zanzabar !
Sat-Jun-23 Cincinnati, OH The Woodward Theater !

^ w/ Shopping, French Vanilla
* w/ Shopping
! w/ Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks

Marnie Stern's 2008 LP "This Is It and I Am It..." gets Record Store Day reissue!

March 06, 2018



Visionary guitarist Marnie Stern's critically acclaimed 2008 album, This Is It & I Am It & You Are It & So Is That & He Is It & She Is It & It Is It & That Is That, has been repressed on clear w/ electric yellow swirl vinyl for this year's Record Store Day, April 21st, 2018! This Is It... was produced and features drumming by Zach Hill (of Hella and Death Grips) and includes fan-favorite songs like "Transformer," "The Crippled Jazzer," and "Ruler." This is the first time the album has been available on vinyl since its initial 2008 pressing of 1,000 copies.



This Is It... is also available as a digital download and on compact disc at our Bandcamp page.

Horse Feathers announce new album 'Appreciation'

March 02, 2018

Portland based band Horse Feathers have announced the their release of their forthcoming album Appreciation, out May 4 via Kill Rock Stars. Additionally, NPR has premiered the first album track “Without Applause” today.

On Appreciation, their sixth full-length and the fifth on venerable independent label Kill Rock Stars, the signifiers of the band are there: Lead singer Justin Ringle’s warm tenor and lyrics that speak of work, love, and other struggles. But on this album less of the song dynamics are achieved with strings and more with an exciting new rhythm section steeped in Northern Soul. Longtime violinist Nathan Crockett and keyboardist Dustin Dybvig provide continuity, but much of Appreciation feels like the best of Ringle’s previous musical ideas just took a giant step into a larger arena.
Recorded primarily in Kentucky (at La-La Land Studios in Louisville and Shangri-La Studios in Lexington), the new album features instrumentalists J. Tom Hnatow, Robby Cosenza and R&B vocalist Joslyn Hampton, who helped make Appreciation a mixture of strutting ‘70s-style country-pop (“Without Applause,” “Don’t Mean To Pry”) and supple soul (“Best To Leave,” “Evictions”). But Horse Feathers hasn’t gained accessibility at the expense of quality, nor at the expense of their signature instrumentation (“The Hex” might be the only R&B/soul song where the rhythmic lead is played on banjo). For those who crave what NPR called “the densely pretty seethe of Horse Feathers’ earlier ballads”, the album delivers “Born in Love” and “On the Rise”, accentuating the string surge with Hammond organ, piano, tambourine, and finger snaps.
“It just felt like a fresh take on how my songs can come across,” Ringle says. “With this incarnation, it’s okay if what I’m doing right now is in fact kind of a pop song. I can have a chorus and repeat something. I’m more aware of that and enjoy it.”

CLICK HERE TO PRE-ORDER HORSE FEATHERS' APPRECIATION

Horse Feathers will launch their tour in support of Appreciation in May, see below for dates with more to be announced.

Horse Feather Tour Dates:
5/9 Vancouver, BC @ Fox Cabaret
5/10 Seattle, WA @ Tractor Tavern
5/11 Portland, OR @ Revolution Hall
5/16 San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel
5/17 Los Angeles, CA @ The Bootleg
5/18 San Diego, CA @ Casbah
5/19 Tucson, AZ @ 191 Toole
5/20 Flagstaff, AZ @ Coconino Center For The Arts
5/22 Santa Fe, NM @ Meow Wolf
5/24 Salt Lake City, UT @ State Room
5/25 Ft Collins, CO @ Downtown Artery
5/26 Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
5/27 Kansas City, MO @ Record Bar
5/29 Louisville, KY @ Zanzabar
5/30 Nashville, TN @ High Watt
5/31 Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
6/1 Asheville, NC @ Mothlight
6/3 Charlotte, NC @ Neighborhood Theater
6/6 Washington, DC @ Union Stage
6/7 New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
6/8 Boston, MA @ Sinclair
6/9 Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle
6/13 Toronto, ON @ Drake
6/14 Detroit, MI @ Otus Supply
6/15 Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
6/16 Minneapolis, MN @ Turf Club
6/17 Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room

COMEDY DUO FRANGELA SIGN TO KILL ROCK STARS

January 16, 2018

Welcome comedy duo Frangela to the Kill Rock Stars roster! They will be recording their debut album on February 17th at Curious Comedy Theater in Portland, OR. Click here to buy tickets.



Frances Callier and Angela V. Shelton (aka Frangela) are real-life best friends who met at the world famous Second City Theatre, where they polished their talents as writers and comedy satirists.

Frangela is known for fighting of bugs and Speidi on NBC's I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here. They were featured on The Oprah Show on the "Best Standups in America" episode. They are well known for razor-sharp commentary on VH1's Best Week Ever and they brought hilarity to the big screen in the hit films "He's Just Not That Into You" and "Slow Learners." They are also recurring fan favorites on HULU'S Quick Draw.

Frances and Angela have been regular "Pop Cultural Pundits" on NBC's The Today Show and Dateline, CNN's Showbiz Tonight and Headline News, Fox News's Red Eye and The Big Story, MSN's The Big Debate, and are regular contributors on NPR. They also hosted their own Radio Show, The Week According To Frangela in Los Angeles on Progressive Talk AM 1150 and filled in regularly for the nationally syndicated Radio Talk Shows of Stephanie Miller and Thom Hartman.

CLICK HERE TO BUY TICKETS TO THE 7:30 SHOW

CLICK HERE TO BUY TICKETS TO THE 9:30 SHOW

CINDY WILSON (OF THE B-52's) RELEASES DEBUT SOLO ALBUM, 'CHANGE'

December 09, 2017

FINALLY! Cindy Wilson's debut solo album, Change, is officially available on LP, CD, and a variety of digital audio formats! After 40 years as one-third of the creative core of the B-52s, Cindy Wilson steps out with her own solo album, Change. A collaboration between Wilson and friends and Athens musicians Ryan Monahan, Lemuel Hayes, Suny Lyons, and Marie Davon, Change marks a significant departure from Wilson’s other band. With echoes of Air, Bjork, Tame Impala, and Gary Numan, the band refers to its infections brand of new-wave electro-pop as “Turbo Chill.” Rather than shouting in a “rock voice,” on Change Wilson gets to experiment with more emotional, subtle vocalizations, crooning and whispering over swirls of subtle psychedelia, Quincy Jones-era strings, and pulsing synths.

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE CHANGE

Wilson is heralding CHANGE with an unprecedented multimedia concert tour of North America and Europe. CINDY WILSON TOUR DATES 12/11 SF, CA @ Cafe Du Nord
12/12 Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
12/14 Norman, OK @ Opolis
12/15 Denton, TX @ Dan's Silverleaf
12/16 Little Rock, AR @ Stickyz
2/23 London, UK @ Under the Bridge
2/24 Edinburgh, UK @ Liquid Room
2/25 Manchester, UK @ Ruby Lounge
2/26 Bristol, UK @ The Fleece
2/27 Gent, BE @ NEST
2/28 Amsterdam, NL @Paradiso Noord
3/1 Berlin, DE @ Frannz Club
3/2 Copenhagen, DK @ Hotel Cecil
3/3 Herning, DK @ Fermaten
3/4 Leipzig, DE @ Moritzbastei
3/5 Krefeld, DE @ Kulturfabrik
3/6 Paris, FR @ La Maroquinerie
3/8 Barcelona, ES @ Marula

3/9 Santiago De Compostela, ES @ Capitol

3/10 Madrid, ES @ El Sol

DANA GOULD ANNOUNCES NEW COMEDY ALBUM 'MR. FUNNY MAN'

September 14, 2017

Dana Gould announces the release of his new comedy album, Mr. Funny Man, out Friday, October 6 on Kill Rock Stars. After beginning his professional comedy career at the age of seventeen, Dana has since become a bonafide comedy legend whose credits include The Simpsons, Seinfeld and Parks and Rec. As a headlining stand-up, Dana has released six solo stand-up comedy specials and has made multiple late night appearances including Conan, Jimmy Kimmel Live and The Late Show with David Letterman. Recorded live in Seattle, Mr. Funny Man finds Dana in top form as he wryly observes life as only Dana Gould can and relays all in his inimitable Dana Gould voice.

In addition to being a heralded stand-up, Dana is a legendary comedy writer, actor, show creator and producer. His credits include The Simpsons, Seinfeld, Parks and Rec, Maron, Super Adventure Team and many more. Dana is also the creator/writer/executive producer of the IFC comedy horror series Stan Against Evil in which he also stars as “Kevin”. The show premiered in October of 2016 to strong reviews and stronger ratings. Stan Against Evil Season 2 premieres November 1st on IFC. He also hosts his monthly podcast The Dana Gould Hour which frequently resides in iTunes' Top Ten Comedy.

Stream album track “My Biggest Fear”


Pre-order 'Mr. Funny Man': http://danagould.bandcamp.com

SEE DANA GOULD LIVE

10/5 – NYC – New York Comic Con, Stan Against Evil panel
10/6 – Brooklyn, NY @ Littlefield, Plan 9 From Outer Space live reading
10/12-14 – Minneapolis, MN @ Acme Comedy Company, Dana stand-up shows
10/29 – LA, CA @ Largo, Plan 9 From Outer Space live reading 11/2-4 – Rosemont, IL @ Zanie’s Comedy Club, Dana stand-up shows 11/16-18 – Boston, MA @ Laugh Boston, Dana stand-up shows 12/14-16 – SF, CA @ Punchline, Dana stand-up shows

Filthy Friends' debut album Invitation out now!

August 28, 2017

Filthy Friends have released their debut album Invitation via Kill Rock Stars. To celebrate, Filthy Friends will perform in Los Angeles, Seattle, Brooklyn, Chicago and more. Complete tour dates below. Buy or stream Invitation here.


Filthy Friends is the product of like-minded individuals with nothing to prove getting together and making a heroic racket together that finds space for their many influences and interests. Lead singer Corin Tucker has left an indelible mark on the punk scene through her memberships in Sleater-Kinney and Heavens to Betsy. Guitarist Kurt Bloch has logged a lot of hours as the leader of The Fastbacks, as well as serving as a producer/mentor for up and coming Seattle rock groups. Drummer Bill Rieflin has a fine day job as one of the musicians in King Crimson, he appears on the record but is no longer a touring member. Drummer Linda Pitmon (The Baseball Project, Steve Wynn & The Miracle 3) has joined the band as a permanent member. Bassist Scott McCaughey keeps plenty busy doing studio work and mining the power pop underground with his long-running band the Young Fresh Fellows. As for the other guitarist Peter Buck has abandoned his position of Lord of the dance to play with Filthy Friends.

So far, the world has gotten to know Filthy Friends through a nicely scattershot batch of songs: “Despierta,” their entry into the anti-Trump project 30 Songs For 30 Days and the 2017 Record Store Day release featuring their original “Any Kind of Crowd” and a sinister take on Roxy Music’s “Editions of You.” Now this fierce collective is fanning the flames even hotter with the release of their debut full-length Invitation. Yes, it does slip their already released tracks into the mix, but what surrounds those tunes is oh so much more than you could have ever asked for.

The 12-song collection works through a flurry of different moods and styles, genre exercises and joyous experiments. The intricate guitar knots and blasts of bubblegum pop of Buck’s beloved Television are all over the herky-jerky “Windmill.” A mash-up of ‘60s downer vibes and rootsy rumblings makes up the marvelous “Second Life” whereas “Come Back Shelley” is all swagger and glitz in the style of a lost glam rock 45. There ain’t nothing this band can’t do with the wet clay of rock music and what they sculpt out of it is pure art.

Tour Dates:

8/29 - San Francisco, CA @ The Independent w/ Dressy Bessy
8/30 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Teragram Ballroom w/ Dressy Bessy
9/01 - Seattle, WA @ Bumbershoot
9/06 - Brooklyn, NY @ The Bell House w/ Versus
9/22 Chicago, IL @ Goose Island Block Party w/ Ted Leo and The Record Company
9/23 Cincinnati, OH @ Midpoint Music Festival


Watch previously unreleased live footage of Elliott Smith from 1999

August 08, 2017

Watch some previously unreleased live footage of Elliott Smith performing at The Knitting Factory in New York City and Maxwell's in Hoboken, NJ in 1999 courtesy of Little Punk People.