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Kill Rock Stars SXSW Showcase!

February 28, 2013

Looks like it's that time of the year again... if you're going to be in Austin for SXSW, consider joining us at Maggie Mae's on March 14th for our official showcase!

KRS bands Marnie Stern, Kinski, Boats, and Hands are all going to be there... PLUS our friends Weatherbox and Hott Mt. It's going to be a party (music and alcohol!)
If you don't have a wrist band or badge, don't worry, our bands are going to be playing all over the place. Stay tuned for more info...


February 25, 2013

Great news for all your Marnie Stern fans in the UK, she's flying over to play some shows in Late May/Early June!

05/30 Birmingham UK Hare & Hounds
05/31 Sheffield UK Queen's Social Club
06/01 Manchester UK Ruby Lounge
06/02 Glasgow UK Broadcast
06/03 Leeds UK Brudenell Social Club
06/04 Bristol UK Louisiana
06/05 London UK The Garage

In other exciting Marnie Stern news, the vinyl copies of her new album The Chronicles of Marnia showed up at the office today!

They won't be in stores until March 19th but you can pre-order your copy now at our online shop.
All cd and lp pre-orders placed before the March 19th release date get a free 4 song bonus cd-r of previously unreleased home recordings!

You can also pre-order the album digitally on our bandcamp page and instantly get 3 songs from the album!


February 25, 2013 just premiered Boats' new music video for "Getting Worst.jpeg" off of their new album A Fairway Full of Miners.

Boats are on a big US/Canadian tour right now! Chances are they're headed to your town...
02/26 Spokane WA Mootsy's
02/28 Vancouver BC The Cobalt
03/01 Seattle Wa The Comet
03/02 Olympia WA The Northern
03/03 Portland OR Holocene
03/06 San Francisco CA Elbo Room
03/07 San Diego CA Tin Can
03/08 Los Angeles CA The Satellite
03/10 Las Vegas NV Bunkhouse
03/11 Albuquerque NM Iron Haus
03/12 Oklahoma City OK Conservatory
03/14 Austin TX Friends (SXSW Day Show)
03/14 Austin TX Maggie Mae's Gibson Room (KRS Showcase)
03/17 New Orleans LA Circle Bar
03/18 Memphis TN The Court House
03/19 Louisville KY Zanzabar
03/20 Cincinnati OH MOTR
03/21 Windsor Ontario Phog Lounge
03/27 Guelph Ontario Albion
03/28 Ottawa Ontario Pressed
03/29 Montreal Quebec La Cagibi
03/30 Brooklyn NY The Legion Bar
03/31 Pittsburgh PA Howlers
04/02 Chicago IL Double Door
04/05 Winnipeg MB The Windsor


February 15, 2013

Yesterday Pitchfork premiered "Nothing Is Easy," the third single from Marnie Stern's upcoming album The Chronicles of Marnia.
Listen to the track below...

Marnie and her band will be hitting the road shortly after The Chronicles Of Marnia's March 19th release date...
03-10 Denton, TX - 35 Denton
03-11 McAllen, TX - Galax-Z Fair
03-12-17 Austin, TX - SXSW
04-09 Oberlin, OH - Oberlin College
04-11 Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
04-12 Hanover, NH - Dartmouth College
04-14 Boston, MA - Great Scott *
04-15 Montreal, Quebec - Casa Del Popolo *
04-16 Toronto, Ontario - Parts and Labour *
04-17 Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle *
04-18 Detroit, MI - Magic Stick *
04-19 Milwaukee, WI - Lawrence College *
04-20 Omaha, NE - Barley Street Tavern *
04-21 Denver, CO - Moe's *
04-23 Boise, ID - Neurolux
04-24 Seattle, WA - Barboza
04-25 Vancouver, British Columbia - The Media Room
04-26 Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios
04-28 San Francisco, CA - Rickshaw Stop
04-29 San Diego, CA - Soda Bar
04-30 Los Angeles, CA - The Satellite
05-01 Phoenix, AZ - The Crescent Ballroom
05-03 Austin, TX - Holy Mountain
05-05 Atlanta, GA - 529
05-06 Nashville, TN - Stone Fox
05-08 Dayton, OH - Canal Street Tavern #
05-09 Washington DC - Black Cat ^
05-10 Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brendas ^

* with Roomrunner
# with Motel Beds
^ with Barren Girls

In other EXCITING Marnie Stern news, we're going to be including a 4 song cd-r of previously unreleased home recordings with all pre-orders from our mailorder department! This cd-r will only be available from our mailorder so get your order in before March 19th or regret it later...


February 01, 2013

After YEARS of pressure from "CRAZED MP3 FANS™" we've decided to launch a digital subscription service. That's right, we've started a KILL ROCK STARS Drip.FM account!
For the low price of $9.99 a month you'll receive:
*every New Kill Rock Stars release the moment it's released as 320 k mp3s (or wav or flac files if that's your thing!)
* highlights from the Kill Rock Stars back catalog
*access to singles from upcoming releases
*outtakes, remixes, AND MORE!
ALSO new subscribers will receive an instant download of Corin Tucker Band's "Kill My Blues", Elliott Smith's "Either/Or," and our "Here's To Another 21 Years!" compilation (a fun overview of the KRS catalog) We're also sending a mystery pack to the first 30 subscribers (USA only, have you seen the new postage rates? sheesh...) AND every new subscription will include a 15% off coupon for the Kill Rock Stars online store! I know this all sounds too good to be true, but we are DEAD SERIOUS. WE WON'T BE UNDERSOLD!
CLICK HERE for more details.


January 23, 2013

Hipster guys, are you tired of seeing Marnie Stern have relationships with an endless array of losers and bores? Don’t you think a guitarist as great as Marnie should have someone special to watch Law and Order SVU with? Do you enjoy petting dogs while eating chicken wings? And honestly, don’t you think a nice, positively cute, 30-something Jewish girl should meet the man of her dreams? We sure do!

If you live in the New York City area (no long-distance beaus please) and are not a total creep/stalker (we will KNOW if you are), please send an email with your answers to the application questions below, your favorite Marnie song, and a recent photo of yourself. We will pay for this date, but you’re paying for the next one!

Age, religion, and race are not a factor, but a sense of humor is critical. Marnie’s ideal man is a homebody who doesn’t mind that his girlfriend is out of town on tour a lot, and is not a drug addict, a slacker, or a vegan.

One more thing: Marnie doesn’t get to pick the winner, Marnie’s record label and publicist do, so go ahead and charm the metaphorical pants off us. We just want the best for her… and maybe you are it!!

Please email all applications to
Are you gainfully employed? Elaborate.
When/ how long was your last relationship?
What are your hobbies/interests?
What qualities do you most enjoy in a woman?
List any anti-depressants you currently take:
What do you know about Marnie and why do you want to date her?
What would your most recent ex-girlfriend say about you? Can we get her email?
Where would you take Marnie on a first date and why?

The Chronicles of Marnia" is in stores March 19th and available for pre-order from our mailorder dept.


January 17, 2013

Kill Rock Stars are pleased to announce Cosy Moments, the first Kinski album since 2007’s Down Below It’s Chaos, and premiere the first single “Conflict Free Diamonds” via MTV Hive. You can listen to the track here or download it from Bandcamp here.

Due out on April 2nd, Cosy Moments is filled with the glistening, graceful chords and heavy proto-punk rhythms that have become Kinski’s hallmarks over the last 14 years of playing music together. Not that the band is walking in their own musical footprints on the new album. Instead, Cosy Moments is the result of Chris Martin, the band’s songwriter, spending the last few years figuring out where to go next musically. “We wanted to make something poppier and more direct,” Martin said. “That was the kind of music I wanted to hear then and that's what we tried to do. I was really sick of hearing people step on wah wah pedals and solo over psych rock. There were so many people doing that. Including us. We've always had more poppy, song-ish elements but we just took it further this time.”
The addition of a pop element is not the only evolution of the band’s sound. This album also features vocals, which is a dramatic shift for a band that is known primarily as an instrumental group. “We always had songs with vocals on past albums, but it took me a long time to remember how to sing again,” Martin said. “I wrote a bunch of vocal songs. We even toured with Acid Mothers Temple with some of that stuff, but we ended up throwing most all of it out. And I just kept writing.” Heading back into the studio with producer Randall Dunn, who also recorded their last three records, Cosy Moments, the group’s sixth full length, is filled with Kinski’s dense, intricate and occasionally nearly deafening noise, a musical style that is almost completely contradictory to their album title.
Cosy Moments is available for pre-order on cd, lp (first 100 copies come on amber colored marbled vinyl!), and digitally.


January 16, 2013

Winnipeg indie pop outfit Boats makes impossibly hooky pop songs about death, being old, girls, glowing bears and escaping the spectral plane of existence and reappearing at a football game — all of which can be found on the band’s sparkling third album, A Fairway Full Of Miners, due out Feb. 5, 2013 via Kill Rock Stars (Corin Tucker Band, Elliott Smith, Decemberists, Deerhoof).
Recorded in the spring/summer of 2012 by Ryan McVeigh at Prairie Recording Studios/UMFM and mixed by David Carswell in Vancouver (Destroyer, New Pornographers), A Fairway Full Of Miners comes as the follow-up to Boats’ acclaimed 2010 sophomore album, Cannonballs, Cannonballs — named the No. 1 album of 2010 by Winnipeg college radio station 101.5 UMFM and hailed by critics for its inventiveness and mega-watt charm. But if Cannonballs, Cannonballs was all about giddy exuberance, A Fairway Full Of Miners is about growing up and finding yourself bored. There are still plenty of manic, sloppy-on-purpose junk-store pop tunes that burst with pop-rocks-and-Coke energy (O Telescope), but the new record also sees the band stretch out over more ambitious epics (Animated GIFs) and heartfelt ballads (Advice on Bears). It’s eclectic, but not unfocused; the whole thing is unified by frontman/band leader Mat Klachefsky’s helium-high yelp of a singing voice.
Maturity has become almost a cliché when it comes to describing albums — especially third albums — but A Fairway Full Of Miners has a focus to it that comes with relentless touring (Boats has done eight North American tours) and a sophistication that comes with refining a particular sound over the span of three albums). But don’t confuse mature with boring; Boats albums give you that thrilling feeling of being on the verge of spinning wildly, dizzingly out of control.
Check out the new single "Getting Worst"

Feb 2 - Winnipeg @ West End Cultural Center (CD Release show)
Feb 21 - Saskatoon @ Vangelis
Feb 22 - Calgary @ Hi Fi Club (Early Show)
Feb 23 - Edmonton @ Wunderbar
Feb 28 - Vancouver @ The Cobalt
March 21 - Windsor @ Phog Lounge
March 22-23 CMW in Toronto (show TBA)
March 27 - Guelph @ Albion
March 28 - Ottawa @ Pressed
March 29 - Montreal @ La Cagibi

A Fairway Full of Miners is available to pre-order on cd at our online store or as digital files on our bandcamp page!


January 15, 2013

We're stoked to announce that we're putting out the debut comedy album by Kurt Braunohler! There are going to be free tapings in Seattle (on February 13th) and Portland (on February 14, Valentine's Day!)

To RSVP for the Seattle shows e-mail
To RSVP for the Portland shows e-mail

Here's a little info about Kurt and a few youtube clips as well...

As a stand up, Kurt debuted his high-energy, absurdist point-of-view on Comedy Central's John Oliver Presents this summer. As far as stages, Kurt has performed at the HBO US Comedy Arts Festival, Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal and Chicago, New York Comedy Festival (named a "Comic to Watch"), SXSW, Bonaroo, All Tomorrow’s Parties, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (IF.Comedy Award nominee), Melbourne Comedy Festival (Barry Award Winner), the HBO Vegas Comedy Festival, the Chicago Improv Festival ("Improv Ensemble of the Year” Award Winner) and he once performed at Radio City Music Hall.
Kurt co-created a pilot for Channel 4 in the UK with his comedy partner, Kristen Schaal, for their popular web-series, Penelope: Princess of Pets. The duo also have hosted the NYC staple variety show, Hot Tub, for the past 7 years.

"Braunohler is very funny" - USA Today
"So high wattage, he outshines everybody" - Tom Scharpling, The Best Show
"Trust me. You will not want to miss all the shenanigans" - SerialOptimist
"Do you like wunderkinds? Then you will LOVE KURT!" - BrooklynVegan
"Braunohler's brand of humour is insane, life-affirming, silly and above all hugely enjoyable." - Time Out London

Hands sign to Kill Rock Stars! Check out "Trouble" at Stereogum

January 08, 2013

We're putting out "Synesthesia," the debut album from LA band Hands, on April 30th! Check out the first single, "Trouble," over at Stereogum and then pre-order the album at the Kill Rock Stars Bandcamp page. The cd and lp pre-order will be up real soon!

Hands will be playing our SXSW party (details to come soon!) and touring all over the place in 2013.