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The Month Ahead: Books

A guide to America’s must-scream karaoke venues

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“I tracked the ball with my left hand, rotating my hips and coiling my racket. I shuttle-stepped forward, backward. Blood rushed to my ears. I waited until Carl had no choice—until he picked a side.” —From the new sexy summer beach read Love All, the debut novel by Vanity Fair staffer Callie Wright

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Part memoir, part paean to off-key crooning, Rob Sheffield’s Turn Around Bright Eyes: The Rituals of Love & Karaoke hits bookstores this month. Here, the author shares some of his favorite venues for practicing the dubious art and tips for belting like a pro. AUG 6

Tumbleweed Tavern
Pahrump, Nevada
“A cowboy roadhouse in the middle of the Mojave Desert. Heavy on the country jams with a side of ’70s rock.”
Crowd pleaser: “The Devil Went Down to Georgia”

Sing Sing
New York, New York
“The ultimate big-city karaoke den. With a thick songbook and cheap drinks, Sing Sing is where karaoke fiends go when they die.”
Crowd pleaser: “Total Eclipse of the Heart”

Cathay Pacific
Quincy, Massachusetts
“Or, as regulars fondly call it, ‘Cathay Pathetic.’ A suburban Chinese dive packed with silver-fox divorcees, lonely hearts and would-be Vegas legends.”
Crowd pleaser: “Strangers in the Night”

Joshua Tree Saloon
Joshua Tree, California
“Bikers, cowboys, preachers, hippies—this barn-size joint brings in all types, including a fervent crowd of locals who treat karaoke night like a church meeting.”
Crowd pleaser: “Take This Job and Shove It”

 

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