Bertis Downs: “Athens in Harmony” in the Bitter Southerner


For four years, Athens, Georgia, musicians and activists have used every MLK holiday weekend to cross the lines of genre and race to make music together. In this piece penned for The Bitter Southerner, REMHQ’s Bertis Downs discusses his turn at the mic last month. Athens in Harmony https://berto.fyi/TBSxAthensInHarmony

Michael Attends #changetheref News Conference on Sane Gun Legislation


Michael and David Belisle attended the changetheref.org news conference today in NYC along with Emma Gonzalez, Susan Sarandon, Katie Couric and the sister of Joaquin Oliver who was killed in Parkland one year ago today. Check out their website advocating for sane gun legislation and education. Get involved if you can! Pictured: the candy they handed out … Continued

Filthy Friends Interview and Song Premiere at Rolling Stone, Plus Tour News


Rolling Stone has posted an interview with Filthy Friends — Corin Tucker & Peter Buck– along with the premiere of the band’s new song “Last Chance County.” The track is slated to appear on their upcoming album, Emerald Valley, due out May 3rd. Read and listen here: http://bit.ly/2SrR1ff Filthy Friends has plans to tour in May with the following … Continued

Review: Mike’s Concerto in Fort Worth


Here’s a review of Mike’s Concerto for Violin, Rock Band and String Orchestra with Robert McDuffie and the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra this past weekend. Read all about it: berto.fyi/UnclutchThePearls

Tickets Available for Mike Mills & Robert McDuffie Concerto with the Ft. Worth Symphony Orchestra


Get your tickets now for Mike and Robert McDuffie’s upcoming February performance of Mike’s rock concerto and Antonio Vivaldi’s Four Seasons with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra Ticket info here From the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra website: VIVALDI ROCKS with Robert McDuffie and R.E.M.’s Mike Mills GRAMMY-nominated violinist, Robert McDuffie joins the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra for … Continued

OUR FRIEND JONAS MEKAS Dec.24, 1922—Jan 23, 2019


OUR FRIEND JONAS MEKAS Dec.24, 1922—Jan 23, 2019 “In a meadow full of flowers, you cannot walk through and breathe those smells and see all those colors and remain angry. We have to support the beauty, the poetry, of life.” ~Jonas Mekas “As a film-maker and a poet, I feel it’s my duty to be … Continued

Bertis to Participate in Upcoming Nashville Music Panel with Patterson Hood


If you’re in and around Nashville tomorrow, Bertis is on a panel at City Winery with Patterson Hood of Drive-By Truckers and Chuck Reece of The Bitter Southerner as part of the WHO KNEW series. The panel, which also includes Ken Paulson, dean of MTSU’s College of Media & Entertainment and director of the Free Speech Center, Chastity Brown, singer, songwriter, … Continued

Peter & Joseph Arthur Visit the Palapa Society of Todos Santos


  Joseph Arthur and I gave an impromptu performance for the students of the The Palapa Society of Todos Santos, A.C. last Friday. We played songs and listened to some songs played by the children, and we had a question and answer session. It was by far the most moving experience of this entire journey, and … Continued

A Special Night at St. James in London 


A Special Night at St. James in London (by Danny Watson) September 15th 2004.. that’s the answer whenever I get asked for the highlight of my career. Actually it’s rivaled by a date a few months earlier but the two are connected. On that date, R.E.M. played a special show at St.James church in Piccadilly … Continued

Arthur Buck Adds Second Todos Santos Show


Arthur Buck Fans: Peter and Joe have added a second show at the Todos Santos Inn (Saturday, January 12, at 8pm) with proceeds to benefit the The Palapa Society of Todos Santos, A.C. Here’s footage from show #1 this past weekend to give you a taste of what’s in store: “Crying Like a Man” with Joseph … Continued