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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
Every 3rd Friday @ Sweetwater
Every Last Sunday @ The Highball

Wednesday, 12/3 @ Spider House Ballroom, Austin
** with Mario Kart 64 tournament!
Saturday, 12/6 @ Nomad, Austin
Tuesday, 12/16 @ Volstead, Austin
** SAD BASTARD KARAOKE with DJ John Gross for NO DANCING - sad songs only night
Friday, 12/19 @ Private Party
Saturday, 12/20 @ Sweetwater, Austin
Sunday, 12/28 @ The Highball, Austin
Saturday, 1/3 @ Nomad, Austin
Friday, 1/16 @ Sweetwater, Austin
Sunday, 1/25 @ The Highball, Austin
Saturday, 2/7 @ Nomad, Austin
Thursday, 2/12 @ Scoot Inn, Austin
Tuesday, 2/17 @ Dallas, TX - TBD
Wednesday, 2/18 @ Lawrence, KS - TBD
Thursday, 2/19 @ Mickey's Tavern, Madison, WI w/ Dave Norwood of The Gary
Friday-Sunday, 2/20-2/22 @ PRF Thundersnow 2015, Gladstone, Michigan
Tuesday, 2/24 @ Frank's Power Plant, Milwaukee, WI w/ Dave Norwood of The Gary + TBA
Wednesday, 2/25 @ Chicago, IL - TBD
Thursday, 2/26 @ St. Louis, MO - TBD
Friday, 2/27 @ The Hi-Tone, Memphis, TN w/ Dave Norwood of The Gary
Saturday, 2/28 @ Little Rock, AR - TBD


November 28, 2014
KU in December + Vice and Consequence Of Sound

WOW, November was amazing! Very thankful for a great month for KU, and no slowing down now. Lots of fun shows, highlighted by a great Joint 10th Anniversary Party with our friends in Karaoke Apocalypse last weekend. I posted a bunch of pictures on the Facebook and Instagram KU pages, check ‘em out.

I (Kaleb) was also interviewed by two national sites this month, have a look:
FORGET “DON’T STOP BELIEVIN’,” KARAOKE UNDERGROUND LETS YOU SING YOUR FAVORITE INDIE SONGS FROM JAWBREAKER TO BIKINI KILL by Scott Butterworth in Noisey/Vice

Anarchy at the Bar: Punk Rock Karaoke, video interview with Sami Jarroush of the Rock It Out! Blog on Consequence Of Sound

SHOWS
Sunday, 11/30 @ The Highball, 8p, FREE
Wednesday, 12/3 @ Spider House Ballroom, 10p, FREE + Mario Kart 64 tournament!
Saturday, 12/6 @ Nomad Bar, 10p, FREE
Tuesday, 12/16 @ Volstead, 9p, FREE
** SAD BASTARD KARAOKE with DJ John Gross for NO DANCING – Only the sad songs from our list will be available, plus John will be spinning his lonesome sounds between short karaoke sets!
Friday, 12/19 – Private Party
Saturday, 12/20 @ Sweetwater, 9p, FREE
Sunday, 12/28 @ The Highball, 8p, FREE

NEW SONGS
Bad Religion – Against The Grain
Dead Kennedys – Let’s Lynch The Landlord
The Frumpies – I Just Wanna Puke On The Stereo
Gang Green – Alcohol
PJ Harvey – Dress
Ted Leo & The Pharmacists – A Bottle Of Buckie
Pavement – Frontwards
RVIVR – Spider Song
Uncle Tupelo – Outdone

More shows and songs on the way, ask about booking a holiday party or benefit show, we’re still open for a New Year’s Eve party, so act fast!

Also looking to confirm venues in February for a tour to Upper Michigan for the PRF THUNDERSNOW festival, where KU and my surf band The Spoils will play with LOW and many other great bands!

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October 29, 2014
KU in November: Day Of The Dead at Nomad plus Sweetwater, Scoot Inn and The Highball

SHOWS
Saturday, 11/1 @ Nomad – 10p, FREE

https://www.facebook.com/events/644529815639332/

Friday, 11/21 @ Sweetwater, SOUTH Austin – 9p, FREE

https://www.facebook.com/events/1481108842168667/

Saturday, 11/22 @ Scoot Inn – 9p
Karaoke Apocalypse & Karaoke Underground Joint 10th Anniversary Party!
The first time Austin’s best karaoke songlists share the stage!

https://www.facebook.com/events/384845415005385/

Sunday, 11/30 @ The Highball, 8p, FREE

https://www.facebook.com/events/1479925815616800/

We’ll also be doing a special Tuesday show on December 16th at Volstead: SAD BASTARD KARAOKE with DJ John Gross for NO DANCING – Only the sad songs from our list will be available, plus John will be spinning his lonesome sounds between short karaoke sets.

NEW SONGS
Lunachicks – Babysitters On Acid
Misfits – Angelfuck
Misfits – Halloween
Misfits – Hatebreeders
Municipal Waste – The Art Of Partying
Sleater-Kinney – Bury Our Friends

More shows and songs on the way, ask about booking a holiday party or benefit show!

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October 13, 2014
SING YOUR MIND: Fun Fun Fun Fest Karaoke + Trivia on Oct. 15

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Very excited for this Fun Fun Fun Fest-themed show at the North Door on Wednesday night! Pop Quiz will host a FFF trivia contest from 7-9 and then we’ll have Karaoke Underground from 9-midnight, featuring 86 songs from artists appearing at the fest this year. We’ll have grand prizes of FFF passes for the trivia winners and as a raffle prize during karaoke, plus food and drink prizes as well. $5 cover and raffle ticket proceeds will benefit SafePlace so come SING YOUR MIND for tons of fun and a great cause!

Pop Quiz @ 7p – Fun Fun Fun Fest Trivia
Karaoke Underground @ 9p – punk/indie karaoke w/ FFF artists
FFF passes for trivia and raffle winners, plus more prizes!
Get raffle tickets by singing songs from FFF artists and/or making a donation to SafePlace.
FB event

Here are the 86 songs from FFF 2014 artists, give your favorites a few spins before the show!
Artist – Title
16 Horsepower – Praying Arm Lane
7 Seconds – 99 Red Balloons (by Nina Hagen)
7 Seconds – Young Til I Die
Barnett, Courtney – History Eraser
Black Lips – Bad Kids
Blood Brothers – Love Rhymes With Hideous Car Wreck
Braid – Ariel
Dead Kennedys – California Uber Alles
Dead Kennedys – Holiday In Cambodia
Dead Kennedys – I Fought The Law (by Bobby Fuller)
Dead Kennedys – Nazi Punks Fuck Off
Dead Kennedys – Too Drunk To Fuck
Dead Kennedys – Well Paid Scientist
Death From Above 1979 – Black History Month
Death From Above 1979 – Romantic Rights
Dictators – California Sun (by The Rivieras)
Dictators – Stay With Me
Dinosaur Jr – Freak Scene
Dinosaur Jr – Just Like Heaven (by The Cure)
Dinosaur Jr – Over It
Dum Dum Girls – Coming Down
Dum Dum Girls – It Only Takes One Night
Failure – Stuck On You
Foxygen – San Francisco
Golden Boys – Older Than You
Gorilla Biscuits – New Direction
Har Mar Superstar – Lady, You Shot Me
Hot Water Music – Not For Anyone
Hot Water Music – Trusty Chords
Iceage – Ecstasy
Knapsack – Decorate The Spine
Meat Puppets – Lake Of Fire
Meat Puppets – Plateau
Meat Puppets – Split Myself In Two
Metz – Headache
Mineral – Gloria
Mineral – Parking Lot
Modest Mouse – 3rd Planet
Modest Mouse – All Nite Diner
Modest Mouse – Baby Blue Sedan
Modest Mouse – Bankrupt On Selling
Modest Mouse – Dark Center Of The Universe
Modest Mouse – Doin’ The Cockroach
Modest Mouse – Dramamine
Modest Mouse – Never Ending Math Equation
Modest Mouse – Polar Opposites
Modest Mouse – Teeth Like God’s Shoeshine
Murder City Devils – 18 Wheels
Murder City Devils – Boom Swagger Boom
Murder City Devils – Press Gang
Murder City Devils – Rum To Whiskey
Murder City Devils – Somebody Else’s Baby
Negative Approach – Can’t Tell No One
Neutral Milk Hotel – Communist Daughter
Neutral Milk Hotel – Ghost
Neutral Milk Hotel – In The Aeroplane Over The Sea
Neutral Milk Hotel – Song Against Sex
New Pornographers – Brill Bruisers
New Pornographers – Challengers
New Pornographers – Letter From An Occupant
New Pornographers – Mass Romantic
New Pornographers – The Slow Descent Into Alcoholism
New Pornographers – These Are The Fables
New Pornographers – War On The East Coast
Numan, Gary (Tubeway Army) – Bombers
Numan, Gary (Tubeway Army) – That’s Too Bad
Numan, Gary (Tubeway Army) – Me! I Disconnect From You
Olsen, Angel – Forgiven/Forgotten
Pains Of Being Pure At Heart – Young Adult Friction
Peelander-Z – So Many Mike
Pissed Jeans – Bathroom Laughter
Rocket From The Crypt – I’m Not Invisible
Rocket From The Crypt – Savoir Faire
Rocket From The Crypt – Straight American Slave
Sick Of It All – Friends Like You
Sun Kil Moon – Carry Me Ohio
Sun Kil Moon – Salvador Sanchez
World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die – Fightboat
Yo La Tengo – Autumn Sweater
Yo La Tengo – Big Day Coming (loud)
Yo La Tengo – Cherry Chapstick
Yo La Tengo – Dreaming (by Blondie)
Yo La Tengo – Little Honda (by The Beach Boys)
Yo La Tengo – Our Way To Fall
Yo La Tengo – Tom Courtenay
Yo La Tengo – You Can Have It All

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October 2, 2014
KU in October: FUN FUN FUN + a new regular night in Austin

We’ll be at Nomad for First Saturday on 10/4, and we have two more BIG SHOWS this month! We’re doing a special Fun Fun Fun Fest promo show on 10/15 where we’ll have two fest passes as prizes, and then we kick off a new regular Austin show on 10/17, Third Fridays at Sweetwater Bar at Stassney & S. 1st!

SHOWS
Saturday, 10/4 @ Nomad, Austin – 10p, FREE
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Wednesday, 10/15 @ North Door, Austin – $5 donation to benefit SafePlace
Pop Quiz @ 7p – Fun Fun Fun Fest Trivia
Karaoke Underground @ 9p – punk/indie karaoke w/ FFF artists
FFF passes for trivia and raffle winners, plus more prizes!
Get raffle tickets by singing songs from FFF artists and/or making a donation to SafePlace
FB event

Friday, 10/17 @ Sweetwater, SOUTH Austin – 9p, FREE
FB event

Also beginning to solidify the dates for February’s return trip to the Midwest around the PRF THUNDERSNOW festival Feb. 20-22, will announce those as they are confirmed.

NEW SONGS
— Focusing on FFF artists at the moment, but keep the requests coming!
Courtney Barnett – History Eraser *FFF*
Blood Brothers – Love Rhymes With Hideous Car Wreck *FFF*
Braid – Ariel *FFF*
Breeders – Doe
Death From Above 1979 – Romantic Rights *FFF*
Mac DeMarco – Salad Days
The Dictators (NYC) – Stay With Me *FFF*
Dinosaur Jr – Just Like Heaven (by The Cure) *FFF*
The Dukes Of Stratosphear – My Love Explodes
Dum Dum Girls – Coming Down *FFF*
Failure – Stuck On You *FFF*
Future Of The Left – Suddenly It’s A Folk Song
Gorilla Biscuits – New Direction *FFF*
Guided By Voices – Back To The Lake
PJ Harvey – O Stella
Iceage – Ecstasy *FFF*
Modest Mouse – Baby Blue Sedan *FFF*
Negative Approach – Can’t Tell No One *FFF*
New Pornographers – Brill Bruisers *FFF*
Pissed Jeans – Bathroom Laughter *FFF*
Lush – Ladykillers
Metz – Headache *FFF*
Mineral – Gloria *FFF*
Murder City Devils – Press Gang *FFF*
Angel Olsen – Forgiven/Forgotten *FFF*
The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart – Young Adult Friction *FFF*
Rocket From The Crypt – Straight American Slave *FFF*
Sick Of It All – Friends Like You *FFF*
Sun Kil Moon – Carry Me Ohio *FFF*
Sun Kil Moon – Salvador Sanchez *FFF*
The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die – Fightboat *FFF*
Yo La Tengo – Autumn Sweater *FFF*
Yo La Tengo – You Can Have It All *FFF*

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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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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