Featured R.E.M. stories


Aaron Dessner On His New Song With Michael Stipe And That Whole Antifa Debacle

Aaron Dessner is always working on a ton of music. Quarantine has been no different. Recently, he's had a couple projects germinating -- one of…
Ryan Leas | June 11, 2020 - 12:23 pm

The Anniversary

Up Turns 20

There are a couple ways you can divide up R.E.M.'s career. Considering they are a band that released music for just about 30 years, almost…
Ryan Leas | October 29, 2018 - 2:47 pm

Ultimate Playlist

30 Essential Grunge Songs

You can choose all sorts of genesis points when you look back at a moment as era-defining and yet difficult to clarify as grunge. One…
Ryan Leas | August 1, 2018 - 2:36 pm

More R.E.M. stories

Netflix Announces Song Exploder TV Show With R.E.M., Alicia Keys, Ty Dolla $ign, & Lin-Manuel Miranda

Song Exploder has long been one of the most interesting music podcasts around, an engaging venue for artists like Tame Impala, St. Vincent, Arcade Fire,…
Chris DeVille | September 17, 2020 - 10:47 am

Michael Stipe Talks Donald Trump & Solo Music With Seth Meyers, Writes Guardian Editorial About Athens COVID Policy

A few months ago, Michael Stipe was on late-night TV to perform. Earlier this year, Stipe went on both Jimmy Fallon's Tonight Show and Stephen
Tom Breihan | September 17, 2020 - 9:34 am

Hayley Williams, Matt Berninger, Weyes Blood, & More Contribute Unreleased Tracks To Benefit Compilation Out This Friday

This Friday (9/4) is Bandcamp's next Bandcamp Friday, when the service waives their revenue share, and a stacked compilation has just been announced, which will…
James Rettig | September 2, 2020 - 12:00 pm

Watch Ben Gibbard Play The Cure, R.E.M., Spiritualized, & More In Another All-Covers Livestream

Death Cab For Cutie's Ben Gibbard was an early adopter in the wave of livestreamed concerts that has arisen while many people isolate themselves in…
Chris DeVille | March 30, 2020 - 9:24 am

Bill Rieflin, Drummer For Ministry, R.E.M., & King Crimson, Dead At 59

Bill Rieflin, a Seattle-based drummer with an impressive list of associations, has died of cancer. Rieflin's King Crimson bandmate Robert Fripp shared the news in…
Chris DeVille | March 24, 2020 - 9:18 pm

It’s The End Of The World As We Know It And Michael Stipe Has 4 Coronavirus Rules For You

R.E.M.'s 1987 single "It's The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)," a very nice #69 hit on the Billboard
Chris DeVille | March 17, 2020 - 9:17 pm

Universal Confirms That Nirvana, Beck, Soundgarden, Slayer, More Masters Were Damaged Or Destroyed In 2008 Fire

Last year, in a massive feature, the New York Times reported on a musical-history loss that had been kept largely secret. In 2008, a fire…
Tom Breihan | February 14, 2020 - 9:06 am

Stream R.E.M.’s Previously Unreleased Monster Demos

This year marks the 25th anniversary of R.E.M.'s Monster, which was originally released in September of 1994 and found the band putting a harder edge…
Keely Quinlan | November 1, 2019 - 12:03 am

Hear R.E.M.’s Previously Unreleased Demo “Uptempo Mo Distortion”

R.E.M. are reissuing their misunderstood grunge-era curiosity Monster for its 25th anniversary. The Monster 25 box set drops next Friday, and so far we've heard…
Chris DeVille | October 25, 2019 - 9:04 am

Hear R.E.M.’s New Remix Of Kurt Cobain Tribute “Let Me In”

R.E.M.'s divisive Monster just turned 25, and to celebrate the occasion, the band are reissuing the album in a big six-disc anniversary box set. That…
Peter Helman | October 10, 2019 - 4:35 pm

R.E.M. – “Revolution 4-21″ (Demo)

Later this fall, R.E.M. will release a massive 25th-anniversary box-set edition of Monster, their fascinating and divisive 1994 album. But that Monster deluxe edition won't…
Tom Breihan | September 27, 2019 - 9:47 am

R.E.M. Share Previously Unreleased “Fascinating” To Benefit Hurricane Dorian Victims

R.E.M. have shared a previously unreleased song called "Fascinating" to raise funds for hurricane relief in the Bahamas. Mike Mills and Michael Stipe recorded "Fascinating"
Peter Helman | September 12, 2019 - 11:47 am

R.E.M. Announce Monster 25th Anniversary Box Set

In the history of R.E.M., one of our most storied bands, the 1994 album Monster occupies a strange place. When R.E.M. made Monster, they were…
Tom Breihan | September 4, 2019 - 10:36 am

R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe Apparently Has 18 Solo Songs Ready To Go

R.E.M. officially broke up way back in 2011. And while most of the other members of the band have kept themselves busy with one musical…
Tom Breihan | June 25, 2019 - 9:48 am
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