July 01, 2015

Great news! Seattle, WA punk band Wimps have joined the Kill Rock Stars family and will be releasing their Super Me EP on August 7th on cassette and MP3. Wimps previous releases, Repeat, Party at the Wrong Time, and Couches, in addition to their highly entertaining live show, have made them a favorite in the NW DIY circuit for the past few years. Somehow, the new songs are even better!

Click here to listen to Super Me track “Take It As It Comes.”

Wimps tour dates
07/11 Seattle, WA @ West Seattle Summer Fest
07/16 Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey w/ The Spits
08/08 Seattle, WA @ El Corazon - Pizza Fest w/ Nobunny, White Mystery
08/09 Portland, OR @ SMMR BMMR w/ White Mystery, Guantanamo Baywatch, Charles Albright, Pony Time
08/10 Reno, NV @ tba w/ Pony Time
08/11 Sacramento, CA @ tba w/ Pony Time
08/12 Oakland, CA @ Vinyl Bar w/ Pony Time
08/13 Los Angeles, CA @ tba w/ Pony Time, Upset, Shark Toys
08/14 San Francisco, CA @ Hemlock Tavern w/ Pony Time, Male Gaze, OVVN
08/15 Eureka, CA @ Shanty Tavern w/ Monster Women

Click here to order Super Me digitally at Bandcamp.

Super Me will be followed up by a full-length album late in 2015. Stay tuned for more exciting news!

Artist: Wimps


June 04, 2015

Kinski have teamed with director Mike Wurn to create an INSANE music video for their song "Drink Up and Be Somebody" off of their new album 7 (or 8). CHECK IT OUT!

Kinski are playing a few shows on the West Coast this week to celebrate the release of 7 (or 8):
6/4 SEATTLE, WA @ Chop Suey w/ Fungal Abyss, Gold Fronts
6/5 PORTLAND, OR @ The Know w/ Sam Coomes, WL
6/6 SAN FRANCISCO, CA @ Hemlock Tavern w/ Heron Oblivion, Mall Walk>

7 (or 8) is available now on CD, LP, and MP3 at good record stores everywhere.

Artist: Kinski


June 01, 2015

EXCITING NEWS! We've uploaded New Dog's new album Classic Ballroom Dances to the Kill Rock Stars youtube page one day before its release date!

New Dog will be touring Europe all month in support of the new album...
06/06 Bielefeld, DE @ AJZ Club
06/07 Cologne, DE @ AZ Koln
06/08 Karlsruhe, DE @ private house show
06/09 Darmstadt, DE @ Oetinger Villa
06/10 Munich, DE @ Kafe Kult
06/11 Leipzig, DE @ Dr. Seltsam
06/12 Pilsen, CZ @ Papirna
06/13 Broumov, CZ @ Silver Rocket festival
06/14 Brno, CZ @ Kabinet Muz
06/15 Koprivnice, CZ @ Mandala
06/16 Breclav, CZ @ Denní bar Dvůr
06/17 Pardubice, CZ @ Divadlo 29
06/18 Berlin, DE @ Schokoladen
06/19 Chemnitz, DE @ Odradek
06/20 Bojkovice, CZ @ MisMas Festival
06/21 Prague, CZ @ Strahov 007
06/23 Ghent, BE @ Cafe Video
06/24 Brussels, BE @ Venue TBA
06/25 Namur, BE @ Namur Pointcu

Click here to order your copy of Classic Ballroom Dances on LP or good ol' MP3.

Artist: New Dog


May 29, 2015

Kinski's SIIIIIIIIICK new album 7 (or 8) may not be available in stores until June 2nd, but you can stream it NOW at the Kill Rock Stars TuneIn radio station! Check it out!

The band will be playing a few shows on the West Coast next week to celebrate the release of the new album. Kinski are one of the best live bands around right now. NOT TO BE MISSED!

6/4 Seattle WA @ Chop Suey
6/5 Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
6/6 San Francisco, WA @ Hemlock Tavern

Click here to order Kinski's 7 (or 8) on your choice of CD, LP, or MP3 and get two exclusive bonus tracks!

Artist: Kinski


May 26, 2015

Kinski are thrilled to share the second single from their upcoming album 7 (or 8), their latest LP due out on Kill Rock Stars this June 2nd. Where first single “Flight Risk” was a blistering homage to 1969 Detroit, “Bulletin…” marries the riff-centric mentality of latter-era Kinski with the more spacious compositions they’re known for, resulting in 12 minutes of guitar and string-crescendo perfection, and serving as one of the highlights of 7 (or 8). The band has also recently announced a string of Northwest tour dates (see below) and will be hitting the rest of the nation and Europe later this summer. Stay tuned for more!

For a band whose extensive discography has historically been primarily instrumental and prone to modifying adjectives like “post-“ and “space-“, the last couple of years have been a left turn down a twisted alley of fuzz pedals, blown tube amps, and a kind of raw power befitting of the Stooges. 7 (or 8) finds Kinski sounding heavier, faster, and even more self-assured, picking up where Cosy Moments left off but also pushing their sound into even more singular territory. 7 (or 8), the title itself a wry observation echoing the confusion created by their extensive catalog, is in fact their SEVENTH (or eighth depending who you ask) LP and second for new label home Kill Rock Stars, having previously released several LPs on Sub Pop and other discerning independent labels. Recorded and mixed in San Francisco at El Studio with Phil Manley (of Trans Am), 7 (or 8) comes in the midst of a more prolific period for the band. “It always takes us awhile to write a record but this one came quickly. We’ve stopped worrying about it so much and just get on with it, which is easier on the soul,” says guitarist/singer Chris Martin. This mindset, alongside their newfound lyricism, has revealed a band that is slyly self-aware, hinted at through years of tongue-in-cheek song titles but now fully evident. The quicker pace has also instilled a palpable confidence and energy on record. That being said,7 (or 8) hits like a ton of bricks. The double helping of riffs in the form of “Detroit Trickle Down” and “Flight Risk” leave the listener nearly out of breath. Martin, Lucy Atkinson (Bass), Matthew Reid-Schwartz (Guitar), and Barrett Wilke (Drums) stretch out a bit over the course of the record, marrying their more expansive sound with proto-punk fury, but they rarely let up until the last song, album highlight “Bulletin of the International String Figure Association”. One of the last songs written for the record, “Bulletin…” eases into a nearly 12 minute crescendo of rock bliss, gently flirts with a string section at the same time, and then floats back down to Earth in a perfect denouement. Like John Cassavetes and Gena Rowlands on the cover, Kinski strive to make art that is uncompromising and on their own terms and 7 (or 8) is a refreshing reminder that rock music in 2015 can still be a unique and cathartic experience.

06/04 – Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey
06/05 – Portland, OR @ The Know
06/06 – San Francisco, CA @ Hemlock Tavern
07/24-26 – Seattle, WA @ Capitol Hill Block Party


Artist: Kinski


May 21, 2015

We are excited to announce that comedian Emily Heller has joined the KRS family and will be recording her debut album on June 3rd at Union Hall in Brooklyn, NY. Tickets to her album taping are available at http://www.unionhallny.com/event/815919-emily-heller-live-album-brooklyn/. We’ve been fans of Emily’s comedy stylings for a few years now, so when she asked us if we would want to release her album, we considered it for less than thirty seconds before replying, “YES, PLEASE!”

Emily has appeared on Conan, John Oliver’s New York Stand Up Show, and @midnight. She has been named a Comic to Watch by both Variety and Comedy Central. She is the co-host of the Baby Geniuses podcast with cartoonist Lisa Hanawalt.

Emily Heller tour dates
05/28-05/30 Madison, WI @ Comedy Club on State // tix: http://goo.gl/dZosXv
06/03 Brooklyn, NY @ Union Hall (album recording!!!) // tix: http://goo.gl/B4qOeg
06/07 Boston, MA @ Laugh Boston // tix: http://goo.gl/Z6ETe5
06/25-06/27 Minneapolis, MN @ Acme Comedy Club // tix: http://goo.gl/cUwhH5

Artist: Emily Heller