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To call John Cale “prolific” is an inexcusable understatement; the multi-instrumentalist and producer is responsible for some of the most formative music in rock’s history. Born in Wales, Cale attended London’s Goldsmith’s University (which has graduated Damien Hirst, James Blake, and Lucien Freud since Cale’s time there) where he studied viola before moving to the… More »

From the looks of the R.E.M. setlist site, early R.E.M. gigs were glorified bar-band hootenannies. Before they’d written Murmur and Chronic Town, the band cut their teeth seemingly as philistines, playing sloppy, drunken versions of everything from Creedence to the Sex Pistols. Time passed, R.E.M. became more sophisticated, and their covers eventually became more… More »

When Adam Yauch died last year, a simple obituary didn’t seem like the best way to sum up a sprawling, groundbreaking, all-over-the-place career. The best way I could think to pay tribute was a randomly-assembled list of moments from Yauch’s career. Similarly, it’s impossible to quantify, in a simple essay, the seismic effect of Lou… More »

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The Best Rock Acts Of 2015 Celebrate Ground Control Touring At NYC Mini-Fest

Last night, the booking agency Ground Control Touring and the music site Noisey partnered to bring something like a five hour mini-festival to Manhattan's Webster…
Ryan Leas | December 3, 2015 - 12:37 pm

Father John Misty Is Covering Ryan Adams’ Taylor Swift Covers In The Style Of The Velvet Underground

Even if Father John Misty's music didn't peg Josh Tillman as a canny observer of modern culture, his ongoing online meta-commentary on the music industry…
Chris DeVille | September 21, 2015 - 5:02 pm

Win The Velvet Underground – 45th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition Box Set

The 45th anniversary reissue of the Velvet Underground's self-titled album is upon us, and the six-disc Super Deluxe Edition is stacked: Not only does it…
Chris DeVille | December 4, 2014 - 9:07 am

The Velvet Underground – “I’m Waiting For The Man” (Live At The Matrix) (Stereogum Premiere)

Among the goodies in the massive 45th anniversary reissue of the Velvet Underground's self-titled LP are two discs of live material recorded at San Francisco…
Chris DeVille | November 4, 2014 - 10:59 am

John Cale Releases “If You Were Still Around” Video On The One-Year Anniversary Of Lou Reed’s Death

Today marks the one-year anniversary of Lou Reed's death, and Reed's former Velvet Underground bandmate John Cale has released a new video for an old…
Chris DeVille | October 27, 2014 - 3:02 pm

Unreleased Velvet Underground Album To Be Included In New Box Set

The Velvet Underground's self-titled third LP is getting a "super deluxe" reissue for its 45th anniversary, and part of the bonus material is an entire…
Chris DeVille | October 1, 2014 - 4:29 pm

Watch Courtney Barnett & Billy Bragg Cover The Velvet Underground On RocKwiz

Here's something Wikipedia just taught me: "RocKwiz is an Australian television quiz show series, focused on rock music and featuring different guest artist musicians who…
Tom Breihan | May 13, 2014 - 12:08 pm

Famous Album Cover Art Imagined From A Different Perspective

Have you ever wondered what famous album covers might look like from a different perspective? A user on Flickr by the name of Harvezt has…
Miles Bowe | April 8, 2014 - 4:24 pm

Watch A Short Film About Macaulay Culkin’s Pizza-Themed Velvet Underground Cover Band

A few days ago, we learned the perplexing news that former child star Macaulay Culkin has a new band called the Pizza Underground, which plays…
Tom Breihan | December 12, 2013 - 4:13 pm

Hear Macaulay Culkin’s Pizza-Themed Velvet Underground Covers

Considering the true breadth of Lou Reed's legacy, the guy would actually probably be genuinely honored to know that he's spawned a pizza-themed band featuring…
Michael Nelson | December 9, 2013 - 11:11 am

Watch Eddie Vedder Cover The Velvet Underground’s “After Hours” In L.A.

During last night's Pearl Jam show at the L.A. Memorial Sports Arena, Eddie Vedder took a break from the band's usual setlist to pay tribute…
Brie Roche lilliott | November 25, 2013 - 12:27 pm

Watch Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks Preview Wig Out At Jagbags, Cover Led Zeppelin & Velvet Underground In Portland

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks' sixth album, the excellently titled Wig Out At Jagbags, is out in January via Matador Records. The band, which consists…
Scott Lapatine | November 9, 2013 - 6:11 pm

Watch The Killers Cover The Velvet Underground In Las Vegas

After the news of Lou Reed's death circulated on Sunday, a whole lot of bands worked one of his songs into their setlists over the…
Tom Breihan | October 31, 2013 - 11:30 am

Watch Pearl Jam Cover The Velvet Underground In Baltimore

My Morning Jacket weren't the only band to honor the fallen Lou Reed from the stage last night. During their set at Baltimore's First Mariner…
Tom Breihan | October 28, 2013 - 11:47 am

Watch My Morning Jacket Cover The Velvet Underground With Neil Young, Elvis Costello, & Jenny Lewis At Bridge School Benefit 2013

This past weekend, Neil Young held his two annual all-star Bridge School Benefit shows in Mountain View, California. And before the second of those shows…
Tom Breihan | October 28, 2013 - 8:46 am

R.I.P. Lou Reed

We've lost Lou Reed. Rolling Stone reports that the legendary contrarian genius has died at age 71. Reed underwent a liver transplant earlier this year,…
Tom Breihan | October 27, 2013 - 1:36 pm

John Cale – “All Summer Long”

Last year, John Cale, formerly of the Velvet Underground, released his ornately titled solo album Shifty Adventures In Nookie Wood. One of the songs that…
Tom Breihan | August 6, 2013 - 4:41 pm
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