Kill Rockstars


February 01, 2013

After YEARS of pressure from "CRAZED MP3 FANS™" we've decided to launch a digital subscription service. That's right, we've started a KILL ROCK STARS Drip.FM account!
For the low price of $9.99 a month you'll receive:
*every New Kill Rock Stars release the moment it's released as 320 k mp3s (or wav or flac files if that's your thing!)
* highlights from the Kill Rock Stars back catalog
*access to singles from upcoming releases
*outtakes, remixes, AND MORE!
ALSO new subscribers will receive an instant download of Corin Tucker Band's "Kill My Blues", Elliott Smith's "Either/Or," and our "Here's To Another 21 Years!" compilation (a fun overview of the KRS catalog) We're also sending a mystery pack to the first 30 subscribers (USA only, have you seen the new postage rates? sheesh...) AND every new subscription will include a 15% off coupon for the Kill Rock Stars online store! I know this all sounds too good to be true, but we are DEAD SERIOUS. WE WON'T BE UNDERSOLD!
CLICK HERE for more details.


January 23, 2013

Hipster guys, are you tired of seeing Marnie Stern have relationships with an endless array of losers and bores? Don’t you think a guitarist as great as Marnie should have someone special to watch Law and Order SVU with? Do you enjoy petting dogs while eating chicken wings? And honestly, don’t you think a nice, positively cute, 30-something Jewish girl should meet the man of her dreams? We sure do!

If you live in the New York City area (no long-distance beaus please) and are not a total creep/stalker (we will KNOW if you are), please send an email with your answers to the application questions below, your favorite Marnie song, and a recent photo of yourself. We will pay for this date, but you’re paying for the next one!

Age, religion, and race are not a factor, but a sense of humor is critical. Marnie’s ideal man is a homebody who doesn’t mind that his girlfriend is out of town on tour a lot, and is not a drug addict, a slacker, or a vegan.

One more thing: Marnie doesn’t get to pick the winner, Marnie’s record label and publicist do, so go ahead and charm the metaphorical pants off us. We just want the best for her… and maybe you are it!!

Please email all applications to
Are you gainfully employed? Elaborate.
When/ how long was your last relationship?
What are your hobbies/interests?
What qualities do you most enjoy in a woman?
List any anti-depressants you currently take:
What do you know about Marnie and why do you want to date her?
What would your most recent ex-girlfriend say about you? Can we get her email?
Where would you take Marnie on a first date and why?

The Chronicles of Marnia" is in stores March 19th and available for pre-order from our mailorder dept.


January 17, 2013

Kill Rock Stars are pleased to announce Cosy Moments, the first Kinski album since 2007’s Down Below It’s Chaos, and premiere the first single “Conflict Free Diamonds” via MTV Hive. You can listen to the track here or download it from Bandcamp here.

Due out on April 2nd, Cosy Moments is filled with the glistening, graceful chords and heavy proto-punk rhythms that have become Kinski’s hallmarks over the last 14 years of playing music together. Not that the band is walking in their own musical footprints on the new album. Instead, Cosy Moments is the result of Chris Martin, the band’s songwriter, spending the last few years figuring out where to go next musically. “We wanted to make something poppier and more direct,” Martin said. “That was the kind of music I wanted to hear then and that's what we tried to do. I was really sick of hearing people step on wah wah pedals and solo over psych rock. There were so many people doing that. Including us. We've always had more poppy, song-ish elements but we just took it further this time.”
The addition of a pop element is not the only evolution of the band’s sound. This album also features vocals, which is a dramatic shift for a band that is known primarily as an instrumental group. “We always had songs with vocals on past albums, but it took me a long time to remember how to sing again,” Martin said. “I wrote a bunch of vocal songs. We even toured with Acid Mothers Temple with some of that stuff, but we ended up throwing most all of it out. And I just kept writing.” Heading back into the studio with producer Randall Dunn, who also recorded their last three records, Cosy Moments, the group’s sixth full length, is filled with Kinski’s dense, intricate and occasionally nearly deafening noise, a musical style that is almost completely contradictory to their album title.
Cosy Moments is available for pre-order on cd, lp (first 100 copies come on amber colored marbled vinyl!), and digitally.


January 16, 2013

Winnipeg indie pop outfit Boats makes impossibly hooky pop songs about death, being old, girls, glowing bears and escaping the spectral plane of existence and reappearing at a football game — all of which can be found on the band’s sparkling third album, A Fairway Full Of Miners, due out Feb. 5, 2013 via Kill Rock Stars (Corin Tucker Band, Elliott Smith, Decemberists, Deerhoof).
Recorded in the spring/summer of 2012 by Ryan McVeigh at Prairie Recording Studios/UMFM and mixed by David Carswell in Vancouver (Destroyer, New Pornographers), A Fairway Full Of Miners comes as the follow-up to Boats’ acclaimed 2010 sophomore album, Cannonballs, Cannonballs — named the No. 1 album of 2010 by Winnipeg college radio station 101.5 UMFM and hailed by critics for its inventiveness and mega-watt charm. But if Cannonballs, Cannonballs was all about giddy exuberance, A Fairway Full Of Miners is about growing up and finding yourself bored. There are still plenty of manic, sloppy-on-purpose junk-store pop tunes that burst with pop-rocks-and-Coke energy (O Telescope), but the new record also sees the band stretch out over more ambitious epics (Animated GIFs) and heartfelt ballads (Advice on Bears). It’s eclectic, but not unfocused; the whole thing is unified by frontman/band leader Mat Klachefsky’s helium-high yelp of a singing voice.
Maturity has become almost a cliché when it comes to describing albums — especially third albums — but A Fairway Full Of Miners has a focus to it that comes with relentless touring (Boats has done eight North American tours) and a sophistication that comes with refining a particular sound over the span of three albums). But don’t confuse mature with boring; Boats albums give you that thrilling feeling of being on the verge of spinning wildly, dizzingly out of control.
Check out the new single "Getting Worst"

Feb 2 - Winnipeg @ West End Cultural Center (CD Release show)
Feb 21 - Saskatoon @ Vangelis
Feb 22 - Calgary @ Hi Fi Club (Early Show)
Feb 23 - Edmonton @ Wunderbar
Feb 28 - Vancouver @ The Cobalt
March 21 - Windsor @ Phog Lounge
March 22-23 CMW in Toronto (show TBA)
March 27 - Guelph @ Albion
March 28 - Ottawa @ Pressed
March 29 - Montreal @ La Cagibi

A Fairway Full of Miners is available to pre-order on cd at our online store or as digital files on our bandcamp page!


January 15, 2013

We're stoked to announce that we're putting out the debut comedy album by Kurt Braunohler! There are going to be free tapings in Seattle (on February 13th) and Portland (on February 14, Valentine's Day!)

To RSVP for the Seattle shows e-mail
To RSVP for the Portland shows e-mail

Here's a little info about Kurt and a few youtube clips as well...

As a stand up, Kurt debuted his high-energy, absurdist point-of-view on Comedy Central's John Oliver Presents this summer. As far as stages, Kurt has performed at the HBO US Comedy Arts Festival, Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal and Chicago, New York Comedy Festival (named a "Comic to Watch"), SXSW, Bonaroo, All Tomorrow’s Parties, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (IF.Comedy Award nominee), Melbourne Comedy Festival (Barry Award Winner), the HBO Vegas Comedy Festival, the Chicago Improv Festival ("Improv Ensemble of the Year” Award Winner) and he once performed at Radio City Music Hall.
Kurt co-created a pilot for Channel 4 in the UK with his comedy partner, Kristen Schaal, for their popular web-series, Penelope: Princess of Pets. The duo also have hosted the NYC staple variety show, Hot Tub, for the past 7 years.

"Braunohler is very funny" - USA Today
"So high wattage, he outshines everybody" - Tom Scharpling, The Best Show
"Trust me. You will not want to miss all the shenanigans" - SerialOptimist
"Do you like wunderkinds? Then you will LOVE KURT!" - BrooklynVegan
"Braunohler's brand of humour is insane, life-affirming, silly and above all hugely enjoyable." - Time Out London

Hands sign to Kill Rock Stars! Check out "Trouble" at Stereogum

January 08, 2013

We're putting out "Synesthesia," the debut album from LA band Hands, on April 30th! Check out the first single, "Trouble," over at Stereogum and then pre-order the album at the Kill Rock Stars Bandcamp page. The cd and lp pre-order will be up real soon!

Hands will be playing our SXSW party (details to come soon!) and touring all over the place in 2013.

New Milagres mp3: "Quiet Street"

January 03, 2013

Milagres just posted this unreleased song from the Glowing Mouth recording sessions to their Soundcloud page. Enjoy!

Glowing Mouth is still available on CD & LP in our online store as well as digitally from our Bandcamp page.


December 11, 2012

We are BEYOND EXCITED to be releasing the new Marnie Stern album, The Chronicles Of Marnia, on March 19th, 2013. The folks at SPIN posted an article about the album earlier today, it's a good read...

You can pre-order the album digitally on our bandcamp page for $7 or on CD, LP, as a beer koozie with a download code, etc. from our mailorder department!

eMusic is having a KRS MP3 BLOWOUT SALE!

November 29, 2012

All you crazed mp3 fans out there are in luck, because the folks at eMusic have slashed prices on the Kill Rock Stars and 5 Rue Christine catalog! All mp3s are priced to move at $4.99! For more info go to



November 01, 2012

The days are getting shorter and everybody in Portland, Oregon is starting to get seasonal depression, so we decided to put on a show and cheer everybody up.

SURVIVAL KNIFE (Justin and Brandt from Unwound's excellent new band)!
Saturday, December 1st 8pm
at Record Room
8 Ne Killingsworth, Portland, Or
$7 21+

Horse Feathers touring US and Europe Nov-Dec!

October 26, 2012

Horse Feathers are rolling their covered wagon all over the place. Check them out!

11/01 Missoula MT Top Hat Lounge
11/02 Bozeman MT The Filling Station
11/04 Minneapolis MN 7th Street Entry
11/05 Iowa City IA The Mill
11/07 Columbus OH Rumba Cafe
11/08 Toronto ON Drake Hotel
11/09 Buffalo NY The Ninth Ward at Babeville
11/10 Pittsburgh PA Club Cafe
11/11 Philadelphia PA Johnny Brenda's
11/12 Boston MA Brighton Music Hall
11/13 Biddeford ME The Oak & The Ax
11/14 Brooklyn NY Knitting Factory
11/15 Washington DC Black Cat
11/16 Chapel Hill NC Local 506
11/19 London UK Borderline (w/ Crooked Fingers)
11/20 Brussels BE Rotonde Botanique (w/ Crooked Fingers)
11/21 Amsterdam NL Paradiso (w/ Crooked Fingers)
11/22 Frankfurt GE Zoom (w/ Crooked Fingers)
11/23 Stuttgart GE 1210 (w/ Crooked Fingers)
11/26 Berlin GE Monarch (w/ Crooked Fingers)
11/27 Munster DE Gleis 22 (w/ Crooked Fingers)
11/28 Aarau CH Kiff (w/ Crooked Fingers)
11/29 Bern CH ISC (w/ Crooked Fingers)
12/01 Vienna AT Haus Der Musik
12/02 Zagreb CR Klub Mocvara
12/06 Boulder CO The Fox Theatre
12/07 Denver CO Bluebird Theater
12/08 Santa Fe NM SOL @ Santa Fe Brewing Company
12/09 Phoenix AZ The Crescent Ballroom
12/10 San Diego CA Soda Bar
12/11 Los Angeles CA Echo
12/12 San Francisco CA The Independent
12/14 Eugene OR W.O.W. Hall
12/15 Portland OR Aladdin Theater