Our curiosity was piqued this morning upon hearing that about 30 independent record labels -- including greats like Kill Rock Stars, Sub Pop, Anti-, and Daptone -- have partnered to create a new music discovery site called The New Record.
Unfortunately, we've been trying to download MP3s fro ... More >>
Touring on In the Grace of Your Love, the first album by his rhythmically aggressive, now gospel-influenced NYC-based band the Rapture in five years, singer/guitarist Luke Jenner took a moment to look at what he has accomplished to date. Turns out he's still a little sad he's never been able to get ... More >>
Okay, Kill Rock Stars, we really, really hope this isn't some kind of April fool's stunt. You're going to break a lot of Bay Area hearts if it is. What are we talking about? A new little note on the KRS website that says the first 200 people who preorder the new collaboration album from Thao Ngyu ... More >>
Joseph SchellNo Age at Rickshaw Stop Saturday. No AgeGrass WidowRank/XeroxCrazy Band
February 26, 2011
@ Rickshaw Stop
Better than: Standing still at Best Coast/Wavves.
I have a thing for drummers who sing. There's something about it that triggers endorphins: this is a multitasking musician, bo ... More >>
Future Thaos and Mirahs?You may not know Chixx Mixx or Poison Apple Pie by name, but they're bands formed by Bay Area tween and teen girls, and they don't sound like what you might be picturing. As much as we all would like to think gender divides do not exist, it's the sad and simple truth ... More >>
Howard KanGlitter Wizard plays Hemlock Tavern this SundayThese unseasonably warm days mean we must party. The city is begging us to invade it, take over clubs and bars, swarm parks, fill galleries; to enjoy its every offering. To maximize the fun, pick events with cheap entry fees. We've got the ... More >>
We told you back in July that Bay Area local Thao (of Get Down Stay Down fame) and Pacific Northwesterner Mirah (of general indie whimsy fame) are working on an album together after touring with each other. Well, details are out kids: Thao & Mirah is out on Kill Rock Stars April 26, ... More >>
Mmm... Garamond Pro.
On Wednesday Kill Rock Stars and Domino announced the early November release of An Introduction to... Elliott Smith. It's been almost seven years since Smith stabbed himself in the chest, since which time his grave has hardly been quiet, what with a posthumous album, and a co ... More >>
How apropos: Indie singer-songwriter-guitarist who only goes by her first name meets other indie singer-songwriter-guitarist who only goes by her first name. They go on tour -- and then decide to record an album together.Yes: What began as a single set at San Francisco's Noise Pop festival this p ... More >>
Screenshot of Grass Widow's "Shadow"After rocking the All Shook Down Music Festival in North Beach on Sunday, Grass Widow planted another present in our laps. Today, their label, Kill Rock Stars, posted the trio's artsy, quirky video for "Shadow" on its blog. "Shadow" is so far the only song the ... More >>
A silver lining forced its way through a storm of tragedy -- including the death of one band member's parent -- when S.F. female post-punk trio Grass Widow signed to Kill Rock Stars this past winter. (Kill Rock Stars is a premier west coast indie label that's also home to The Decemberists ... More >>
Local post-punk trio Grass Widow has been slowly drawing increased attention since its inception in 2007. We profiled these ladies back in 2008, and now the band has hit the radar of respected Olympia indie Kill Rock Stars, which will release the trio's official debut on August 24. Grass Widowers ... More >>
By Noah W. Bailey
Picking the best folk and Americana records of the year isn't nearly as hard as discarding those great records that just didn't feel right stuck in the category.
Releases by Calexico and DeVotchKa felt far too worldly to pigeonhole as folk or country, for instance, while Blitzen ... More >>
By Michael Roberts
In 2008, independent rock returned to the underground, where it belongs. Given the grand catastrophe that is today's record industry, most major-label executives don't have the time or energy to convince music fans they might like something a little out of the ordinary. They'r ... More >>