The Velvet Underground only sold 30,000 copies of its first album during its initial release. Brian Eno once said that all 30,000 of the people who bought that original pressing started a band. That quote is often misapplied to Velvet Underground's primary songwriter Lou Reed. But Reed has proven the misapplication correct, influencing many an artist during his post-VU career.
The Mercury Prize 2012 nominees are out. Fact Magazine runs the numbers.
A new album from influential power-pop band the dB's is an unexpected gift from a group that has already given so much, a chapter that many thought would never be written.
The latest in the long-running series of KDHX benefits and artist tributes, Back to Rockville: A Tribute to R.E.M. and 88.1 KDHX Benefit brought 10 bands and a few hundred music lovers out to Off Broadway on Friday to celebrate the songs of one of the most influential bands of the past 30 years.
R.E.M.'s most well-known songs ("Losing My Religion," "Everybody Hurts," "The One I Love," etc.) aren't necessarily the tunes fans gravitate toward. That's not to say the late, great Athens band's hits are bad -- or that their loyalists are snobby.
Thin Lizzy fans get the best present ever: 700 unreleased songs.