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PARTY LIKE IT'S 1996... FREE KITTEN, MEN'S RECOVERY PROJECT, AND COLD COLD HEARTS SINGLES NOW ON THE KILL ROCK STARS BANDCAMP PAGE

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!

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COMEDIAN W. KAMAU BELL SIGNS TO KILL ROCK STARS

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 Wolfpop.com 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!”

W KAMAU BELL @ LANGSTON HUGHES PERFORMING ARTS INSTITUTE
(104 17th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144 )
SATURDAY, JANUARY 24
7pm & 9pm
Tickets $15
VIP packages available, proceeds go to Race Forward

Tickets and info:
7pm Show:  http://www.jsrdirect.com/webstores/wkb-lhpai-1-24-early
9pm Show:  http://www.jsrdirect.com/webstores/wkb-lhpai-1-24-late#

"one of comedy's most necessary voices on social and political issues"
- NEW YORK TIMES

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

"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."
 - THE NEW YORKER

"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"
 - COMMERCIAL APPEAL

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

COMEDIAN IAN KARMEL SIGNS TO KILL ROCK STARS

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.

BRATMOBILE'S DEBUT ALBUM 'POTTYMOUTH' BACK IN PRINT ON VINYL ON 11/18

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 goo.gl/Heu3hl

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: http://goo.gl/1FIzW0
10/29 Vancouver, BC @ The Biltmore Cabaret // Tix: http://goo.gl/v9VkHW
10/30 Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile // Tix: http://goo.gl/ct6I0P
10/31 Spokane, WA @ The Barlett // Tix: http://goo.gl/dGbOIO
11/01 Missoula, MT @ The Top Hat // Tix: http://goo.gl/GCiJwH
11/02 Bozeman, MT @ The Filling Station // Tix: http://goo.gl/SGtVeB
11/04 Jackson, WY @ Town Square Tavern // Tix: http://goo.gl/qv4uGl
11/07 Boulder, CO @ Boulder Theater // Tix: http://goo.gl/lFxdXS
11/08 Denver, CO @ The Bluebird Theater // Tix: http://goo.gl/0Ql1Bw
11/09 Colorado Springs, CO @ Ivywild School // Tix: http://goo.gl/P570wJ
11/11 Albuquerque, NM @ Low Spirits // Tix: http://goo.gl/mbefta
11/13 Austin, TX @ Holy Mountain // Tix: http://goo.gl/LiFfvn
11/15 Norman, OK @ Opolis Production LLC // Tix:
11/18 St Louis, MO @ The Firebird // Tix: http://goo.gl/rhNefc
11/19 Madison, WI @ Play Circle Theater // Tix: http://goo.gl/0AXXU
11/20 Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall // Tix: http://goo.gl/oo7Jsk
11/21 La Crosse, WI @ Cavalier Theater & Lounge // Tix: http://goo.gl/D2SOcE
11/22 St Paul, MN @ Turf Club // Tix: http://goo.gl/reqEqL
11/23 Fargo, ND @ The Aquarium // Tix: http://goo.gl/qY2gBv
11/29 Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom // Tix: http://goo.gl/1u7gZv
12/03 San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall // Tix: http://goo.gl/R0xAKc
12/04 Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst Club // Tix:
12/05 Los Angeles, CA @ The Satellite // Tix: http://goo.gl/IkueX6
12/06 San Diego, CA @ Casbah San Diego // Tix: http://goo.gl/L1MBgM
12/07 Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom // Tix: http://goo.gl/8cq8ww
12/09 Flagstaff, AZ @ Coconino Center for the Arts // Tix: http://goo.gl/M3P7yW
12/11 Salt Lake City, UT @ The State Room // Tix:
12/12 Boise, ID @ Neurolux // Tix: http://goo.gl/yEfjww
12/13 Eugene, OR @ The WOW Hall // Tix: http://goo.gl/8cq8ww

HORSE FEATHERS' 'SO IT IS WITH US' STREAMING AT NPR

October 13, 2014

Horse Feathers' new album So It Is With Us was just given the First Listen treatment over at NPR Music. Click here to stream the album one week before its October 21st release date.

So It Is With Us is available for pre-order on cd, lp and mp3.

Catch Horse Feathers on tour this Fall!
10/28 Bellingham, WA @ Wild Buffalo // Tix: http://goo.gl/1FIzW0
10/29 Vancouver, BC @ The Biltmore Cabaret // Tix: http://goo.gl/v9VkHW
10/30 Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile // Tix: http://goo.gl/ct6I0P
10/31 Spokane, WA @ The Barlett // Tix: http://goo.gl/dGbOIO
11/01 Missoula, MT @ The Top Hat // Tix: http://goo.gl/GCiJwH
11/02 Bozeman, MT @ The Filling Station // Tix: http://goo.gl/SGtVeB
11/04 Jackson, WY @ Town Square Tavern // Tix: http://goo.gl/qv4uGl
11/07 Boulder, CO @ Boulder Theater // Tix:
11/08 Denver, CO @ The Bluebird Theater // Tix: http://goo.gl/0Ql1Bw
11/09 Colorado Springs, CO @ Ivywild School // Tix: http://goo.gl/P570wJ
11/11 Albuquerque, NM @ Low Spirits // Tix: http://goo.gl/mbefta
11/13 Austin, TX @ Holy Mountain // Tix: http://goo.gl/ugPUVC
11/14 Dallas, TX @ Club Dada // Tix:
11/15 Norman, OK @ Opolis Production LLC // Tix:
11/18 St Louis, MO @ The Firebird // Tix: http://goo.gl/rhNefc
11/19 Madison, WI @ Play Circle Theater // Tix: http://goo.gl/0AXXU
11/20 Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall // Tix: http://goo.gl/oo7Jsk
11/21 La Crosse, WI @ Cavalier Theater & Lounge // Tix:
11/22 St Paul, MN @ Turf Club // Tix: http://goo.gl/reqEqL
11/23 Fargo, ND @ The Aquarium // Tix: http://goo.gl/qY2gBv
11/29 Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom // Tix:
12/03 San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall // Tix: http://goo.gl/R0xAKc
12/04 Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst Club // Tix: http://goo.gl/OsoX05
12/05 Los Angeles, CA @ The Satellite // Tix: http://goo.gl/IkueX6
12/06 San Diego, CA @ Casbah San Diego // Tix: http://goo.gl/L1MBgM
12/07 Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom // Tix: http://goo.gl/8cq8ww
12/09 Flagstaff, AZ @ Coconino Center for the Arts // Tix: http://goo.gl/M3P7yW
12/11 Salt Lake City, UT @ The State Room // Tix:
12/12 Boise, ID @ Neurolux // Tix: http://goo.gl/yEfjww
12/13 Eugene, OR @ The WOW Hall // Tix: http://goo.gl/8cq8ww

Cameron Esposito’s new stand-up comedy album Same Sex Symbol in stores now!

October 07, 2014

Cameron Esposito’s new stand-up comedy album Same Sex Symbol in stores now!

We are proud to announce that comedian Cameron Esposito’s Kill Rock Stars debut, Same Sex Symbol, is now in stores on CD and MP3 formats. Called “the future of comedy” by none other than Jay Leno, Cameron is a fast rising LA-based standup comic, actor, writer, and has also been named “Comic to Watch” by LA Weekly, Time Out LA, and Cosmopolitan Magazine. Recorded live at two sold out shows in Portland, Same Sex Symbol captures Cameron’s edgy and straightforward humor touching on her hometown of Chicago, growing up very, very Catholic, visiting a strip club, and gay marriage.

When not on tour, Cameron can be found onstage every Tuesday at UCB LA as host of the hit live stand-up podcast “Put Your Hands Together,” recently named by ROLLING STONE as “one of the Best Comedy Podcasts.” She is also creator/host of “Wham Bam Pow”, a sci-fi/action movie podcast distributed by Maximum Fun. Cameron can been seen or heard on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Chelsea Lately, Maron, Last Call with Carson Daly, Conan, @Midnight, TakePart Live and Adventure Time. Cameron is a regular guest on top comedy podcasts “Comedy Bang! Bang!” and “How Did This Get Made?” and her biweekly column, “Who In The World Is Cameron Esposito?” can be read at The AV Club.

You can stream Same Sex Symbol tracks, “Woman Who Doesn’t Sleep With Men,” “Threesome Proposition,” and “Guacamole” at the Kill Rock Stars Bandcamp page.

Cameron Esposito will be hitting the road with Rhea Butcher this Fall on the Same Sex Symbol tour, presented by Kill Rock Stars and The AV Club.

10/07 Los Angeles, CA @ UCB LA // Tix: ttp://goo.gl/xmLuuf
10/10 Brooklyn, NY @ Union Hall (early show) // Tix: http://goo.gl/WJhAIF
10/10 Brooklyn, NY @ Union Hall (late show)// SOLD OUT
10/12 Akron, OH @ Musica // Tix: http://goo.gl/w8o0TH
10/14 Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall // SOLD OUT
10/14 Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall // Tix: http://goo.gl/ZvX4Lf
11/02 San Francisco, CA @ The Independent // Tix: http://goo.gl/SokAew
11/05 Denver, CO @ ComedyWorks // Tix: http://goo.gl/FohbUH
11/14 San Diego, CA @ Legends // Tix: http://goo.gl/C36UXW
11/15 San Diego, CA @ Legends // Tix: http://goo.gl/C36UXW
01/03 Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios // Tix: http://goo.gl/HXrMM8

DEERHOOF'S 2004 LIVE ALBUM 'BIBIDI BABIDI BOO' IS BACK, BABY!

October 06, 2014

On October 3rd, 2004 we released Deerhoof's live album 'Bibidi Babidi Boo' as a FREE download on the Kill Rock Stars site. Now it's BACK as a 10 year anniversary download with a new sequence by Deerhoof's Greg Saunier! Includes a cover of the My Bloody Valentine song "Lose My Breath". ENJOY!


Deerhoof will be touring the USA this Fall in support of their new album on Polyvinyl Records

11-04 Brooklyn, NY - Baby's All Right #+
11-05 Brooklyn, NY - Baby's All Right =
11-06 Brooklyn, NY - Baby's All Right *^
11-07 Falls Church, VA - State Theatre *#
11-08 Charlottesville, VA - The Southern *#
11-09 Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer *&
11-11 Chicago, IL - Bottom Lounge *%
11-12 Kalamazoo, MI - Louie's Back Room *%
11-13 Toronto, Ontario - Lee's Palace *%
11-14 Montreal, Quebec - Cabaret Piccolo Rialto *%
11-15 Pawtucket, RI - The Met %@
11-17 Los Angeles, CA - The Troubadour $!
11-18 San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall $!
11-20 Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge $+
11-21 Seattle, WA - Neumo's $+
11-22 Vancouver, British Columbia - Fortune $+

+ with Tim Barnes
= with Assembly, Zannie Owens w/ Mount Yucca
* with White Reaper
^ with Trans Am
# with Xenia Rubinos
& with Cibo Matto
% with Priests
@ with Lightning Bolt
$ with Go Dark
! with Crystal Skulls
+ with Busdriver

Horse Feathers release "Violently Wild" video at Pop Matters

September 29, 2014

Pop Matters just premiered the Dustin Dybvig directed video for Horse Feathers' song "Violently Wild" from the upcoming album So It Is With Us.

So It Is With Us isn't being released until October 21st, but you can pre-order the album NOW on cd, lp or digitally!
You can download "Violently Wild" for FREE at the Kill Rock Stars Bandcamp page!

Catch Horse Feathers on tour this Fall!
10/04 Portland, OR @ Live Wire Radio at Alberta Rose Theatre // Tix: http://goo.gl/LRdLc8
10/28 Bellingham, WA @ Wild Buffalo // Tix: http://goo.gl/1FIzW0
10/29 Vancouver, BC @ The Biltmore Cabaret // Tix: http://goo.gl/v9VkHW
10/30 Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile // Tix: http://goo.gl/ct6I0P
10/31 Spokane, WA @ The Barlett // Tix: http://goo.gl/dGbOIO
11/01 Missoula, MT @ The Top Hat // Tix: http://goo.gl/GCiJwH
11/02 Bozeman, MT @ The Filling Station // Tix: http://goo.gl/SGtVeB
11/04 Jackson, WY @ Town Square Tavern // Tix: http://goo.gl/qv4uGl
11/07 Boulder, CO @ Boulder Theater // Tix: http://goo.gl/YWgmnj
11/08 Denver, CO @ The Bluebird Theater // Tix: http://goo.gl/0Ql1Bw
11/09 Colorado Springs, CO @ Ivywild School // Tix: http://goo.gl/P570wJ
11/11 Albuquerque, NM @ Low Spirits // Tix: http://goo.gl/mbefta
11/13 Austin, TX @ Holy Mountain // Tix: http://goo.gl/ugPUVC
11/14 Dallas, TX @ Club Dada // Tix: http://goo.gl/kdJ0dO
11/15 Norman, OK @ Opolis Production LLC // Tix: http://goo.gl/C5fmUa
11/18 St Louis, MO @ The Firebird // Tix: http://goo.gl/rhNefc
11/19 Madison, WI @ Play Circle Theater // Tix: http://goo.gl/0AXXU
11/20 Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall // Tix: http://goo.gl/oo7Jsk
11/21 La Crosse, WI @ Cavalier Theater & Lounge // Tix: http://goo.gl/ro7CYO
11/22 St Paul, MN @ Turf Club // Tix: http://goo.gl/reqEqL
11/23 Fargo, ND @ The Aquarium // Tix: http://goo.gl/qY2gBv
11/29 Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom // Tix: http://goo.gl/1u7gZv
12/03 San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall // Tix: http://goo.gl/R0xAKc
12/04 Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst Club // Tix: http://goo.gl/OsoX05
12/05 Los Angeles, CA @ The Satellite // Tix: http://goo.gl/IkueX6
12/06 San Diego, CA @ Casbah San Diego // Tix: http://goo.gl/L1MBgM
12/07 Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom // Tix: http://goo.gl/8cq8ww
12/09 Flagstaff, AZ @ Coconino Center for the Arts // Tix: http://goo.gl/M3P7yW
12/11 Salt Lake City, UT @ The State Room // Tix: http://goo.gl/FZTH8v
12/12 Boise, ID @ Neurolux // Tix: http://goo.gl/yEfjww
12/13 Eugene, OR @ The WOW Hall // Tix: http://goo.gl/8cq8ww

HARI KONDABOLU CRITIQUES MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY, TOURS

September 15, 2014

Hari Kondabolu has released a new video of his 'Matthew McConaughey on Tolerance' routine. A different version of this bit appears on his album Waiting For 2042 (still available on compact disc and good ol' mp3).

Catch Hari on tour this month!

9/18 Burlington, VT @ ArtsRiot // Tix: http://goo.gl/QSTTg4
9/19-21 New York, NY @ Carolines on Broadway // Tix: http://goo.gl/yzh0r2
9/23-24 Seattle, WA @ The Comedy Underground // Tix: http://goo.gl/KRsjQ1
9/24-27 Portland, OR @ Helium Comedy Club - Portland // Tix: http://goo.gl/Y01uuU
9/30 Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour // Tix: http://goo.gl/2VLjz1

CAMERON ESPOSITO PERFORMS ON CONAN, PREMIERES TRACK ON AV CLUB WEBSITE, AUTOGRAPHS FIRST 200 PRE-ORDERS OF SAME SEX SYMBOL

August 21, 2014

CAMERON ESPOSITO PERFORMS ON CONAN, PREMIERES TRACK ON AV CLUB WEBSITE, AUTOGRAPHS FIRST 200 PRE-ORDERS OF SAME SEX SYMBOL
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It's been a big week for Cameron Esposito!  On Thursday she performed on CONAN, on Friday the video for her track "Woman Who Doesn't Sleep with Men" went viral after being featured on Buzzfeed, Upworthy, and Huffington Post, and yesterday she premiered the track "Threesome Proposition" at the AV Club website!  And SOMEHOW she's found the time to autograph the first 200 copies of her upcoming album Same Sex Symbol for the pre-order  at the Kill Rock Stars website.  Click here to pre-order your copy and then buy tickets to see Cameron on the Same Sex Symbol tour!


CAMERON ESPOSITO ON TOUR:
10/07 Los Angeles, CA @ UCB LA // 

10/10 Brooklyn, NY @ Union Hall // Tix: http://goo.gl/9H1sLb
10/12 Akron, OH @ Musica // Tix: http://goo.gl/w8o0TH
10/14 Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall // Tix: http://goo.gl/moG4XQ
11/02 San Francisco, CA @ The Independent // Tix: http://goo.gl/SokAew
11/05 Denver, CO @ Comedy Works // Tix: http://goo.gl/nrHgG1
11/14 San Diego, CA @ Legends // Tix: http://goo.gl/C36UXW
11/15 San Diego, CA @ Ledgens // Tix: http://goo.gl/C36UXW
01/03 Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios // Tix: http://goo.gl/HXrMM8
*more dates tba