January 26, 2015

Good news for all you CRAZED MP3 FANS out there, 7" singles by Free Kitten, Men's Recovery Project, and Cold Cold Hearts are now available digitally FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER at our Bandcamp page. These records were all originally released in 1996 so we got them posted just in time for their 19th anniversary. What a relief!


January 15, 2015

Photo by Matthias Clamer 

Kill Rock Stars is excited to announce that we have signed comedian W. Kamau Bell. He will be recording two of his "Oh, Everything!" Comedy Tour shows at Seattle, Washington's Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute on Saturday, January 24th. Tickets are on sale now.

Socio-political comedian W. Kamau Bell may be most recognizable for his critically acclaimed FX/FXX TV show Totally Biased With W. Kamau Bell,  nominated for "Best Talk Series" at the 2012 NAACP Image Awards.  Kamau was creator, writer and host of the comedy series, which was executive produced by Chris Rock who became a fan of Kamau's after seeing his one man show.

He also recently launched a brand new podcast Denzel Washington Is The Greatest Actor Of All Time Period.  Each week, Kamau and Kevin Avery (Last Week Tonight With John Oliver) examine their shared belief that Denzel Washington is the greatest actor of all time, period.  Available free at and downloadable from iTunes.

Kamau has also appeared on NPR's Fresh Air, Comedy Central, Conan, WTF with Marc Maron, MSNBC, The View, Real Time with Bill Maher, Yahoo News with Katie Couric and many, many more.

Kamau's Oh, Everything! Comedy Tour  promises to be a comedic attack on everything he can't stop thinking about, including but not limited to homophobia, the 'N" word, gentrification, his mixed race kids, your "friends", your "followers", why he could never be an atheist, why his God looks like Denzel Washington with dreadlocks, guns and more.

Kamau had this to say about the upcoming taping: “I have loved Seattle audiences since the first time I performed there with their favorite adopted son Hari Kondabolu. They are tuned in, read up, turned on, frustrated, and ready to roll up their sleeves and get into it. I have been saving Seattle for a special occasion and recording a stand-up comedy CD with the legendary punk label Kill Rock Stars is it! I’m extremely proud to be on a label that has been home to revolutionary bands Bikini Kill and Sleater-Kinney, a label that made lefty politics cool before anyone thought that was possible, and a label that is home to brilliant comic voices like Kurt Braunohler, Ian Karmel, Cameron Esposito and my great friend Hari Kondabolu. LET’S DO THIS!”

(104 17th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144 )
7pm & 9pm
Tickets $15
VIP packages available, proceeds go to Race Forward

Tickets and info:
7pm Show:
9pm Show:

"one of comedy's most necessary voices on social and political issues"

"The personable, quick comic skewers racism, stereotypes and an assortment of iconic taboos with provocative wit!"

"Bell's gimmick is intersectional progressivism: he treats racial, gay, and women's issues as inseparable. That may not sound hilarious, but when it works it grants him new routes into old topics."

"In an era of hopelessly polarized social-media bickering, only the sharpest voices can cut through the noise and command the conversation - the Jon Stewarts, Chris Rocks and Stephen Colberts. Rising on that list is W. Kamau Bell"

Esper Scout release "Belay" / "Carpet of a Crest" digital single

November 11, 2014

Welcome Esper Scout to the Kill Rock Stars family! Their "Belay" / "Carpet of a Crest" digital single is now available as a pay-what-you-want download on the Kill Rock Stars Bandcamp site!

Esper Scout are an experimental rock band based in Leeds, UK driven by an enthusiasm for harmony, guitar textures and dynamic rhythms which create 'warm dynamic songs with dense textures and vibrant hooks' (Vibrations). A blend of memorable melodies, riffs, breakdowns and progressive builds as well as 'heartfelt, precise and clever lyrics which balance weight and depth with accessibility and charm' (24 Our Music). Their sound is simultaneously reassuring and memorable but also curious, engaging and exciting by equal measure. With songs and performances that drift through moods from lively to somber, you will easily be drawn in, hooked and willingly shook up by the captivating four piece.

Esper Scout tour dates 11/13 Sacramento, CA @ Witch Room
11/18 Seattle, WA @ Victory Lounge

Artist: Esper Scout


November 07, 2014

We are BEYOND EXCITED to announce that we have signed comedian Ian Karmel to Kill Rock Stars. He will be recording his debut stand-up comedy album on February 7th, 2015 at Mississippi Studios in Portland, Oregon. Tickets are on sale now.

Ian Karmel is a homegrown Portland comedian whose style zig-zags between the eclectic and the universal. He was a writer and roundtable regular on E!’s Chelsea Lately. Most recently he made his late night premiere on TBS' Conan and was featured on Comedy Central’s Adam Devine’s House Party Season 2. In 2013, Ian was invited to the prestigious Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal, where he was a breakout stand up in the “New Faces” category. Ian’s unique perspective helped him win the 2011 Funniest Person in Portland, 2010 Portland Amateur Comedy Competition and has given him the opportunity to perform at the Moontower Comedy Festival, Bridgetown Comedy Festival, Bumbershoot, Portland’s Helium Comedy Club, Philadelphia’s Helium Comedy Club, Minneapolis' Acme Comedy Club, Austin’s Cap City Comedy Club, Seattle’s Comedy Underground and various clubs in Los Angeles. Ian’s other television credits include IFC’s Portlandia and the Travel Channel’s Best Sandwich in America, as well as a post-game analyst and commentator for the Portland Trailblazers. His training includes The Groundlings and the Upright Citizens Brigade and he is a regular contributor for the Portland Mercury in which is he currently writes the highly anticipated weekly column “Portland as F*ck.” He currently lives in Los Angeles.

Watch a clip of Ian performing on Conan at Youtube.

Artist: Ian Karmel


October 28, 2014

Bratmobile's 1993 debut Pottymouth is BACK ON VINYL for the first time in over 10 years on 11/18/2014.

Critical praise for Pottymouth :

"Has any band ever done unalloyed, sneering contempt quite as witheringly as Pottymouth -era Bratmobile? " - Stereogum

"We need more bands like Bratmobile, especially in this sexually regressive, overly commercialized MySpace-rock environment. Pottymouth is a definitive riot grrrl record and essential listening for fans of indie rock and punk." - James Elliott, Amoeba Records

"The album is like a slap in the face: it's over before you realize what you're feeling but its sting lasts a good long while." - Trouser Press Record Guide

"...Pottymouth was an album full of jittery agitations, quickly solidifying the group as one of the Pacific Northwest’s garage greats." - The AV Club

The 2014 pressing of Pottymouth is on pink marble vinyl and includes a digital download code. Pre-order your copy at

Artist: Bratmobile

Horse Feathers 'So It Is With Us' out now!

October 21, 2014

Happy album release day to Horse Feathers! The band's new album So It Is With Us is out now on cd, lp and good ol' mp3!

Catch Horse Feathers on tour this Fall!
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:
11/02 Bozeman, MT @ The Filling Station // Tix:
11/04 Jackson, WY @ Town Square Tavern // Tix:
11/07 Boulder, CO @ Boulder Theater // 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:
11/15 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 Satellite // Tix:
12/06 San Diego, CA @ Casbah San Diego // Tix:
12/07 Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom // Tix:
12/09 Flagstaff, AZ @ Coconino Center for the Arts // Tix:
12/11 Salt Lake City, UT @ The State Room // Tix:
12/12 Boise, ID @ Neurolux // Tix:
12/13 Eugene, OR @ The WOW Hall // Tix: