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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!

Saturday, 3/2 - Knomad Bar
Saturday, 3/14 - Drinks Lounge - SXKU XX
Saturday, 4/6 - Knomad Bar
Saturday, 5/4 - Knomad Bar
January 5, 2018
Goodbye 2017

Thanks to all our friends, fans and everybody who came to a show this year! And, of course, massive thanks to the amazing artists who created all this life-changing music! Thirteen years into this thing and it’s still such a thrill to see people’s faces light up when they first come to a KU show and have that “oh, I can sing THIS??!” reaction.

Top Ten Songs
1. Portions For Foxes – Rilo Kiley
2. No Children – Mountain Goats
3. Antonio Carlos Jobim – Heatmiser
4. Black Tongue – Yeah Yeah Yeahs
5. Deceptacon – Le Tigre
5. Girl Anachronism – Dresden Dolls
7. A Better Son/Daughter – Rilo Kiley
7. Psycho Killer – Talking Heads
9. At Your Funeral – Saves The Day
10. Common People – Pulp
10. Evil – Interpol
10. This Year – Mountain Goats

Top Ten Artists
1. Spoon
2. Mountain Goats
3. Rilo Kiley
4. Misfits
5. Pixies
6. Pavement
7. Interpol
8. Guided By Voices
9. Modest Mouse
9. They Might Be Giants

KU only did 45 shows this year, with just a handful of those outside of Austin. 2018 looks like it will be very similar, but we’ll be working to do more benefit shows and looking for good opportunities to visit other cities.

I also shared my 2017 favorites with, check out some great music!

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May 30, 2017
Midwest 2017

Really short trip, just squeezing in some shows while visiting family and friends. Excited to play new rooms in KC, Madison and Milwaukee, the PRF BBQ is going to be at an adult bounce-house/lazer tag venue, Bounce Milwaukee!

Details and RSVP below…

Wednesday, 5/31 @ recordbar, Kansas City, MO
***NO SHOW at Nomad on First Saturday, June 3***
Wednesday, 6/7 @ The Frequency, Madison, WI
Thursday, 6/8 @ Township, Chicago, IL with Rented Rooms
Friday, 6/9 @ PRF BBQ, Milwaukee, WI

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March 8, 2017
Spoon : Hot Songs Karaoke Party

Spoon : Hot Songs

KU was thrilled to celebrate the impending release of Spoon’s new album Hot Thoughts with an ALL-SPOON karaoke party, on March 3rd at Drinks! We worked with Matador Records and Rough Trade to arrange the event, which include prizes of signed Hot Thoughts LPs and guest list passes to one of Spoon’s SXSW shows at “Eno’s” (the old Emo’s outside stage). Pics at this link, they’re mostly blurry but that happens when you’re having such a great time. Thanks to everybody who sang all those incredible Spoon songs! Special thanks to Melanie, Gerard and Tim for helping put the event together, and of course Britt, Jim and everybody else who’ve made this band so consistently amazing.

We already had 13 songs on our list, and added 41 more for a total of 54! Here’s the full list:
Telephono – All The Negatives Have Been Destroyed
Telephono – Dismember
Telephono – Don’t Buy The Realistic
Telephono – Idiot Driver
Telephono – Nefarious
Telephono – Plastic Mylar
A Series Of Sneaks – Advance Cassette
A Series Of Sneaks – Car Radio
A Series Of Sneaks – Metal Detektor
A Series Of Sneaks – The Minor Tough
A Series Of Sneaks – Reservations
A Series Of Sneaks – Utilitarian
The Agony Of Lafitte – Laffitte Don’t Fail Me Now
LoveWays – Chips And Dip
Girls Can Tell – Anything You Want
Girls Can Tell – Believing Is Art
Girls Can Tell – Everything Hits At Once
Girls Can Tell – The Fitted Shirt
Girls Can Tell – Take A Walk
Girls Can Tell – Take The Fifth
Girls Can Tell – 10:20 a.m.
Kill The Moonlight – All The Pretty Girls Go To The City
Kill The Moonlight – Back To The Life
Kill The Moonlight – Don’t Let It Get You Down
Kill The Moonlight – Jonathon Fisk
Kill The Moonlight – Someone Something
Kill The Moonlight – Something To Look Forward To
Kill The Moonlight – Vittorio E
Kill The Moonlight – The Way We Get By
Gimme Fiction – The Beast And Dragon, Adored
Gimme Fiction – The Delicate Place
Gimme Fiction – I Summon You
Gimme Fiction – I Turn My Camera On
Gimme Fiction – Merchants Of Soul
Gimme Fiction – My Mathematical Mind
Gimme Fiction – Sister Jack
Gimme Fiction – The Two Sides Of Monsieur Valentin
Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga – Black Like Me
Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga – Don’t Make Me A Target
Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga – Don’t You Evah
Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga – Finer Feelings
Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga – Rhthm And Soul
Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga – The Underdog
Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga – You Got Yr Cherry Bomb
Transference – Got Nuffin
Transference – The Mystery Zone
Transference – Trouble Comes Running
Transference – Written In Reverse
They Want My Soul – Do You
They Want My Soul – Inside Out
They Want My Soul – Rainy Taxi
They Want My Soul – They Want My Soul
Hot Thoughts – Can I Sit Next To You
Hot Thoughts – Hot Thoughts

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May 21, 2016
Midwest tour, May 2016

So much fun on this short road trip! Didn’t get to hit a lot of cities as the trip was also organized around spending time with family as my mom recovered from a stroke and my nieces visited from Korea, but there were a ton of great shows…

Omaha @ The Sydney
Thanks to Sam and Chris at Perpetual Nerves for booking the show! Great to return to Heather and everybody at The Sydney, a lot of new faces mixed in with the crew who came last summer.
The Sydney, Omaha

Madison @ Mickey’s Tavern
This was probably the 6th time Liz has brought KU to Mickey’s, and it was one of the best, most packed shows yet. So many good friends from all over, wish I could see all of you a lot more often. Thanks again Liz!
Mickey's Tavern, Madison

Chicago @ Township with Thoughts Detecting Machines
After February’s great KU show with my band Math Patrol, Steveo asked to have KU back ASAP and it was excellent to be back so soon. I was incredibly excited to have Thoughts Detecting Machines open the show, Rick Valentin’s Poster Children are a massive influence on me personally, and his current solo project is one of the most intriguing guitar/laptop/vocals performances around. Great to see some old and new friends here too!
Township, Chicago

Champaign @ The Accord
Incredible Tuesday night crowd! Thanks to Seth, Isaac and Ward for bringing KU to a new venue now that Mike N Molly’s is closing, and to Larry for running sound from the other room all night! Buzz writer Christine put out a nice preview of the show too, that was fun to see.
The Accord, Champaign

St. Louis @ 2720 Cherokee
Awesome to have three great shows in St. Louis in less than a year! Thanks to Josh for putting it together, great to chat with Carlin after the show and Yvan did an incredible job on sound and lighting all night long.2720 Cherokee, St. Louis

Fayetteville @ Backspace
Wrapped up the shows with this fun DIY spot just off campus in Fayetteville, AR. Thanks to Roger and Laura for putting it together with some comedy from Laura, Zoll and Hansen to open the night! The energy level at this small show was intense!
Backspace, Fayetteville

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May 6, 2016
KU in May – Midwest Tour 2

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After another fun trip to the West Coast in April, we’re hitting the road to the Midwest for what will likely be our most extensive tour of 2016. I’m particularly excited to play with Thoughts Detecting Machines in Chicago, it’s the solo project of Poster Children singer/guitarist Rick Valentin. TDM opened for KU at a show in Oakland last month and it was an impossibly fun time singing songs by one of my musical heroes and having him there in the same room. Tour dates below!

It’s a fairly busy month in Austin too, four shows including tomorrow night’s First Saturday party at Nomad!

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February 11, 2016

KUMP Thundersnow

KU returns to the Midwest for THUNDERSNOW 2016, hitting the road with Kaleb’s experimental/noise/soul band Math Patrol for dates in Kansas City, Chicago, Gladstone, and St. Louis. The Chicago show in particular looks like it’ll be a big night, get there early if you want to sing!

Wednesday, 2/17 @ miniBar, Kansas City, MO
Thursday, 2/18 @ Township, Chicago, IL with Math Patrol
Friday, 2/19 @ PRF THUNDERSNOW 2016, Gladstone, MI with Math Patrol
Monday, 2/22 @ The Heavy Anchor, St. Louis, MO with Math Patrol

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January 3, 2016
Goodbye, 2015

82 shows this year! Here are KU’s top 10 most-sung songs and artists for 2015…

1. Portions For Foxes – Rilo Kiley
2. Deceptacon – Le Tigre
3. This Year – The Mountain Goats
4. Last Caress – Misfits
5. Rebel Girl – Bikini Kill
6. Ask – The Smiths
6. At Your Funeral – Saves The Day
6. Psycho Killer – Talking Heads
9. In The Aeroplane Over The Sea – Neutral Milk Hotel
10. Hey – Pixies
10. Lover I Don’t Have To Love – Bright Eyes

1. Misfits
2. Pixies
3. The Mountain Goats
4. Pavement
5. Descendents
6. Guided By Voices
7. Rilo Kiley
8. Fugazi
8. Modest Mouse
8. Velvet Underground

I think KU did more out-of-town shows in 2015 than we did all 11 years before! Thanks to these great clubs and the fun people that came out to sing with us on the road:
Denton, TX – J&J’s Pizza & Riprocks Bar
Lawrence, KS – Replay Lounge
Madison, WI – Mickey’s Tavern & The Red Zone Madison
Gladstone, MI – Terrace Bay Inn & Suites
Chicago, IL – K’s Dugout
Milwaukee, WI – Frank’s Power Plant
Cedar Falls, IA – Octopus College Hill
Kansas City, MO – recordBar & miniBar
Memphis, TN – Hi Tone
San Francisco, CA – Elbo Room & Rickshaw Stop
St. Louis, MO – 2720 Cherokee
Champaign, IL – Mike N Molly’s
St. Paul, MN – Turf Club
Fayetteville, AR – Lightbulb Club
Los Angeles, CA – The Lost Knight
Portland, OR – Twilight Cafe and Bar Music & Booking
Seattle, WA – The Central Saloon

KU played 14 different venues in Austin this year. As in every year since 2008, Nomad Bar on First Saturdays was our home base, big thanks to Miguel, Michael, Davis and everybody there for holding it down! I also host a monthly night for instrumental rock at Nomad, Second Saturday Surf, so these guys get props for putting up with me twice a month.

We added three other monthly shows, and they’ve all been the best non-Nomad regular nights we’ve had for a couple years:
Third Saturdays at Indian Roller
Third Thursdays at Spider House Cafe and Ballroom
Last Sundays at Drinks Lounge

Thanks also to these places for having KU!
Cheer Up Charlies – Several great shows, including the best Austin show of the year
The Highball Austin
Badlands Austin
Motel Hell-O-Ween
Swan Dive
Hotel Vegas – Thanksgiving and Christmas shows were so fun!
The Volstead – Long live No Dancing: Sad Bastard Music!
The New Movement – Thanks for hosting SXKU XI!
The Blackheart

Finally, five great moments in 2015…

5. On the first night of the February THUNDERSNOW tour in Denton, a potential disaster turned into a great show. Dave Norwood of The Gary (seeing him play solo just about every night was a treat, and it was a pleasure talking about all kinds of stuff with him) was driving with me and opening the shows, but it turned out Riprocks Bar didn’t have a usable PA and we were stuck. But KU fan Austin came through and brought over the PA from his practice space and helped me set it up so we could get the show going. After a slow start, the Mardi Gras crowd started to show up and out in the cold back patio where we were singing. A growing crowd was really energized and by about midnight we had the patio pretty full, but it was almost time to close the bar. New friend Jessie wasn’t hearing that though, and told us to bring everything to her apartment just a couple doors away! We ended up talking and singing until about 4 a.m., a great way to kick off the tour.

4. In October, KU teamed up with Transmission Events and Drinks Lounge for a weekly series of Sunday shows where we gave away Fun Fun Fun Fest passes, building up to a judged contest the Sunday before the fest where the prize was Ultimate Smooth Passes. We hadn’t done a contest for quite a few years and I was a little leery about doing so, but it ended up being a lot of fun. The shows ended up raising about $250 for Girls Rock Camp Austin (through donations for raffle tickets) and the final show contest was much more fun than I expected. Judges Chepo from Karaoke Apocalypse, Sabrina from the Applicators and Morgan from Ovrld were enthusiastic and the contestants did great. KU regular Dylan won the contest pretty indisputably by singing Refused’s “New Noise” everywhere the mic cable would let him reach. I also love doing the FFF events ’cause it’s a great excuse to add new videos by the artists playing the fest.

3. The July Midwest tour in general was amazing. I was on the road with my family, visiting children’s museums and playing at rest stops during the day and then doing the KU shows at night, visiting friends wherever we could. Three shows especially stood out: 2720 Cherokee in St. Louis, where over 100 people came out to a crazy DIY art warehouse space with virtually no promotion; Turf Club in St. Paul, where I got to sing with some very good friends and got to see Ian Rans sing The Circle Jerks on the KU stage after Hannah and I spent close to a year singing at his sorely-missed Punk Karaoke show in Minneapolis in the early ’00s; and finally in Fayetteville, AR at Lightbulb Club, where a packed club came out to see some great female standups open the show and then great singer after great singer rocked the stage. Champaign, Madison, Omaha and KC were all great too, we’re planning to come back to our Midwest roots this May!

2. Teaming up with Girls Rock Camp Austin again for the Sleater-Kinney afterparty at Cheer Up Charlies in April was easily the best Austin show of the year. How could it not be? Hannah and I spent the early part of the night watching Sleater-Kinney at Stubb’s while SAILOR POON, SEA-DRIVE and Kay Odyssey played CUC, then we headed over to set up KU while Carrie and Janet* paid a visit to the club! A few friends got to say hi to them, and then we kicked off the KU portion with a song-for-song set of the entire Dig Me Out album, the energy in the building was immense. We ended up raising about $1800 for GRC -> success!
*I was busy setting things up and didn’t get to see or say hi to the Sleater-Kinneys who came over, and therefore I’m not sure I have the right names.

1. Rickshaw Stop, San Francisco. The two biggest shows of the year, and the one in December was the most people who’ve ever come out to a KU show. April was in some ways more fun for me because it was all new and there was an incredible moment where “Rebel Girl” by Bikini Kill started but the singer had actually meant to sign up for something else, but the crowd was already going crazy and we went ahead with “Rebel Girl” anyway and HOLY SHIT THERE ARE 20 WOMEN ON STAGE ROCKING THE FUCK OUT! December had plenty of great moments too, I loved seeing the whole room full of 400 people thrashing to “New Noise” as sung by my friends Scott and Jonathan, and got up to join my friend Bryan to sing Pup’s “Reservoir.” All this with a giant inflated Santa Claus overlooking the festivities. Merry New Year, y’all!

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November 4, 2015
Fun Fun Fun Fest Ultimate Smooth Passes contest

Fun Fun Fun Fest 2015 Ultimate Smooth Passes winner Dylan!

Fun Fun Fun Fest 2015 Ultimate Smooth Passes winner Dylan!

Our judges(l-r): Morgan Davis of OVRLD, Sabrina Worthington of The Applicators, Chepo Peña of Karaoke Apocalypse

Our judges(l-r): Morgan Davis of OVRLD, Sabrina Worthington of The Applicators, Chepo Peña of Karaoke Apocalypse

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October 3, 2015
KU in October – Fun Fun Fun Fest ticket giveaways every Sunday

Lots of great shows in Austin this month, regular nights First Saturday at Nomad and Third Saturday at Indian Roller, plus A WHOLE MONTH of Sundays at Drinks Lounge!

Karaoke Underground has been teaming up with Transmission Entertainment for Fun Fun Fun Fest since 2010, and this year we’re bringing Drinks Lounge into the picture for the most fun yet. Every Sunday in October, you can enter a drawing to win fantastic prizes – including FFF passes! – by singing any song on the KU list from an artist performing at this year’s fest OR by making a donation to Girls Rock Austin. And on November 1st, less than a week before the fest kicks off, we kick it up another notch with a panel of judges determining the winner of a pair of FFF Ultimate Smooth Passes! RSVP here!

Also, working on a West Coast tour the second weekend of December, should be able to confirm all the dates before the end of this month. Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles: Look out! If you know a venue that would be perfect, please let me know right away by replying to this email.

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