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October 14, 2016

Kill Rock Stars is excited to announce the release of Nathan Brannon's second stand-up comedy album, Because. Recorded at two sold-out shows in Portland, OR, Because showcases Nathan's unique perspective on the importance of believing in yourself, raising a mixed race baby, bows and arrows, cat calling, and outhouses!

Nathan won the 2014 Seattle International Comedy Competition, the 2012 Portland's Funniest Person Competition, and has opened for comedians like Dave Chapelle, Maria Bamford, and Gilbert Gottfried. He is a regular performer at the Bridgetown Comedy Festival. 

Click here to order Because on CD/MP3 at Bandcamp

Click here to listen to 'Because' digital sampler at Spotify


October 01, 2016

“his standup remains as poignant and timely as ever” – Splitsider

Critically-acclaimed socio-political comedian W. Kamau Bell (Totally Biased, CNN’s United Shades of America) will release his first solo stand-up special 'W. Kamau Bell: Semi-Prominent Negro' on CD and MP3 tomorrow, Friday, September 30 via Kill Rock Stars. Directed by Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me, Freakonomics) and originally seen on Showtime, ‘Semi-Prominent Negro’ was filmed before a live audience in Brooklyn and features Kamau’s uniquely insightful and hilarious views on a host of social and political issues such as gentrification, marriage equality, “mixed-race” children and doing Black children’s hair just to name a few. Throughout ‘Semi-Prominent Negro’ Bell confirms his stature as one of the leading cultural critics of our time.

Order ‘Semi-Prominent Negro’
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W. Kamau Bell is the host of the Emmy nominated CNN docu-series United Shades Of America, KALW's "Kamau Right Now", the Chris Rock produced Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell and co-host of the popular podcast "Politically Re-Active" alongside Hari Kondabolu. Kamau has appeared on Conan, WTF with Marc Maron, The Rachel Maddow Show, The View, Fresh Air with Terry Gross, Comedy Central’s @midnight, The Nerdist, This American Life, Tavis Smiley and more.

2017 will see the return of United Shades of America on CNN and the release of his first book, “The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell: Tales of a 6' 4", African American, Heterosexual, Cisgender, Left-Leaning, Asthmatic, Black and Proud Blerd, Mama's Boy, Dad, and Stand-Up Comedian” (hardcover, June 6, 2017).

W. Kamau Bell Stand-Up Tour:
10/13 – DC @ Sixth & I Synagogue
10/14 – NYC @ Gramercy Theater
10/15 – Boston, MA @ Wilbur Theater
10/21 – Portland, OR @ Aladdin Theater * Two shows 7:30 (SOLD OUT) & 10:30

All tickets on sale at


August 19, 2016

We're excited to release Rhea Butcher's debut album, Butcher, on the CD & MP3 formats today. Click here to order your copy.
Recorded live in Portland, OR, ‘Butcher’ perfectly showcases Rhea’s brilliant takes on vegetarian dog ownership, her wardrobe, mistaken identity, her Ohio roots and much more. In a glowing review, TheLaughButton says “Rhea Butcher lays down all that she is and more on “Butcher””


July 22, 2016

HARI KONDABOLU releases his new comedy album ‘MAINSTREAM AMERICAN COMIC’ today on KILL ROCK STARS. Hari is a Brooklyn-based comedian and writer hailed as “one of the most exciting political comics in stand-up today” by The New York Times and an "inventive and groundbreaking comedian" by The AV Club. ‘Mainstream American Comic’, his 2nd stand-up album, was recorded live in Portland, OR, and on it, Hari makes a strong case for reasons why race, gender and politics should be mainstream comedy. In an early review, the Seattle Times calls the album “fantastic” noting “Kondabolu proves throughout the album that he’s a comedian who has found his voice and figured out how to harness it for consistent laughs.”

A popular headlining stand-up, Hari has performed on stages around the country and will be on tour in support of ‘Mainstream American Comic’. The tour launches next Friday in Detroit before he heads to Milwaukee, Chicago and back to Brooklyn for release shows – 3rd show added by popular demand!- and back out again. All Dates Below.

A former writer and correspondent for "Totally Biased with W Kamau Bell", Hari has teamed up with Kamau for a new podcast called "Politically Re-Active" which recently premiered. Find it here:

ORDER ‘Mainstream American Comic’ digital or CD:
LISTEN: album track “My Mom (Accent Not Included)”:
VIDEO: album track “All Lives Don’t Matter”:

Catch Hari Kondabolu Live:

7/29 – Detroit, MI @ St Andrews Hall
7/30 – Chicago, IL @ The Hideout, 7pm & 10pm
7/31 – Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall Ballroom
8/3 – Brooklyn, NY @ The Bell House, 7:30
8/4 – Brooklyn, NY @ The Bell House, 7:30(SOLD OUT) & 9:30
8/5 – Portland, ME @ Port City Music Hall
8/26 & 27 – Burlington, VT @ Vermont Comedy Club
9/10 – Washington, DC @ Sixth & I
9/22-24 – SF, CA @ Cobb’s Comedy Club
“a funny but pointed look at race, gender, and politics" - AV Club
“Mainstream comic? Hari Kondabolu is changing the definition.”- PRI
“Hari Kondabolu has taken the most depressing—and ridiculous—political realities of our time and turned them into the kind of brilliant jokes we desperately need to keep our sanity intact.” – Alternet
“Hari dives headfirst into hot button issues like race, gender, and the election as well as even higher brow topics like modern art and the surgeon general, but always manages to keep his jokes sharp at every level and facet, which Hari makes sure there are plenty of." – TheComedyBureau


July 06, 2016

RHEA BUTCHER announces the release of her debut new comedy album BUTCHER out AUGUST 19 on KILL ROCK STARS. Recorded live in Portland, OR, BUTCHER perfectly showcases Rhea’s brilliant takes on vegetarian dog ownership, her wardrobe and mistaken identity, her Ohio roots and much more. AV Club has the exclusive premiere of unreleased album track “Bicycles and Baseball”. Listen here:

Last week, Rhea made her late night debut with a set on CONAN to talk about fulfilling the prophecy of her ancestors, life as an only child, the band Tool and more. Watch it here: BUTCHER is available for pre-order at

Rhea Butcher is a Los Angeles-based standup comic, actor and writer. Originally from the Midwest, Rhea grew up skateboarding the mean streets of Akron, Ohio. Her blue collar brand of cool has endeared her to audiences nationwide, as she performs standup and appears on television shows such as "@midnight" and "Conan". Rhea's first television series, "Take My Wife" premieres on August 11th on Seeso. Additionally this year, Rhea will be a recurring performer on the TruTv series "Adam Ruins Everything," and continue to co-host the popular web series "She Said" on Amy Poehler's Smart Girls Network and LA's weekly live stand-up show and podcast "Put Your Hands Together."

Catch Rhea Butcher Live: Tuesdays in LA: “Put Your Hands Together” at UCB Franklin, 8pm 7/23 – Chicago, IL @ The Comedy Expo 8/24 – Cleveland, OH @ Hilarities 8/25-27 – Columbus, OH @ Arch City Fest 9/9-11 – Tulsa, OK @ Blue Whale Fest 9/22-24 – Toronto, ON @ Just For Laughs


June 21, 2016

Kill Rock Stars is We're happy to announce that stand-up comedian Amy Miller has joined the KRS roster. She'll be taping her debut album on July 7th at Alberta St. Pub in Portland, OR. Tickets are on sale now.
Amy Miller is a fast-rising talent on the West Coast and national scene. Originally from Oakland, California Amy found her comedy chops in the Bay Area scene and is still a favorite at the San Francisco Punch Line and Cobb’s Comedy Club. After a move to Portland, Amy quickly rose to the top of the Northwest comedy scene, winning Portland’s Funniest Comedian in Helium Comedy Club’s contest, as well as being voted Portland’s Funniest 2013 and 2015 in the Willamette Week. Amy was a breakout favorite in Season 9 of Last Comic Standing. Roseanne Barr called her “a star” and a “contender for next alpha female comedian.” Keenen Ivory Wayans said she had one of the “fiercest jokes he had ever heard."
Click here to buy your tickets to Amy Miller's album recording.

Summer Cannibals premiere video for "Say My Name"

June 20, 2016

Portland rock band Summer Cannibals has unleashed their unique brand of rib-rattling punk prose with their 3rd full-length LP, Full Of It. Recently making their national television debut on Last Call with Carson Daly, performing “Full Of It” and “Simple Life”, the powerhouse trio unleashes the “Say My Name” video which premiered at The Wall Street Journal!



June 09, 2016

Seattle, WA punks WIMPS are following up appearances at this year’s Sasquatch Music Festival and Bridgetown Comedy Festival by releasing the Marcy Stone-Francois directed video for the song “Old Guy” off of their 2015 album Suitcase. Join them as they embark on an adventurous evening of leaving the house that culminates in a dance-off between Rachel and her inner old-guy. Who will bust the most moves and receive the night life crown? Can people under 30 be trusted? Watch and discover for yourself!

In other Wimps news, the band's recent live performance on WFMU's Evan "Funk" Davies show is now available to download at the Free Music Archive!

Wimps tour dates
06/24 Portland, OR @ American Legion Post 134 w/ Mope Grooves, Honey Bucket, Marcy’s Band
06/25 Reno, NV @ Holland Project w/ Arizona Young, Moons of Vega
06/26 Sacramento, CA @ Press Club w/ Grave Lake, Boy Romeo
06/27 Los Angeles, CA @ The Virgil Hot Tub w/ Kurt and Kristen w/ Kurt Braunohler, Kristen Schaal, more
06/28 Los Angeles, CA @ Ham & Eggs
06/29 San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar w/ Katie Von Schlieicher
06/30 Hanford, CA @ Fatte Alberta’s Pizza w/ Sci-Fi Caper
07/01 San Francisco, CA @ Thee Parkside w/ Violence Creeps, Baus, Mane
07/02 Eugene, OR @ The Boreal w/ VCR, Critical Shakes
07/11 Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile w/ Boss Hog

Wimps' album Suitcase is available now on LP, CS, CD, and good ol’ MP3.


June 06, 2016

HARI KONDABOLU announces the release of his new comedy album MAINSTREAM AMERICAN COMIC out JULY 22 on KILL ROCK STARS. Recorded live at Mississippi Studios in Portland, OR, Hari makes a strong case for reasons why race, gender and politics should be mainstream comedy as he tells of his love for the U.S. Surgeon General, how white people are mutants, a pro-choice classical language joke, a callback to his chart-topping debut comedy album Waiting For 2042 and more.

AV Club has the exclusive premiere of unreleased album track “My Mom (Accent Not Included)” Listen here:

MAINSTREAM AMERICAN COMIC is available for pre-order at

Hari Kondabolu is a Brooklyn-based comedian and writer hailed by The New York Times as “one of the most exciting political comics in stand-up today.” His debut album, Waiting for 2042, was named by Paste Magazine as one of the Top 10 Standup Albums of 2014 and The Portland Mercury wrote that “the marriage of careful joke structure and fiercely intelligent commentary elevates this album from a collection of solid progressive punchlines to a work of art.” It is currently on high school and college curriculums around the country.

On TV, Hari has appeared the Late Show with David Letterman, Conan, Jimmy Kimmel Live, John Oliver’s NY Standup Show, @midnight, The Nightly Show and has his own half-hour Comedy Central Presents special. He was writer and correspondent for Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell and will reunite with Kamau for a new podcast airing this summer. Hari has also performed at festivals including Outside Lands, Sled Island, South by Southwest, Bumbershoot, Sasquatch, The Edinburgh Fringe and Just for Laughs in Montreal and Chicago.

Catch Hari Kondabolu Live:
7/29 – Detroit, MI @ St Andrews Hall
7/30 – Chicago, IL @ The Hideout, two shows 7pm & 10pm
7/31 – Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall Ballroom
8/3 & 4 – Brooklyn, NY @ The Bell House
8/5 – Portland, ME @ Port City Music Hall
8/26 & 27 – Burlington, VT @ Vermont Comedy Club
9/10 – Washington, DC @ Sixth & I


June 01, 2016

We're beyond devastated to share the terrible news that Marlene Marder, guitarist of the influential punk groups Kleenex and LiLiPUT, passed away. Getting the honor of working with her meant the world to us and we will miss her like crazy.


April 27, 2016

Young People's short, minimal, brutally beautiful songs drew their inspiration from ancient hymnals and confessionals and blues numbers, taken with a strong dose of Broadway. The L.A. trio played stark and aloof and downright frightening music: by equal measure inspiring, comforting, chilling.

Originally released in 2002 on Kill Rock Stars subsidiary 5 Rue Christine, Young People's self-titled will be available on cassette for the first time ever on June 10th. Click here to order your copy!


April 15, 2016

Portland based DIY heroes Quasi are hitting the road in June for their first East Coast shows in three years! After 2+ decades of launching drums, guitars and pianos through the shifting interzones between harmony and chaos (moonlighting along the way with the likes of Sleater-Kinney, Wild Flag, Elliott Smith, Built to Spill and a long list of others), Quasi are a genre of their own - they write songs in the style of Quasi, and their 2013 album Mole City is the Quasi Song Book: Parlor Sing-alongs for the Last Century.

Now in their 23rd year as a band, and a two-piece once again, Sam Coomes and Janet Weiss hand-deliver the double album/Liberation Cookbook/Encyclopedia of Kicking Ass, Mole City, to those of us who still care about well-built homemade objects crafted with integrity, spirit, fire, and skill. In other words, those of us who don’t fit into a world where the empty noise of crass capitalism, slick branding, and high profile hot pants have drowned out nearly all other concerns. Mole City, their ninth album, is a set of anthems for the refuseniks, Molotov tossers, pacifist soldiers and bug-eyed freaks, and Quasi is the band playing as the Titanic of what was once Independent Music goes down.

Quasi would actually fit in just fine if every other band had such technical control and ability that they could express each passing thought and literally converse through their instruments, could write meaningful, memorable songs, could sing with heart and humanity, could maintain a musical relationship for nearly a quarter century, could disregard the consumer-tested research and American Idolatry, and was brave enough to trip back their production budget and advance to zero, ditch the engineers, producers and side players, and head underground into their basement alone to record and mix over an hour of new music from scratch.

Quasi tour dates
06/24 Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s tickets
06/25 Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade NYC tickets
06/26 Jersey City, NJ @ Monty Hall tickets 
06/27 Washington, DC @ Rock and Roll Hotel tickets

Praise For Quasi:


"Coomes has his own way of sculpting a quirky pop song that makes one ask themselves if they've ever seen Michael Stipe and Jeff Mangum in the same room at the same time, pulling Athens, Georgia's mainstream and cultstream songwriting gods into the dreary Northwestern drizzle dregs."Daytrotter

"It’s an old trick: happy music, sad words. But Quasi has elevated the strategy to an art form, and it’s nearly impossible to resist the sugar rush of the band’s sound in collision with Coomes’ black musings" -- Dusted Magazine

"Quasi career emotively between Hammond wig-outs, naked piano chords and subversive guitar pop ditties, buoyed by the vicious drumming of Weiss" -- NME

"Weiss is a remarkable, unpredictable drummer, and the pair play perfectly together, having reached the point at which improvisation becomes the result of an intuitive locking of creative minds." -- Pitchfork

"Quasi's songs teeter between optimism and despair, fantastical journeys and harsh realism; this is a pop band for people who like their pop throttled" -- NPR