STAND-UP COMIC AMY MILLER SIGNS TO KILL ROCK STARS
June 21, 2016Kill Rock Stars is We're happy to announce that stand-up comedian Amy Miller has joined the KRS roster. She'll be taping her debut album on July 7th at Alberta St. Pub in Portland, OR. Tickets are on sale now.
Amy Miller is a fast-rising talent on the West Coast and national scene. Originally from Oakland, California Amy found her comedy chops in the Bay Area scene and is still a favorite at the San Francisco Punch Line and Cobb’s Comedy Club. After a move to Portland, Amy quickly rose to the top of the Northwest comedy scene, winning Portland’s Funniest Comedian in Helium Comedy Club’s contest, as well as being voted Portland’s Funniest 2013 and 2015 in the Willamette Week. Amy was a breakout favorite in Season 9 of Last Comic Standing. Roseanne Barr called her “a star” and a “contender for next alpha female comedian.” Keenen Ivory Wayans said she had one of the “fiercest jokes he had ever heard."
Click here to buy your tickets to Amy Miller's album recording.
Summer Cannibals premiere video for "Say My Name"
June 20, 2016
Portland rock band Summer Cannibals has unleashed their unique brand of rib-rattling punk prose with their 3rd full-length LP, Full Of It. Recently making their national television debut on Last Call with Carson Daly, performing “Full Of It” and “Simple Life”, the powerhouse trio unleashes the “Say My Name” video which premiered at The Wall Street Journal!
WIMPS RELEASE VIDEO FOR "OLD GUY" AND SHARE WEST COAST TOUR DATES!
June 09, 2016
Seattle, WA punks WIMPS are following up appearances at this year’s Sasquatch Music Festival and Bridgetown Comedy Festival by releasing the Marcy Stone-Francois directed video for the song “Old Guy” off of their 2015 album Suitcase. Join them as they embark on an adventurous evening of leaving the house that culminates in a dance-off between Rachel and her inner old-guy. Who will bust the most moves and receive the night life crown? Can people under 30 be trusted? Watch and discover for yourself!
In other Wimps news, the band's recent live performance on WFMU's Evan "Funk" Davies show is now available to download at the Free Music Archive!
Wimps tour dates
06/24 Portland, OR @ American Legion Post 134 w/ Mope Grooves, Honey Bucket, Marcy’s Band
06/25 Reno, NV @ Holland Project w/ Arizona Young, Moons of Vega
06/26 Sacramento, CA @ Press Club w/ Grave Lake, Boy Romeo
06/27 Los Angeles, CA @ The Virgil Hot Tub w/ Kurt and Kristen w/ Kurt Braunohler, Kristen Schaal, more
06/28 Los Angeles, CA @ Ham & Eggs
06/29 San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar w/ Katie Von Schlieicher
06/30 Hanford, CA @ Fatte Alberta’s Pizza w/ Sci-Fi Caper
07/01 San Francisco, CA @ Thee Parkside w/ Violence Creeps, Baus, Mane
07/02 Eugene, OR @ The Boreal w/ VCR, Critical Shakes
07/11 Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile w/ Boss Hog
Wimps' album Suitcase is available now on LP, CS, CD, and good ol’ MP3.
HARI KONDABOLU ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM, 'MAINSTREAM AMERICAN COMIC'
June 06, 2016HARI KONDABOLU announces the release of his new comedy album MAINSTREAM AMERICAN COMIC out JULY 22 on KILL ROCK STARS. Recorded live at Mississippi Studios in Portland, OR, Hari makes a strong case for reasons why race, gender and politics should be mainstream comedy as he tells of his love for the U.S. Surgeon General, how white people are mutants, a pro-choice classical language joke, a callback to his chart-topping debut comedy album Waiting For 2042 and more.
AV Club has the exclusive premiere of unreleased album track “My Mom (Accent Not Included)” Listen here: http://www.avclub.com/r/237698tsd
MAINSTREAM AMERICAN COMIC is available for pre-order at www.killrockstars.com/hari
Hari Kondabolu is a Brooklyn-based comedian and writer hailed by The New York Times as “one of the most exciting political comics in stand-up today.” His debut album, Waiting for 2042, was named by Paste Magazine as one of the Top 10 Standup Albums of 2014 and The Portland Mercury wrote that “the marriage of careful joke structure and fiercely intelligent commentary elevates this album from a collection of solid progressive punchlines to a work of art.” It is currently on high school and college curriculums around the country.
On TV, Hari has appeared the Late Show with David Letterman, Conan, Jimmy Kimmel Live, John Oliver’s NY Standup Show, @midnight, The Nightly Show and has his own half-hour Comedy Central Presents special. He was writer and correspondent for Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell and will reunite with Kamau for a new podcast airing this summer. Hari has also performed at festivals including Outside Lands, Sled Island, South by Southwest, Bumbershoot, Sasquatch, The Edinburgh Fringe and Just for Laughs in Montreal and Chicago.
Catch Hari Kondabolu Live:
7/29 – Detroit, MI @ St Andrews Hall
7/30 – Chicago, IL @ The Hideout, two shows 7pm & 10pm
7/31 – Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall Ballroom
8/3 & 4 – Brooklyn, NY @ The Bell House
8/5 – Portland, ME @ Port City Music Hall
8/26 & 27 – Burlington, VT @ Vermont Comedy Club
9/10 – Washington, DC @ Sixth & I
R.I.P. MARLENE MARDER
June 01, 2016We're beyond devastated to share the terrible news that Marlene Marder, guitarist of the influential punk groups Kleenex and LiLiPUT, passed away. Getting the honor of working with her meant the world to us and we will miss her like crazy.
YOUNG PEOPLE'S S/T DEBUT NOW ON CASSETTE
April 27, 2016
Young People's short, minimal, brutally beautiful songs drew their inspiration from ancient hymnals and confessionals and blues numbers, taken with a strong dose of Broadway. The L.A. trio played stark and aloof and downright frightening music: by equal measure inspiring, comforting, chilling.
Originally released in 2002 on Kill Rock Stars subsidiary 5 Rue Christine, Young People's self-titled will be available on cassette for the first time ever on June 10th. Click here to order your copy!
QUASI ANNOUNCE EAST COAST TOUR!
April 15, 2016
Portland based DIY heroes Quasi are hitting the road in June for their first East Coast shows in three years! After 2+ decades of launching drums, guitars and pianos through the shifting interzones between harmony and chaos (moonlighting along the way with the likes of Sleater-Kinney, Wild Flag, Elliott Smith, Built to Spill and a long list of others), Quasi are a genre of their own - they write songs in the style of Quasi, and their 2013 album Mole City is the Quasi Song Book: Parlor Sing-alongs for the Last Century.
Now in their 23rd year as a band, and a two-piece once again, Sam Coomes and Janet Weiss hand-deliver the double album/Liberation Cookbook/Encyclopedia of Kicking Ass, Mole City, to those of us who still care about well-built homemade objects crafted with integrity, spirit, fire, and skill. In other words, those of us who don’t fit into a world where the empty noise of crass capitalism, slick branding, and high profile hot pants have drowned out nearly all other concerns. Mole City, their ninth album, is a set of anthems for the refuseniks, Molotov tossers, pacifist soldiers and bug-eyed freaks, and Quasi is the band playing as the Titanic of what was once Independent Music goes down.
Quasi would actually fit in just fine if every other band had such technical control and ability that they could express each passing thought and literally converse through their instruments, could write meaningful, memorable songs, could sing with heart and humanity, could maintain a musical relationship for nearly a quarter century, could disregard the consumer-tested research and American Idolatry, and was brave enough to trip back their production budget and advance to zero, ditch the engineers, producers and side players, and head underground into their basement alone to record and mix over an hour of new music from scratch.
Quasi tour dates
06/24 Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s tickets
06/25 Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade NYC tickets
06/26 Jersey City, NJ @ Monty Hall tickets
06/27 Washington, DC @ Rock and Roll Hotel tickets
Praise For Quasi:
"Coomes has his own way of sculpting a quirky pop song that makes one ask themselves if they've ever seen Michael Stipe and Jeff Mangum in the same room at the same time, pulling Athens, Georgia's mainstream and cultstream songwriting gods into the dreary Northwestern drizzle dregs." — Daytrotter
"It’s an old trick: happy music, sad words. But Quasi has elevated the strategy to an art form, and it’s nearly impossible to resist the sugar rush of the band’s sound in collision with Coomes’ black musings" -- Dusted Magazine
"Quasi career emotively between Hammond wig-outs, naked piano chords and subversive guitar pop ditties, buoyed by the vicious drumming of Weiss" -- NME
"Weiss is a remarkable, unpredictable drummer, and the pair play perfectly together, having reached the point at which improvisation becomes the result of an intuitive locking of creative minds." -- Pitchfork
"Quasi's songs teeter between optimism and despair, fantastical journeys and harsh realism; this is a pop band for people who like their pop throttled" -- NPR
STEREO TOTAL ARE BACK WITH NEW ALBUM 'LES HORMONES'
April 14, 2016
Long running Berlin-based multilingual electropop outfit Stereo Total are back with their newest album Les Hormones! What far out sounds have they created this time? Why not head over to the Kill Rock Stars Bandcamp page and find out!
SUMMER CANNIBALS PREMIERE VIDEO FOR "FULL OF IT" AT STEREOGUM!
April 05, 2016
Portland rock band Summer Cannibals will release their 3rd full-length LP, Full Of It, out May 27 on the legendary independent label Kill Rock Stars. Led by guitarist/vocalist Jessica Boudreaux and aided by a new powerhouse rhythm section of drummer Devon Shirley, bassist Jenny Logan and guitarist Marc Swart, the eleven songs spark with that perfect mix of snotty attitude, unbounded energy, and window rattling volume. The band will bring this energy to stages across North America as they join The Thermals on a national tour followed by a stint of headlining dates in June. Tickets are currently on sale HERE.
The four musicians keep their collective foot on the gas pedal, roaring through tunes like the previously shared jagged, wailing opening track “Go Home” and the powerfully melodic “Say My Name.” Energetic album title track “Full Of It” is an immediate earworm of distorted guitar, growling bass and irresistible vocal licks. Watch as the band tears through the track and a punk rock house in the “Full Of It” video released today by Stereogum.
The new album Full Of It is the band’s defining statement to date. Recorded at the amazing analog recording studio The Dock with producer Chris Woodhouse (Thee Oh Sees, Wild Flag), the LP is one of those massive leaps forward that has defined the Summer Cannibals sound. Be sure to catch the band on tour & stay tuned for more exciting news coming soon!
Full Of It is available for pre-order now!
Tour Dates (w/ The Thermals):
4/16: Spokane, WA @ The Bartlett // Tickets
4/19: Minneapolis, MN @ Turf Club // Tickets
4/20: Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall // Tickets
4/21: Ann Arbor, MI @ Blind Pig // Tickets
4/22: Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop // Tickets
4/24: New York, NY @ Bowery // Tickets
4/25: Boston, MA @ The Sinclair // Tickets
4/26: Providence, RI @ Columbus Theater // Tickets
4/28: Brooklyn, NY @ Market Hotel // Tickets
4/29: Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer // Tickets
4/30: Washington, DC @ Black Cat // Tickets
5/1: Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Cafe // Tickets
5/3: Indianapolis, IN @ Hi-Fi // Tickets
5/4: Paducah, KY @ Maiden Alley Cinema // Tickets
5/5: St. Louis, MO @ The Firebird // Tickets
5/6: Omaha, NE @ Slowdown // Tickets
5/7: Denver, CO @ Lost Lake // Tickets
5/8: Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge // Tickets
5/13: Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom // Tickets
5/14: Eugene, OR @ HiFi Music Hall // Tickets
5/15: Arcata, CA @ Richard's Goat
5/17: San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel // Tickets
5/19: Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom // Tickets
5/20: San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar // Tickets
5/29: George, WA @ Sasquatch // Tickets
Summer Cannibals Headlining Dates:
6/2: Missoula, MT @ Old Beck VFT (Summer Daze) // Tickets
6/5: Madison, WI @ The Frequency // Tickets
6/6: Chicago, IL @ Subterranean (downstairs) // Tickets
6/8: Lawrence, KS @ Replay Lounge
6/9: Norman, OK @ Opolis Production
6/10: Austin, TX @ Sidewinder
6/11: Dallas, TX @ The Foundry
6/12: Houston, TX @ Satellite Bar
6/13: San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger // Tickets
6/15: El Paso, TX @ The Lowbrow
6/16: Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress
6/17: Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar
6/19: Oakland, CA @ 1-2-3-4 Go! Record
6/21: Reno, NV @ Holland Project
SUMMER CANNIBALS DEBUT NEW SINGLE "SAY MY NAME" AT NOISEY
March 17, 2016WHOA! Portland rocker Summer Cannibals have debuted the song "Say My Name", off the band's upcoming album Full Of It, at Noisey!
Led by guitarist/vocalist Jessica Boudreaux and aided by the rhythm section of drummer Devon Shirley, bassist Jenny Logan, Summer Cannibals have that perfect mix of snotty attitude, unbounded energy, and window rattling volume. The band will bring this energy to stages across North America as they join The Thermals on a national tour. Tickets are currently on sale HERE.
Full Of It will be released on May 27th, 2016. Click here to pre-order your copy!
Wimps share video for COUCHES, get into the ART ZONE, and prepare for East Coast tour!
March 16, 2016It's Wimps video week at KRS hq! Not only have Wimps debut the video for their punk mega-jam Couches, they've also appeared on the latest episode of Art Zone with Nancy Guppy to play KRS office fav "Old Guy" AND the song "Take It As It Comes!" Both songs appear on the band's new album CHECK IT OUT!
CATCH WIMPS ON TOUR THIS SPRING!
03/25 Seattle, WA @ Black Lodge w/ Stickers, VHS, Casual Hex
03/27 Boise, ID @ Treefort Music Festival w/ Built to Spill
04/01 Brooklyn, NY @ Silent Barn
04/02 New York, NY @ Berlin
04/03 Cambridge, MA @ Out of the Blue Too Gallery
04/04 Philadelphia, PA @ The Nest
04/05 Baltimore, MD @ Windup Space (w/ Ed Shraeder’s Music Beat & Jaill)
04/06 Harrisburg, PA @ The MakeSpace
04/07 Toronto, ONT @ Silver Dollar Room
04/08 Detroit, MI @ UFO Factory
04/09 Chicago, IL @ Reed’s Local
04/24 Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey w/ Pony Time
05/29 George, WA @ Sasquatch Music Festival
SUMMER CANNIBALS SIGN TO KILL ROCK STARS
February 22, 2016
Kill Rock Stars is excited to announce the latest addition to their roster: Portland’s own Summer Cannibals. The brilliant rock band is set to release their third full length album Full of It on May 2016.
Led by guitarist/vocalist Jessica Boudreaux, the Cannibals initially cut their teeth on the local circuit, sharing the stage and receiving encouragement from peers such as The Thermals. Along the way, they released a pair of fantastic fulllengths 2013’s No Makeup and 2015’s Show Us Your Mind — on their own label, New Moss Records. Show Us Your Mind was recorded by legendary NW engineer Larry Crane and was recently named one of the best of 2015 by Sound Opinions co-host Jim DeRogatis. The band has since spent an unhealthy amount of time on the road, earning accolades and adding plenty of fresh converts to their highly charged, no frills attack.
It seems only logical that when the band decided to sign to a label, they chose a label like Kill Rock Stars, which has a long history of putting out fearless, female fronted bands like Bikini Kill and SleaterKinney. “Summer Cannibals take us back to our roots,” says KRS President Portia Sabin. “Jessica is a great songwriter and the band is super exciting live, it’s a perfect fit.”
The new album Full Of It is the band’s defining statement to date. Recorded at the amazing analog recording studio The Dock with producer Chris Woodhouse (Thee Oh Sees, Wild Flag), the LP is one of those massive leaps forward that every band hopes to achieve at least once in their career. Aided by a new powerhouse rhythm section of drummer Devon Shirley and bassist Jenny Logan and guitarist Marc Swart, the 11 songs spark with that perfect mix of snotty attitude, unbounded energy, and window rattling volume.
For their part, the four musicians keep their collective foot on the gas pedal, roaring through tunes like the jagged, screaming title track and the shouting, fist pumping drive of “Just A Little Bit.” But they’re savvy and talented enough to ease up when it counts. Just listen for those sweet melodies carrying “Say My Name” along or the pair of simmering tunes that close out the album: “Fall In” and “Simple Life.” The whole thing is done and dusted in about 35 minutes. Just enough time to catch your breath and drop the needle on side A again. Click here to pre-order Full of It