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, 2015Delta 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, 2015Comedian 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, 2015Ian Karmel did stand up on last night's episode of Conan to promote his new comedy album 9.2 on Pitchfork. Check it out!
Preview Emily Heller and Ian Karmel's comedy albums at TuneIn!!
November 10, 2015The debut albums from comedians Emily Heller and Ian Karmel are not in stores until Friday, November 13th but you can listen to previews of the album TODAY at our TuneIn radio station! What a crazy world we're living in! Check it out!
DOWNLOAD OUR NEW COMEDY SAMPLER
October 22, 2015Good news, MP3 fans! We made a new digital sampler of stand-up comedy from Ian Karmel, Emily Heller, Cameron Espsoito, Hari Kondabolu, and Kurt Braunohler that you can download for FREE at our Bandcamp page! Click here to download Crazed MP3 Fans Vol. 2!
WIMPS LIVE ON KEXP!
October 15, 2015Wimps stopped by KEXP's hit show Audioasis to play some songs from their upcoming album Suitcase and chat with DJ Sharlese! Check it out...
Click here to pre-order Suitcase on LP, CS, CD, or MP3! Suitcase will be available in stores on November 13th, 2015.
Wimps to release 'Suitcase' on November 13th!
October 05, 2015We are excited to finally be releasing Suitcase, the sophomore album from Wimps, on November 13th, 2015 on LP, CS, CD, and MP3! Listen to a stream of album tracks "Suitcase" and "Take It As It Comes"...
Seattle's punk rock slackers-in-chief Wimps are a Seattle-based three-piece comprised of scene veterans Rachel Ratner (Butts) on guitar and lead vocals, Matt Nyce (Meth Teeth) on bass and backing vocals, and Dave Ramm (The Intelligence) on drums. Wimps serve their own brand of rapid-fire punk with a smattering of lo-fi post punk guitar work to create an angular, slightly off-kilter blast. Ratner lyrically twists otherwise common day-to-day woes into relatable tales of struggle shout-sung call and response stabs that champion boredom, laziness and social anxieties with wiry riffs and punchy bass lines, propelled by the measured rhythms of drummer David Ramm.
Wimps tour dates
11/13 Seattle, WA @ Funhouse w/ Stickers
11/14 Portland, OR @ The Know
12/11 Seattle, WA @ Funhouse
12/12 Portland, OR @ The Spare Room w/ Kinski, Deep Fried Boogie Band
Wimps have come up with a ton of INSANE pre-order ideas for this album including a knit beanie starring their soon-to-be-iconic skateboarding hotdog and an iron transfer so that you can make your own Wimps t-shirt at home! Click here for more info!
KRS TO RELEASE ALBUMS BY IAN KARMEL AND EMILY HELLER!
October 01, 2015We are SUPER DUPER EXCITED to announce the two newest comedy releases on Kill Rock Stars: the debut albums by Ian Karmel and Emily Heller!
IAN KARMEL is a Portland comedian whose unique perspective landed him the “Funniest Person in Portland” crown. His debut album '9.2 On Pitchfork’, recorded live before a hometown crowd, finds Ian waxing poetic about reviving Pimp My Ride, his differences with Harry Styles, being Jewish (but atheist) and other hilarious anecdotes. Ian made his late night debut on CONAN, appeared regularly on Chelsea Lately, plus TV credits including 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. He currently lives in LA where he is a writer for CBS’ The Late Late Show with James Corden. iankarmel.com
EMILY HELLER recorded her debut album ‘Good For Her’ before a packed house at Union Hall in Brooklyn, taking the crowd on a ride through her awkward teenage years in San Francisco, misadventures in housesitting, being single, her love of hip-hop and more. Emily was named Comic to Watch by both Variety and Comedy Central and featured in Marie Claire’s “Funniest Women of 2015.” She has performed on CONAN and appeared on @midnight, is the creator and star of the Above Average series "The Future," co-hosts the podcast “Baby Geniuses” and is currently a series regular on the TBS comedy Ground Floor. http://emilyheller.tumblr.com/
HEAR UNRELEASED ALBUM TRACKS:
Ian Karmel "Hot Sauce and Napkins"
Emily Heller “The General Loser Community"
PRE-ORDER ‘9.2 ON PITCHFORK’ AND ‘GOOD FOR HER’:
ERASE ERRATA ANNOUNCE FINAL TWO SHOWS
August 19, 2015We are sad to announce that beloved DIY art-punk band Erase Errata are playing their final two shows in October. Erase Errata have been one of the most exciting bands of the past 20 years and we are beyond honored to have been able to release their album, Nightlife, and their “Damaged” / “Ouija Boarding” 7”.
Here’s a message from Erase Errata singer/guitarist Jenny Hoyston about the final two shows:
It's with mixed emotions that I announce that Ellie, Bianca, and I have decided to call it quits on this project after 16 mind blowing years. The final Erase Errata shows will be in Austin and Houston, Texas on October 16 and 17, 2015. I want to thank Ellie, Bianca, and Sara for changing my life forever, and to thank everyone who came to our shows and bought records, all of our support team (Scott Comeau, Maya Pedersen, Lindsay B. and many others), our auxiliary guest players Christina Files, Weasel Walter, Kim Gordon, Archie McKay, Jaél Navas García, Collin Dupuis, Eric Bauer, and others, plus Troubleman Unlimited, Kill Rock Stars, Dim Mak, WEA, Mute/Blast First, Sonic Youth, Le Tigre, Melt Banana, Aislers Set, Damo Suzuki, The Fall, Pansy Division, Bratmobile, The Gossip, Luke Tweedy, Norm Druce, all of the promoters world-wide who put on shows for us and YOU. So grateful. Thank you. Who knew an awkward little butch from Freeport, Texas would end up performing in Japan, Australia, New Zealand, and Europe in addition to North America? Not me! What a ride. So grateful. ❤‼
Erase Errata Final Shows
10/16 Austin, TX @ Stargayzer Fest // Tickets: http://goo.gl/f4qZZlM 10/17 Houston, TX @ Walter’s Downtown // Tickets:
Wimps 'SUPER ME' EP streams at TUNEIN
August 06, 2015Wimps' Super Me EP isn't in stores until tomorrow but you can stream it NOW at the Kill Rock Stars Tune In radio station! What a world we're living in.
Wimps tour dates
AUG 8 / SEATTLE, WA/ Pizza Fest Seattle
AUG 9/ PORTLAND, OR/ SMMR BMMR
AUG 10/ MEDFORD, OR / Johnny B's
AUG 11/ SACRAMENTO, CA/ The Colony - Sacramento
AUG 12/ OAKLAND, CA/ Vinyl Oakland
AUG 13/ LOS ANGELES, CA/ NON PLUS ULTRA
AUG 14/ SAN FRANCISCO, CA/ Hemlock Tavern
AUG 15/ EUREKA, CA/ The Shanty
AUG 21/ PORTLAND, OR/ Star Theater Portland
AUG 27/ SEATTLE, WA/ Seattle Art Museum Olympic Sculpture Park
AUG 28/ SPOKANE, WA/ Baby Bar Spokane
AUG 29/ BOISE, ID/ The WaterCooler (all-ages)