20 punk and indie songs you won’t believe are in this karaoke songbook

The Karaoke Underground is coming to San Francisco for the first time on April 12th. Their karaoke songbook is like nothing you’ve ever seen. Here are 20 songs you can sing at karaoke on April 12th at Rickshaw Stop if you want to:

  1. “My Heart Is A Drummer” by Allo Darlin’
  2. “Emily Kane” by Art Brut
  3. “Bad Kids” by the Black Lips
  4. “Drivin’ on 9″ by the Breeders
  5. “Lloyd I’m Ready to Be Heartbroken” by Camera Obscura
  6. “Girl Anachronism” by the Dresden Dolls
  7. “San Francisco” by Foxygen
  8. “Arming Eritrea” by Future of the Left
  9. “Love Comes in Spurts” by Richard Hell and the Voidoids
  10. “The House that Heaven Built” by Japandroids
  11. “Boxcar” by Jawbreaker
  12. “Mr Your on Fire Mr” by Liars
  13. “Strange Powers” by Magnetic Fields
  14. “Sackcloth and Ashes” by the Mr. T Experience
  15. “Liza & Louise” by NOFX
  16. “Hey Suburbia” by Screeching Weasel
  17. “Teenage Riot” by Sonic Youth
  18. “Dr. Worm” by They Might Be Giants
  19. “After Hours” by the Velvet Underground
  20. “Art Star” by Yeah Yeah Yeahs

And that’s just a taste. Browse the whole songbook.

RSVP and invite your friends!

Surfboard and two wetsuits up for grabs

As of 45 minutes ago, in J. Rusten‘s “free scrap” box on 23rd Street.

[via J. Rusten on Instagram]

Drama Talk & Drinks: It’s not called fetish theater for nothing

Last Halloween Drama Talk and Drinks reviewed one of the most unique and crazy fun shows we’d been to, Thrillpeddlers’ annual Shocktoberfest. Since Brittany had so much fun at that show, she had to bring Katie back to share in the scintillating fun. We headed to the well hidden Hypnodrome to see the Thrillpeddlers latest production, Jewels Of Paris, for a night of naughty drama talk and drinks.


Photo by David Wilson.

Brittany: So that was different.

Katie: Very different. Very San Francisco. What I really liked about it was that it’s true community theater. People just coming together to put on a show because it’s fun.

B: They want to get out there and express their crazy selves in front of an audience and have a good time, which you could tell they did. The writing was also quite smart. If you don’t have a basic understanding of artists that were coming up in Paris in the early 20th century you wouldn’t get all the jokes and references though.

K: I didn’t get many of the references so I got uninterested at times, but most of the time there was so much happening between the singing, costumes, makeup, and nudity that I would get reinterested. It’s cool to see something so visually different. Also, I really loved the sad clown (Birdie Bob-Watt) .

B: I felt like they kinda got tied up in the “we’re doing a show about Paris” concept, trying to cover so much and be so smart, they lost some of the fun. The times when they tried to be more serious didn’t really work for me. There were a few actors that had solos that had trouble carrying a tune. But they went for it, and often naked, so props to them. I couldn’t do that. I love that the audiences at this show always get invested with hoots, hollers and claps even if things aren’t going perfectly. It really gives the feeling that we’re all in this together to have a good time.

K: What an interesting venue too. You enter through a parking lot to a back of a building. I pass this building almost everyday and had no idea that there was this theater behind it. Inside is very eclectic. Next time we go I want to get one of the decorated booths in the back, those were neat.

B: Both times I’ve gone to the Hypnodrome I thought I was lost until I walk into the theater.

K: Overall it was precious, but for me they didn’t bring it home. I would really love to see them do something else.

B: I would definitely recommend going to a Thrillpeddlers show, however, I don’t think this is their best work. I enjoyed it, but if you’re only going to see one show, don’t make this your first impression, I think they can do better.

The Verdict: Thrillpeddlers are a sexy uniquely San Francisco theater company. It’s not called fetish theater for nothing, this is for mature audiences only, which is part of what makes it so fun. Although the writing of Jewels Of Paris is very smart, you may miss some references if you don’t have a general grasp of the history of the Paris arts scene. This show shines when it’s at its raunchiest and silliest, but some weak singers and more serious scenes can make the show lose momentum. It’s an enjoyable night, but not quite Thrillpeddlers at it’s best.

The Drama Talk: For mature audiences only. There are penis, boobs, asses – basically all anatomy is exposed at some point, so be prepared to see it all. Don’t go in expecting everyone in the show to be professionally trained or a knockout singer. Some of the cast is very talented, but what some actors lack in training they make up for in heart and willingness to put themselves out there. The costumes and props are very impressive. The writing is smart, and some of the songs are quite catchy. The whole show is written in house making the sketches and songs all the more impressive.

The Drinks: After the show we headed over to 11th for drinks. If you want to keep the raunchy fun going you can always hit up DNA lounge. Or if you’re looking for a more divey party there’s Butter. We were hoping for some quiet cocktails, and since it sounded French we thought we’d try Bergerac. We couldn’t hear ourselves talk over the bizarrely loud DJ, so we bailed and went to Bar Agricole. Brittany got a Tulip and Katie got a Presidente and we enjoyed a classy and quiet drink to wind down the evening.

JEWELS OF PARIS: A Revolutionary New Musical Revue runs through May 2nd at the Hypnodrome Theater. Tickets are $30 gen. admission or $35 for Front Row Seats, “Shock Boxes” and “Turkish Lounges” and can be purchased on their website.

Well here’s a fucking TIGHT photo of the sky from last night

I know we’re all pretty over a million photos of the sky in our feeds every time there’s a cool sunset, and maybe we should all cut back. All of us except Gareth. This photo is fucking TIGHT.

[via Gareth]

The Rice Paper Scissors crew review the new Sriracha Quesarito from Taco Bell

Sounds like it was pretty alright:

cheese to everything else ratio was on point, rice was the undercooked (was sticking to our fillings) but all was forgiven bc cheese product

[via RPS on Instagram]

Protestors blockade SFPD’s Mission Station on anniversary of Alex Nieto’s death

Mission Local reports:

Protesters have blocked traffic with street theater and chained themselves to Mission Police Station as part of an action against officer-involved shootings in the city and in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. The roughly 100 activists began arriving at about 7 a.m. to mark the one year anniversary of the police shooting of Alex Nieto. They were joined by Nieto’s parents and the youth rhythm and dance ensemble Loco Bloco.

10 of the protesters joined hands through tubing and chained themselves to the Valencia street exit of the Mission Station parking lot. Public Information Officer Albie Esparza said the action is not interfering with their ability to respond to calls for service with the vehicles they already have out and about. Esparza said the police do not currently have plans to take action against protesters and are simply monitoring their “First Amendment rights activity.”

Read on for more story and pics, and some video.

Music for the Mission: This week at Pop’s

[Editor's note: Nothin' like a real live band performing at your neighborhood bar! It's common everywhere else in the world, but not in SF. Thanks to Pop's for being cool, and for sponsoring us.]

We are very excited to be bringing San Francisco based electronic duo FUTURE US to Pops Bar. Singer/songwriter and guitarist Megan Heavlin Ochoa and rock frontman turned beatmaker Daniel Durrett have the perfect name for their groundbreaking fusion of acoustic sensuality and dirty infectious grooves and wild sonic textures: Organic Electronic Sex-Pop. Just a year and a half after meeting through a mutual friend and in ten minutes transforming Megan’s rockabilly-tinged On My Mind into their hypnotic, obsessive and dissonant trademark tune, the duo defiantly declares We Are Future Us on their bold and edgy yet supremely danceable seven track debut EP. Megan states “A lot of lyrics in electronic music are mindless, but we write and perform songs that people can relate their own life experiences to because we both come from very strong songwriting backgrounds.” Step into FUTURE US Friday at Pops Bar!

See what else is in store this week at POPS:


3/23/15 MONDAY

Motown on Mondays

It’s only Monday if you treat it like one.


9PM START, 1:30AM end


Check out my


Mondays at Pops






3/24/15 TUESDAY

Happy Hour Entertainment 6-9PM with Kelly Rice

Kelly is a SF based singer-songwriter making music of the folk pop acoustic variety. Join her for a live music set of classic rock, hip hop, 90s and everything in between.

Tropicana Tuesdays

“Quality Latin BASS”

Every Tuesday at POPS BAR

Music: FREE (Local BayArea DJ`s)

Salsa Lesson: FREE (Instructor La Muerte)

Time: 9pm – 2am

Tropicana is BACK in town! Every TUESDAY night for the WINTER season. Bringing “Quality Latin BASS”, by playing some of the latest – up to date latino music genres.. of course respecting the classics…

With Tropicana Nights, our purpose is to create space for cultural diversity and environmental awareness. Community and music can do a lot of great positive impact in society.

Music by local BayArea DJ`s, such as Stepwise, El Kool Kyle, Mr. Lucky, Mr. E, J Boogie and more…

Salsa I LatinHouse I Latin HipHop I Moombahton I DubCumbia I Merengue I Bachata I Dancehall I LatinReggae I and more…



Happy Hour Tunes with DJ Bezera 6-9PM

Wu Tang Wednesdays


Every Wednesday Night at POPS BAR

Razor Sharp Sounds sliced by DJ Kevvy Kev

Classic 90s Hip Hop

No Cover


3/26/15 THURSDAY

Happy Hour Tunes with Suzanne Cortez 6-9PM

Local Mission Musician Suzanne Cortez and her All star line up group Adelante will be performing a “Santana Tribute” and a Variety of “Old Skool” Rock, R&B Chicano Rock, and Latin Rock, Soul & Oldies.

BFF.FM Night


Rotating DJs from local BFF.fm radio! This week: DJs Teitan & Moonfog of Cult of Riffd

Come support local community radio.

No Cover!


3/27/15 FRIDAY

Happy Hour Tunes with FUTURE US 6-9PM

Singer/songwriter and guitarist Megan Heavlin Ochoa and rock frontman turned beatmaker Daniel Durrett (collectively known as Future Us) have the perfect name for their groundbreaking fusion of acoustic sensuality and dirty infectious grooves and wild sonic textures: Organic Electronic Sex-Pop.


DJ’s Sean Murray and Quantum23 curate a journey into sound off the beaten path of dance music.




No Cover


3/28/15 SATURDAY

Happy Hour Tunes with The Incidentals 6-9PM

Favorite songs take on new identities …

classics old and new reinterpreted with

drama, mystery, and soul … Simultaneously

familiar and strange, both a tribute and a

deconstruction, a moody, noirish celebration.




A funky new party at Pop’s Bar. We’ll be playing classic funk, boogie, and soul all night long. Stop in for a drink!





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This needs to be our new jam

This police scanner recording from a couple months ago in response to a reported hookup in Delirium’s bathroom would make a great auto-tuned song.

Dispatch: “Okay, it’s a 311 at 16th and Albion … at The Delirium? And there are people having sex in the bathroom, no description.”
Officer: ” … No sex seems to be happening.”
Dispatch: ” … 311, 16th and Albion, no sex happening.”

Let’s make that happen, someone with musical skillz.

Star Wars condom wrapper or Star Wars fruitsnacks?


Both possibilities present their own set of unexplained questions.  For instance, what does a wookie taste like?  Some would even say that Star Wars condoms are themselves a paradox, but given enough time and enough galaxies (some far far away), odds are that they would eventually find their way onto some Jedi’s lightsaber.

The Karaoke Underground, a punk and indie karaoke night even punk and indie superstars go bananas for

The Karaoke Underground is coming to San Francisco next month and I am very excited. I gushed about it at length last week, but I also really like this video of punk and indie superstar Ted Leo performing a Beat Happening song at a KU event a few years back:

That’s a pretty good Calvin, right?

Sing some Beat Happening, or some Ted Leo, or any number of your lifelong favorite punk and indie hits this coming April 12th at Rickshaw Stop, when Karaoke Underground comes to SF for the very first time. Advance tickets are available here.

RSVP and invite your friends!