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WIMPS COVET OTHER PEOPLE'S PIZZA IN NEW MUSIC VIDEO

October 03, 2018

Feeling naughty? Wimps drummer David Ramm can relate. In the Marcy Stone-Francois directed video for "O.P.P.," he struggles with the urge to covet another's pizza... but only if it's cheese! Click here to watch the video at Brooklyn Vegan!



"O.P.P." appears on Wimps' new album Garbage People, which was recently named one of the Best Albums of Sumer 2018 by Bandcamp.



After six years spent building a reputation as one of the world's greatest “plenty of nonsense” guitar/bass/drum group, Garbage People finds the trio of Rachel Ratner, Matt Nyce, and David Ramm taking leaps forward sonically (there’s saxophone, keyboard, and juuuust enough cowbell) and lyrically (subject matter ranges from gender pay inequality, decline of bee populations, insomnia, and wanting to steal a pizza... but only if it’s cheese)! On Garbage People, Wimps have successfully filtered the best parts of 70’s Rough Trade, the International Pop Underground 7” series, Devo, The B-52s, and The Breeders into a unique and timeless sound that appeals to playlist streaming teens AND adults who own over 500 records.

Wimps tour dates

10/06 Bainbridge Island, WA @ Rolling Bay Hall
11/03 Seattle WA @ Central Saloon w/ Lithics
11/08 Reno, NV @ Off Beat Music Festival

COMEDY DUO FRANGELA ANNOUNCE DEBUT COMEDY ALBUM RESIST! OUT OCTOBER 19

September 10, 2018

Comedy duo Frangela announce the release of their debut comedy album RESIST! out October 19 on Kill Rock Stars. Recorded in front of an appropriately raucous audience, Frangela offer up a fast-paced, wickedly funny spin through our present-day agonies, from politics to toga parties, Frances Callier and Angela V. Shelton are fired up and they want you to be too! RESIST! is an album that’s pointed and hilarious in equal measure.

Frangela is everything that political comedy should be in 2018: two women speaking truth to power, stoking the flames of resistance, bringing together likeminded people for a common cause, wondering why in the hell green bean casserole is a thing…RESIST! is also the kind of inspiring document that will help rational people keep fighting the good fight against bad policies and worse policymakers.






Click here to pre-order RESIST!

Frances and Angela originally joined forces on the stage of the Second City Theatre in Chicago, finding a kindred spirit and the kind of irrefutable chemistry that only the best of friends can create. Since then, the duo has been a regular fixture on television and radio, popping up to offer their witty and scathing commentary about the pop culture and political stories of the day. They’ve worked separately too, to great acclaim, but it is when Frances and Angela get together that the sparks really start flying. Currently, Frangela can be seen in the new TV show "Me Time with Frangela" and performing live on Stephanie Miller’s Sexy Liberal Tour. They also have a weekly podcast called “The Final Word” and are regulars on Stephanie Miller's Sexy Liberal radio show.

KINSKI ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM 'ACCUSTOMED TO YOUR FACE'

September 03, 2018

Seattle, WA based riff destroyers Kinski turn 20 this year and are celebrating with their new album Accustomed to Your Face, available October 12th on Kill Rock Stars! Produced and recorded by Phil Manley (Trans Am), Accustomed to Your Face finds Kinski continuing their mission of exploring the outer limits of rock music. Kinski will be touring the West Coast in support of Accustomed to Your Face this October including many dates with Feral Ohms (dates below.)



Click here to pre-order Accustomed to Your Face

KINSKI TOUR DATES

09/21 - Spokane, WA @ The Bartlett
09/22 - Nelson, BC @ Massic Music Festival
10/19 - San Francisco, CA @ Thee Parkside w/ Feral Ohms + Terry Gross
10/20 - Santa Cruz, CA @ Blue Lagoon w/ Mammatus + Feral Ohms
10/25 - Portland, OR @ High Water Mark w/ Feral Ohms + Máscaras
10/26 - Seattle, CA @ Blue Moon w/ Feral Ohms + Love Devotion Surrender
10/27 - Bellingham, WA @ Make.Shift w/ Feral Ohms

WIMPS SHARE VIDEO FOR "GIANT BRAIN" AND TOUR DATES

June 13, 2018

Seattle, WA punk sensations Wimps (Rachel Ratner, Matt Nyce, and David Ramm) have premiered the video for their new single "Giant Brain," from their upcoming album Garbage People, at Post-Trash. The Marcy Stone-Francois directed video is heavily inspired by the cult-classic TV show Max Headroom. The band has also announced a full US tour in support of the album (see dates below).




After six years spent building a reputation as one of the world's greatest “plenty of nonsense” guitar-bass-drum group, Garbage People finds Wimps taking leaps forward sonically (there’s saxophone, keyboard, and juuuust enough cowbell) and lyrically (subject matter ranges from gender pay inequality, decline of bee populations, insomnia, and wanting to steal a pizza... but only if it’s cheese)! On Garbage People, Wimps have successfully filtered the best parts of 70’s Rough Trade, the International Pop Underground 7” series, Devo, The B-52s, and The Breeders into a unique and timeless sound that appeals to playlist streaming teens AND adults who own over 500 records.


CLICK HERE TO PRE-ORDER GARBAGE PEOPLE

Wimps tour dates

7/13 Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios ^
7/14 Seattle, WA @ Clockout Lounge
7/27 Sacramento, CA @ Cafe Colonial
7/28 San Francisco, CA @ Thee Parkside
7/29 Santa Cruz, CA @ The Crepe Place
7/31 Goleta, CA @ Hard to Find Showspace
8/1 Los Angeles, CA @ The Hi Hat
8/2 San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
8/3 Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen
8/7 Durham, NC @ Pinhook
8/8 Washington, DC @ Black Cat
8/9 Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle
8/10 New York, NY @ Berlin
8/11 Brooklyn, NY @ Alphaville
8/24 Spokane, WA @ The Barlett
8/25 Missoula, MT @ Camp Daze
8/31-9/2 Seattle, WA @ Bumbershoot

LITHICS 'MATING SURFACES' OUT NOW

May 26, 2018

“Mating Surfaces is easily one of the best releases this year.” - Bandcamp

“The band’s genius lies not only in the idea of doing so much with so little, but also creating an immersive experience with such serrated edges.” - KEXP

"Elevating promise to certain brilliance, Aubrey Hornor’s languid vocals are fully present yet deftly unemotional on ‘Mating Surfaces’’ dozen combustions." - Loud and Quiet

“it's easy to see what's special about Lithics. They are intense.” - NPR Music

“For the sake of repeating ourselves, Lithics could just be the best post-punk band of this generation” - Post-Trash

“Lithics are one band that you would be a fool to ignore.” - Louder Than War



Happy album week to Lithics! The Portland, OR band's fantastic new LP, Mating Surfaces, is now available on LP, cassette, compact disc, and mp3 download. CLICK HERE TO BUY YOUR COPY!

To celebrate the release of their new album, Lithics are taking their mesmerizing live show on the road for a month-long tour including many dates supporting Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks. See below for tour dates.



LITHICS TOUR DATES


5/26 Portland, OR @ The Spare Room (Album Release Show)
5/29 Spokane, WA @ Baby Bar
5/31 Sioux Falls, SD @ Total Drag Records
6/01 St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club* (SOLD OUT)
6/02 Milwaukee, WI @ Colectivo Back Room* (SOLD OUT)
6/03 Chicago, IL @ Bric-A-Brac Records (Early 5pm show!)
6/03 Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall* (SOLD OUT)
6/05 Columbus, OH @ Ace of Cups* (SOLD OUT)
6/06 Pittsburgh, PA @ Rex Theater*
6/07 Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop*
6/08 Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick*
6/09 Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace* (SOLD OUT)
6/11 Montreal, QC @ Theatre Fairmount*
6/12 Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair* (SOLD OUT)
6/13 Brooklyn, NY @ Union Pool
6/14 Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg* (SOLD OUT)
6/15 Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg* (SOLD OUT)
6/16 Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of the Living Arts*
6/17 Washington DC @ Black Cat*
6/18 Durham, NC @ Chaz's Bull City Records (Free 6pm in-store!)
6/19 Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle*
6/20 Athens, GA @ The Georgia Theatre*
6/21 Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge*
6/22 Louisville, KY @ Zanzabar*
6/23 Cincinnati, OH @ The Woodward Theater*
6/24 St. Louis, MO @ Foam
6/26 Denver, CO @ Lost Lake
6/28 Boise, ID @ Neurolux

* w/ Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks


Lithics' September European tour dates will be announced next week.

HORSE FEATHERS 'APPRECIATION' OUT NOW

May 04, 2018

HAPPY ALBUM RELEASE DAY TO HORSE FEATHERS! Their new album, Appreciation, is available now on LP, CD, and digital services.



On Appreciation, their sixth full-length and the fifth on venerable independent label Kill Rock Stars, the signifiers of the band are there: Lead singer Justin Ringle’s warm tenor and lyrics that speak of work, love, and other struggles. But on this album less of the song dynamics are achieved with strings and more with an exciting new rhythm section steeped in Northern Soul. Longtime violinist Nathan Crockett and keyboardist Dustin Dybvig provide continuity, but much of Appreciation feels like the best of Ringle’s previous musical ideas just took a giant step into a larger arena.

Recorded primarily in Kentucky (at La-La Land Studios in Louisville and Shangri-La Studios in Lexington), the new album features instrumentalists J. Tom Hnatow, Robby Cosenza and R&B vocalist Joslyn Hampton, who helped make Appreciation a mixture of strutting ‘70s-style country-pop (“Without Applause,” “Don’t Mean To Pry”) and supple soul (“Best To Leave,” “Evictions”). But Horse Feathers hasn’t gained accessibility at the expense of quality, nor at the expense of their signature instrumentation (“The Hex” might be the only R&B/soul song where the rhythmic lead is played on banjo). For those who crave what NPR called “the densely pretty seethe of Horse Feathers’ earlier ballads”, the album delivers “Born in Love” and “On the Rise”, accentuating the string surge with Hammond organ, piano, tambourine, and finger snaps.

“It just felt like a fresh take on how my songs can come across,” Ringle says. “With this incarnation, it’s okay if what I’m doing right now is in fact kind of a pop song. I can have a chorus and repeat something. I’m more aware of that and enjoy it.”

Horse Feathers will launch their tour in support of Appreciation in May, see below for dates.



Horse Feather Tour Dates:

May 9 - Vancouver, CN - Fox Cabaret
May 10 - Seattle, WA - Tractor Tavern
May 11 - Portland, OR - Revolution Hall
May 14 - Felton, CA - Don Quixote’s
May 15 - Sacramento, CA @ Harlow's
May 16 - San Francisco, CA - The Chapel
May 17 - Los Angeles, CA - The Bootleg
May 18 - San Diego, CA - Casbah
May 19 - Tucson, AZ - 191 Toole
May 20 - Flagstaff, AZ - Coconino Center For The Arts
May 22 - Santa Fe, NM - Meow Wolf
May 24 - Salt Lake City, UT - State Room
May 25 - Ft Collins, CO - Downtown Artery
May 26 - Denver, CO - Bluebird Theater
May 27 - Kansas City, MO - Record Bar
May 29 - Louisville, KY - Zanzabar
May 30 - Nashville, TN - Hi Watt
May 31 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl
June 1 - Asheville, NC - Mothlight
June 3 - Charlotte, NC - Neighborhood Theater
June 6 - Washington, DC - Union Stage
June 7 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
June 8 - Boston, MA - Sinclair
June 9 - Philadelphia, PA - Boot & Saddle
June 13 - Toronto, ON - Drake
June 14 - Detroit, MI - Otus Supply
June 15 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
June 16 - Minneapolis, MN - Turf Club
June 17 - Omaha, NE - The Waiting Room

LITHICS PREMIERE VIDEO FOR "SPECS" AND FULL US TOUR DATES AT BROOKLYN VEGAN

April 12, 2018

On a grey winter morning Lithics used a handheld video camera to shoot scenes of themselves pretending to play music, walking around a reservoir, blowing their noses etc, and synced it to the song "Specs." It was easy, literally anyone could have done it. "Specs," a song loosely about the presumptuous desire to know the details about a stranger’s personal life, is the second single from their new record Mating Surfaces, out May 25th on Kill Rock Stars! Click here to watch the video at Brooklyn Vegan.



Lithics will be touring the USA in June, including MANY dates with Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks!

5/26 Portland, OR @ The Spare Room (Album Release Show)
5/29 Spokane, WA @ Baby Bar
5/31 Sioux Falls, SD @ Total Drag Records
6/01 St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club* (SOLD OUT)
6/02 Milwaukee, WI @ Colectivo Back Room* (SOLD OUT)
6/03 Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall*
6/05 Columbus, OH @ Ace of Cups* (SOLD OUT)
6/06 Pittsburgh, PA @ Rex Theater*
6/07 Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop*
6/08 Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick*
6/09 Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace* (SOLD OUT)
6/11 Montreal, QC @ Theatre Fairmount*
6/12 Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair* (SOLD OUT)
6/13 Jamaica Plain, MA @ Deep Thoughts
6/14 Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg* (SOLD OUT)
6/15 Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg* (SOLD OUT)
6/16 Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of the Living Arts*
6/17 Washington DC @ Black Cat*
6/19 Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle*
6/20 Athens, GA @ The Georgia Theatre*
6/21 Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge*
6/22 Louisville, KY @ Zanzabar*
6/23 Cincinnati, OH @ The Woodward Theater*
6/24 St. Louis, MO @ Foam
6/26 Denver, CO @ Lost Lake

* with Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks

CLICK HERE TO PRE-ORDER MATING SURFACES ON LP, CS, CD, OR MP3!

WIMPS ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM 'GARBAGE PEOPLE'

April 10, 2018

Seattle’s Wimps (Rachel Ratner, Matt Nyce, and David Ramm) are back with their third album, Garbage People, out July 13th on LP, cassette, CD, and MP3 on Kill Rock Stars! The album's title track earlier debuted today at Paste Magazine.

Known all over as one of the premiere “plenty of nonsense” guitar/bass/drum groups, Garbage People finds Wimps taking leaps forward sonically (there’s saxophone, keyboard, and juuuust enough cowbell) and lyrically (subject matter ranges from gender pay inequality, decline of bee populations as a result of climate change, insomnia, and wanting to steal a pizza ... but only if it’s cheese!) On Garbage People, Wimps have successfully filtered the best parts of 70’s Rough Trade, the International Pop Underground 7” series, Devo, The B-52s, the Breeders, etc. into a unique and timeless sound that appeals to playlist streaming teens AND adults who own over 500 records.



CLICK HERE TO PRE-ORDER GARBAGE PEOPLE

LITHICS SIGN TO KILL ROCK STARS FOR NEW ALBUM 'MATING SURFACES'

March 07, 2018

We are pleased to announce that Portland, Oregon based minimalist punk group Lithics have joined the Kill Rock Stars roster. Their new album, Mating Surfaces, is out May 25th, 2018 on LP, CS, CD, and MP3. Post Trash has premiered the album's first single, "Excuse Generator" today.



CLICK HERE TO PRE-ORDER LITHICS MATING SURFACES

"Lithics exist in a nervous fragmented world, a propulsive futuristic hell where anything can be consumed at any time, where any sound from any era can be conjured and reproduced and yet most of what we are stuck with seems like a trite reproduction of a sentiment long lost. A stern danceable sound that summons cut up snapshots of Su Tissue and Mark E Smith, an imagined landscape where Captain Beefheart hits that 99 Records “Too Many Creeps” beat.<
Tour Dates:

Wed-Mar-21 Los Angeles, CA Resident ^
Thu-Mar-22 San Francisco, CA Rickshaw Stop *
Fri-Mar-23 Portland, OR Bunk Bar *
Sat-Mar-24 Seattle, WA Vera Project *
Fri-Jun-01 St. Paul, MN Turf Club ! (SOLD OUT)
Sat-Jun-02 Milwaukee, WI Colectivo Back Room ! (SOLD OUT)
Sun-Jun-03 Chicago, IL Thalia Hall !
Tue-Jun-05 Columbus, OH Ace of Cups ! (SOLD OUT)
Wed-Jun-06 Pittsburgh, PA Rex Theater !
Thu-Jun-07 Cleveland, OH Grog Shop !
Fri-Jun-08 Detroit, MI Magic Stick !
Sat-Jun-09 Toronto, ON Lee's Palace !
Mon-Jun-11 Montreal, QC Theatre Fairmount !
Tue-Jun-12 Boston, MA The Sinclair ! (SOLD OUT)
Thu-Jun-14 Brooklyn, NY MHOW ! (SOLD OUT)
Fri-Jun-15 Brooklyn, NY MHOW !
Sat-Jun-16 Philadelphia, PA Theatre of the Living Arts !
Sun-Jun-17 Washington, DC Black Cat !
Tue-Jun-19 Carrboro, NC Cat's Cradle !
Wed-Jun-20 Athens, GA The Georgia Theatre !
Thu-Jun-21 Nashville, TN Mercy Lounge !
Fri-Jun-22 Louisville, KY Zanzabar !
Sat-Jun-23 Cincinnati, OH The Woodward Theater !

^ w/ Shopping, French Vanilla
* w/ Shopping
! w/ Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks

Marnie Stern's 2008 LP "This Is It and I Am It..." gets Record Store Day reissue!

March 06, 2018



Visionary guitarist Marnie Stern's critically acclaimed 2008 album, This Is It & I Am It & You Are It & So Is That & He Is It & She Is It & It Is It & That Is That, has been repressed on clear w/ electric yellow swirl vinyl for this year's Record Store Day, April 21st, 2018! This Is It... was produced and features drumming by Zach Hill (of Hella and Death Grips) and includes fan-favorite songs like "Transformer," "The Crippled Jazzer," and "Ruler." This is the first time the album has been available on vinyl since its initial 2008 pressing of 1,000 copies.



This Is It... is also available as a digital download and on compact disc at our Bandcamp page.

Horse Feathers announce new album 'Appreciation'

March 02, 2018

Portland based band Horse Feathers have announced the their release of their forthcoming album Appreciation, out May 4 via Kill Rock Stars. Additionally, NPR has premiered the first album track “Without Applause” today.

On Appreciation, their sixth full-length and the fifth on venerable independent label Kill Rock Stars, the signifiers of the band are there: Lead singer Justin Ringle’s warm tenor and lyrics that speak of work, love, and other struggles. But on this album less of the song dynamics are achieved with strings and more with an exciting new rhythm section steeped in Northern Soul. Longtime violinist Nathan Crockett and keyboardist Dustin Dybvig provide continuity, but much of Appreciation feels like the best of Ringle’s previous musical ideas just took a giant step into a larger arena.
Recorded primarily in Kentucky (at La-La Land Studios in Louisville and Shangri-La Studios in Lexington), the new album features instrumentalists J. Tom Hnatow, Robby Cosenza and R&B vocalist Joslyn Hampton, who helped make Appreciation a mixture of strutting ‘70s-style country-pop (“Without Applause,” “Don’t Mean To Pry”) and supple soul (“Best To Leave,” “Evictions”). But Horse Feathers hasn’t gained accessibility at the expense of quality, nor at the expense of their signature instrumentation (“The Hex” might be the only R&B/soul song where the rhythmic lead is played on banjo). For those who crave what NPR called “the densely pretty seethe of Horse Feathers’ earlier ballads”, the album delivers “Born in Love” and “On the Rise”, accentuating the string surge with Hammond organ, piano, tambourine, and finger snaps.
“It just felt like a fresh take on how my songs can come across,” Ringle says. “With this incarnation, it’s okay if what I’m doing right now is in fact kind of a pop song. I can have a chorus and repeat something. I’m more aware of that and enjoy it.”

CLICK HERE TO PRE-ORDER HORSE FEATHERS' APPRECIATION

Horse Feathers will launch their tour in support of Appreciation in May, see below for dates with more to be announced.

Horse Feather Tour Dates:
5/9 Vancouver, BC @ Fox Cabaret
5/10 Seattle, WA @ Tractor Tavern
5/11 Portland, OR @ Revolution Hall
5/16 San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel
5/17 Los Angeles, CA @ The Bootleg
5/18 San Diego, CA @ Casbah
5/19 Tucson, AZ @ 191 Toole
5/20 Flagstaff, AZ @ Coconino Center For The Arts
5/22 Santa Fe, NM @ Meow Wolf
5/24 Salt Lake City, UT @ State Room
5/25 Ft Collins, CO @ Downtown Artery
5/26 Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
5/27 Kansas City, MO @ Record Bar
5/29 Louisville, KY @ Zanzabar
5/30 Nashville, TN @ High Watt
5/31 Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
6/1 Asheville, NC @ Mothlight
6/3 Charlotte, NC @ Neighborhood Theater
6/6 Washington, DC @ Union Stage
6/7 New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
6/8 Boston, MA @ Sinclair
6/9 Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle
6/13 Toronto, ON @ Drake
6/14 Detroit, MI @ Otus Supply
6/15 Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
6/16 Minneapolis, MN @ Turf Club
6/17 Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room

COMEDY DUO FRANGELA SIGN TO KILL ROCK STARS

January 16, 2018

Welcome comedy duo Frangela to the Kill Rock Stars roster! They will be recording their debut album on February 17th at Curious Comedy Theater in Portland, OR. Click here to buy tickets.



Frances Callier and Angela V. Shelton (aka Frangela) are real-life best friends who met at the world famous Second City Theatre, where they polished their talents as writers and comedy satirists.

Frangela is known for fighting of bugs and Speidi on NBC's I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here. They were featured on The Oprah Show on the "Best Standups in America" episode. They are well known for razor-sharp commentary on VH1's Best Week Ever and they brought hilarity to the big screen in the hit films "He's Just Not That Into You" and "Slow Learners." They are also recurring fan favorites on HULU'S Quick Draw.

Frances and Angela have been regular "Pop Cultural Pundits" on NBC's The Today Show and Dateline, CNN's Showbiz Tonight and Headline News, Fox News's Red Eye and The Big Story, MSN's The Big Debate, and are regular contributors on NPR. They also hosted their own Radio Show, The Week According To Frangela in Los Angeles on Progressive Talk AM 1150 and filled in regularly for the nationally syndicated Radio Talk Shows of Stephanie Miller and Thom Hartman.

CLICK HERE TO BUY TICKETS TO THE 7:30 SHOW

CLICK HERE TO BUY TICKETS TO THE 9:30 SHOW