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PETER AND THE MINUS FIVE/VENUS 3 IN THE NEWS


Peter and the Minus 5 will take their well-travelled brand of high-energy melodic rock to the House of Blues on August 27th as part of Rickenbacker Guitar’s “75th Anniversary of the Electric Guitar” benefit concert. The Minus 5 will share the bill with Jefferson Starship, The Smithereens, and a host

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GAINSBOURG CD WITH MICHAEL TRACK OUT AUG 1ST


On Tuesday, August 1, 2006, Verve Forecast records will release Monsieur Gainsbourg Revisited, an original tribute to the songs of renowned French singer/songwriter/provocateur Serge Gainsbourg. The record features an impressive range of international artists from Franz Ferdinand to Portishead to R. E. M.’s Michael Stipe, interpreting new translations of Gainsbourg’s

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R.E.M. NEWS ROUNDUP


In addition to the big news surrounding the release of the I.R.S. Years CDs and DVD this September, the guys have been staying very busy with various side-projects and appearances. Here is a quick run-down of what’s happening on the R.E.M. front over the next few weeks:

MICHAEL AND NY

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I.R.S. YEARS CD AND DVD DUE OUT SEPTEMBER 12TH


On September 12th, EMI will release the first comprehensive CD and DVD anthologies of R.E.M.’s 1980s I.R.S. Records catalog. The CD will be called And I Feel Fine…The Best of the I.R.S. Years 1982-1987 and will be available in 2 formats: a 21-track single-disc collection of hits and

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PETER BUCK ON GRAM PARSONS’ DVD


Peter appears on a new documentary which recounts the life of Gram Parsons. Fallen Angel which was produced by Gandulf Hennig was released on DVD on July 11. The film covers Parsons’ life as a child heir to an orange juice fortune to his days as a musical icon

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Q GIVES NOD TO MURMUR…THE ONE I LOVE


August ’06 Q Magazine rates the 40 Best Albums of the ’80s with R.E.M.’s debut Murmur standing strong in the rankings at number 6. The record is celebrated as a “glorious return to guitar rock primacy after the floppy-haired, new romantic tyranny of the early 80s.” Murmur appealed

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ATHFEST GETS GOING


AthFest 10, the tenth annual celebration of Athens’ music, culture, and arts, is in full-swing this week and continues on through Sunday. It’s a great event where there truly is just about something for everybody: live music, lectures, film, kids’ events, an auction with a grand-prize trip to Italy,

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AN INSIDE-OUT LOOK AT ATHENS GA


With AthFest taking place over the course of the next five days (June 21st-25th), our humble burg readies itself for an interesting few days of music, arts, and other cultural happenings as temperatures soar into the upper 90s. One of several highly-anticipated events is a 20th anniversary screening of

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MICHAEL REPRESENTS MERCY CORPS AT CARTIER FUNDRAISER


Michael attended a fundraiser in New York City last night which was hosted by venerable French jeweler and watchmaker Cartier. The event, “Celebrate Love,” brought attention to Cartier’s partnership with some of America’s best-known artists who were selected for their “commitment” to a specific cause. Michael represented Mercy

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MIKE TO PARTICIPATE IN PITTSBURGH CONCERT


Mike will participate in a musical tribute concert as part of the festivities surrounding this year’s Major League Baseball All Star game in Pittsburgh. The concert will celebrate the life of baseball legend and humanitarian Roberto Clemente and will take place on Saturday night, July 8th, at the Chevrolet Amphitheatre

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JOSEPH ARTHUR OFFERS NEW TRACK FOR GULF COAST AID


R.E.M friend, touring mate, and In The Sun author/project collaborator Joseph Arthur has released a new track called “Last Train to Ithaca” which he is offering as a gift to fans as a reminder of the work that still needs to be done in terms of Gulf Coast relief.

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PETER PLAYS SLOW MUSIC


Peter will join Bill Rieflin on an upcoming five-show tour in support of Bill’s new musical effort, Slow Music, this May. The band, which also features the formidable talents of Robert Fripp, Matt Chamberlain, Fred Chalenor, and Hector Zazou, will play on the following dates:

Date Venue Location
May. 05, 2006 Aladdin Theater Portland,

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MICHAEL GIVES THE LOW-DOWN ON BLUE AEROPLANES RE-ISSUE AND NATALIE MERCHANT RETROSPECTIVE


NATALIE MERCHANT has released a compilation called RETROSPECTIVE 1990-2005. It features lots of her greatest songs, including ‘build a levee,’ ‘san andreas fault,’ ‘carnival,’ and the song ‘she devil’, which brilliantly opens the 2nd cd and should be essential café rotation this summer; this is classic, great songwriting and

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MINUS FIVE MARCH ON


The Minus Five wrap up their tour of the US this weekend with shows in Atlanta at Smith’s Olde Bar Friday night and in Athens at the Georgia Theatre Saturday. The Silos will provide support in Atlanta and Athens, where they’ll be joined by local faves, Elf Power.

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