BRIGHT EYES ON TOUR THIS SUMMER


As we continue to gear up for R.E.M in Dublin, Ireland this summer, we’ve been keeping our eyes open for signs of activity from some of our favorite bands, one of which is Conor Oberst’s Bright Eyes. Bright Eyes just wrapped up touring the United States with

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HQ SUMMER UPDATE


With a whole host of things going on in the R.E.M. world between the Vancouver and Dublin recording sessions, here’s your summer installment of the HQ Update (R.E.M.-related happenings and miscellany):

PETER BUCK HITS THE ROAD IN EUROPE

Peter is out on the road with Robyn Hitchcock and the Venus 3 for

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INSTANT KARMA COMPILATION ON MTV.COM TUESDAY


Beyond his well-documented contributions to the musical canon, in life and death, John Lennon remains a symbol of peace. It is apt then that a selection of some of his greatest songs are the basis for Instant Karma: The Campaign to Save Darfur, a compilation being released June 12 to

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GEORGIA MUSIC HALL OF FAME HONORS R.E.M. AT TRIBUTE CONCERT TONIGHT


If you happen to be in the Macon, Georgia, area tonight, the Georgia Music Hall of Fame is hosting a First Friday tribute concert and exhibition in honor of R.E.M. this evening beginning at 6pm. First Friday Around The Sun will feature a performance by Athens’ band Modern Skirts

CINÉ ATHENS OPENS!


Congratulations to the founders of CINÉ, the wonderful new art-house in Athens, which officially opens tonight and gives our little town a real big city movie appearance. Some great local coverage so far…

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…and another reason to celebrate life in Athens!

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POSTCARD FROM VANCOUVER


Happy to report the recording went great in Vancouver. Hard to believe 3 weeks went by that fast. Many songs shaping up nicely, although I will resist the temptation to try and describe them, especially since many will be able to hear them live in Dublin in

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WATCH PETER STUDIO VIDEO AT YOUTUBE


A short clip of Peter playing dulcimer in the studio in Vancouver has been posted on the R.E.M. channel at youtube.com. Check it out by clicking here.

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SCENES FROM VANCOUVER


3rd week in . . . lots of tunes and takes . . . pictures worth stories . . .5 weeks til Dublin

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MAY IN VANCOUVER: R.E.M. BEGINS RECORDING SESSIONS


R.E.M will begin their recording sessions with producer Jacknife Lee in Vancouver, BC, next week. The band and Lee will spend a few weeks in Canada and will then set up shop in Ireland, where they will continue to record as well as perform a five-night stand of

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PATTI SMITH TWELVE INCLUDES BONUS EVERYBODY HURTS


Patti Smith’s new record, Twelve, hits stores today, April 24th. Twelve, which includes covers of twelve songs by various artists, including Neil Young, Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, George Harrison, and Nirvana, also features an exclusive bonus track of R.E.M.’s Everybody Hurts available at iTunes and Target

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MICHAEL TO APPEAR ON SIRIUS RADIO’S JANE FRIDAY


Michael will appear on Sirius Radio’s program Jane, channel 102, Friday at 6pm ET. Jane Pratt, founder of Jane Magazine, will chat with Michael live from Athens, so please be sure to tune in. You can get more information on Jane’s show right here.

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JAMES LYONS (1960-2007)


We are saddened to learn of the passing of film editor and artist James Lyons. Michael wrote, “Jim was an amazing artist, editor and friend. His death is an enormous loss to the arts community and countless people he inspired.”

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MICHAEL Y MIGUEL SING


Michael is one of fifteen artists to join Spanish singer/songwriter Miguel Bose on his duets album, Papito, celebrating Bose’s 30-year career.

The album, which consists of duets of Bose’s past hits, was released in March and has already reached number one in Spain and Mexico.

Warner Music Spain executive Adriana Gonzalez says