R.E.M. Reissue Their Big Rock Breakthrough

Also: Stream new music by Ashton Shepherd, Incubus, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah and Drake

July 15, 2011 8:40 AM ET
rem lifes rich pageant reissue

In this week's slate of Rolling Stone album reviews, Matthew Perpetua hails the reissue of R.E.M.'s 1986 classic Lifes Rich Pageant, in which the band graduated from jangly, mumbly college radio pop to bigger, bolder oddball rock. Also, Stacey Anderson laments the lack of memorable melodies on Incubus' latest record If Not Now, When? and Jody Rosen raves about the witty, tough-minded songs on country singer Ashton Shepherd's debut Where Country Grows.


R.E.M. - Lifes Rich Pageant 25th Anniversary Edition (stream one song)

Incubus - If Not Now, When? (stream one song)

Ashton Shepherd - Where Country Grows (stream one song)

Brian Eno - Drums Between the Bells (stream one song)

Old 97's - The Grand Theatre Vol. 2 (stream one song)


Clap Your Hands Say Yeah "Same Mistake" (stream)

Drake "Marvin's Room" (stream)

LAST WEEK: Wilco Go Garage Rock on Their First Indie Single

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