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
Following my Detroit Gallery Crawl piece in October Current highlighting contemporary art galleries in Detroit, it seems only fair to highlight the visual arts galleries in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti.
Explore the art scene As the weather in Michigan turns cool, if you are curious about Detroit’s art scene and in the mood for a short 45 minute road trip, now is a great time to head downtown. When I began exploring Detroit several years ago, my hunt for significant art and artists was more
The CoOp’s community-focused approach is music to our ears “The vision was, honestly, to bring people together,” says Frances Master, one of six UM students who operate The CoOp, a space inside Openfloor Studio (231 S. State St.). Undeniably, it is refreshing to hear that motivation for creating opportunities to experience live music, as that’s