Last weekend the Wexner Center bid adieu to its Andy Warhol exhibit, Other Voices, Other Rooms, with one more Warhol-related musical extravaganza. The venerable arts center recruited local Band of the Moment Times New Viking to perform covers of Velvet Underground tunes at a Valentine's Day event called "Times New Viking ♥ The Velvets." The trio called in Ohio DIY patron saint Mike "Rep" Hummel and Cincy violin experimentalist C Spencer Yeh to help do the songs justice.

But first, TNV BFFs Psychedelic Horseshit played a set, looking very Velvety in their sport coats and shades. I can't pretend to have seen every incarnation of this band, but I've gotta say this version, with RTFO Bandwagon's Andrew Graham adding a second guitar (and considerable enthusiasm) to the fray, is my favorite. Rocking a minimal drum kit (no kick drum, not even a cardboard box!) and sounding as ramshackle as ever, they busted out a splendid set of all-new material bookended by a couple Velvets covers of their own. Their opening take on "Sister Ray" might have been my favorite musical moment of the night, while "Stephanie Says" was a surprisingly sweet ending from a typically salty Matt Whitehurst.

Before we get to the main attraction, a few more notes on everything else: Whitehurst and Rich Johnston are obviously Horseshit's core, but my favorite thing about this set had to be Graham bouncing around like a maniac. The dude brings that kind of excitement every time he steps on stage, and it's contagious. Also, one of the (many, many) teens in attendance cracked me up by proclaiming, "I feel like I'm seeing the Velvet Underground" when Horseshit took the stage. Those youngsters were out in full effect. I think this was independent of TNV's expanded fan base; I overheard several of these youths explaining that they had never heard of Times New Viking, they just wanted to hear some Velvets songs.

Last weekend the Wexner Center bid adieu to its Andy Warhol exhibit, Other Voices, Other Rooms, with one more Warhol-related musical extravaganza. The venerable arts center recruited local Band of the Moment Times New Viking to perform covers of Velvet Underground tunes at a Valentine's Day event called "Times New Viking ♥ The Velvets." The trio called in Ohio DIY patron saint Mike "Rep" Hummel and Cincy violin experimentalist C Spencer Yeh to help do the songs justice.

But first, TNV BFFs Psychedelic Horseshit played a set, looking very Velvety in their sport coats and shades. I can't pretend to have seen every incarnation of this band, but I've gotta say this version, with RTFO Bandwagon's Andrew Graham adding a second guitar (and considerable enthusiasm) to the fray, is my favorite. Rocking a minimal drum kit (no kick drum, not even a cardboard box!) and sounding as ramshackle as ever, they busted out a splendid set of all-new material bookended by a couple Velvets covers of their own. Their opening take on "Sister Ray" might have been my favorite musical moment of the night, while "Stephanie Says" was a surprisingly sweet ending from a typically salty Matt Whitehurst.

Before we get to the main attraction, a few more notes on everything else: Whitehurst and Rich Johnston are obviously Horseshit's core, but my favorite thing about this set had to be Graham bouncing around like a maniac. The dude brings that kind of excitement every time he steps on stage, and it's contagious. Also, one of the (many, many) teens in attendance cracked me up by proclaiming, "I feel like I'm seeing the Velvet Underground" when Horseshit took the stage. Those youngsters were out in full effect. I think this was independent of TNV's expanded fan base; I overheard several of these youths explaining that they had never heard of Times New Viking, they just wanted to hear some Velvets songs.

They certainly got what they came for. TNV-plus delivered more than an hour of Velvets favorites. The setlist leaned heavily on debut The Velvet Underground & Nico appropriate, given that album was produced by Warhol and emblazoned with his iconic banana painting.

The set began with a rousing rendition of "Run Run Run" that had drummer Adam Elliott apologizing, "Sorry, that was longer than most of our sets." No need for an apology; it was one of the night's better moments, a charging subway train of a performance. TNV's rendition translated the band's usual urgency into a track defined by Lou Reed's laid-back cool.

"I'll Be Your Mirror," embedded above, followed. Beth Murphy's take on Nico's vocals was the weakest element of this show, which makes sense given Nico's unique vocal style. Although it should be noted that Nico didn't sing on "Pale Blue Eyes," and TNV's run through of that song was the nadir of this concert.

I was also disappointed with the band's versions of "I'm Waiting for the Man" and "Sunday Morning," which sacrificed the songs' best characteristics relentless piano stomp and xylophone twinkle, respectively. And while I wasn't wowed by what Yeh's violin brought to the table for most of the show, I wish they would have cranked him up in the mix for "Venus in Furs," a song that's supposed to be dominated by spooky string sounds.

Mike Rep, on the other hand, was an awesome addition to the band, particularly when he handled lead vocals for their knockout run through "Heroin." Guests added even more to the equation when RTFO Bandwagon came out for the final tune, "After Hours," and Elliott invited local rock legend Ron House up from the crowd to join him on lead vocals. The more people involved, the more fun this got.

Ultimately, it wasn't a brilliant night of music, but it was a fun way to celebrate our city's premier arts center and its most prominent underground stars. I was hardly blown away by the performance in fact, I often found myself wishing TNV would bust out some of their own songs yet I'm glad this happened, I'm glad I got to witness it, and I hope the Wexner Center keeps coming up with inventive ways to incorporate local music into their programming.

Download the whole set, plus part of Psychedelic Horseshit's show, at Pat Radio:

Setlist: Run Run Run I'll Be Your Mirror I'm Waiting for the Man Sunday Morning Venus in Furs I Can't Stand It Heroin Pale Blue Eyes Here She Comes Now Femme Fatale After Hours (with RTFO Bandwagon, Ron House)