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JOSEPH ARTHUR/SHORTBUS/PAPERCRANES=my week


Two things, three:

First, I performed with JOSEPH ARTHUR, ‘in the sun’ at nyc’s bowery ballroom last wednesday a week back. He is winding his way westward across the country with an amazing band and a pocketful of brilliant songs, im rarely so moved as when I watch him sing.

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MICHAEL Q’S UP!


Michael is one of 20 artists selected by Q to have their own cover in this month’s special 20th Anniversary of Q Magazine. READ MICHAEL’S INTERVIEW BY CLICKING here.

The 20 musical icons that have given exclusive shoots and interviews are Michael, Paul McCartney, David Bowie, Madonna,

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TEXT OF MICHAEL’S GMHOF SPEECH


We are so very proud of our home state of Georgia. I cannot express enough what an honor it is for us to be inducted into the GMHoF by someone who is, to us, the living embodiment of courage, fairness, intellect, and inclusion…a fellow son of Georgia and a

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MINUS 5 & VENUS 3 GET READY TO JOIN ROBYN HITCHCOCK ON ROAD


Scott McCaughey has forwarded the upcoming tour dates for Robyn Hitchcock and the Venus 3 as well as some dates which the Minus 5 will be playing in Japan. As Scott noted, “The Venus 3 is me, Peter, and Bill Rieflin, and the Minus 5 is the same with

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POSTCARD from ATH


Well, we have had a few days to reflect on the proceedings over in Atlanta, with the band being inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame. It was a fun fun evening, with the band playing and speaking great (way to go guys!), a swell time enjoyed by all

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R.E.M. INDUCTED INTO GA MUSIC HALL OF FAME


The band was inducted into the GA Music Hall of Fame by former Georgia Senator Max Cleland after a rousing three-song performance in front of a crowd of 2,000 strong at the World Congress Center in Atlanta. R.E.M. awoke a somewhat subdued crowd with an anthemic Begin the Begin

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R.E.M. WRAPS ATHENS REHEARSALS


R.E.M has put the finishing touches on rehearsals for this weekend’s GA Music Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Atlanta at the World Congress Center. If you live in Georgia, be sure to tune into the live broadcast Saturday night at 8:30 PM.

In other news, And I Feel Fine

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POSTCARD FROM ATHENS, GA


As the old Sam Phillips line goes “nostalgia isn’t what it used to be”; well, last night it was pretty fun to see a few generations of Athens musicians come together for a benefit for the local charities Community Connection and Family Connection/Communities in Schools. Billed as Finest Worksongs:

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MICHAEL TALKS TO THE SUN


The Sun has posted an interview with Michael in which the frontman discusses the forthcoming release of the Best Of the I.R.S. Years 1982-1987 (And I Feel Fine).

Please click here to read the interview as well as The Sun’s review of various tracks from the retrospective which will

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POSTCARD FROM HOME


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Things are heating up here in Athens with the impending release of The Best of the I.R.S. Years (1982-1987) And I Feel Fine on September 12th, exactly one week from today. We’re particularly pleased with how the “bonus” disc turned out with various band favorites, live tracks,

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MICHAEL AND BERTIS CHECK IN FROM LONDON


Bertis reports from London that Michael is in the middle of a steady couple of days of press around the IRS compilation talking with journalists from all over…mostly Europe but also Australia and the States; after what seemed like a quick year off, the band seems ready to gear up