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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, 4/30 – Indian Roller – Austin, TX
Thursday, 5/12 – The Owl – Chicago, IL
November 13, 2021

Was really looking forward to seeing all of you this Thursday at Drinks Lounge, but after talking it over with the bar we decided to cancel the show while the omicron variant is running so wild. Stay safe, get vaccinated and boosted, and hopefully the more optimistic projections that this will be a relatively short spike turn out to be correct.

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December 31, 2019
Goodbye 2019: wrapping 15 years of KU

Another year in the books, a little busier than the last two. KU had shows in Chicago, Minneapolis, LA, San Francisco and Seattle, which we hope to revisit in 2020 along with half a dozen more cities in the midwest at least. Lots of Austin highlights, including celebrating our 15th anniversary with our friends in Karaoke Apocalypse. Big thanks to all the local venues that hosted KU: Knomad and Indian Roller every month, plus Cheer Up Charlies, Drinks, The Brixton, Barracuda, Dozen Street, Hole In The Wall and last-but-certainly-not-least, the dearly departed Beerland. There’s a new bar there using the same name, but it’s not Beerland.

Not much change in the top Songs and Artists from previous years, but it’s always fun to keep tabs on that. Sing it LOUD in 2020!

1. Le Tigre – Deceptacon
2. Talking Heads – Psycho Killer
3. Rilo Kiley – Portions For Foxes
4. The Mountain Goats – No Children
4. New Order – Bizarre Love Triangle
6. Interpol – Evil
6. Peaches – Fuck The Pain Away
6. The Replacements – Can’t Hardly Wait
9. Franz Ferdinand – Take Me Out
9. The Mountain Goats – This Year

1. Misfits
2. The Mountain Goats
3. Pixies
4. Rilo Kiley
5. Elliott Smith
5. The Velvet Underground
7. Pavement
8. Le Tigre
9. Interpol
10. Guided By Voices

We’ll be announcing the final results of the UNSUNG challenge tomorrow, New Year’s Day. Stay tuned!

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December 7, 2019

The sadder the song, the better the song – that’s the motto at SAD SONGS ONLY. This is the 6th year we’ve done this special show and it’s become my favorite night of KU. See below for 2018’s full list of SAD SONGS, we’ll have some new additions that fit the theme of gloom, doom and a healthy shake of venomous spite. December again has a few extra shows in addition to our regular 1st Saturdays at Knomad and 3rd Saturdays at Indian Roller, starting tonight at Knomad, Saturday, 12/7!

Saturday, 12/7 @ Knomad
Thursday, 12/12 @ Drinks Lounge – 6th Annual SAD SONGS ONLY
Saturday, 12/21 @ Indian Roller
Wednesday, 12/25 @ Hole In The Wall – Karaoke Armageddon for Christmas!
Saturday, 12/28 @ Indian Roller, JenHeartsArt birthday party!

Against Me! – Reinventing Axl Rose
Crooked Fingers – Sleep All Summer
Mitski – Nobody
Piebald – American Hearts
Saves The Day – Shoulder To The Wheel
Elliott Smith – Strung Out Again
Spanish Love Songs – The Boy Considers His Haircut
Tiny Moving Parts – Caution

As always, KU loves to play your party, rock your benefit show and help make your celebrations incredible, let’s work it out!

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2019 songlist, it’s got 35 more than last year!

Artist – Title
6ths feat. Mary Timony – All Dressed Up In Dreams
Adams, Ryan – Come Pick Me Up
Adams, Ryan – Magnolia Mountain
Adams, Ryan – To Be Young (Is To Be Sad, Is To Be High)
Against Me! – FuckMyLife666
Against Me! – True Trans Soul Rebel
Air Miami – I Hate Milk
Alkaline Trio – San Francisco
Allo Darlin’ – My Heart Is A Drummer
American Football – Never Meant
American Nightmare – AM/PM
Andrew Jackson Jihad – Hate, Rain On Me
Arcade Fire – Modern Man
Arcade Fire – Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)
Arcade Fire – Neighborhood #2 (Laika)
Arcade Fire – Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)
Archers Of Loaf – Wrong
At The Drive-in – Napoleon Solo
Bad Books – Pyotr
Baker, Julien – Sour Breath
Band Of Horses – The Funeral
Bell, Chris – I Am The Cosmos
Belle & Sebastian – Get Me Away From Here, I’m Dying
Belle & Sebastian – Lazy Line Painter Jane
Big Boys – Sound On Sound
Big Star – Thirteen
Bikini Kill – Feels Blind
Black Flag – Depression
Black Heart Procession – A Light So Dim
Black Heart Procession – Square Heart
Blonde Redhead – 23
Blood Brothers – Love Rhymes With Hideous Car Wreck
Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy – I See A Darkness
Bottle Rockets – Thousand Dollar Car
Boygenius – Bite The Hand
Boygenius – Me & My Dog
Breeders – Drivin’ On 9
Bridgers, Phoebe – Motion Sickness
Bright Eyes – Lover I Don’t Have To Love
Bright Eyes – Method Acting
Bright Eyes – Papa Was A Rodeo (by Magnetic Fields)
Callahan, Bill – Too Many Birds
Camera Obscura – Lloyd I’m Ready To Be Heartbroken
Camper Van Beethoven – All Her Favorite Fruit
Car Seat Headrest – Unforgiving Girl (She’s Not An)
Cat Power – Nude As The News
Cayetana – Scott Get The Van, I’m Moving
Come – Shoot Me First
Converge – Homewrecker
Crass – Systematic Death
Crooked Fingers – New Drink For The Old Drunk
Crooked Fingers – Sleep All Summer
Cure – Boys Don’t Cry
Cursive – Art Is Hard
Dacus, Lucy – I Don’t Wanna Be Funny Anymore
Decemberists – The Chimbley Sweep
Desaparecidos – Man And Wife, The Latter (Damaged Goods)
Descendents – Clean Sheets
Detroit Cobras – He Did It (by The Ronettes)
DEVO – Beautiful World
Dinosaur Jr – Just Like Heaven (by The Cure)
Dismemberment Plan – The Ice Of Boston
Dismemberment Plan – Time Bomb
Distillers – City Of Angels
Dream Syndicate – Tell Me When It’s Over
Dum Dum Girls – Coming Down
Dum Dum Girls – It Only Takes One Night
Eisley – Real World
Erickson, Roky – You Don’t Love Me Yet
Foxygen – San Francisco
Frankie Cosmos – Young
Frightened Rabbit – Head Rolls Off
Front Bottoms – Twin Size Mattress
Frost, Edith – Cars And Parties
Gary, The – (Eyes In The) Tap Room
Get Up Kids – Holiday
Get Up Kids – Ten Minutes
Golightly, Holly – There’s An End
Good Life – Lovers Need Lawyers
Good Riddance – Better
Grifters – Bummer
Guided By Voices – Game Of Pricks
Handsome Family – Weightless Again
Heartless Bastards – The Mountain
Heatmiser – Antonio Carlos Jobim
Helium – Honeycomb
Hop Along – Tibetan Pop Stars
Hot Water Music – Not For Anyone
Hot Water Music – Trusty Chords
Hüsker Dü – Makes No Sense At All
Hüsker Dü – Never Talking To You Again
Inspiral Carpets – This Is How It Feels
Interpol – Leif Erikson
Interpol – NYC
Jawbox – Savory
Jawbreaker – Do You Still Hate Me?
Jets To Brazil – Chinatown
Jets To Brazil – Sweet Avenue
Jim Carroll Band – People Who Died
Joy Division – Dead Souls
Joy Division – Insight
Joy Division – Love Will Tear Us Apart
Joy Division – Twenty Four Hours
La Dispute – Such Small Hands
Lagwagon – Sick
Lekman, Jens – I’m Leaving You Because I Don’t Love You
Lekman, Jens – The Opposite Of Hallelujah
Lewis, Jenny – The Big Guns
Low – Just Make It Stop
Lush – Light From A Dead Star
Magnetic Fields – All The Umbrellas In London
Magnetic Fields – Busby Berkeley Dreams
Magnetic Fields – Grand Canyon
Magnetic Fields – The Saddest Story Ever Told
Magnolia Electric Co. – The Dark Don’t Hide It
Marked Men – Fix My Brain
Meat Puppets – Plateau
Menzingers – I Don’t Wanna Be An Asshole Anymore
Mineral – Parking Lot
Minutemen – Jesus & Tequila
Mitski – i will
Mitski – Nobody
Modern Baseball – Fine, Great
Modest Mouse – Baby Blue Sedan
Modest Mouse – Bankrupt On Selling
Modest Mouse – Dark Center Of The Universe
Modest Mouse – Dramamine
Modest Mouse – You’re The Good Things (It’s Alright To Die)
Mogwai – R U Still In 2 It?
Mountain Goats – Against Pollution
Mountain Goats – Cotton
Mountain Goats – Cry For Judas
Mountain Goats – Dance Music
Mountain Goats – No Children
Mr. T Experience – Sackcloth And Ashes
Nastasia, Nina – A Dog’s Life
Neutral Milk Hotel – Communist Daughter
Neutral Milk Hotel – In The Aeroplane Over The Sea
New Order – 1963 (’95)
New Order – Love Vigilantes
New Pornographers – Challengers
Newsom, Joanna – Clam, Crab, Cockle, Cowrie
Newsom, Joanna – The Book Of Right-On
No Use For A Name – Justified Black Eye
Numan, Gary (Tubeway Army) – Me! I Disconnect From You
Okkervil River – Black
Okkervil River – Westfall
Old 97’s – Big Brown Eyes
Olsen, Angel – Never Be Mine
Owen – O, Evelyn
Palace Brothers – For The Mekons, et al
Palmer, Amanda – The Bed Song
Parenthetical Girls – A Song For Ellie Greenwich
Pogues – Thousands Are Sailing
Popper Burns – Sunday
Postal Service – Brand New Colony
Postal Service – Nothing Better
Poster Children – Rain On Me
Pretty Girls Make Graves – Sad Girls Por Vida
Promise Ring – A Picture Postcard
Pulley – Second Best
Pulp – Disco 2000
Pulp – Like A Friend
Pup – DVP
Quasi – The Poisoned Well
Quiet Company – The Easy Confidence
Rainer Maria – The Reason The Night Is Long
Rilo Kiley – A Better Son/Daughter
Rilo Kiley – More Adventurous
Rilo Kiley – Science Vs. Romance
Rutabega – Come Back Big Brother
Rutabega – Shiny Destination
Saves The Day – At Your Funeral
Sebadoh – Brand New Love (acoustic)
Sebadoh – Pink Moon (by Nick Drake)
Sebadoh – Too Pure
Shannon & The Clams – Baby Don’t Do It
Shannon & The Clams – Point Of Being Right
Shearwater – Century Eyes
Silkworm – Couldn’t You Wait
Silver Jews – Punks In The Beerlight
Silver Jews – Random Rules
Sleater-Kinney – Buy Her Candy
Sleater-Kinney – Dig Me Out
Sleater-Kinney – Jumpers
Sleater-Kinney – One More Hour
Small Brown Bike – Like A Future With No Friend
Smith, Elliott – Baby Britain
Smith, Elliott – Ballad Of Big Nothing
Smith, Elliott – King’s Crossing
Smith, Elliott – Miss Misery
Smith, Elliott – Strung Out Again
Smith, Elliott – Twilight
Smith, Elliott – Waltz #2 (XO)
Smiths – Girlfriend In A Coma
Smog – Bathysphere
Smog – I Was A Stranger
Songs: Ohia – I’ve Been Riding With The Ghost
Songs: Ohia – Just Be Simple
Songs: Ohia – Lioness
Songs: Ohia – Tigress
Spanish Love Songs – The Boy Considers His Haircut
Spiritualized – The Straight & The Narrow
Spoon – 10:20 a.m.
Spoon – Advance Cassette
Spoon – Anything You Want
Spoon – Don’t Let It Get You Down
Spoon – Laffitte Don’t Fail Me Now
St. Vincent – Cheerleader
Stevens, Sufjan – Chicago
Stevens, Sufjan – John Wayne Gacy, Jr.
Sun Kil Moon – Carry Me Ohio
Sun Kil Moon – Salvador Sanchez
Sunny Day Real Estate – In Circles
Sunny Day Real Estate – Seven
Swearin’ – Kenosha
They Might Be Giants – Nightgown Of The Sullen Moon
Title Fight – Numb, But I Still Feel It
Two Nice Girls – I Spent My Last US$10.00(On Birth Control And Beer)
Uncle Tupelo – No Depression
Van Etten, Sharon – Your Love Is Killing Me
Vandals – My Girlfriend’s Dead
Vanderslice, John – Exodus Damage
Vega, Suzanne – Left Of Center
Veirs, Laura – Galaxies
Velocity Girl – Pop Loser
Velvet Underground – All Tomorrow’s Parties
Velvet Underground – Femme Fatale
Walkmen – Thinking Of A Dream I Had
Waxahatchee – Poison
Weakerthans – Aside
Weakerthans – Tournament Of Hearts
Weakerthans – Virtute The Cat Explains Her Departure
Ween – Chocolate Town
What Made Milwaukee Famous – Selling Yourself Short
Whiskeytown – Excuse Me While I Break My Own Heart Tonight
Wilco – Passenger Side
Wye Oak – Civilian
Wye Oak – I Hope You Die
Yo La Tengo – Autumn Sweater

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October 10, 2019
15 Years of Karaoke Underground

Come celebrate 15 years of Austin’s best karaoke shows with Karaoke Underground and Karaoke Apocalypse! Both of us started in 2004 to highlight the underground rock favorites that shaped us, and we’re all incredibly grateful to still be singing these songs with friends old and new. We’ll be alternating hour-long sets on Saturday, 10/12, starting with Karaoke Underground at 9 o’clock, come sing it LOUD!

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January 3, 2019
2019 Challenge: Sing The Unsung

As we kick off our 15th year of Karaoke Underground, we have a small problem that we don’t talk about much. Sometimes, as much as we hate to admit it, we make videos for songs and nobody sings them. So, in response to a question about the BOTTOM 10 from a friend in Austin, we’re going to unveil the list of songs nobody has sung since we started keeping track in 2014. And, to make it more fun, we’re going to enter the first person to sing any of these songs at our shows in a Sing The Unsung challenge, with a few prizes (KU house party! KU t-shirts! Record store gift certificates!) to be awarded via a drawing from all the entries we’ll hold when the songs are all sung or at the end of the year, whichever comes first.

Here’s the list of 89 songs! That’s only about 7% of our total songlist, and remember that most of these are on the Spotify playlist linked from our Songlist page if you want to practice. We’ll have an update after every show so everybody can see what’s still eligible for an entry in the prize drawing. Sing it LOUD!

Spotify playlist of the still-unsung songs HERE! (it’s missing a handful that aren’t on Spotify)

2020 update: WINNERS!
Steve for The Stooges “Down On The Street”
Mr. Green for The Stone Roses “Elephant Stone”
Paige for Veruca Salt “All Hail Me”

Thanks to everybody who sang one of these during the contest, now I can focus on singing the remaining ones to show ’em a little love!

Artist – Title
Action Swingers – Kicked In The Head
ALL – Postage Nick – 1/5
Antemasque – In The Lurch George – 11/2
Archers Of Loaf – Vocal Shrapnel Quanzi – 1/5
Audacity – Punk Confusion
Bad Religion – Joy To The World DJ Purple – 6/27
Bikini Kill – In Accordance To Natural Law
Black Flag – Clocked In Jerry – 2/16
Buffalo Tom – Birdbrain
Butchies – She’s So Lovely
Can – She Brings The Rain Bobby – 4/1
Chain Of Strength – True Till Death
Cloud Nothings – Psychic Trauma Nathaniel – 1/19
Cockney Rejects – Oi Oi Oi Steve – 1/5
Come – Shoot Me First Karl – 4/1
Dag Nasty – Can I Say
Dag Nasty – Wig Out At Denko’s Guy – 9/22
Damned – Noise Noise Noise
David Dondero – The Living And The Dead
Didjits – Killboy Powerhead Steve – 4/20
Drive Like Jehu – Bullet Train To Vegas
Dum Dum Girls – It Only Takes One Night Tashi – 2/27
Excuse 17 – Sevenwhateverteen Del – 2/2
Frumpies – I Just Wanna Puke On The Stereo
Gary Numan – Bombers Karl – 12/2
Generation X – Your Generation
Go Betty Go – C’mon
Go-Betweens – Old Mexico
Grifters – Bummer
Hot Hot Heat – More For Show
Hot Snakes – Ben Gurion
Huggy Bear – Pansy Twist Meg – 11/13
Hüsker Dü – Hate Paper Doll
Iggy Pop – Kill City Michael C – 12/2
J Church – My Favorite Place
Jesus Lizard – Gladiator
Joanna Gruesome – Sugarcrush
Lambchop – Your Fucking Sunny Day ZBill – 2/2
Le Tigre – Tres Bien
Marnie Stern – Year Of The Glad
Metz – Headache David SG – 2/27
Minor Threat – Small Man Big Mouth Maddie – 2/16
Minutemen – D’s Car Jam / Anxious MoFo
Minutemen – It’s Expected I’m Gone
Minutemen – One Reporter’s Opinion
Minutemen – The Politics Of Time
Minutemen – The World According To Nouns Robbie – 11/2
Minutemen – West Germany
Minutes – Raise Our Fists Up
Misfits – Hatebreeders Nathaniel – 3/2
Mission Of Burma – This Is Not A Photograph
Mission Of Burma – Wounded World – ZBill – 2/2
Modern Baseball – Fine, Great Wyatt – 1/5
Mr T Experience – I Love You But You’re Standing On My Foot – Melissa – 2/2
Owen – O, Evelyn
Pains Of Being Pure At Heart – Belong Nathaniel – 3/2
Pansy Division – Luv Luv Luv Argyll – 2/16
Pleasure Venom – Hunt
Public Image Ltd – Disappointed
Rocket From The Crypt – Savoir Faire George – 3/14
Rocket From The Crypt – Straight American Slave
School Of Seven Bells – My Cabal
Slant 6 – What Kind Of Monster Are You? Kate – 11/13
Sleaford Mods – Tied Up In Nottz Graham – 8/25
Sleater-Kinney – The Professional Carl X – 7/20
Spoon – 10:20 AM
Spoon – All The Pretty Girls Go To The City Nathaniel – 5/18
Spoon – Back To The Life
Spoon – Don’t Make Me A Target Nathan – 2/27
Spoon – Got Nuffin’ Amanda – 1/5
Spoon – Idiot Driver
Spoon – Plastic Mylar
Spoon – Someone Something
Spoon – Something To Look Forward To
Spoon – Take A Walk Johnny – 2/2
Spoon – Take The Fifth
Spoon – Vittorio E
Stone Roses – Elephant Stone Mr. Green – 1/13
Stooges – Down On The Street Steve – 1/5
Super Thief – bluddded
Talulah Gosh – Testcard Girl
The Men – Another Night Stephan X – 7/20
Tiger Trap – Puzzle Pieces
Velocity Girl – Pop Loser Caroline X – 7/6
Veruca Salt – All Hail Me Paige – 12/25
Waxahatchee – Poison Nathaniel – 1/19
X – True Love Tashi – 2/27
X-Ray Spex – Genetic Engineering Karen – 6/1
Youth Brigade – Sound And Fury

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January 3, 2019
2018 Top Tens

1. Portions For Foxes – Rilo Kiley
2. Deceptacon – Le Tigre
3. A Better Son/Daughter – Rilo Kiley
4. Rebel Girl – Bikini Kill
5. At Your Funeral – Saves The Day
5. Hybrid Moments – Misfits
5. In The Aeroplane Over The Sea – Neutral Milk Hotel
8. Psycho Killer – Talking Heads
9. Last Caress – Misfits
10. Ask – Smiths
10. Bizarre Love Triangle – New Order
10. Gigantic – Pixies
10. Gloria – Patti Smith
10. No Children – The Mountain Goats
10. Take Me Out – Franz Ferdinand

1. Misfits
1. Pixies
3. The Mountain Goats
4. Rilo Kiley
5. Pavement
6. Modest Mouse
7. The Velvet Underground
8. Guided By Voices
9. They Might Be Giants
10. Spoon

Year #14 in the books, thanks everybody for continuing to sing great songs with us!

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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

Thursday, 3/16 – SXKU XIII @ Drinks!
Since 2004, y’all
(We missed a year somewhere in there, having kids or something.)

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