Soundcheck Photo: World Cafe Live

Thanks to Nancy Rankin Escovedo for this photo of Alejandro Escovedo and the Burn Something Beautiful Band at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia for Sunday night’s show…

Peter’s Icy Road Report from Somewhere Near Fairfield

We had a great show at the Helsinki club in Hudson, NY, Friday night. That town is just eat up with quaint. We got to our motel only to find that we were staying in a town called Coxsackie. It’s pronounced exactly like you would imagine–great hilarity ensued. Saturday was a nice, easy drive until … Continued

Peter Checks in From the Road (On Tour with Alejandro Escovedo)

I’m in a van with Scott McCaughey, Kurt Bloch, Linda Pitmon, and Alejandro Escovedo. We just bought three-dimensional pictures of Elvis and Jesus,we are listening to Canned Heat, and we just ate at a 7-11. Yep,we are on tour. It’s Alejandro Escovedo and the Burn Something Beautiful band. First show in Washington, DC, was great, … Continued

The Minus 5 to Open for Alejandro Escovedo on January Tour

his just in from our good pal, Scott McCaughey: The Minus 5 heads out on tour, opening for Alejandro Escovedo on all dates! The band is Peter Buck, Scott, Kurt Bloch, John Moen, except first four dates where Linda Pitmon replaces John Moen. The four Fivers are Alejandro’s band as well, and will be playing … Continued

Michael Joins Patti Smith in Chicago to Celebrate Her 70th Birthday

Punk priestess Patti Smith celebrated her 70th birthday on Friday night in Chicago at the Riveria Theatre where Michael led the audience in singing Happy Birthday. He also joined Patti onstage for a rousing version of Patti’s “People Have the Power.” Read more and watch a clip of the performance at Rolling Stone

Aspen Times: Mills’ Concerto Performance Among Best of 2016

The Mills-McDuffie Concerto for Violin, Rock Band, and String Orchestra received a nice year-end nod in The Aspen Times. If you haven’t already, pick up your copy of the Concerto here:…/mike-mills-concerto…/id1156567984

15 Holiday B-Sides from 90s Singles

Paste has a feature on Holiday b-sides from the 1990s including one by R.E.M.; Check it out here:

Sandra-Lee Phipps R.E.M. Print Sale

Our friend Sandra-Lee Phipps is holding her annual R.E.M. print sale just in time for the holidays! Check out her prints here:

Picture Postcard from the end of the year at The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

Picture Postcard from the end of the year at The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

What a great time back in the Ed Sullivan Theatre on Times Square where Stephen Colbert hosted Michael last night— ( Michael and Stephen enjoy a great rapport and the night was enjoyable and fun for all, and funny.

Out Of Time at 25: Four Southern Playlists at the Bitter Southerner

Big Star’s Jody Stephens, violinist Robert McDuffie, chef Hugh Acheson, and director James Ponsoldt have submitted playlists on the occasion of Out Of Time turning 25 this year and the Bitter Southerner has posted them. Check it out:

Enter uDiscover’s 12 Days of Christmas Competition to win R.E.M. Bundle

As part of uDiscover’s famed 12 Days Of Christmas countdown they have dedicated a day to R.E.M. offering up a handy festive bundle including LPs, CDs & merch for subscribing to the ‘Best Of’ playlist on Spotify (or just entering) Day 2 of the @uDiscover Christmas Competition features a huge R.E.M. Prize Bundle. Details here: … Continued