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Michael Stipe Played A Surprise Solo Set And Covered Perfume Genius Last Night

Michael Stipe hasn’t made a ton of music since R.E.M. broke up in 2011, and when he talked to CBS This Morning earlier this month, he was noncommittal about the future of his music career: “I will sing again. […] Not soon … maybe … I don’t know.” Maybe he was just being coy; he’… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 30, 2014 - 8:55 am

The Colbert Report Says Goodbye With An All-Star Serenade & Neutral Milk Hotel’s “Holland, 1945″

Last night, Stephen Colbert ended his incredible nine-year run as host of The Colbert Report, airing his final episode. In the show’s last-ever segment, Colbert brought a vast and head-spinning array of celebrity guests to the stage, and they all teamed up to sing the 1939 standard “We’ll Meet Again.” (It’s the same song that… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 19, 2014 - 8:47 am

Watch Stephen Colbert Sell Michael Stipe

Tonight, The Colbert Report will air its final episode, ending a nine-year run that’s made comedy history. Over the years, the former R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe has been such a frequent guest that the show has made a running joke out of it. (Colbert, upset about R.E.M.’s 2011 breakup, put Stipe in his permanent collection,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 18, 2014 - 9:21 am

Michael Stipe: “I Think I Will Sing Again … Maybe”

Michael Stipe has kept busy since R.E.M. broke up three years ago, but he took some time to reflect on his former band’s three-decade-long career in a new interview on CBS This Morning. The interview is interspersed with a quick rundown of the band’s history, intercut with footage from the new REMTV boxset that wa… More »

By: James Rettig / December 13, 2014 - 10:57 am

Michael Stipe Looks Back On 20 Years Of Public Queerness

Michael Stipe has published a piece for The Guardian in which he reflects on how his life has changed since publicly coming out at the height of R.E.M.’s career. “In 1994, most people had a largely binary perception of sexuality — the message was complicated for them. I am thrilled to see how much thi… More »

By: James Rettig / October 26, 2014 - 4:54 pm

Michael Stipe Launches Evolving Exhibition At NYU’s 80WSE Gallery

Michael Stipe recently launched a new exhibition called NEW SIGHTS, NEW NOISE at New York University’s 80 WSE Gallery. The project will allow Stipe “to be in residence as both an artist and teacher, repurposing the gallery’s 3500 square foot space as a studio, classroom, and laboratory that will exist in a constant state of… More »

By: James Rettig / October 8, 2014 - 9:26 pm

Read Michael Stipe’s “Thoughts On The 21st Century” Essay About 9/11, American Attitudes

Ever since R.E.M. broke up a few years ago, Michael Stipe has had some free time, and he’s become something of a man-about-town in New York: showing up on Colbert, making speeches at awards ceremonies, writing music for films. In his latest endeavor, Stipe contributed to Douglas Coupland’s new book Everywhere Is Anywhere Is AnythingMore »

By: Tom Breihan / September 11, 2014 - 9:34 am

Watch Michael Stipe Recall His First HIV Test At Logo TV’s Trailblazers

Tonight, Logo TV is airing its Trailblazers special, which pays tribute to pioneers for LGBT equality. The event features a lot of musicians, including the former R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe, there to present an award to John Abadallah Wambere, an activist in Uganda. While he was onstage to present the award, Stipe talked a bit… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 26, 2014 - 9:41 am

Hear Michael Stipe’s First New Music Since R.E.M. Broke Up

R.E.M. broke up nearly three years ago, and band members Peter Buck and Mike Mills have kept themselves busy with various smaller projects. But frontman Michael Stipe hasn’t made any music until now. Tom Gilroy, a longtime friend and collaborator of Stipe’s, has directed a new movie called The Cold Lands, and it’s out now… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 4, 2014 - 9:54 am

Watch Nirvana Play With Lorde, St. Vincent, Kim Gordon, & Joan Jett At Their Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Induction

So the 2014 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony happened at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, and this year, it’s relevant to your interests! As you might have heard, Nirvana were inducted by R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe (“They were singular and loud and melodic and deeply original,” he said of the band), and after much consternationMore »

By: Scott Lapatine / April 11, 2014 - 12:03 am

Michael Stipe, Chris Martin, Bruce Springsteen To Induct Rock Hall Class Of 2014

This year’s Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductees include Nirvana, Kiss, and Peter Gabriel, and the Hall has just announced most of the suitably big-deal guests — many of them already Hall Of Famers themselves — who will induct and pay tribute to this year’s class. Former R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe will induct Nirvana,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 1, 2014 - 10:19 am

Watch Michael Stipe, Mandy Patinkin & Stephen Colbert Sing “Good King Wencesles”

Michael Stipe pulled double duty yesterday in NYC, hitting MSG to duet “Losing My Religion” with Chris Martin at the 12.12.12. Concert after doing this bit of Christmas caroling on The Colbert Report. It’s not the first time Stipe’s turned up on the Colbert set to sing with Stephen, sat in that little wall shelf… More »

By: Amrit Singh / December 13, 2012 - 11:26 am

Watch Nirvana & Paul McCartney Debut “Cut Me Some Slack” At 12-12-12: The Concert For Sandy Relief

So last night the unthinkable happened: Paulvana, Nirmacca, Nicartney — whatever they’re calling themselves (Abomination is taken) — performed at the 12-12-12 Concert For Sandy Relief at Madison Square Garden. It should go without saying that my criticism/cynicism here is strictly musical and cultural: Whatever fresh hell occurred last night was very much in the… More »

By: Michael Nelson / December 13, 2012 - 11:04 am

Michael Stipe Plays Password With Muppets On Fallon

On last night’s episode of Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, Michael Stipe came through. But for once, he wasn’t there to sing. He was for an interview with Fallon, where he talked about R.E.M.’s breakup and new greatest-hits album, and where he awkwardly saluted the Roots. But while he was on the show, he also… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 17, 2011 - 11:28 am

Watch Brian Eno On The Colbert Report

The musical guest on last night’s Colbert Report was art-rock genius and production mastermind Brian Eno. During his interview with Colbert, he laughed a lot and did the Montgomery Burns finger-tent when he was discussing big concepts, so he acted basically exactly the way you’d want Brian Eno to act during a Colbert Report interview. More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 11, 2011 - 9:59 am

R.E.M. – “We All Go Back To Where We Belong” Video (Feat. Kirsten Dunst & John Giorno)

R.E.M.’s greatest-hits collection Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth, Part Garbage 1982- 2011 arrives next month, and it features the new single “We All Go Back To Where We Belong,” which the band recorded just before breaking up. The band has now posted two videos (or, in their parlance, “short films”) for the song. More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 27, 2011 - 11:51 am

Michael Stipe’s Dick (NSFW, Obvs)

Consider this: in a completely, literally revelatory Tumblr post, REM’s Michael Stipe gave us a tour of his dick, pretty much (it’s actually a tour of his bedroom, or something, but he doesn’t waste a lot of time getting Little Stipe out there). In the Rick Ross profile from this week’sGQ, Ross says, “Real nigga… More »

By: Corban Goble / September 21, 2011 - 10:45 am

Watch Ted Leo Interview Michael Stipe, J Mascis, Liz Phair & Other SXSW Luminaries

SXSW 2011 came and went — we have the portraits to prove it — but it doesn’t mean those days in Austin aren’t still spitting out worthwhile mementos… Like Fred Armisen before him, Ted Leo interviewed a bunch of folks while he was down in Austin. Unlike Armisen, he takes it fairly seriously, a seriousne… More »

By: brandon / March 29, 2011 - 5:47 pm

DJs Animal Collective & Fischerspooner @ The American Museum Of Natural History, NYC 1/8/10

For those heading uptown Friday night to NYC’s American Museum Of Natural History Friday, site of the FADER-presented Animal Collective DJ set/One Step Beyond party, the onstage visual was 33% true to Animal Collective onstage visuals of the past year — Geologist crouched over a table of equipment, less one Noah Lennox and one Avey… More »

By: Amrit Singh / January 11, 2010 - 2:22 pm

Michael Stipe Turns 50

“A half-century ago we lost Camus and gained Stipe. The lord takes and the lord gives.”
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By: Scott Lapatine / January 4, 2010 - 6:27 pm
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