CLEVELAND, Ohio – Todd Haynes has directed a few music-related feature films (“Velvet Goldmine”, “I’m Not There”) but never a documentary. But when Universal Music Group proposed him to lead “The Velvet Underground,” which begins airing Friday, October 15 via Apple TV +, Haynes was immediately interested.
âI was like, ‘Yeah, sign me up,’ Haynes says. The result is a two-hour full length film loaded with invaluable footage from the VU era as a ‘house group’ for avant-garde underground art in New York City in the late 1960s, plus new interviews. with surviving members John Cale and Maureen Tucker and others from the scene. âI’m quite a Velvets fan,â Haynes said in a virtual interview. âIt was a cohesive part of the music that I had already explored in some of my films, almost like the prequel to ‘Velvet Goldmine’. In many ways, this is how I discovered the Velvet Underground, having listened to and listened to (David) Bowie and Roxy (Music), Patti Smith, punk before – music I never knew it had. was sort of impossible without the Velvet Undergound as the core kind. In addition to the film, a soundtrack album was also released featuring 17 songs from the band and its influences, including Bob Diddley, the Diablos and the Primitives.
Other events (all subject to change)â¦
FRIDAY, OCT. 15
K-Pop supergroup BTS is back for a second season of their South Korean show, âThe Soop,â with the first episode airing at 9 a.m. and accessible via Weverse.
The Cherry Bombs present their latest show, “Macabaret”, from 3pm with shows until Sunday October 17th. Tickets for all via veeps.com.
Solstafir from Iceland and Vreid from Norway team up for a virtual show Across the Pond at 3 p.m., free via the Season of Mist YouTube channel.
The Mike Ledonne Trio, with Ron Carter and Joe Farnsworth, perform live at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. from Dizzy’s Club in New York, and on Saturday, October 16. Tickets via jazz.org.
Pigeons Playing Ping Pong performs live at 8 a.m. this evening and Saturday October 16 at the Capitol Theater in Port Chester, NY Tickets for both via fans.live.
The Voces8 a cappella troupe performs at 8 p.m. Tickets via nosconcerts.live.
Chicago bluesmen Cave Specter and Brother John Kattke join forces for a streaming concert at 8:45 pm Tickets via nosconcerts.live.
SATURDAY, OCT. 16
Jon Batiste from âThe Late Show with Stephen Colbertâ is featured on this week’s episode of PBS’s âAustin City Limitsâ. Check the listings for the time and station.
Jazz singer Erin McDougald will perform at 8:45 pm Tickets via nosconcerts.live.
Lady A, Ryan Hurd and Lorrie Morgan perform at 9 p.m. at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, streaming via cercleallaccess.com.
Galactic performs from home at Tipitina’s in New Orleans at 10 p.m. with guest Anjelika “Jelly” Joseph. Tickets via nugs.net.
Rodney Crowell’s appearance in “Talking in Circles with Clint Black” is repeated at 10pm via cercleallaccess.com.
After joining Megan Thee Stallion last season, rapper Young Thug makes his own musical guest appearance on this week’s “Saturday Night Live” at 11:30 p.m. (Check local station listings.) Rami Malek’s hosts .
SUNDAY, OCT. 17
Chicago’s Fifth House Ensemble plays one hour of chamber music at 4 p.m. Tickets via nosconcerts.live.
It’ll be a battle of quarters when Brooklyn’s Big Daddy Kane takes on KRS-One of the Bronx at 7 p.m. for the final battle of Verzuz. The launch takes place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn and can be accessed through the Verzuz pages on Instagram, Triller and Fite.
The Emerald Quintet takes the stage at 7 p.m. from Tipitina’s in New Orleans, followed by Dumpstaphunk at 10 p.m. Separate tickets for both via nugs.net.
Ben Folds performs live from Troy, NY at 7:30 p.m. Tickets via platform.flymachine.com.
Singer Samara Joy joins the Pasquale Grasso Trio at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. from Dizzy’s Club in New York. Tickets via jazz.org.
CelloBello 2021 Gala celebrates director Paul Katz’s 80th birthday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets via nosconcerts.live.
Jazz singer Reginal Robinson performs at 8:45 pm Tickets via nosconcerts.live.
MONDAY, OCT. 18
Switchfoot hosts an “Aftershow Sessions” performance at 8 p.m., streaming via switchfoot.com.
Singer-songwriters Madison Cunningham and SG Goodman perform at 9 p.m. from Basement East in Nashville. Tickets via dreamtage.live.
Australian R&B trio Chase Atlantic is broadcasting live their show in Dallas at 10pm. Tickets via veeps.com.
Coldplay celebrates their new album, “Music of the Spheres”, with a four-night residency on CBS’s “The Late Late Show with James Corden”. The group will perform songs from the album, with Selena Gomez expected to join the quartet for their single “Let Somebody Go”.
TUESDAY, OCT. 19
Phil Lesh & Friends is back for a pair of shows at 8 a.m. this evening and Wednesday, October 20 at the Capitol Theater in Port Chester, NY Tickets via fans.live.
South Carolina indie rockers SUSTO perform for this series “This is Noteworthy” at 8pm. Tickets via stageit.com.
Dead and Company broadcasts live at 9 p.m. and again on Wednesday, Oct. 20 from the Red Rocks Amphitheater in Colorado. Tickets via nugs.net.
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 20
To celebrate what would have been Tom Petty’s 71st birthday, the documentary “Somewhere You Feel Free: The Making of Wildflowers” will be screened in theaters for one night only, with callbacks in select theaters on Thursday, October 21. Tickets and locations via tompettyfilm.com. The film will be uploaded to Petty’s YouTube channel later this year.
Parquet Courts hosts a visual rendition of their new album, âSympathy For Life,â at 10 pm, featuring the work of 11 different artists. Tickets via noonchorus.com.
THURSDAY, OCT. 21
Duran Duran presents a new documentary and hosts a live Q&A at 3pm the day before the release of his new album, “Future Past”. Tickets via dreamtage.live.
Jukebox The Ghost will be live from Chicago at 8:45 pm with a two-part âHalloQueenâ concert, one part dressed and performing to Queen’s music. Tickets via veeps.com.
Saxophonist Greg Dudzienski conducts his Quartet in a concert at 8:45 p.m. Tickets via nosconcerts.live.