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WINTER UK/IRELAND TOUR SUPPORT ANNOUNCED


Athens band Now It’s Overhead will support R.E.M in the United Kingdom and Ireland during the Winter leg of the band’s 2005 Tour at the following shows:

02.19.05–Apollo, London
02.21.05–Hallam FM Arena, Sheffield
02.22.05–SECC, Glasgow
02.23.05–NEC, Birmingham
02.25.05–Odyssey, Belfast
02.26.05–Point, Dublin
02.27.05–Point, Dublin

Check out Now It’s Overhead’s website by clicking here.

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AFTERMATH SINGLE RELEASE


Aftermath, the second single from Around the Sun, has been released this week. As previously reported back in October, B-sides for the single were recorded in the Athens Rehearsal Studio during the summer and include “High Speed Train,” “So Fast, So Numb,” and “All the Right Friends.” Brett

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MAKE TRADE FAIR CAMPAIGN


The London Observer has a fantastic article on Oxfam’s ongoing effort to Make Trade Fair. The article highlights appearances in a recent ad campaign by Michael, Thom Yorke, Chris Martin, and Colin Firth and includes an interview with Michael. To read the Observer article, please click here.

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R.E.M. ON TRACKS COVER


The band is on the cover of this month’s Tracks magazine and featured in an article entitled, “R.E.M Stands Strong.” You can find out more information about Tracks by visiting their website import_news_283.jpg

MINUS 5 RELEASES EP


The Minus 5 has released a new EP called At the Organ on Yep Roc Records to tide over fans everywhere until the release of their next full length. According to maestro Scott McCaughey, a number of the EP’s tracks were recorded during the Down With Wilco sessions.

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ASK MICHAEL A QUESTION


Check out Blender.com’s “Dear Superstar” page where you can currently submit questions to Michael. If chosen, your question will appear, with Michael’s answer, in an upcoming issue of Blender magazine. So visit blender.com now and enter that question you’ve always wanted to ask Michael.

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R.E.M. RETURNS TO SEATTLE


R.E.M experiences a homecoming of sorts tonight as they return to Seattle to play back-to-back shows over the weekend with support this evening from fellow Athenians, Five-Eight, and Saturday night’s special guest Charlie Mars. Both shows are at Marion Oliver McCaw Hall.

Five Eight, who will also be joining the

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WORLD TOUR SUPPORT ANNOUNCED


Support has been firmed up for most of the band’s 2005 World Tour. R.E.M will be joined by Joseph Arthur, Brainstorm, Bright Eyes, and The Thrills on various legs of next year’s tour (please see the schedule below for specifics). We will announce opening acts for the UK

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ROLLING STONE GERMANY COVERS R.E.M.


This month’s Rolling Stone Germany has an in-depth cover article on the band as well as a special feature on the 500 Greatest Albums of all time. R.E.M storms the charts with seven records. Check it out to find out which ones made the list.

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R.E.M. WANTS YOU!


These fine photos of Michael were taken by Angela McCluskey who has opened for R.E.M so far in Chicago, Cincinnati, Boston, Atlantic City, and DC. Angela will support the band again at Madison Square Garden in New York on Thursday night. Thanks Angela!

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POSTCARD FROM THE EYE OF THE STORM


Pretty calm here in DC. Playing a show tonight in DAR (that stands for Daughters of the American Revolution…) Constitution Hall, not far from Pennsylvania Avenue, one of the great old concert venues anywhere for everybody other than our crew—it’s a, ahem, challenging venue, but makes for some great

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MICHAEL CHECKS IN FROM THE ROAD


Michael sent over this photo today taken by Bill Rieflin at Wednesday’s Ohio show of Michael and Andy of Now It’s Overhead. Michael says, “We look better a ‘little fuzzy’ I have to say,”

Learn more about Now It’s Overhead by clicking here.

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AROUND THE SUN TOPS CHARTS IN SWEDEN


Around the Sun has gone to #1 this week on Sweden’s Album Chart, giving the band their 8th number one for the record which was released on October 4th. In other news, “Leaving New York” has climbed to the top of the airplay charts in Norway…

R.E.M will be in Scandinavia