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EMILY HELLER'S NEW COMEDY ALBUM ‘PASTA’ OUT MONDAY, NOVEMBER 19

October 23, 2018

Photo by Kim Newmoney Comedian Emily Heller is set to release her new album PASTA on KILL ROCK STARS on MONDAY, NOVEMBER 19. A fit follow up to her KRS debut GOOD FOR HER, PASTA amplifies her singular comedic voice and vision in all the right ways. Recorded live in Portland, Oregon, Emily’s set has the casual, friendly feel of a hang with your best friend, whether that’s at a bar or your couch, anywhere you can share caustic barbs and bitter truths about your life and the weird world you’re surrounded with. Emily is effortlessly and fearlessly funny as she goes over her need for therapy, dealing with slightly invasive personal trainers, kids who deserve to be on leashes and the joys and perils of romantic relationships. It’s the perfect comedic blend of the intensely personal yet instantly relatable. 




Click here to Pre-order Pasta
 
Emily Heller is an Emmy-nominated writer and comedian who has her own Comedy Central half hour and has appeared on Late Night with Seth Meyers, Conan, The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail, John Oliver’s New York Stand Up Show, Maron, Inside Amy Schumer, @midnightChelsea Lately and as a series regular on the TBS show Ground Floor. She is a writer for the HBO series Barry, starring Bill Hader, as well as TV shows for Fox, NBC and TBS. She was named a New Face at Just For Laughs, a Comic to Watch by both Variety and Comedy Central and one of the Funniest Women in Comedy by Marie Claire. Emily is also the co-host of the long-running podcast Baby Geniuses.

FRANGELA'S DEBUT COMEDY ALBUM 'RESIST' OUT NOW

October 19, 2018

Comedy duo Frangela (Frances Callier and Angela V. Shelton) are fired up and they want you to be too! RESIST! (out now!) is an album that’s pointed and hilarious in equal measure.



RESIST! is the kind of inspiring document that will help rational people keep fighting the good fight against bad policies and worse policymakers.

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE RESIST!

KINSKI'S NEW ALBUM 'ACCUSTOMED TO YOUR FACE' OUT NOW

October 18, 2018



As they near their 20th year as a band, Kinski shows no signs of slowing down. They continue to push forward, seeking out new ways to blow your mind. Their new record, Accustomed to Your Face, sounds as free and daring as their early forays, but with the luster of confidence that comes with two decades of playing together.

Having played arenas and festivals across North America and Europe, Kinski is equally at home in a local club where they can test out new material, looking to find that choice spot between pure sound exploration and off the hook riffage. One never knows what to expect when seeing Kinski live (there may be some flute, a bass played with a bow), but no matter where the music ventures it will always come back round to expertly crafted rhythmically solid rock.

Accustomed to Your Face reflects that multi-faceted approach. In the tracks "Guest Girl Vocalist" and "There Goes Hot Stamper", Kinski seems to have harnessed the power of early punk and wed it to their own tight and head-on approach to the genre. But then there is "Kinski 101," a celebratory nod to their quintessential style of dynamically structured instrumental pieces. Weaving it all together is Kinski's consistent command of their craft. The rhythm section is dialed in and the interplay between the guitars continues to be more than the sum of their parts.

With deep roots in krautrock and South American rock of the 60's and 70's, Kinski has always been a proponent of like-minded groups from around the world, and have brought many bands to the U.S. including Acid Mothers Temple (Japan) and Träd, Gräs Och Stenar (Sweden). Similarly, their collaborations with artists such as the dance duo robbinschilds and installation artist Jim Hobbs have been fruitful, allowing them to further delve into regions of sound, working from different perspectives while connecting with new audiences that may have otherwise remained unaware of their work.

Over the years, critics have tried to pin Kinski down to certain genres (the Psych-Rock-Post-Rock-Metal patchwork flag has been planted) but Kinski defy easy categorization, fluctuating between fast, driving rawk, and sweet, lilting melodies…they will melt your brain with their supersonic shredding, but they will give you a hug before you go home.



10/18 Chico, CA @ Argus Bar + Patio w/XDS + Cat Depot
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, WA @ Blue Moon w/ Feral Ohms + Love Devotion Surrender
10/27 Bellingham, WA @ Make.Shift w/ Feral Ohms

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