Kill Rockstars


July 28, 2014

We are happy to announce that we'll be releasing Horse Feathers' latest album So It Is With Us on October 21st, 2014. The track "Violently Wild" debuted over at NPR's All Songs Considered Blog earlier today. Click here to read all about it!

Some quick true/false facts about the band Horse Feathers and their new album, So It Is With Us:

1. The record was partially recorded in a barn in a beautiful pastoral setting in rural Oregon
(true, but hasn’t everybody done this now?)

2. The band lives in Portland, OR
(also true, and they are consciously and unconsciously living breathing stereotypes just like the ones portrayed in Portlandia)

3. Horse Feathers last album charted on Billboard by selling fewer records than they had in the past
(true, but maybe more a comment on the music industry as a whole?)

4. For this album, the band was influenced by the following: Pentangle, Talk Talk, Paul Simon, The Band, Van Morrison, John Wesley Harding era Bob Dylan, Desire era Bob Dylan, and Abner Jay (not what you would have guessed, right?)

Justin Ringle, the man behind all ten years of Horse Feathers, has the following to say about the making of this album, and the current state of his band:

“I wanted to stop. I did all the touring for my fourth record – "Cynic's New Year" – and ended the year 2012 disillusioned and defeated. I didn't touch my guitar for months, which was the longest I had gone in about 15 years. I thought that my career in music was over and wondered if I even wanted to do it anymore. After an arduous period of self-doubt and discovery, I finally arrived at the enlightened idea that maybe it should just be a little more fun. I had grown weary of talking to people after shows who said that my last record “helped them through their divorce”. I have always been flattered by that sort of thing, but I realized what I wanted to hear was how my last record helped them “have a great weekend”. If you have heard any of my previous records you will realize that this transformation from “divorce” band to “weekend” band would be a tall order. And it was! I wouldn’t say we’ve become a “party band” overnight, but I certainly tried to change things a bit.

I enlisted friends to play with me that I trusted and had known for years. Along with longtime bandmates Nathan Crockett (strings/mandolin) and Dustin Dybvig (percusion/drums/keys), I threw Justin Power (bass/vocals) into the mix to have an honest to god rhythm section for the first time. With Lauren Vidal on cello and Brad Parsons singing harmonies, we played an impromptu show at Sasquatch and people liked it. We liked it, and the unusual feeling that I had after that show – which I think is referred to as “joy” – became something I wanted to experience again. I shared more. I stopped editing myself as much. The joy of playing live became its own reward, and I dared myself to allow that joy to shape the songwriting. In the end, I was able to let it go, and I don't own it anymore. Which also feels like joy. That's the way it was, and so it is with us.”

So It Is With Us will be released on Kill Rock Stars on October 21, 2014.

09/20 Medford, OR @ downtownART+SOUND // Tix:
10/28 Bellingham, WA @ Wild Buffalo // Tix:
10/29 Vancouver, BC @ The Biltmore Cabaret // Tix:
10/30 Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile // Tix:
10/31 Spokane, WA @ The Barlett // Tix:
11/01 Missoula, MT @ The Top Hat // Tix:
11/02Bozeman, MT @ The Filling Station // Tix:
11/04 Jackson, WY @ Town Square Tavern // Tix:
11/08 Denver, CO @ The Bluebird Theater // Tix:
11/09 Colorado Springs, CO @ Ivywild School // Tix:
11/11 Albuquerque, NM @ Low Spirits // Tix:
11/13 Austin, TX @ Holy Mountain // Tix:
11/14 Dallas, TX @ Club Dada // Tix:
11/15 Norman, OK @ Opolis Production LLC // Tix:
11/18 St Louis, MO @ The Firebird // Tix:
11/19 Madison, WI @ Play Circle Theater // Tix:
11/20 Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall // Tix:
11/21 La Crosse, WI @ Cavalier Theater & Lounge // Tix:
11/22 St Paul, MN @ Turf Club // Tix:
11/23 Fargo, ND @ The Aquarium // Tix:
11/29 Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom // Tix:
12/03 San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall // Tix:
12/04 Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst Club // Tix:
12/05 Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
12/06 San Diego, CA @ Casbah San Diego
12/07 Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom // Tix:
12/12 Boise, ID @ Neurolux // Tix:
12/13 Eugene, OR @ The WOW Hall // Tix:


June 20, 2014

Hari Kondabolu appeared on Monday's episode of Late Night with Conan O' Brien performing material of his new-ish stand-up comedy album Waiting For 2042. You can watch a video of his performance on Youtube.

Hari will be appearing Calgary, Alberta this weekend for the Sled Island festival. Click here for more info.

Hari's album Waiting For 2042. is available as a download at our Bandcamp page and on CD from our mail-order store.


May 29, 2014

We are excited to announce that our Some Songs from the Kill Rock Stars Singles compilation is now available on cassette... just in time for summer! First released on CD in 1997, Some Songs... collects songs from the first few years of Kill Rock Stars 7 inch singles, including tracks by Elliott Smith, Cupid Car Club, Team Dresch, Heavens To Betsy, Unwound, Mukilteo Fairies, Bikini Kill, godheadSilo, Thrones, Witchypoo and more! After the enthusiastic response to last year's Kill Rock Stars: The Compilations three cassette box set (still available in our mail-order department), giving Some Songs... the cassette treatment seemed like a no-brainer!

Some Songs from the Kill Rock Stars Singles tracklist:
Side A: Elliott Smith "Some Song" / Frumpies "Be Good" / Starpower "Treefort" / Cupid Car Club "Grape Juice Plus" / Team Dresch "Hand Grenade" / Witchypoo "Bad Circulation" / Mukilteo Fairies "Four Letter Love" / Bikini Kill "New Radio" / godheadSilo "Elephantitus of the Night"
Side B: Blood on the Saddle "Please Quit Calling Me From Jail" / Phranc "Hillary's Eyebrows" / Peechees "Grease" / Thrones "Young Savage" / Heavens to Betsy "Firefly" / Unwound "Hating in 'D'"

Click here to order your copy of Some Songs... on cassette for the low price of $5 (and get an instant MP3 download!)

Some Songs... is still available on compact disc and digitally for those of you upset by the cassette revival.

2009's The Thermals/Thao split 7" makes its digital debut!

May 28, 2014

Good news for all you CRAZED MP3 FANS out there, The Thermals / Thao with the Get Down Stay Down split 7" from Record Store Day 2009 is available digitally for the first time ever at our Bandcamp page!  The Thermals/Thao with the Get Down Stay Down split includes The Thermals' demos of Now We Can See tracks "When I Died" and "You Dissolve" plus Thao with the Get Down Stay Down doing an early version of Know Better Learn Faster track "Cool Yourself" and a cover of The Lovin' Spoonful's "Have You Ever Had To Make Up Your Mind?"  Click here to buy or stream the single!

The Thermals tour dates
06/21 Tacoma, WA @ New Frontier Lounge tickets
06/25 San Diego, CA @The Casbah tickets
06/26 Los Angeles,  CA @The Roxy tickets
06/28 Portland, OR @Branx tickets

Thao with the Get Down Stay Down tour dates
06/12 Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo Music Festival tickets
07/03 Qunicy, CA @ High Sierra Music Festival tickets
07/12 San Francisco, CA @ Phono Del Sol  tickets
07/27 Newport, RI @ Newport Folk Festival tickets
07/28 Williamsburg, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg tickets
08/13 Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald's tickets
08/16 Austin, TX @ The Mohawk tickets

Click here to check out all The Thermals releases available at our mail-order store.
Click here to check out all the Thao with the Get Down Stay Down releases available at our mail-order store.


May 19, 2014

American hero Kurt Braunohler has announced his plan to jet-ski from Chicago to New Orleans to raise enough money to send 500 goats and 1000 chickens to African families in need. The trip will be filmed by Comedy Central for a new web series called Roustabout. You can help the cause by contributing at Kurt's Indie Go Go page. Every dollar you donate will go directly to Heifer International, who will provide 1 goat and 2 chickens to a family. You can read more about the project at

Here's Kurt's jet-ski schedule for those interested...
Schedule (subject to change, obviously, because the River is a cruel mistress): May 29th – Pre-Launch show at Schubas in Chicago featuring myself, Wyatt Cenac, and Candy Lawrence.
May 30th – Launch Party 7am, Chicago’s Navy Pier – come see me off / give me words of advice
May 31st – St Louis – what will happen?
June 1st – Kaskaskia, IL – what again?
June 2nd – TBD – we should have planned this better
June 3rd – TBD – now I’m worried
June 4th – TBD – oh boy
June 5th – Arrive in New Orleans – Celebration show at One Eyed Jack’s with Kristen Schaal and more!

Kurt's album How Do I Land? is available for download from the Kill Rock Stars Bandcamp page and on cd at our online store.


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.


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.


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!


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!)


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


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


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.


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.

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