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The Karaoke Underground is for punk and indie rock fans who love to scream, yelp, croon, bark and sometimes even sing their favorites from artists like Bikini Kill, Black Flag, Modest Mouse, the Misfits, Cat Power, the Pixies, Dead Kennedys, Sleater-Kinney, Pavement, Joy Division, Fugazi, Guided By Voices and many more. It's video karaoke with onscreen lyrics, a stage, you -- and the chance to sing great songs you just can't find anywhere else. With an ever-expanding catalog of punk and indie classics, we've got your poison. From Wilco to Wire, from Belle & Sebastian to Big Black, you're sure to find something to put a microphone in your hand. Don't see your favorite? Request a song!

Every 1st Saturday @ Nomad Bar, Austin, TX!

Monday, 7/28 @ miniBar, Kansas City, MO!
Thursday, 7/31 @ Billy Frog's, Sioux Falls, SD!
Saturday, 8/2 - NO SHOW :(
Saturday, 8/8, Private Party, Austin
Friday, 8/15 @ Beerland, Austin
** Riot GRRRL benefit for Monkeywrench Books with Phantom Fox and The Villettes!
Saturday, 9/6 @ Nomad, Austin
Saturday, 10/4 @ Nomad, Austin


July 24, 2014
KU in August: On the road and a Riot Grrrl benefit in Austin

We’re making stops in Kansas City and Sioux Falls on our way to visit family next week! Very excited to play those towns for the first time, but we do have to cancel this month’s First Saturday show at Nomad to make the trip. But don’t freak out Austin friends: We’re hosting a benefit for Monkeywrench Books at Beerland on Friday, August 15th! We’ll be back at Nomad on September 6th.

SHOWS
Monday, 7/28 @ miniBar, Kansas City, MO!
Thursday, 7/31 @ Billy Frog’s, Sioux Falls, SD!
Saturday, 8/2 – NO SHOW :(
Saturday, 8/8, Birthday Party, Austin
Friday, 8/15 @ Beerland, Austin
** Riot GRRRL benefit for Monkeywrench Books with Phantom Fox and The Villettes!
Saturday, 9/6 @ Nomad, Austin

We’re also looking at mid-October dates for a return trip to the Midwest to see our friends in Madison, Minneapolis, Milwaukee, Chicago and more! Now’s the time to check in if you’d like to help us find an opening band or an organization that could use a KU benefit show.

NEW SONGS – keep the requests coming!
16 Horsepower – Praying Arm Lane
Against Me! – True Trans Soul Rebel
Archers Of Loaf – All The Nation’s Airports
Babes In Toyland – Bruise Violet
Bad Religion – You Are (The Government)
Bikini Kill – Anti-Pleasure Dissertation
Black Flag – No Values
Body Count – Cop Killer
Bratmobile – Gimme Brains
The Butchies – She’s So Lovely
Buzzcocks – Promises
The Damned – Smash It Up (pt. 2)
Fastbacks – Gone To The Moon
The Get Up Kids – Holiday
Hot Snakes – LAX
Hot Water Music – Trusty Chords
Minor Threat – Out Of Step
Modest Mouse – All Nite Diner
The Mountain Goats – Dance Music
Pavement – Grounded
Prolapse – Deanshanger
Rocket From The Crypt – I’m Not Invisible
The Saints – Know Your Product
Shearwater – Century Eyes
Sleater-Kinney – The Professional
T.S.O.L. – Code Blue
The Undertones – Get Over You
The Vandals – My Girlfriend’s Dead
Suzanne Vega – Left Of Center

We’d love to play your party or help with a benefit show, email us and let’s work it out!

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June 18, 2014
DOUBLE DARE YA: Benefit for Lilith Fund for Reproductive Equity

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You’re a big girl now
You’ve got no reason not to fight!
We DOUBLE DARE YA

Indie/Punk Karaoke, live music from The Harms and Bitter Heart Society, and abortion funding.

Join The Lilith Fund for Reproductive Equity and The Karaoke Underground at Cheer Up Charlie’s on June 22.

$5 donation at the door
Karaoke Underground
The Harms – https://www.facebook.com/theharmsmusic
Bitter Heart Society – https://www.facebook.com/BitterHeaRtSociety

Check out our raffle sponsors:
The Hightower – http://thehightoweraustin.com/
AGBG – http://theabgb.com/
Mettle – http://mettleaustin.com/
Alamo Drafthouse Austin

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April 30, 2014
PRF BBQ West – Oakland, CA – May 2-4

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A few hours after we close at Nomad this Saturday night, I’ll be hopping a plane to the West Coast for KU’s first show on the Pacific, at the first annual PRF BBQ West in Oakland, California! KU will be there on Sunday night, May 4th, closing out the three-day festival that features great bands like The Gary, Thoughts Detecting Machines, Nonagon and Victory & Associates. Check out the full lineup at http://www.prfbbq.org, which includes links to Bandcamp streams for every artist playing.

Facebook event for PRF BBQ West

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April 29, 2014
10 years of fun in one night
The Missyfits play "Die Die My Darling" during their opening set.

The Missyfits play “Die Die My Darling” during their opening set.

KU patron saint Patrick kicked off the singing. Patrick designed our initial website and DJ'd before shows as The Phonograph Disaster, plus made a couple dozen videos.

KU patron saint Patrick kicked off the singing. Patrick designed our initial website and DJ’d before shows as The Phonograph Disaster, plus made a couple dozen videos.

Alie sings one of her requests!

Alie sings one of her requests!

Cliff rocks The Replacements!

Cliff rocks The Replacements!

We had a huge turnout and were able to raise over $900 for Heart & Soul School of Music! Big thanks to Anjoli and Jamie from Heart & Soul for all their help in coordinating prizes and running the merch table, y’all are amazing!

The MissyFits were incredible, and I can’t wait for them to come back fully charged after Hannah has the baby. See you this Halloween, girls!

Giant thanks to Del and Lindsay from Austin’s Pizza for the gift certificate and truckload of free pizza! Also, couldn’t have done this without the great staff at Red 7, particularly Dutch on sound, all of the prize donations (below) and most importantly ALL OF THE FANTASTIC SINGERS, NEW AND OLD! We love you! It’s been a great ten years and here’s to at least that many more!

Prizes given away from these wonderful folks:
A Ladies Rock Camp scholarship from Girls Rock Camp Austin
Transmission tickets:
- Chuck Ragan – 5/5 at Mohawk
- Trans Am + Survive – 5/31at Red 7
- The Mountain Goats – 6/22 at Mohawk
C3 tickets:
- ONE: The Only Tribute to Metallica – 5/8 at Stubb’s
- Cheap Trick – 5/16 at Emo’s
- Jimmy Eat World – 5/18 at Stubb’s
Gift Basket donated by Novela Jewelry & Accessories
$30 gift certificate from Jennifer Cunningham’s Etsy store
$50 gift certificate from Austin’s Pizza
Hey Cupcake! gift cards
Tom Tom magazine

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April 23, 2014
10th Anniversary show at Red 7

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April 26th at 9p
Red 7
$8 free-will donation to benefit Heart & Soul School of Music!
Free pizza from Austin’s Pizza!
The MissyFits @ 9! KU co-founder Hannah Ford and four other amazing women perform Misfits songs in the style of ’60s girl group acts. Karaoke starts immediately after The Missyfits!

Raffle tickets will be $1 for 1, $5 for 7, and $10 for an arm’s length (arm in question to be determined by ticket seller). In addition to the prizes below, we’ll have t-shirts, buttons and other merch for sale from KU, The MissyFits and Heart & Soul School of Music!
A Ladies Rock Camp scholarship from Girls Rock Camp Austin
A Karaoke Underground house party
Transmission tickets:
- Chuck Ragan – 5/5 at Mohawk
- Trans Am + Survive – 5/31at Red 7
- The Mountain Goats – 6/22 at Mohawk
C3 tickets:
- ONE: The Only Tribute to Metallica – 5/8 at Stubb’s
- Cheap Trick – 5/16 at Emo’s
- Jimmy Eat World – 5/18 at Stubb’s
Gift Basket donated by Novela Jewelry & Accessories
$30 gift certificate from Jennifer Cunningham’s Etsy store
$50 gift certificate from Austin’s Pizza
Hey Cupcake! gift cards
Karaoke Underground T-shirt
Tom Tom magazine

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March 11, 2014
SXKU X this Saturday

Our tenth year of SXKU, fourth in a row at Dive and first with an opener! I’m extremely excited to have Thoughts Detecting Machines playing a set before we start singing, Rick and his band Poster Children are an impossibly huge inspiration for me (Kaleb). Make sure to come early!
SXKU X

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March 3, 2014
Photos from March 1st at Nomad

Spencer knows that he can use it!
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More on the Photos page, Instagram and Facebook

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March 1, 2014
True Love

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true love, true love
true love, true love
true love, true love
is the devil’s crowbar

pulled out, pulled apart
torn apart by finding out
loneliness is fine
then you find someone who has to stay away and
it pulls apart your wishbone but you get to wish
loneliness is never the same again
it becomes
true love, true love
true love, true love
true love, true love
is the devil’s crowbar

he uses it to pry
you out of your car
and into the arms of…
the devil drives a buick
he sits inside and eats lunch
then he sticks his pitchfork through the trunk
and into the spare
and he pulls out
true love, true love
true love, true love
true love, true love
is the devil’s crowbar

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February 28, 2014
Deanna

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

O DEANNA
O Deanna!
O DEANNA
O De-A-N-na
O DEANNA
Well, you know you are my friend, now
O DEANNA
And I ain’t down here for your money
and I ain’t down here for your love
I ain’t down here for your money
I’m down here for your soul
There’s no carpet on the floor
And the winding cloth holds many moths
Around your Ku Klux furniture
I cum a death’s head in your frock
and we discuss the murder plan
We discuss murder and the murder act
Murder takes the wheel of your Cadillac
And death climbs in the back
O DEANNA
O Deanna!
O DEANNA
Sweet Deanna
O DEANNA
O-ho Deanna!
O DEANNA
Well, this is a car
O DEANNA
and this is a gun
O DEANNA
And this is day number one
O DEANNA
Oh my, you
O DEANNA
Our little crimeworn histories
Black and you’re smoking christmas trees
And honey, it ain’t mystery
Why you’re a mystery to me
We will eat out of their pantries
And their parlours
Ashy leavings in their beds
And we’ll unload into their heads
On this mean season
This little angel that I’m squeezin’
She ain’t been mean to me
O DEANNA
O Deanna!
O DEANNA
well, you’re my friend and my partner
O DEANNA
In this house on the hill
O DEANNA
And I ain’t down here for your money
No, I ain’t down here for your love
I ain’t down here for your love or money
I’m down here for your soul
O DEANNA
O Deanna!
O DEANNA
I am a-knocking
O DEANNA
With my toolbox and my stocking
O DEANNA
And I’ll meet you on the corner
Yes, you point it like a finger
And squeeze its little thing
hear its kick, feel its bang
And let’s not worry about its issue
oh, don’t worry about where it’s been
and don’t worry about where it hits
Cause it ain’t yours to sin
O DEANNA
Cause it just ain’t yours to sin
O DEANNA
Ah, Sweet Deanna
O DEANNA
I ain’t getting any younger
O DEANNA
And you’re my friend
O DEANNA
The sun a hump at my shoulder
O DEANNA
And I don’t intend getting any older
O DEANNA
O Deanna!
O DEANNA
Well I ain’t down here for your money
I ain’t down here for your love
I ain’t down here for your love of mo-money
I’m down here for your soul

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February 24, 2014
Want

Jawbreaker

been staring for a hundred hours
run
down a spiral drain
keep mouth clamped tight, and it isn’t right
three words keep running round my mind
but
my tongue is hard to find
i need to let it go, because i know
dark secrets burn their vessel
tearing out to grab a mouthful
chunk of heart destroyed by quiet
yell it out before it kills you now
let it all out

used to let rumors do my work
they
got around real well
now they only hurt, it’s a liar’s quirk
this time i gotta say it straight
i
mean to do some good
i’m calling out your name, while the chance remains
dark secrets burn their vessel
tearing out to grab a mouthful
chunk of heart destroyed by quiet
yell it out before it kills you now
let it all out
i… i want you
i… i want you
i… i want you
i… i want you

so now you know where i come from
my
secret’s come undone
my heart revealed my cause
i’m lying naked at your feet
don’t
crush the heart that bleeds
take me at my word, it may sound absurd
i… i want you
i… i want you
i… i want you
i… i want you
i want you! i want you!
i want you
i want you! i want you!
i want you
i… want you
i… want you

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