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25 classic NYC artists that didn’t make NME’s top NYC albums of all time

NME made a list of the greatest NYC albums of all time... that doesn't include the Ramones, Sonic Youth, Television, Talking Heads...

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The Dandy Warhols at Warsaw
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The Dandy Warhols played Highline, Vitus & Warsaw (setlists, Warsaw pics)

Plus: watch Bebe Buell join The Dandys for a cover of The Velvet Underground & NIco's "Femme Fatale" at the Highline show.

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Finn Wolfhard’s band Calpurnia brought screaming fans to Rough Trade

Watch Finn Wolfhard's band Calpurnia cover Weezer, Twin Peaks, Pixies, and The Velvet Underground at their debut NYC show, punctuated by the piercing screams of fans.

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The Velvet Underground vinyl box set out in 2018

In addition to four of the VU studio albums, Nico's Chelsea Girl and a "lost" double album of songs from mid-1969 are also in the box set (which is limited to 1000 copies worldwide).

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John Cale: The Velvet Underground and Nico at Brooklyn Academy of Music
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John Cale played ‘VU & Nico’ at BAM w/ AnCo, MGMT, Kurt Vile, Oh Sees & more (pics, videos, setlist)

Joined by Animal Collective, MGMT, Tunde Adebimpe (TV on the Radio), Connan Mockasin, Caroline Polacheck (Chairlift), Thee Oh Sees, Kurt Vile, and Sky Ferreira, John Cale played all of 'The Velvet Underground & Nico' and half of 'White Light/White Heat.'

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Animal Collective, Kurt Vile, Oh Sees & more joining John Cale for ‘Velvet Underground & Nico’ shows at BAM

Sky Ferreira, Connan Mockasin, MGMT, Tunde Adebimpe and Caroline Polachek are also on the bill.

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Kevin Morby releases “Baltimore” benefit single, covered VU with Waxahatchee

"I wrote Baltimore at the time I was conceiving both Singing Saw and City Music and recorded a version during both sessions with two different bands. I love the song dearly, but in the end thought that thematically it didn't belong on either album, and thus have been waiting for this moment to release it as what it has always been meant to be - a single." - Kevin Morby.

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Velvet Underground, Grateful Dead, Otis Redding & more; Bill Bentley tells us about his favorite shows, releases book

In December 2015, the Smithsonian put out a call for music fans to submit personal photos and stories from their favorite rock n' roll moments. Those have been collected in Bill Bentley's new book, Smithsonian Rock and Roll: Live and Unseen, which is out today. Bill's seen a lot of amazing shows over the years -- he tells us his Top 5.

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Phish began a (literally) tasty MSG run, Velvet Underground covers included

Phish's "Baker's Dozen" run has a different flavored donut and themed covers each night. Saturday was strawberry ("Strawberry Fields Forever," "Strawberry Letter 23") and Sunday was red velvet, hence the VU covers...

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video: John Cale & Moe Tucker reunited at Grammy concert honoring Velvet Underground

Tuesday night (7/11) at Beacon Theatre was the 2017 "GRAMMY Salute to Music Legends" -- an awards ceremony and concert that honored this year's 2017 Merit Awards recipients. Among those recipients were The Velvet Underground. "The establishment caught up with us at last," joked John Cale...

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