The Velvet Underground

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    October 27, 2013

    Lou Reed Is Dead (1942-2013)

    Tragic news broke this morning of the death of venerated rock 'n' roll vanguard Lou Reed. He was 71 years old. Rolling Stone first reported the passing of the rock and pop legend, who died from unspecified causes, early today in New York. He had undergone a liver transplant earlier this year, althou ... More >>

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    August 23, 2013

    Five Great Shows We Saw This Summer

    As a Midwestern transplant, I'm having a lot of trouble figuring out what is summer and what isn't in Arizona. I left my last apartment in the spring, back in April, and arrived here two days later in the summer. From what I'm told, it will continue until sometime next April. But seasons were how ... More >>

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    June 20, 2013
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    May 6, 2013

    Can You Love the Music You Love After a Breakup?

    So, my girlfriend and I just broke up. Coincidentally, or maybe because April is just a shitty month, the inverse happened to Camille Standen, who wrote a piece for Noisey about how her shattered relationship ruined all the songs she used to love. I can relate, but I wouldn't say my favorite songs ... More >>

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    January 17, 2013

    Who Decides What Rock is "Classic Rock?"

    Not everyone has the luxury of having an auxiliary jack in their car stereo. With the amount of leaks, holes, and weird noises coming from my engine, I'm lucky my beat up truck still runs period. I can't be asking for a decent stereo. So my commuting music consists entirely of FM radio, which is sti ... More >>

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    November 28, 2012

    X-TG (Members of Throbbing Gristle) Revive Nico's Lost Classic, Desertshore

    By Alex Jarson Okay, we know you just love the Velvet Underground--you're sporting the latest fall calendar Urban Outfitters top, your mom took you to get the Warhol Banana tattooed on your bicep, and you think they're the greatest, most provocative band to have ever graced this earth. You even pla ... More >>

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    October 2, 2012

    Five Great Lost Albums

    By Mark Keresman Brian Eno was quoted as saying, "The first Velvet Underground album only sold 10,000 copies, but everyone who bought it formed a band." Rock history is filled with bands and albums that were somewhat unappreciated in their time yet occupy an enviable (by some people, at any rate) ... More >>

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    August 10, 2012

    The 10 Coolest, Scariest, Freakiest Songs About Heroin

    See also: 10 Songs About Cocaine See also: 15 Songs to Light Up to on 4/20 Sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll. It's in many ways the enduring holy trinity of pop music. Like it or not -- we're not advocating anything -- drugs are responsible for lots of great songwriting. So every Friday in August, we' ... More >>

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    April 11, 2012

    Squeeze's Chris Difford on England, John Cale, and the Paul McCartney-Produced Record That Never Came to Be

    Coachella is a weird beast: In addition to hotly tipped acts like Avicci and Justice, big name standard bearers like Radiohead and The Black Keys, and holy-hell-they're-reuniting bands like Refused and At the Drive In, there's always a few bands that have just kept soldiering on, whose break-ups and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2012

    Tumblr of the Week: The Kitten Covers

    ​It's tough to hate kittens. It's even tougher to hate kittens that rock out to David Bowie. Just admit it: they're irresistable.Denying the cuteness of the cats isn't an option when those little critters are standing in on some major artists' album covers. This week we're bringing you The Ki ... More >>

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    December 19, 2011

    Wait a Minute Mr. Postman: 10 Songs About the Mail

    ​By now it's news to no one that the United States Postal Service is in trouble. As detailed by Nick Greene earlier this month at Village Voice's Running Scared, this means print media is in for a punch (you know, while it's down and everything), your bills are going to show up later than they ... More >>

  • Music

    May 12, 2011
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    May 12, 2011

    The Black Angels to Play The Rhythm Room This Wednesday

    ​ Get your illicit substances and Syd Barrett bootlegs in order: Austin psych band The Black Angels are bringing their droney rock 'n' roll sound to the Rhythm Room this Wednesday, May 18. The band's latest album, 2010's Phosphene Dream, comes courtesy of Blue Horizon Records, legendary for its mi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2011

    Country Funk (1970)

    ​ Welcome to Obscuro, a feature where Up on the Sun dives deep into the world of vinyl oddities: private press jobs, major label cast-offs, and general thrift shop clutter that's thus far escaped anyone's attention. These LPs have been hiding out, collecting dust, until we come along, investigate, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 23, 2010

    Mark Your Calendars: Festival Announcements Galore

    Feather headdresses were the hot accessory of 2010 music festivals.​While music festival season is pretty much wrapped up for the year up, there's still plenty to get excited about since next year's festivals are being planned.Announcements have been rolling out one after another this past week. B ... More >>

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    October 21, 2010
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    February 23, 2010

    Five Old Songs That Still Sound Brand New

    Tom Verlaine. The archetypal ultra cool indie rock frontman?​The goal of Jay Bennett's ambitious Nothing Not New project is to avoid slipping into a state of "aesthetic atrophy." That's why Jay is listening only to brand-new music for one year. I, for one, believe some people have t ... More >>

  • Calendar

    November 5, 2009

    Pleasure Factory

    Warhol-inspired bash encourages coloring outside the lines

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    October 8, 2009
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    October 8, 2009
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    July 9, 2009
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    June 29, 2009

    Michael Jackson Samples In Hip-Hop, Spin Misnames Velvet Underground Song, Reznor Disses Cornell Again

    So Much Silence: A few hip-hop tracks that sampled Michael Jackson Spin: Watch: Beck Covers Velvet Underground's "Waiting For My Man" [sic] Seriously, Spin, you don't know the name of that song? Idolator: The Mets Are Asking Everyone To Clear Their Throats Again Pitchfork: Reznor Reveals Rejec ... More >>

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    June 23, 2009

    Perez Hilton Allegedly Beat Down By Manager, Crystal Castles Beat Down Security, Jack White and Jimmy Page Diss 'Guitar Hero"

    Electric Mustache: Woods coming to Phoenix Idolator: Crystal Castles: Still Brawlin' NME: Jack White and Jimmy Page diss 'Guitar Hero' video game Pitchfork: Radiohead/Wilco/Marr/Finn Supergroup Benefit Album Details Revealed Rolling Stone: Perez Hilton Reportedly Assaulted By's Manager So ... More >>

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    January 8, 2009
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    September 4, 2008

    Voodoo Gurus

    Hanoi Rocks/New York Dolls alum heads awesome rock hyphenate

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    April 10, 2008
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    January 24, 2008

    Various Artists

    Juno: Music From the Motion Picture

  • Music

    December 27, 2007

    Boxing Match

    Record companies get greedy with repackaging excess

  • Music

    July 19, 2007

    Cello Pop

    15 years against the current

  • Music

    April 26, 2007

    Beach House

    Beach House
    (Carpark Records)

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    March 29, 2007

    Mojo Rising Again

    Rhino reissues the Doors´ catalogue

  • Music

    August 31, 2006

    Primal Scream

    Riot City Blues

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    April 6, 2006

    The Black Angels

    (Light in the Attic)

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    September 29, 2005

    Wolf Parade

    Apologies to the Queen Mary
    (Sub Pop)

  • Music

    September 22, 2005

    American Analog Set

    Set Free
    (Arts & Crafts)

  • Music

    August 11, 2005

    The Rules

    Musical taste reveals more than you think

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    April 28, 2005

    The Raveonettes

    Pretty in Black

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    March 17, 2005

    The Mars Volta

    Frances the Mute

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    January 6, 2005

    Singapore Sling

    Life Is Killing My Rock 'N' Roll

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    August 19, 2004

    A Girl Called Eddy

    A Girl Called Eddy (Anti)

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    June 10, 2004

    Califone,and Rebecca Gates

    "Rootsy folk blues" blows through the Valley

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    October 11, 2001

    The Strokes

    Is This It (RCA)

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    March 22, 2001

    The Tyde

    Once (Orange Sky/Dionysus)

  • Music

    February 24, 2000

    Yo La Tengo

    And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside-Out

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    February 17, 2000

    The Kingsbury Manx

    The Kingsbury Manx (Overcoat Recordings)

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    January 1, 1998

    Critics' Choice

    A year-end recap of the albums that made it worthwhile to own a stereo in 1997

  • Music

    December 4, 1997

    Dandy Lions

    Novelty single aside, Portland's Dandy Warhols should have more than 15 minutes of fame awaiting them

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    July 4, 1996
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    July 21, 1994
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    June 3, 1992



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