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HARI KONDABOLU ON ANDY BECKERMAN'S BEGINNINGS PODCAST

May 15, 2014

Hari Kondabolu is the guest on today's episode of Andy Beckerman's Beginnings podcast. Beginnings is a podcast where Andy Beckerman talks to comedians, writers, flmmakers, and musicians about their earliest creative experiences.

Hari Kondabolu's album Waiting For 2042 is available now on compact disc and as a digital download from our Bandcamp page.

WATCH MILAGRES' APPEARANCE ON LAST CALL WITH CARSON DALY

May 09, 2014

The wait is over! Milagres' recent appearance on NBC's Last Call with Carson Daly is finally available to view online! Check it Out!

Milagres' next show is at Chicago, IL's Do Division Street Festival on June 1st. You can download their new album Violent Light at the KRS Bandcamp page.

DOWNLOAD OUR NEW SAMPLER: 'CRAZED MP3 FANS VOL. 1'

April 04, 2014

We are pleased to announce our first ever Bandcamp exclusive digital sampler, CRAZED MP3 FANS Vol. 1, a mix of songs from the current batch of KRS releases, KRS classics, rarities, and overlooked favorites from the KRS staff. Includes tracks from Marnie Stern, Corin Tucker Band, Kinski, Quasi, Thao with the Get Down Stay Down, Horse Feathers, Elliott Smith, Dos, Gravy Train!!!!, Excuse 17, Hands, Free Kitten, godheadSilo, Bratmobile, Emily's Sassy Lime, The Thermals, Heavens To Betsy, Deerhoof, Xiu Xiu, and Kurt Braunohler! And because we're feeling generous, we're making it a pay-what-you-want sampler... That's right, you can pay $1, $10, $100... you can even download it for MP FREE! CRAZED MP3 FANS Vol. 1 also comes with a coupon for 15% off your next purchase at our Bandcamp page, AND a top secret design that you can print on an iron transfer to make your own KRS CRAZED MP3 FAN t-shirt! Head on over to the KRS Bandcamp page and download CRAZED MP3 FANS Vol. 1 today!
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HARI KONDABOLU ON LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN

March 27, 2014

Hari Kondabolu made his first (of hopefully many) appearance on Late Show with David Letterman last night, in support of his new album Waiting For 2042 (out now on cd & mp3!)

CATCH HARI KONDABOLU ON TOUR NOW!

03/29 Seattle, WA @ Neptune Theatre TICKETS
03/30 Portland, OR @ Helium Comedy Club TICKETS
04/01 Boston, MA @ Improv Boston TICKETS
04/02 Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Live TICKETS
04/04 Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall TICKETS
04/29 Minneapolis, MN @ The Cedar Waiting for 2042 by Hari Kondabolu

HORSE FEATHERS 'KRS ARCHIVES VOL. 1' FOUR-CASSETTE BOX SET AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER

March 20, 2014

In celebration of Horse Feathers' 10-year anniversary as a band, we've collected all of their KRS releases (2012's Cynic's New Year, 2010's Thistled Spring, 2008's House With No Home, and the "Cascades" and "Drain You" 7-inch singles) and included 5 previously unreleased recordings to create the KRS Archives, Volume 1 four-cassette box set! Horse Feathers' KRS Archives, Volume 1 box set is limited to 500 hand-numbered copies and features handsome original artwork by the bands' long time collaborator Lloyd Winter. KRS Archives, Volume 1 is available for pre-order now for the low price of $20 in the Kill Rock Stars mail-order store,and will ship to arrive by April 22nd.

Horse Feathers are playing the Treefort Music Festival in Boise, ID this weekend, and heading on an all-acoustic tour of the East Coast this April. The band is accepting setlist requests for the tour via their Facebook page.

Horse Feathers tour dates
3/21 Boise ID @ Treefort Music Festival tickets
4/8 Nashville, TN @ Stone Fox tickets
4/9 Florence, AL @ 116 Mobile tickets
4/10 Decature, GA @ Eddie's Attic tickets
4/11 Savannah, GA @ Cafe 36 tickets
4/12 Asheville, NC @ Isis tickets
4/13 Durham, NC @ Duke Coffeehouse tickets
4/14 Charlottesville, VA @ The Southern tickets
4/16 Philadelphia, PA @ Tin Angel tickets
4/17 Washington, DC @ The Hamilton tickets
4/18 Brooklyn, NY @ Glasslands Gallery tickets
4/19 New York, NY @ Joe's Pub tickets
4/21 Cambidge, MA @ The Sinclair tickets
4/22 Providence, RI @ Columbus Theatre tickets
4/24 Pittsburgh, PA @ Garfield Artworks tickets
4/25 Ann Arbor, MI @ The Ark tickets
4/26 Chicago, IL @ Old Town School of Folk Music tickets

HEAVENS TO BETSY'S 'CALCULATED' BACK ON VINYL THIS RECORD STORE DAY!

March 13, 2014

We are excited to announce that Heavens To Betsy's classic album Calculated has been repressed on vinyl for Record Store Day!

One of the classic KRS bands, Heavens To Betsy was Corin Tucker (later of KRS bands Sleater-Kinney, Cadallaca, and The Corin Tucker Band) on guitar and vocals and Tracy Sawyer (later of KRS band The Lies) on drums, bass, and vocals.

Calculated has been out of print on vinyl for over 10 years and we look forward to a new generation of fans putting this record on their turntables this Record Store Day, April 19th. Click here for a list of stores participating in Record Store Day.

For those of you without a turntable, Calculated is still available on CD and MP3.

HARI KONDABOLU "WAITING FOR 2042" OUT NOW ON CD AND MP3

March 11, 2014

We are excited to announce that Hari Kondabolu's debut stand-up comedy album, Waiting for 2042, is out now on cd and digitally.
To celebrate SXSW Comedy is putting on a surprise Waiting for 2042 album release show TONIGHT at the Hideout Theater at 617 Congress Ave, Austin, TX at 7:30. Click here for more info.

Hari Kondabolu is a Brooklyn-based comic who was discovered in Seattle by the HBO Comedy Festival in 2006 while working as an immigrant rights organizer. He was recently a writer and correspondent for the Chris Rock-produced Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell on the FX network. He has also performed on Conan, Jimmy Kimmel Live, John Oliver’s New York Standup Show and has his own half-hour Comedy Central Presents special.

He has been profiled on NPR’s “Morning Edition” and was one of Flavorwire’s “50 Up and Coming New York Culture Makers to Watch in 2013.”

He has also performed at such notable festivals asSouth by Southwest, Bumbershoot, Sasquatch andJust for Laughs in Montreal and Chicago.

Additionally, Hari has established himself in the UK with appearances on BBC 3’s Russell Howard’s Good News, Live at the Electric and Channel 4’s 8 out 10 Cats. He also performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2011.

When in New York City, he works with his brother Ashok (Dapwell of the now-defunct Das Racist) co-hosting the live, mostly improvised talk show The Untitled Kondabolu Brothers Project and their podcast The Untitled Kondabolu Brothers Podcast. He is also a published author who wrote the Spin Magazine cover story on Das Racist in October 2011.

He graduated from Bowdoin College with a B.A. in Comparative Politics in 2004. He also earned a Masters in Human Rights from the London School of Economics in 2008.

TOUR DATES
03/13 Brooklyn, NY @ Union Hall - Early 7:30 Show TICKETS
03/14 Brooklyn, NY @ Union Hall (9 pm show) SOLD OUT
03/14 Brooklyn, NY @ Union Hall (7 pm show) SOLD OUT
03/26 San Francisco, CA @ The Independent TICKETS
03/29 Seattle, WA @ Neptune Theatre TICKETS
03/30 Portland, OR @ Helium Comedy Club TICKETS
04/01 Boston, MA @ Improv Boston TICKETS
04/02 Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Live TICKETS
04/04 Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall TICKETS

MILAGRES' "VIOLENT LIGHT" IN STORES NOW!!!

February 25, 2014

Happy Album Release Day to Milagres, whose new album Violent Light is now available in good stores everywhere on cd and mp3 ( including our online store)!

The band are starting their Violent Light U.S. tour TONIGHT in Allston, MA!
2/25 Great Scott // Allston, MA (Tix: http://goo.gl/VvSKvD)
2/26 BAR // New Haven, CT (Free Show)
2/27 DC9 // Washington DC (Tix: http://goo.gl/LEqmFf)
3/1 Milkboy // Philadelphia, PA (Tix: http://goo.gl/j796LH)
3/8 Savannah Stopover // Savannah, GA (Tix: http://goo.gl/XlmQmd)
3/12 – 3/15 SXSW // Austin, TX
3/18 Western // Phoenix, AZ (Tix: http://goo.gl/1EetkO)
3/20 The Satellite // Los Angeles, CA (Tix: http://goo.gl/rQCge6)
3/21 Brick & Mortar // San Francisco, CA (Tix: http://goo.gl/J6ZGd4)
3/22 Ampersand // Reno, NV
3/23 Treefort Music Festival // Boise, ID (Tix: http://goo.gl/J1ZLHB)
3/25 Sunset Tavern // Seattle, WA (Tix: http://goo.gl/FduzxX)
3/26 Bunk Bar // Portland, OR (Tix: http://goo.gl/iaomOA)
4/2 7th Street Entry // Minneapolis, MN (Tix: http://goo.gl/2ZhQQC)
4/3 Schubas // Chicago, IL (Tix: http://goo.gl/6tndtx)
4/5 Demo // St Louis, MO (Tix: http://goo.gl/Vwq4BF)

CAMERON ESPOSITO TO RECORD STAND-UP COMEDY ALBUM FOR KILL ROCK STARS

February 24, 2014

We are BEYOND EXCITED to announce that Cameron Esposito will be recording a stand up comedy album for release on Kill Rock Stars on May 30th at Mississippi Studios in Portland, Oregon.

Cameron Esposito has been seen on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (CBS), Chelsea Lately (E!) and TakePart Live (Pivot) and heard on National Public Radio programs Bullseye and UnFictional. She has written for VICE, The Advocate and has a regular column on the AV Club. Cameron will be featured in upcoming episodes of Maron (IFC) and Adventure Time (Cartoon Network). Her late night television debut on Craig Ferguson was called “the most memorable first time on a late night show for any comedian in recent history.” (Splitsider)

A regular guest on top comedy podcasts like Comedy Bang Bang and How Did This Get Made, Cameron is also the creator/host of Wham Bam Pow., an action/scifi movie podcast on the Maximum Fun network and Put Your Hands Together Together, a weekly standup podcast and live show taped at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in Los Angeles. She is currently developing television projects with FOX Television and Earwolf Productions.

Known for her inviting, Punky-Brewster-as-a-grown-up energy, Cameron has been named a “Comic to Watch” by LA Weekly, Time Out Los Angeles, Flavorwire, afterellen.com and Cosmopolitan Magazine. She has also been featured as a “Critics Pick” by Time Out New York, Time Out Chicago, the Chicago Reader and been given a “Best Of” by Chicago Magazine, LA Weekly and the Portland Mercury.

Cameron has performed at TBS’ Just for Laughs Chicago (The AV Club’s Best of the Fest), SXSW, SF Sketchfest, and the Bridgetown (Portland Mercury’s Best of the Fest), Aspen Rooftop, Leicester (UK) comedy festivals. She also toured nationally as a circus ringmaster, which is very cool. She released her debut album, Grab Them Aghast, on Rooftop Comedy Records in 2010.

“Whip smart. One of the most exciting young stand ups in the country.” - Portland Mercury

“Badass-adorable.” - Time Out Los Angeles

“One of the best up-and-coming comedians working today," - The AV Club

“Comedy’s next breakout star. She fuses the plucky charm of Amy Poehler with the assured storytelling of Louis C.K." - Chicago Magazine

“You’ll fall in love with her.” - SerialOptimist

“Damn near unstoppable.” - LA Weekly

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HARI KONDABOLU ADMITS "WEEZER BROKE MY HEART" TO SPIN MAGAZINE

February 20, 2014

We're excited about releasing Hari Kondabolu's debut stand up comedy album, Waiting for 2042, on March 11th and judging by the amount of pre-orders we've been getting, you guys are excited as well. So, we've decided to share another track from Waiting for 2042, "Weezer Broke My Heart", at the Spin website. Watch as Hari describes being "the creepy old dude at the Weezer concert at 28 [years-old]."

Waiting for 2042 is available for pre-order both digitally and on CD (all CD pre-orders come with a personalized postcard from Hari, a 1.25" button, and access to an MP3 version on release date).
Hari has a few Waiting for 2042 album release shows coming up in Brooklyn, Seattle, Boston, and Chicago; and will be adding more dates soon!

03/14 Brooklyn, NY @ Union Hall (7 pm show) tickets
03/14 Brooklyn, NY @ Union Hall (9 pm show - SOLD OUT)
03/29 Seattle, WA @ Neptune Theatre tickets
04/01 Boston, MA @ Improv Boston tickets
04/04 Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall tickets

Milagres' Violent Light streaming now at KCRW

February 18, 2014

Milagres' sophomore album Violent Light isn't out until Tuesday, February 25th but you can stream the album NOW care of KCRW!

Milagres US Tour Dates
2/25 Great Scott // Allston, MA (Tix: http://goo.gl/VvSKvD)
2/26 BAR // New Haven, CT (Free Show)
2/27 DC9 // Washington DC (Tix: http://goo.gl/LEqmFf)
3/1 Milkboy // Philadelphia, PA (Tix: http://goo.gl/j796LH)
3/8 Savannah Stopover // Savannah, GA (Tix: http://goo.gl/XlmQmd)
3/12 – 3/15 SXSW // Austin, TX
3/18 Western // Phoenix, AZ (Tix: http://goo.gl/1EetkO)
3/20 The Satellite // Los Angeles, CA (Tix: http://goo.gl/rQCge6)
3/21 Brick & Mortar // San Francisco, CA (Tix: http://goo.gl/J6ZGd4)
3/22 Ampersand // Reno, NV
3/23 Treefort Music Festival // Boise, ID (Tix: http://goo.gl/J1ZLHB)
3/25 Sunset Tavern // Seattle, WA (Tix: http://goo.gl/FduzxX)
3/26 Bunk Bar // Portland, OR (Tix: http://goo.gl/iaomOA)
4/2 7th Street Entry // Minneapolis, MN (Tix: http://goo.gl/2ZhQQC)
4/3 Schubas // Chicago, IL (Tix: http://goo.gl/6tndtx)
4/5 Demo // St Louis, MO (Tix: http://goo.gl/Vwq4BF)

Violent Light is available for pre-order NOW on cd (cd pre-orders include a lyrics book and button) and digitally (digital pre-orders include an instant download of "The Letterbomb," "Jeweled Cave," "IDNYL," and "Sunburn").

HARI KONDABOLU ANNOUNCES COMEDY ALBUM ON KILL ROCK STARS

February 04, 2014

We're very excited to announce that we'll be releasing Hari Kondabolu's debut comedy album Waiting for 2042 on March 11th. Recorded live in Oakland, CA, Hari entertains and challenges his very excited audience with material about white Jesus, eating the rich, Matthew McConaughey, socially conscious time travel and how 90s alternative rock band Weezer broke his heart. Huffington Post has the exclusive video debut of album track "2042 and the White Minority." See it here. Waiting for 2042 is available for pre-order on cd at the Kill Rock Stars online store and digitally at the Kill Rock Stars Bandcamp page.

Praised by NPR as "a brainy comedian who cuts through the polite talk around race and gender," Hari was discovered in 2006 by the HBO Comedy Festival while working as an immigrant rights organizer in Seattle. Now Brooklyn-based, he was most recently a writer and correspondent for the Chris Rock-produced Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell on the FX network. He has also made appearances on Conan, Jimmy Kimmel Live, John Oliver's New York Standup Show and has his own half-hour Comedy Central Presents special. Hari has also performed at such notable festivals as South by Southwest, Bumbershoot, Sasquatch, The Edinburgh Fringe and Just for Laughs in Montreal and Chicago.

CATCH HARI KONDABOLU LIVE:

3/14 - Brooklyn, NY @ Union Hall

3/29 - Seattle, WA @ The Neptune

4/4 - Chicago @ Lincoln Hall

*more dates tba

"A national comedy treasure" - The Stranger

"Hari Kondabolu is intelligent, insightful and hilarious - a true comic genius." -Margaret Cho

"Hari Kondabolu is the comedy equivalent of a punk rock concert that breaks out at a human right's rally. He is a truly inspirational performer who is ahead of his time and is grabbing us by the lapels to catch up with him" - W Kamau Bell

"This incorrigibly smart, rising comic exhibits a duality in his act that doesn't seem quite plausible: He's both political and funŠ[and] deals in calmly reasoned polemics." - Time Out New York

"A young man reaching for the hand-scalding torch of confrontational comics like Lenny Bruce and Richard Pryor." The Seattle Times

"It is a common fault in Human Nature that the unseen and unknown provoke excessive confidence or excessive fear, and so it happened on this occasion: Track #7, Hari Kondabolu's willfully ignorant assessment of Weezer." Gaius Julius Casesar (with additional commentary by Janeane Garofalo)

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