KURT BRAUNOHLER GETS WET FOR GOATS!
January 29, 2015
PARTY LIKE IT'S 1996... FREE KITTEN, MEN'S RECOVERY PROJECT, AND COLD COLD HEARTS SINGLES NOW ON THE KILL ROCK STARS BANDCAMP PAGE
January 26, 2015
COMEDIAN W. KAMAU BELL SIGNS TO KILL ROCK STARS
January 15, 2015
Photo by Matthias Clamer
Kill Rock Stars is excited to announce that we have signed comedian W. Kamau Bell. He will be recording two of his "Oh, Everything!" Comedy Tour shows at Seattle, Washington's Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute on Saturday, January 24th. Tickets are on sale now.
Socio-political comedian W. Kamau Bell may be most recognizable for his critically acclaimed FX/FXX TV show Totally Biased With W. Kamau Bell, nominated for "Best Talk Series" at the 2012 NAACP Image Awards. Kamau was creator, writer and host of the comedy series, which was executive produced by Chris Rock who became a fan of Kamau's after seeing his one man show.
He also recently launched a brand new podcast Denzel Washington Is The Greatest Actor Of All Time Period. Each week, Kamau and Kevin Avery (Last Week Tonight With John Oliver) examine their shared belief that Denzel Washington is the greatest actor of all time, period. Available free at Wolfpop.com and downloadable from iTunes.
Kamau has also appeared on NPR's Fresh Air, Comedy Central, Conan, WTF with Marc Maron, MSNBC, The View, Real Time with Bill Maher, Yahoo News with Katie Couric and many, many more.
Kamau's Oh, Everything! Comedy Tour promises to be a comedic attack on everything he can't stop thinking about, including but not limited to homophobia, the 'N" word, gentrification, his mixed race kids, your "friends", your "followers", why he could never be an atheist, why his God looks like Denzel Washington with dreadlocks, guns and more.
Kamau had this to say about the upcoming taping: “I have loved Seattle audiences since the first time I performed there with their favorite adopted son Hari Kondabolu. They are tuned in, read up, turned on, frustrated, and ready to roll up their sleeves and get into it. I have been saving Seattle for a special occasion and recording a stand-up comedy CD with the legendary punk label Kill Rock Stars is it! I’m extremely proud to be on a label that has been home to revolutionary bands Bikini Kill and Sleater-Kinney, a label that made lefty politics cool before anyone thought that was possible, and a label that is home to brilliant comic voices like Kurt Braunohler, Ian Karmel, Cameron Esposito and my great friend Hari Kondabolu. LET’S DO THIS!”
W KAMAU BELL @ LANGSTON HUGHES PERFORMING ARTS INSTITUTE
(104 17th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144 )
SATURDAY, JANUARY 24
7pm & 9pm
VIP packages available, proceeds go to Race Forward
Tickets and info:
7pm Show: http://www.jsrdirect.com/webstores/wkb-lhpai-1-24-early
9pm Show: http://www.jsrdirect.com/webstores/wkb-lhpai-1-24-late#
"one of comedy's most necessary voices on social and political issues"
- NEW YORK TIMES
"The personable, quick comic skewers racism, stereotypes and an assortment of iconic taboos with provocative wit!"
- SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
"Bell's gimmick is intersectional progressivism: he treats racial, gay, and women's issues as inseparable. That may not sound hilarious, but when it works it grants him new routes into old topics."
- THE NEW YORKER
"In an era of hopelessly polarized social-media bickering, only the sharpest voices can cut through the noise and command the conversation - the Jon Stewarts, Chris Rocks and Stephen Colberts. Rising on that list is W. Kamau Bell"
- COMMERCIAL APPEAL
Esper Scout release "Belay" / "Carpet of a Crest" digital single
November 11, 2014
Esper Scout are an experimental rock band based in Leeds, UK driven by an enthusiasm for harmony, guitar textures and dynamic rhythms which create 'warm dynamic songs with dense textures and vibrant hooks' (Vibrations). A blend of memorable melodies, riffs, breakdowns and progressive builds as well as 'heartfelt, precise and clever lyrics which balance weight and depth with accessibility and charm' (24 Our Music). Their sound is simultaneously reassuring and memorable but also curious, engaging and exciting by equal measure. With songs and performances that drift through moods from lively to somber, you will easily be drawn in, hooked and willingly shook up by the captivating four piece.
COMEDIAN IAN KARMEL SIGNS TO KILL ROCK STARS
November 07, 2014
Ian Karmel is a homegrown Portland comedian whose style zig-zags between the eclectic and the universal. He was a writer and roundtable regular on E!’s Chelsea Lately. Most recently he made his late night premiere on TBS' Conan and was featured on Comedy Central’s Adam Devine’s House Party Season 2. In 2013, Ian was invited to the prestigious Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal, where he was a breakout stand up in the “New Faces” category. Ian’s unique perspective helped him win the 2011 Funniest Person in Portland, 2010 Portland Amateur Comedy Competition and has given him the opportunity to perform at the Moontower Comedy Festival, Bridgetown Comedy Festival, Bumbershoot, Portland’s Helium Comedy Club, Philadelphia’s Helium Comedy Club, Minneapolis' Acme Comedy Club, Austin’s Cap City Comedy Club, Seattle’s Comedy Underground and various clubs in Los Angeles. Ian’s other television credits include IFC’s Portlandia and the Travel Channel’s Best Sandwich in America, as well as a post-game analyst and commentator for the Portland Trailblazers. His training includes The Groundlings and the Upright Citizens Brigade and he is a regular contributor for the Portland Mercury in which is he currently writes the highly anticipated weekly column “Portland as F*ck.” He currently lives in Los Angeles.
Watch a clip of Ian performing on Conan at Youtube.
BRATMOBILE'S DEBUT ALBUM 'POTTYMOUTH' BACK IN PRINT ON VINYL ON 11/18
October 28, 2014
Critical praise for Pottymouth :
"Has any band ever done unalloyed, sneering contempt quite as witheringly as Pottymouth -era Bratmobile? " - Stereogum
"We need more bands like Bratmobile, especially in this sexually regressive, overly commercialized MySpace-rock environment. Pottymouth is a definitive riot grrrl record and essential listening for fans of indie rock and punk." - James Elliott, Amoeba Records
"The album is like a slap in the face: it's over before you realize what you're feeling but its sting lasts a good long while." - Trouser Press Record Guide
"...Pottymouth was an album full of jittery agitations, quickly solidifying the group as one of the Pacific Northwest’s garage greats." - The AV Club
The 2014 pressing of Pottymouth is on pink marble vinyl and includes a digital download code. Pre-order your copy at goo.gl/Heu3hl