The South By Southwest 2008 lineup features the usual crop of hipster indie bands, but many of them probably wouldn't be around today if it wasn't for this year's SXSW keynote speaker, Velvet Underground veteran Lou Reed. Because as Brian Eno once famously stated, while not many people bought the Velvets' debut album at the time of its release, everyone that did buy it seemed to form a band.
So what better way to celebrate Lou's legacy than with a tribute showcase featuring many of the Velvet Underground's esteemed successors? On Thursday, March 13, that's exactly what went down at Austin's Fader Fort, with two hours of live Lou music as interpreted by such indie darlings as Dr. Dog (whom Lou praised earlier during his keynote Q&A), Mark Kozelek of the Red House Painters, Joseph Arthur, and My Morning Jacket.
Yo La Tengo (pictured above) seemed especially qualified to participate given that they actually portrayed the Velvet Underground in the 1996 movie I Shot Andy Warhol, and theirRead More »from SXSW ’08: Now Reed This! Lou’s Tribute Show