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MINUS FIVE RELEASE NEW RECORD


The music collective known as The Minus 5, headed up by Seattle pop/punk godfather Scott McCaughey, is back with a new studio album eponymously titled for the masses, though The Minus 5 themselves have been referring to it as “The Gun Album.” The record was released on Monday, February

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MICHAEL ON EXTRA TONIGHT


Tune into NBC this evening and catch an interview with Michael talking about the “In the Sun” EP and documentary. Extra airs at 7pm EST. Please be sure to check local listings

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MICHAEL GUESTS ON ANDERSON COOPER 360


We have received word that Michael will appear on CNN”s Anderson Cooper 360 to discuss Katrina relief tonight. Anderson also will be discussing why the government still hasn’t given some Katrina evacuees trailers to live in. The show airs 10pm-midnight ET. Michael’s segment is scheduled for the second

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MICHAEL SINGS FOR GULF COAST RELIEF


We’re excited to announce that Michael has recorded Joseph Arthur’s song, “In the Sun,” for Gulf Coast relief. Six different versions of the song have been complied as an EP and will be made available as an iTunes exclusive on February 5th (this Sunday) at 11pm EST. The EP

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MICHAEL CHECKS IN: AUSTINEXHAUSTION


AUSTINEXHAUSTION

Last month bert and I went on a whirlwind visit of austin texas to work with coldplay, appearing on austin city limits. I sang 2 songs with the band including the joseph arthur track ‘in the sun’. You may have caught it on your local PBS station; if

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ICONOCLASTS: BATALI ON STIPE AIRS DECEMBER 15TH


The episode we’ve all been waiting for, Batali on Stipe, featuring Michael and chef Mario Batali, will air on Thursday, December 15th, at 10pm, as part of the Sundance Channel’s six-part series, Iconoclasts.

From Sundance: In this episode, award-winning restaurateur and Food Network Iron Chef Mario Batali serves

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MICHAEL SAYS HELLO TO DOLLY


I went with a bunch of people to see dolly parton on the day after thanksgiving. I had never seen her perform live [we had met some 12 years ago on oscar night when ‘I will always love you’ was up for an award]…the show was unbelievable and her

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THE MINUS 5 FILE: FINAL REPORT FROM GIJON


Bill Rieflin’s Final Report from Spain:
Sunday, 20 November, 2005. 2:51 PM

Once more, here we are, sitt now careens on the serpentine mountain road that takes us from Gijon to Madrid. Last night was the 5th and final night of the Minus 5 World Tour of Spain, 2005.

Once more,

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MINUS FIVE UPDATE FROM THE ROAD


Report From Spain, Part II, by Bill Rieflin:

Friday, 18 November, 2005. 1:25 PM

We left the hotel about 11:30, all stocked up with water and assorted munchies. Today we drive from Barcelona to Durango – a six hour drive, just like yesterday. Our Spanish hosts are in the front

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PETER/MINUS FIVE TAKE SPAIN BY STORM


The Minus Five are in Spain for five shows this month, and, as usual, we have the photos and setlists to prove it.

“The Five’s” starting lineup is Scott McCaughey, Peter Buck, Bill Rieflin, and John Ramberg, Stay tuned for reports as we get them.

MINUS FIVE IN SPAIN

-Nov Tuesday 15th,

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PETER JOINS FRIPP & RIEFLIN TONIGHT IN SEATTLE FOR A NIGHT OF IMPROV


Peter has been recording tracks for a potential album with Bill Rieflin and Robert Fripp in Seattle at Jupiter Studios. HQ received photos and an update today from Brian Orloff who describes the music as “Sonic Architecture…very spacey and atmospheric.”

The band, which in addition to Peter, Rieflin, and Fripp, includes

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THE LUNCHBOX LOWDOWN


I chose a random assortment of images that I thought would appeal
universally, and included 4 small magnets so whoever got it could swap the
pics out on their refrigerator…it included 3 never before seen shots, one
of a building detail in dresden, one of the paris metro florescent lights,
and one a self

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R.E.M. PLAY SURPRISE SHOW IN ATHENS!


The band put together an impromptu performance tonight in Athens at R.E.M guitar tech Dewitt Burton’s wedding reception. Roughly three-hundred people packed into a tiny arcade room at the bowling alley where the reception was held as Peter, Michael, Mike, and Bill Berry ripped through a scorching seven-song set

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R.E.M. NOMINATED FOR UK FESTIVAL AWARD


R.E.M has received a nomination for the Best Festival Headliner in this year’s UK Festival Awards. The awards, initially launched in October 2004, will be voted for online by the general public here over a three week period from Monday, October 17th through November 7th.

The 2005 UK

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MICHAEL JOINS COLDPLAY IN ATLANTA


Michael joined Chris Martin of Coldplay on stage in Atlanta last night during the UK band’s performance at Phillip’s Arena. The duo performed R.E.M.’s Nightswimming in front of a packed audience who gave Michael a rousing reception before and after the song.

Read more:
NME.com

Gigwise.com

ITN.co.uk