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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

QUASI ADD 'MOLE CITY' JAPANESE TOUR DATES!

January 13, 2014

Quasi are taking their 'Mole City' tour to Japan for four shows in March!
All dates are with Toddle

3/2 (sun ) Tokyo - O-NEST w/Gellers
3/4(tue) Kyoto - UrBANGUILD
3/5(wed) Nagoya - TOKUZO
3/6(thu) Matsumoto - ALECX
Click here for show details and tickets.


Mole City is out now and available on cd, double lp, and

QUASI "MOLE CITY" CD/DIGITAL OUT TODAY

October 01, 2013

HAPPY ALBUM RELEASE DATE TO QUASI! Their new double album Mole City is in stores today in the cd and mp3 formats! You can stream the album NOW on our Bandcamp page!

Due to a manufacturing delay, the vinyl version of Mole City won't be in stores for another few weeks, but it WILL be available at every date of Quasi's upcoming US tour! Dates below...

10/03 Omaha NE Slowdown
10/04 Kansas City MO Record Bar
10/05 St Louis MO Off Broadway
10/07 Birmingham AL The Bottletree
10/08 Atlanta GA Drunken Unicorn
10/09 Chapel Hill NC Local 506
10/10 Washington DC DC Black Cat Backstage
10/11 New Haven Ct Cafe Nine
10/12 Philadelphia PA Boot & Saddle
10/13 Brooklyn NY Knitting Facotry
10/14 New York NY Mercury Lounge
10/16 Allston Ma Great Scott
10/17 Buffalo NY Tralf Music Hall
10/18 Cleveland Heights OH Grog Shop
10/19 Chicago IL Schuba's
10/20 Minneapolis MN 7th St. Entry
11/03 Boise ID Neurolux (with Blues Control)
11/04 Salt Lake City UT Kilby Court (with Blues Control)
11/05 Denver CO Hi Dive (with Blues Control)
11/07 Denton Tx Dan's Silverleaf (with Blues Control)
11/11 Phoenix AZ Rhythm Room (with Blues Control)
11/12 San Diego CA Casbah (with Blues Control)
11/13 Los Angeles CA The Echo
11/14 Santa Barbara CA Soho Restaurant and Music
11/15 San Jose CA The Blank Club (with Blues Control)
11/16 San Francisco CA Bottom of the Hill
11/21 Vancouver BC The Biltmore Cabaret (with Blues Control)
11/22 Seattle Wa Tractor Tavern
11/23 Portland Or Doug Fir Lounge

JANET WEISS INTERVIEWED BY FRED ARMISEN FOR TOM TOM TV

September 27, 2013

Janet Weiss (drummer for KRS bands Quasi and Sleater-Kinney) was interviewed by Fred Armisen for Tom Tom TV. You can watch the video below...
We're releasing Quasi's new album, Mole City, on Tuesday! Pre-order the cd and double lp at our online store or the digital version (mp3, flac, etc etc...) from our Bandcamp page!

Quasi's video for "See You On Mars" premieres at Pitchfork!

September 11, 2013


Pitchfork just premiered Quasi's video for "See You On Mars" (from their upcoming album Mole City.) The video was made by the band using archival footage.
Quasi's new album Mole City is available for pre-order on cd & double lp from our mail order store (all physical pre-orders get a bonus cd of cover songs!) and digitally from the Kill Rock Stars bandcamp page.

QUASI COVER BLACK SABBATH'S "WAR PIGS."

August 28, 2013

Filter just premiered Quasi's cover of the classic Black Sabbath song "War Pigs."

Quasi's cover of "War Pigs" appears on their "Interprets" cd, which is available for free with all Quasi 'Mole City' pre-orders placed at our online store before October 1st.

Quasi will be touring all over the USA starting in October.
10/03 Omaha NE Slowdown ^
10/04 Kansas City MO Record Bar ^
10/05 St Louis MO Off Broadway ^
10/07 Birmingham AL The Bottletree ^
10/08 Atlanta GA Drunken Unicorn ^
10/09 Chapel Hill NC Local 506 ^
10/10 Washington DC DC Black Cat Backstage ^
10/11 New Haven Ct Cafe Nine
10/12 Philadelphia PA Boot & Saddle
10/13 Brooklyn NY Knitting Factory ^
10/14 New York NY Mercury Lounge ^
10/16 Allston Ma Great Scott ^
10/17 Buffalo NY Tralf Music Hall ^
10/18 Cleveland Heights OH Grog Shop ^
10/19 Chicago IL Schuba's ^
10/20 Minneapolis MN 7th St. Entry ^
11/03 Boise, ID Neurolux *
11/04 Salt Lake City UT Kilby Court *
11/05 Denver CO Hi Dive *
11/07 Denton Tx Dan's Silverleaf *
11/11 Phoenix AZ Rhythm Room *
11/12 San Diego CA Casbah *
11/13 Los Angeles CA The Echo *
11/14 Santa Brbara CA Soho Restaurant and Music *
11/15 San Jose CA The Blank Club *
11/16 San Francisco CA Bottom of the Hill *
11/21 Vancouver BC The Biltmore Cabaret *
11/22 Seattle Wa Tractor Tavern *
11/23 Portland Or Doug Fir Lounge *

^ with Jeffrey Lewis
*with Blues Control

NEW QUASI TRACK FROM MOLE CITY: "SEE YOU ON MARS"

August 15, 2013

Today Spin premiered "See You On Mars," the second single from Quasi's upcoming double album Mole City (in good record stores everywhere on October 1st!)




Mole City is available for pre-order on cd and lp from our mail order store! All pre-orders come with a bonus cd of cover songs (while supplies last) and we also have some pre-order bundles with options like a t-shirt screened by the band, a 20th anniversary zine, and outgoing voice messages recorded by the band!

Mole City is also available to pre-order in the digital audio format of your choice from the KRS Bandcamp page (digital pre-orders come with an instant download of "See You On Mars" and "You Can Stay But You Got To Go."

October 3 - Omaha, NE @ Slowdown
October 4 - Kansas City, MO @ Record Bar
October 5 - St. Louis, MO @ Off Broadway
October 7 - Birmingham, AL @ The Bottletree
October 8 - Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn
October 9 - Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506
October 10 - Washington, DC @ Black Cat
October 11 - New Haven, CT @ Cafe Nine
October 12 - Philadelphia, PA @ Boot And Saddle
October 13 - Brooklyn, NY @ Knitting Factory
October 14 - New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge
October 16 - Allston, MA @ Great Scott
October 17 - Buffalo, NY @ Tralf Music Hall
October 18 - Cleveland Heights, OH @ Grog Shop
October 19 - Chicago, IL @ Schubas
October 20 - Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St. Entry
November 3 - Boise, ID @ Neurolux
November 4 - Salt Lake City, UT @Kilby Court
November 5 - Denver, CO @ Hi Dive
November 7 - Denton, TX @ Dan's Silverleaf
November 8-10 - Austin, TX @ Fun Fun Fun Fest
November 11 - Phoenix, AZ @ Rhythm Room
November 12 - San Diego, CA @ Casbah
November 13 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
November 14 - Santa Barbara, CA @ Soho Restaurant and Music Club
November 15 - San Jose, CA @ The Blank Club
November 16 - San Francisco, CA @ Bottom Of The Hill
November 21 - Vancouver, BC @ The Biltmore Caberet
November 22 - Seattle, WA @ Tractor Tavern
November 23 - Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge

NEW QUASI VIDEO FOR "YOU CAN STAY BUT YOU GOTTA GO"

July 23, 2013

Pitchfork premiered the video for Quasi's song "You Can Stay But You Gotta Go" this morning!

"You Can Stay But You Gotta Go" appears on Quasi's new album Mole City, available for pre-order on cd and gatefold double lp now!

Quasi will be touring the US and Europe this fall. Dates below:
10/03 Omaha NE Slowdown
10/04 Kansas City MO Record Bar
10/05 St Louis MO Off Broadway
10/07 Birmingham AL The Bottletree
10/08 Atlanta GA Drunken Unicorn
10/09 Chapel Hill NC Local 506
10/10 Washington DC DC Black Cat Backstage
10/11 New Haven Ct Cafe Nine
10/12 Philadelphia PA Boot & Saddle
10/13 Brooklyn NY Knitting Facotry
10/14 New York NY Mercury Lounge
10/16 Allston Ma Great Scott
10/17 Buffalo NY Tralf Music Hall
10/18 Cleveland Heights OH Grog Shop
10/19 Chicago IL Schuba's
10/20 Minneapolis MN 7th St. Entry
11/04 Salt Lake City UT Kilby Court
11/05 Denver CO Hi Dive
11/07 Denton Tx Dan's Silverleaf
11/11 Phoenix AZ Rhythm Room
11/12 San Diego CA Casbah
11/13 Los Angeles CA The Echo
11/14 Santa Brbara CA Soho Restaurant and Music
11/15 San Jose CA The Blank Club
11/16 San Francisco CA Bottom of the Hill
11/21 Vancouver BC The Biltmore Cabaret
11/22 Seattle Wa Tractor Tavern
11/23 Portland Or Doug Fir Lounge

QUASI ANNOUNCE US TOUR DATES IN SUPPORT OF 'MOLE CITY'

July 22, 2013

Quasi have just announced their US tour dates in support of their upcoming album Mole City! Quasi ALWAYS kill it live, check them out in YOUR TOWN

10/03 Omaha NE Slowdown
10/04 Kansas City MO Record Bar
10/05 St Louis MO Off Broadway
10/07 Birmingham AL The Bottletree
10/08 Atlanta GA Drunken Unicorn
10/09 Chapel Hill NC Local 506
10/10 Washington DC DC Black Cat Backstage
10/11 New Haven Ct Cafe Nine
10/12 Philadelphia PA Boot & Saddle
10/13 Brooklyn NY Knitting Facotry
10/14 New York NY Mercury Lounge
10/16 Allston Ma Great Scott
10/17 Buffalo NY Tralf Music Hall
10/18 Cleveland Heights OH Grog Shop
10/19 Chicago IL Schuba's
10/20 Minneapolis MN 7th St. Entry
11/04 Salt Lake City UT Kilby Court
11/05 Denver CO Hi Dive
11/07 Denton Tx Dan's Silverleaf
11/11 Phoenix AZ Rhythm Room
11/12 San Diego CA Casbah
11/13 Los Angeles CA The Echo
11/14 Santa Brbara CA Soho Restaurant and Music
11/15 San Jose CA The Blank Club
11/16 San Francisco CA Bottom of the Hill
11/21 Vancouver BC The Biltmore Cabaret
11/22 Seattle Wa Tractor Tavern
11/23 Portland Or Doug Fir Lounge


Mole City will be in stores on October 1st, 2013. You can pre-order the cd and lp from our mail order store (all physical pre-orders come with a 4 song cd-r of covers) or pre-order a digital version of the album from our Bandcamp page.

QUASI to release double album MOLE CITY on October 1st

July 08, 2013


This one’s for all the misfits of the world. The square pegs, the don’t fit ins, the out of steps, the misunderstood, the heads in the clouds. And this also goes out to all the also rans out there, the could’ve beens, the would have beens, the left behind, the out of times, the lost in the crowd.” – “An Ice Cube in the Sun,” Quasi.

Mole City is not in the tradition or deviating from the tradition - it is the tradition. 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 Mole City is the Quasi Song Book: Parlor Sing-alongs for the Last Century.

Now in their 20th year as a band, and a two-piece once again, Sam Coomes and Janet Weis 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 strip 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.

And Mole Citywould sound like everything else out there if all the other records peeled off their absurd costume jewelry and piped pleather jumpsuits, climbed into the sweat-lodge, confessed their sins of avarice and pride, renounced all earthly possessions and ties, then kicked out the fucking jams. This is the music at an agnostic afterlife juke joint where lysergic teardrops are cried into sweating mugs of high octane hellfire, the bartender can see clear through to your every thought, fear and desire, the upright player’s head is locked into a guillotine, and the guys next to you are whispering conspiratorially about how to fix their time machine. Shakin’ blues, precision freak-outs, air-guitar-worthy riffs, heavy round droplets of time, fuzz everything, wah wahs, ya yas, ooh ahs, grunts, shuffle struts and chiming minor seventh chords - this is rock n roll.

Mole City is available to pre-order now as a gatefold double lp (first 100 copies come on clear vinyl!) or a cd from our mail-order department. We got all sorts of crazy pre-order bundles for this one including a Quasi 20th anniversary shirt screened by the band, a Quasi fanzine packed with photos and articles by the band plus friends including Carrie Brownstein, Corin Tucker, John Spencer, and more, the option to have Quasi record an original musical outgoing message for your phone, and so much more! Plus EVERY pre-order placed before October 1st comes with an EXCLUSIVE 4 song cd-r of Quasi covering some of their favorite songs by Elvis Costello & The Attractions, Queen, Marvin Gaye, and Black Sabbath! WHOA! Check it all out at http://www.killrockstars.com/molecity (Note: All Quasi Mole City pre-orders will ship to arrive the week of October 1st, 2013. Any items purchased with this pre-order will not ship until the week of October 1st, 2013 as well.)

If you prefer audio files we have a digital pre-order over at our Bandcamp page (the digital pre-order does not come with the songs from the mailorder only bonus cd-r.)

Listen to "You Can Stay But You Gotta Go."

Quasi added to MFNW lineup

June 21, 2012

Quasi have been added to this year's MusicFest NW line up. They'll be opening for Lightning Bolt at the Hawthorne Theater in Portland, OR, on September 6th. This is already a contender for show of the year if you ask me... Musicfest Nw wristbands are available here.

QUASI PLAYING SEATTLE TOMORROW NIGHT AND PORTLAND ON FRIDAY!

January 11, 2012

QUASI PLAYING SEATTLE TOMORROW NIGHT AND PORTLAND ON FRIDAY! (02/22/12)
SURPRISE!
February 2012
23 - Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile
24 - Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios