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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!

Unfamiliar with Stereo Total's vast discography? Click here and listen to our handy-dandy "Introduction to Stereo Total" playlist at Spotify. It's a "streamer's delight!"

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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, 2016

WHOA! 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!

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

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COMEDIAN NATHAN BRANNON SIGNS TO KILL ROCK STARS

December 15, 2015

We are excited to announce the addition of comedian Nathan Brannon to the Kill Rock Stars roster. He will be recording his next live stand-up album on Friday, January 22nd at Alberta Street Pub in Portland, OR. Tickets are on sale now.   

Nathan won Helium Comedy's 2012 Portland's Funniest Person Competition, the 2012 Seattle International Comedy Competition, and has opened for the likes of Dave Chappelle, Damon Wayans, and Maria Bamford.    


Nathan recently launched the Hamster Village podcast on the Funemployment Network. The Hamster Village podcast focuses on the lives and experiences of interracial couples.   


   


Nathan Brannon tour dates 

01/22/16 Portland, OR @ Alberta Street Pub ALBUM RECORDING Click here for tickets
02/11/16 Boise, ID @ Liquid Laughs Comedy Club 
02/12/16 Boise, ID @ Liquid Laughs Comedy Club 
02/13/16 Boise, ID @ Liquid Laughs Comedy Club 
02/14/16 Boise, ID @ Liquid Laughs Comedy Club   

R.I.P. Delta 5's Kelvin Knight

December 10, 2015

Delta 5 drummer and long time friend of Kill Rock Stars Kelvin Knight passed away last week. Kelvin was one of our favorite people to work with and his passion for music was off the charts. We love him and miss him.

Comedian Rhea Butcher signs to Kill Rock Stars

December 07, 2015

We are excited to announce that comedian Rhea Butcher has joined the Kill Rock Stars roster. She will be recording her debut comedy album on Sunday, January 17th at Mississippi Studios in Portland, OR. Tickets are on sale now.

Rhea Butcher is a Los Angeles-based standup comic, actor and writer who has appeared on NBC' s Last Comic Standing, Buzzfeed and Funny Or Die Presents. Originally from the Midwest, Rhea grew up skateboarding the mean streets of Akron, Ohio. Her James Dean like cool has endeared her to audiences nationwide, both in her live appearances opening for comics like Pete Holmes, Anthony Jeselnik, Maria Bamford and Cameron Esposito in large theatre venues, or her podcast appearances on shows like You Made It Weird, How Did This Get Made? and Sklarboro Country. In 2016, Rhea will debut her first television series, "Take My Wife" for NBCUniversal's new Seeso platform, launch a web series on Legendary/Amy Poelher's Smart Girls Network, host recurring segments as the first correspondent on Paul F. Tompkins' "No You Shut Up" on Fusion, appear at SF Sketchfest for the 3rd year running and release her first standup album with Kill Rock Stars Records.

Emily Heller shares trailer for new album 'Good For Her'

December 06, 2015

Comedian Emily Heller has debuted this new commercial for her excellent comedy album Good For Her and it features cameos from folks like Will Forte, Ron Funches, Maria Bamford, Todd Barry, Kumail Nanjiani, and wayyy more! Check it out!

Good For Her is available now on CD and good ol' MP3. Preview some tracks at Bandcamp!

IAN KARMEL PERFORMS ON CONAN!

November 20, 2015

Ian Karmel did stand up on last night's episode of Conan to promote his new comedy album 9.2 on Pitchfork. Check it out!


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Ian Karmel tour dates
11/27 Portland, OR @ Helium Comedy Club tickets
11/28 Portland, OR @ Free 5pm in-store at Music Millennium info
11/27 Portland, OR @ Helium Comedy Club tickets

9.2 on Pitchfork is available now on CD, ltd. edition lathe cut, and MP3