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Michael Stipe: 'I Think I Will Sing Again'

December 13, 2014

It's been a long time since fans have heard Michael Stipe sing. After R.E.M. split up in 2011 following the release of Collapse Into Now, Stipe has remained largely away from the microphone, only singing on a sea shanty with Courtney Love for...

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R.E.M.'s Mike Mills: "We Never Planned on Hits"

December 10, 2014

In the three years since R.E.M.'s amicable split, the band has allowed itself an occasional moment of nostalgia, but this year has brought the most activity from the group yet: the Record Store Day set Unplugged: The Complete 1991 and 2001 Sessions followed...

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Why Are R.E.M. Trying to Save a Church Steeple?

November 3, 2014

Alternative rock legends R.E.M. played their first show on April 5th, 1980 at St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Athens, Georgia – one destination on Rolling Stone's list of Music Landmark Attractions. But the building was demolished in 1990 to...

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See R.E.M. Grow Up in 'R.E.M. by MTV' Documentary Trailer

October 21, 2014

Alt-rock icons R.E.M. formed in 1980; a year later, MTV made its inaugural broadcast and soon began reporting on the Athens, Georgia-based group's career. Now, a new feature-length documentary, R.E.M. by MTV, compiles decades of footage that the network...

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Springsteen, Vedder Con Artist Sentenced to Four Years

July 28, 2014

Portland alt-country musician Kasey Anderson has been sentenced to four years in prison for defrauding over 30 investors out of $586,000 by vowing to hold a concert and release a compilation album benefitting the West Memphis Three (who were infamously...

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R.E.M. Issue Massive Rarities, Studio Album Sets

May 20, 2014

Following the release of R.E.M.'s "complete" Unplugged performances, the now defunct group has gone deep into its archives to offer "complete" packages of their discography for digital release, including over 150 rare songs. In addition to bundles of...

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Unplugged: The Complete 1991 and 2001 Sessions

May 19, 2014

No band but Nirvana made more breathtakingly transformative use of MTV Unplugged than R.E.M., the only act to headline the show twice. This set of 33 songs, 11 of which never aired, revisits both sessions, boiling their magical greatness down to...

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Watch an Unaired R.E.M. 'Unplugged' Song

April 21, 2014

Over a decade after filming a second installment of R.E.M. for Unplugged, MTV has released video of the group performing "I've Been High." In the new clip, a dapper-looking Michael Stipe tenderly sings the song, which appeared on the group's 2001 LP Reveal,...

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David Byrne to Cover Biz Markie's "Just a Friend"

February 24, 2014

Former Talking Heads frontman David Byrne will cover Biz Markie's "Just a Friend" at a free concert tomorrow night in New York City to raise awareness for performers' royalties. The show, dubbed Artists' Pay for Radio Play, will take place at (Le) Poisson...

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Michael Stipe: Coming Out Made Me a Better Person

October 28, 2014

Michael Stipe came out, identifying himself as "queer," two decades ago last month. Now, in an article for The Guardian, the former R.E.M. singer has reflected on the positivity that he has felt since making his announcement as well as the way attitudes...

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See Carrie Underwood Cover R.E.M.'s 'Everybody Hurts'

September 30, 2014

Country artists interpreting pop and classic-rock songs is nothing new. Jason Aldean has regularly covered Bon Jovi's "Wanted Dead or Alive" in concert, and just last night on the iHeartRadio Music Festival broadcast, Zac Brown Band played Queen's opus...

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Michael Stipe Shares First New Music Since R.E.M. Breakup

June 4, 2014

Michael Stipe has shared his first new music since R.E.M.'s 2011 breakup, but the singer's iconic voice is nowhere to be found on the track. The three-minute instrumental, premiering at Salon as bonus footage from frequent collaborator Tom Gilroy's...

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R.E.M. Have 'Lot of Stuff in the Vaults'

May 19, 2014

R.E.M. called it quits in 2011, ending one of the most acclaimed runs in rock history. But fans have reason to celebrate – first with the band's new Unplugged set, and now with a tease of future archival releases. "We have a lot of stuff in the...

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Hear R.E.M.'s 2001 'The One I Love' Unplugged

April 28, 2014

Earlier this month, Michael Stipe stood in front of a packed Barclays Center in Brooklyn and talked about a band from the Nineties that changed the world when he inducted Nirvana into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. But the hunger for music from his own...

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Joy Division Debut EP Reissued for Record Store Day

March 20, 2014

Joy Division's 1978 debut EP An Ideal for Living will be reissued with new artwork for this year's Record Store Day, according to a post on the group's Facebook. The new version was remastered at Abbey Road Studios in London by the band's longtime...

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R.E.M.'s Stunning TV Debut

February 20, 2014

In October 1983, Americans flocked to the theaters to see Sean Connery return as James Bond after  a 12-year break in Never Say Never Again. The Number One song was Bonnie Tyler's "Total Eclipse of the Heart," though it would soon be eclipsed by...

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Sleater-Kinney Reunite at Pearl Jam Show

November 30, 2013

Pearl Jam wrapped up their concert at Portland's Moda Center last night by making a little local history. For the final number, the band brought out Carrie Brownstein, Corin Tucker and Janet Weiss to join in on a cover of Neil Young's "Rockin' In the...

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Song Premiere: Tired Pony Return on 'I Don't Want You as a Ghost'

August 26, 2013

Click to listen to Tired Pony's "I Don't Want You As a Ghost" When Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol, Peter Buck of R.E.M. and Richard Colburn of Belle and Sebastian began working on their next album as Tired Pony, they had something special from the start:...

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R.E.M. Partially Reunite in Athens

November 15, 2013

R.E.M. nearly reunited last night during a Peter Buck solo show at the 40 Watt Club in Athens, Georgia. The guitarist was accompanied by two of his former bandmates, drummer Bill Berry and bassist Mike Mills, during a performance of the band's twangy...

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R.E.M. Could Release Rare Fan-Club Singles

August 12, 2013

R.E.M. fans have prized the band's rare fan club singles for more than two decades, and now the group is considering releasing the highly desired tracks as a box set to raise money for charity. The alt-rockers released a two-track fan exclusive each year...

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