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There aren’t a lot of bands that have a trajectory remotely like R.E.M.’s. After years of crafting perhaps the purest embodiment of ’80s college rock and developing a fervent cult following, they found breakthrough commercial success as that decade waned, with singles like “The One I Love,” “Stand,” and “Orange Crush,” and then serious mainstream… More »

From the looks of the R.E.M. setlist site remtimeline.com, early R.E.M. gigs were glorified bar-band hootenannies. Before they’d written Murmur and Chronic Town, the band cut their teeth seemingly as philistines, playing sloppy, drunken versions of everything from Creedence to the Sex Pistols. Time passed, R.E.M. became more sophisticated, and their covers eventually became more… More »

It’s Britpop Week here at Stereogum, and to help us celebrate, R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck has shared a story about his old band sabotaging the poor blokes of the Verve. Buck sat down with Portland’s Willamette Week for a rare interview, and among other things, reminisced about the time he and his R.E.M. cohorts did… More »

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Watch Death Cab For Cutie Cover R.E.M. With R.E.M.’s Peter Buck & Mike Mills

The fifth iteration of R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck's annual Todos Santos Music Festival, which takes place in Baja California, Mexico and benefits the Palapa Society…
Peter Helman | January 25, 2016 - 7:07 pm

Watch Jeff Tweedy, Corin Tucker, & R.E.M.’s Mike Mills & Peter Buck Cover David Bowie

In conjunction with the non-profit education and aid organization the Palapa Society, R.E.M.'s Peter Buck brought the Todos Santos Music Festival back to Mexico for…
Peter Helman | January 17, 2016 - 7:34 pm

Brian Eno, Iggy Pop, Nile Rodgers, Arcade Fire, & More Share Eulogies For David Bowie

Celebrities have offered an outpouring of support in the wake of the news of David Bowie's passing. Brian Eno, who Bowie famously worked with on…
James Rettig | January 11, 2016 - 11:31 am
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Watch Michael Stipe Play A Surprise Solo Set, Cover The Doors

There are lots of good reasons to go see Patti Smith play a New York show if you get a chance, but here's an extra…
Tom Breihan | November 11, 2015 - 8:44 am
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R.E.M.’s Peter Buck Announces His “Best Solo Record” Warzone Earth Feat. Jeff Tweedy, Krist Novoselic

R.E.M.'s Peter Buck just announced the release of his new album, Warzone Earth, which he is calling his best solo work to date. Buck made…
Gabriela Tully Claymore | September 29, 2015 - 5:56 pm

R.E.M. To Trump: Go Fuck Yourself

What is it with Republican presidential candidates and using very non-Republican musicians' songs without permission? First Donald Trump announced his campaign with Neil Young's "Rockin'
Peter Helman | September 9, 2015 - 9:07 pm
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Michael Stipe Lists His 10 Favorite Books

One Grand is a new bookstore/installation created by Out editor Aaron Hicklin, the idea behind it being that it only sells books that various creative/intellectual…
Peter Helman | August 15, 2015 - 6:41 pm
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Hear An R.E.M.-Approved EDM Remix Of “The One I Love”

R.E.M. are not exactly the kind of band whose music lends itself to dance remixes. And if someone was going to put together an R.E.M.
Tom Breihan | July 14, 2015 - 9:33 am

R.E.M., Neutral Milk Hotel, Britt Daniel, Kathleen Hanna & More Endorse Net Neutrality In Open Letter To FCC

In two days, the Federal Communications Commission is scheduled to vote on a number of sweeping internet regulations, which will regulate internet service providers as…
Tom Breihan | February 24, 2015 - 9:16 am

Watch R.E.M.’s Mike Mills Sing In A Conscious Rap Video About The Death Of Newspapers

Last year the comedy-and-music benefit compilation 2776 enlisted a host of celebrity guests to help raise money for OneKid OneWorld, an organization that works to…
Caitlin White | February 4, 2015 - 1:35 pm
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Watch First Aid Kit Cover R.E.M.’s “Walk Unafraid” With Peter Buck

On the soundtrack of the new movie Wild the rootsy Swedish sister act First Aid Kit cover "Walk Unafraid," a song from R.E.M.'s 1998 album…
Tom Breihan | January 15, 2015 - 3:47 pm
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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,…
Tom Breihan | December 30, 2014 - 8:55 am
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First Aid Kit – “Walk Unafraid” Video

Last month we heard First Aid Kit's cover of R.E.M.'s "Walk Unafraid" from the new Reese Witherspoon movie Wild. (Incidentally, we also heard the Swedish…
Gabriela Tully Claymore | December 19, 2014 - 2:56 pm

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…
Tom Breihan | December 18, 2014 - 9:21 am
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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…
James Rettig | December 13, 2014 - 10:57 am
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Win R.E.M.’s 7IN — 83-88 Vinyl Box Set

R.E.M. are about to release 7IN – 83-88, a vinyl box set compiling their 7" singles from their I.R.S. Records era. The set includes 11…
Chris DeVille | December 2, 2014 - 12:43 pm
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Watch A Clip From The Documentary R.E.M. By MTV

MTV will be releasing REMTV, a six-disc retrospective chronicling R.E.M.'s legacy on the channel, later this month. One of the discs is the documentary R.E.M.
Gabriela Tully Claymore | November 21, 2014 - 11:25 am
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First Aid Kit – “Walk Unafraid” (R.E.M. Cover)

First Aid Kit covered R.E.M.'s Up track "Walk Unafraid" for the soundtrack to Reese Witherspoon's new backpacking movie Wild. Whereas the original broods and jangles…
Chris DeVille | November 4, 2014 - 12:51 pm
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R.E.M., Neutral Milk Hotel, of Montreal Donate Items To Crowdfund Athens Steeple Restoration

R.E.M., Neutral Milk Hotel, and of Montreal are donating to the restoration of the St. Mary's Church steeple in Athens, Georgia. The steeple was once…
Maggie Stamets | November 3, 2014 - 2:24 pm
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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…
James Rettig | October 26, 2014 - 4:54 pm
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