Kill Rockstars


September 27, 2013

Janet Weiss (drummer for KRS bands Quasi and Sleater-Kinney) was interviewed by Fred Armisen for Tom Tom TV. You can watch the video below...
We're releasing Quasi's new album, Mole City, on Tuesday! Pre-order the cd and double lp at our online store or the digital version (mp3, flac, etc etc...) from our Bandcamp page!

Quasi's video for "See You On Mars" premieres at Pitchfork!

September 11, 2013

Pitchfork just premiered Quasi's video for "See You On Mars" (from their upcoming album Mole City.) The video was made by the band using archival footage.
Quasi's new album Mole City is available for pre-order on cd & double lp from our mail order store (all physical pre-orders get a bonus cd of cover songs!) and digitally from the Kill Rock Stars bandcamp page.


September 05, 2013

We are VERRRRRRRRRYYYYY excited to announce that we'll be releasing Survival Knife's second 7", "Divine Mob"/"Snake Bit", on October 15th. The A-side, "Divine Mob" is currently streaming on the Kill Rock Stars bandcamp page.

Survival Knife is Justin Trosper and Brandt Sandeno (both formerly of classic 90's KRS band UNWOUND), Kris Cunningham (also of Western Hymn) and Meg Cunningham. They have played shows in the Pacific Northwest with Metz, Bitch Magnet, Ceremony, Kinski, Hungry Ghost, Federation X, and Pinback. They toured the west coast with Modest Mouse in April 2013.

Survival Knife will be playing some shows in the Pacific Northwest this November with Obits:

11/14 Vancouver, BC at Biltmore Cabaret
11/15 Seattle, WA at Neumos
11/16 Portland, OR at Mississippi Studios
11/17 Eugene, OR at Wow Hall

Some kind words about Survival Knife:

“While Justin's voice and guitar tone are unmistakably his, which hence makes it very reminiscent of Unwound, Survival Knife are quite a different band. For starters, there's no use of the wall-of-feedback trick that was an important part of Unwound. If anything, most of the songs are a lot like Young Ginns or Worst Case Scenario (Trosper and Sandeo band projects of the 90’s), musically, though much catchier. There were slower songs too. Overall, They're more proggy & hardcore. ..and super tight. I admit to being too much of an Amon Düül II freak, but the very complex song structures and live presence reminded me a lot of early AD2....The most important thing is that I've never seen a band with Justin and Brandt look happier. Justin was especially mobile and witty. If I was kinda/sorta into the idea of an Unwound reunion before, that pining is now squashed. I'm much happier to see Survival Knife blow the fuck up in the next year or so instead.” thread.

“...That’s right, two of the three founders of Unwound...playing music together. And it sounds very Unwound-y. This is the best, happiest surprise of 2012 so far for fans of that band. Survival Knife performed for the first time in Olympia, WA during the final days of March, and a soundboard recording of that show has been making its rounds across the Internet ever since.” -Swan Fungus website

“When your band played their first ever show, I bet it was a pretty unceremonious event, huh? Like, people didn't drive from out of town to see you play, right? No one immediately started posting audio and video of the performance to the internet because the excitement level was so high, I bet....Or, maybe your band features Justin Trosper and Brandt Sandeno of some old band, that probably nobody ever heard of. Or still constantly talks about how amazing they were, and how their music synthesized everything great about post-hardcore. If that's the case, well, maybe you could scrawl in big letters "ex-Unwound" on the bottom of the flyer for the show and see what happens. That might grab a few folks in from off the street, you know?
...Has anyone else been waiting with baited breath to hear new music from Justin Trosper like I have? Can Survival Knife be the Hot Snakes to Unwound's Drive Like Jehu?” --Shiny Grey Monotone website.

Survival Knife's "Divine Mob" / "Snakebit" 7" is available for pre-order now at the Kill Rock Stars online store. The first 100 copies are on clear gold vinyl.


August 28, 2013

Filter just premiered Quasi's cover of the classic Black Sabbath song "War Pigs."

Quasi's cover of "War Pigs" appears on their "Interprets" cd, which is available for free with all Quasi 'Mole City' pre-orders placed at our online store before October 1st.

Quasi will be touring all over the USA starting in October.
10/03 Omaha NE Slowdown ^
10/04 Kansas City MO Record Bar ^
10/05 St Louis MO Off Broadway ^
10/07 Birmingham AL The Bottletree ^
10/08 Atlanta GA Drunken Unicorn ^
10/09 Chapel Hill NC Local 506 ^
10/10 Washington DC DC Black Cat Backstage ^
10/11 New Haven Ct Cafe Nine
10/12 Philadelphia PA Boot & Saddle
10/13 Brooklyn NY Knitting Factory ^
10/14 New York NY Mercury Lounge ^
10/16 Allston Ma Great Scott ^
10/17 Buffalo NY Tralf Music Hall ^
10/18 Cleveland Heights OH Grog Shop ^
10/19 Chicago IL Schuba's ^
10/20 Minneapolis MN 7th St. Entry ^
11/03 Boise, ID Neurolux *
11/04 Salt Lake City UT Kilby Court *
11/05 Denver CO Hi Dive *
11/07 Denton Tx Dan's Silverleaf *
11/11 Phoenix AZ Rhythm Room *
11/12 San Diego CA Casbah *
11/13 Los Angeles CA The Echo *
11/14 Santa Brbara CA Soho Restaurant and Music *
11/15 San Jose CA The Blank Club *
11/16 San Francisco CA Bottom of the Hill *
11/21 Vancouver BC The Biltmore Cabaret *
11/22 Seattle Wa Tractor Tavern *
11/23 Portland Or Doug Fir Lounge *

^ with Jeffrey Lewis
*with Blues Control


August 23, 2013

The first (of hopefully many?) Kurt Braunohler Engraved Glass Double Dongs showed up from the engraver today, and man oh man is it amazing...

Kurt Braunohler is writing a personalized message for each double dong. Click HERE to order yours. Kurt's debut stand up comedy album, How Do I Land?, is available now on cd and digitally from our Bandcamp page.


August 20, 2013

We are pleased to announce that Kurt Braunohler's album How Do I Land, the first intentional comedy album on Kill Rock Stars, is in stores today (it's also available from our mail-order store and Bandcamp page in case your town doesn't have a record store)! You can stream selected tracks from the album below.

Kurt was interviewed by Papermag about the new album, skywriting, life in LA and the engraved double dongs that we're selling in mailorder. It's a very funny read.

08/23 Denver CO High Plains Comedy Festival
08/24 Denver CO HIgh Plains Comedy Festival
08/27 Brooklyn NY Bell House
09/07 Hollywood CA Amoeba Records Monthly Charity Auction - EARLY 4PM SHOW
09/13 Miami FL Atlantic Ocean Comedy & Music Festival
09/14 Miami Fl Atlantic Ocean Comedy & Music Festival
09/15 Miami FL Atlantic Ocean Comedy & Music Festival
09/16 Miami FL Atlantic Ocean Comedy & Music Festival
09/28 Brooklyn NY Bell House - Hot Tub with Kurt and Kristen (with Kristen Schaal, Eugene Mirman, Nick Turner, Leo allen, Bridgett Everett and more!)
10/17 Tacoma WA Tacoma Comedy Club (8pm show)
10/18 Tacoma Wa Tacoma Comedy Club - Early 8pm show
10/18 Tacoma WA Tacoma Comedy Club - Late 10:30 pm show
10/19 Tacoma WA Tacoma Comedy Club - Early 8pm show
10/19 Tacoma WA Tacoma Comedy Club - Late 10:30 pm show


August 16, 2013

Here's video footage of Kurt Braunohler's appearance on Conan last night (in case you're like me and missed it because you don't have cable.)

Kurt's debut album How Do I Land? is in stores on TUESDAY and available for pre-order NOW at our online store!



August 15, 2013

Today Spin premiered "See You On Mars," the second single from Quasi's upcoming double album Mole City (in good record stores everywhere on October 1st!)

Mole City is available for pre-order on cd and lp from our mail order store! All pre-orders come with a bonus cd of cover songs (while supplies last) and we also have some pre-order bundles with options like a t-shirt screened by the band, a 20th anniversary zine, and outgoing voice messages recorded by the band!

Mole City is also available to pre-order in the digital audio format of your choice from the KRS Bandcamp page (digital pre-orders come with an instant download of "See You On Mars" and "You Can Stay But You Got To Go."

October 3 - Omaha, NE @ Slowdown
October 4 - Kansas City, MO @ Record Bar
October 5 - St. Louis, MO @ Off Broadway
October 7 - Birmingham, AL @ The Bottletree
October 8 - Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn
October 9 - Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506
October 10 - Washington, DC @ Black Cat
October 11 - New Haven, CT @ Cafe Nine
October 12 - Philadelphia, PA @ Boot And Saddle
October 13 - Brooklyn, NY @ Knitting Factory
October 14 - New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge
October 16 - Allston, MA @ Great Scott
October 17 - Buffalo, NY @ Tralf Music Hall
October 18 - Cleveland Heights, OH @ Grog Shop
October 19 - Chicago, IL @ Schubas
October 20 - Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St. Entry
November 3 - Boise, ID @ Neurolux
November 4 - Salt Lake City, UT @Kilby Court
November 5 - Denver, CO @ Hi Dive
November 7 - Denton, TX @ Dan's Silverleaf
November 8-10 - Austin, TX @ Fun Fun Fun Fest
November 11 - Phoenix, AZ @ Rhythm Room
November 12 - San Diego, CA @ Casbah
November 13 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
November 14 - Santa Barbara, CA @ Soho Restaurant and Music Club
November 15 - San Jose, CA @ The Blank Club
November 16 - San Francisco, CA @ Bottom Of The Hill
November 21 - Vancouver, BC @ The Biltmore Caberet
November 22 - Seattle, WA @ Tractor Tavern
November 23 - Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge


August 14, 2013

Kurt Braunohler's How Do I Land? is coming out on Tuesday, August 20th and we've made a towel with Kurt's face on it to celebrate! Head on over to the KRS mail order store if you want to 'Keep It Dry!"
How Do I Land? is available to purchase digitally from our Bandcamp page or on cd from our mail order store.


Kurt Braunohler shares "Three Fun Things" you can do to improve the world

August 08, 2013 just debuted video footage of Kurt Braunohler's "Three Fun Things" track from the upcoming album How Do I Land? (in stores August 20th, 2013!) Once you watch it you'll understand why we sell shirts that say "Nothin' but net!" in our mail order department.
How Do I Land is available for pre-order on cd from our mail order department or digitally on our Bandcamp page (digital preorders include an instant download of three album tracks!)