Everyone’s got their go-to karaoke songs. Whether it’s that classic rock jam, an ’80s pop banger or that one song they played at senior prom, there’s always a little something for everyone who’s looking to sing their hearts out in front of a crowd of strangers.
But if your interests are a little less Fleetwood Mac, Cyndi Lauper and Beyonce and a little more Crass, Pavement and the Misfits, a typical karaoke setup usually won’t cut it.
Cue Karaoke Underground, the Austin-based venture that’s stopping at the Accord tonight as part of its Midwest tour. Founded by Kaleb Asplund and his wife Hannah in 2004, Karaoke Underground brings the sounds of punk, alternative and indie to the traditional karaoke format with its ever-expanding catalogue of songs. Since its start in 2004, Karaoke Underground has held hundreds of shows in the Austin area and throughout the country.
Karaoke Underground last stopped in C-U this past July with a show at Mike N Molly’s. Last year’s show saw a diverse crowd of music-lovers sing their hearts out to their favorite songs.
“You may not love Crass or Bikini Kill, but you’re going to connect with the person who gets up and sings them, because it’s something they really love,” said Asplund in an interview with The Village Voice.
Buzz Editor Christine Pallon will be in attendance tonight at the Accord, and she couldn’t be more excited. To prepare for the event, she put together a list of five songs you’re likely to hear her belting out on the Accord’s stage.
“One More Hour” by Sleater-Kinney – It’s not a question of if I’ll be singing a Sleater-Kinney song, but which one. My girlfriend and I will be performing a duet of everyone’s favorite queer bummer ballad “One More Hour” off of the band’s landmark record “Dig Me Out.” She’ll be singing Corin’s parts and I’ll be singing Carrie’s.
“Hot Topic” by Le Tigre – I can’t turn down the opportunity to sing the feminist equivalent of “We Didn’t Start the Fire.” While “Deceptacon” is certainly the more popular Le Tigre song on the list, there’s something special about listing off notable feminist/queer artists to a groovy beat.
“John Wayne Gacy, Jr.” by Sufjan Stevens – I want to be that jerk who bums everyone out with “John Wayne Gacy, Jr.” I both love and hate the fact that this is a karaoke song, and I wonder how many times someone’s actually picked it. After a particularly rowdy and fun performance, I’ll slowly walk on stage to the opening notes of this song, delivering a grim reminder to everyone that we are all capable of unspeakable evils.
“Fagetarian and Dyke” by Team Dresch – This song is one of my favorite opening tracks on any album ever. Its energy and intensity is simply unrivaled. I’ll probably butcher this one if I try it, but at least I’ll have a good time doing it.
“The Professional” by Sleater-Kinney – You thought I was only going to pick only one Sleater-Kinney song to sing? You were sorely mistaken. “The Professional” is one of my favorite Sleater-Kinney songs and it’s also one of their most underrated tracks. It’s just a minute-and-a-half long, too, so you’ll only have to endure my Carrie Brownstein impression for very little time.