Ten years ago, Kaleb Asplund was living in rural Japan, teaching English during the day and schooling karaoke-bar patrons at night. But while the karaoke motherland offered songbooks thick with Western artists—everyone from Hall & Oates to Halloween—he couldn’t find anything by the indie-rock bands he’d listened to as a teen. Instead of belting out Modest Mouse, he had to make do with deep-cut ABBA or Carpenters tunes. “I didn’t grow up with a lot of that music,” the 34-year-old Wisconsin native says. “I wanted to do the songs I knew—the songs I sang... More >>>