They never sold out a stadium, or cut a gold record, but The Velvet Underground changed rock and roll music. Their sometimes-soft-sometimes-loud take on psychedelic music paved the way for almost every brand of contemporary rock: John Cale’s contemplative ballads set the template for indie, while Lou Reed’s blasting guitars resurface in punk and extreme metal to this day. Now, fifty years after the Velvet Underground’s last record, Squeeze, a collection of local musicians—including Dave Sharp, Fred Thomas, Chuck Mauk and Dan Mulholland—will present an evening of The Velvet Underground’s seminal music. 9:30pm. $10 / $13 under 21. The Blind Pig. 208 S. First St. www.blindpigmusic.com —JS
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Bellflower in Ypsilanti opened at the end of August during one of our toughest times. This new, delicious restaurant made a bold choice, but the payoff is worth it.
Heavy Color are a Toledo-based duo of avant-psychedelia composers. They talk a little bit about their work on the Rights of Nature documentary and using music to heal.
There is no better time to start listening to some new music. Sara Marie Barron’s newest album, “Existential Glam,” will be available for streaming Sept 25.