video premiere: the colourist cover the velvet underground’s “after hours”

photo via the colourist's facebook

synth-pop even lou reed would like.

In the ‘60s, The Velvet Underground mostly ran with Andy Warhol’s factory crowd and quickly became one of the seminal bands of the decade, commenting on taboo topics like illegal drugs and black angels of death. Challenging social norms was kind of their thing, and Lou Reed's lyrics reached rebellious youths and the mainstream public alike.

The group’s self-titled third album saw a departure from both Warhol’s factory and the “noise” instrumentals they became known for on their previous releases. To celebrate the anniversary of the album that brought us so many of our favorite tracks (like “Candy Says” and “Beginning To See The Light”), a special edition of the album, The Velvet Underground – 45th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition, dropped last month. The 64-track six-CD package is a must-have for die-hard fans and includes several different mixes of the album and unreleased material.

Aside from an evolution in sound, Reed’s lyrics on The Velvet Underground also took a turn from detailing gritty city life, adding in hopeful lines and cheery vocals. This newfound optimism is seen on the album’s closing track, “After Hours” where drummer Maureen Tucker steps up to sing lead—her pure voice is the perfect balance to the song's lyrics that describe a recluse's desire to step into the light.

To celebrate The Velvet Underground’s re-release, Orange County-based band The Colourist crammed their gear into Jam In The Van’s mobile production studio to bring their own vivacious, synth-pop timbre to the bare-bones folk track. With Adam Castilla and Maya Tuttle’s intertwining vocals, the band takes a cue from the Velvet Underground, as Tuttle steps out from behind her kit to sing lead vocals. Their cover also keeps instrumentals to a minimum, transforming the song into a sunny pop tune that would brighten Lou Reed’s day.

Watch the premiere of The Colourist’s “After Hours” cover below and download The Velvet Underground – 45th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition on iTunes.

Cardi B, Avril Lavigne, and so much more

Every weekend, we bring you #SOUNDCHECK—your destination for the best of the best new music that hit the web over the course of the week. Because you should always be prepared when someone passes you that AUX cord. This week's round features 21 of our favorite emerging and established artists including Cardi B, Avril Lavigne, Tacocat, and so many more. Turn up, tune in, and tune out.

"Please Me" - Cardi B and Bruno Mars
"Please Me" will pair perfectly with all of the Valentine's Day candy you just bought on clearance. Trust me, there couldn't be a more perfect time to listen to this ultra-'90s R&B track.

Head Above Water - Avril Lavigne
I'm honestly jealous of whomever Avril is singing about on "Goddess."

Tacocat - Grains of Salt [OFFICIAL VIDEO]

"Grains of Salt" - Tacocat
When I realized Tacocat was back, I literally turned around at my desk and yelled. It's a miracle.

"Can I Talk" - Caleb Steph
Caleb Steph's debut single proves that he's ready for the spotlight.

Betty - Betty Who
"You better recognize/ That you're wasting all my time" from "The One" is my new favorite response to every "photographer" on Tinder.

"Butterfly" - Kehlani
The only thing more beautiful than this cover art is Kehlani's voice.

SASAMI - Free (feat. Devendra Banhart) (Official Video)

"Free" - SASAMI feat. Devendra Banhart
I would have never predicted a SASAMI and Devendra Banhart collaboration, but I am 100 percent not complaining.

Rex Orange County - New House

"New House" - Rex Orange County
Alex O'Connor never fails to impress me with his soulful bedroom pop, and "New House" is no exception.


"Cuz I Love You" - Lizzo
Distorted guitar paired with Lizzo's belting vocals? Chills, literally. She did that!

"Heads Gonna Roll" - Jenny Lewis
Like if Stevie Nicks' voice met Father John Misty's lyrics.

"Get Well" - Donna Missal
Donna Missal tells me everything I needed to hear about breakups on "Get Well."

"Patient" - Monica Martin
Sultry and sweet.

"Whorey Heart" - TeaMarr
TeaMarrr's bouncy new song is an excellent roast of the kind of fuckboi we all know and hate.

"Ice Me Out (Remix)" - Kash Doll
Kash Doll shows that she knows her way around a beat on "Ice Me Out."

"Lips of Lips" - Tiffany Young
Definitely catch me driving around with my windows down this summer blaring "Lips on Lips."