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The Kill Rock Stars catalog acquired by Exceleration Music – Billboard

Exceleration Music has acquired the catalog of Kill Rock Stars and entered into a strategic partnership with the iconic independent label, the companies announced on Tuesday.

As part of the partnership, concluded with the founder of Kill Rock Stars thin moon, Exceleration will amplify the program of new releases from the label. Moon will continue to manage A&R and actively sign and develop new artists.

Exceleration and Moon will also jointly develop marketing initiatives designed to celebrate Kill Rock Stars’ progressive musical heritage and keep it alive in the modern music landscape. Founded in 1991, the label is known for launching riot grrrl acts like Bikini Kill, Bratmobile and Heavens to Betsy and for nurturing the careers of artists like Elliott Smith, Sleater-Kinney, The Decemberists and Gossip.

Created in January 2021 by veterans of the independent label Glen Barros, John Burk, Charles Caldas, Amy Dietz and David HansenExceleration Music is a music investment company designed to support independent music artists, creators and entrepreneurs, including independent businesses looking to grow or those seeking an “honorable exit” without betray their values.

The Kill Rock Stars announcement follows several other recent deals made by Exceleration, including acquisitions of indie label Bloodshot Records and jazz label Candid Records, partnerships with Alligator Records and SideOneDummy, an alliance with the Justin Townes Earle estate. and a partnership with the Ray Charles. Foundation.

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Dr. Portia Sabin

Starting in 2006, Kill Rock Stars was run by Moon’s wife, Dr. Portia Sabin, who is now president of the Music Business Association. During his tenure, the label expanded its repertoire by releasing stand-up recordings from comedians such as Cameron Esposito, W. Kamau Bell and Hari Kondabolu while continuing to sign musical artists such as Horse Feathers, The Thermals and Thao & the Get Down Stay Down. After a move to Nashville in 2019, Moon took over the management of the company and signed artists such as Big Joanie, Habibi, Logan Lynn, Bitch, MAITA, TEKE::TEKE and zannie.

In a statement, Moon said that through the Exceleration deal, Kill Rock Stars “will be able to do even more to support our artists while remaining true to the core values ​​on which KRS was founded.” This is a great situation for our current and future artists, as well as for the KRS catalog.

Sabin added, “I have known Glen, Amy, Dave and Charles for years and trust them to have the skills and knowledge as well as the best interests of our label and the independent market at heart. I’m thrilled that Exceleration exists and provides an option for labels that wish to remain independent at a time when there is so much change in our industry.

In his own statement, Exceleration partner Barros noted Kill Rocks Stars as “one of the quintessential independent labels” with a “wonderfully diverse footprint that defies definition but still manages to convey a crystal-clear identity”.

Excelleration partner Dietz shared his early fandom of the grrrl riot movement and the music of Elliott Smith, praising Kill Rock Stars for being ‘fierce advocates’ of the indie community while ‘always remaining friendly to artists. , which is very much in line with our core values ​​at Exceleration. .”