News

Aug 01, 2017

Filthy Friends is a new supergroup that features Sleater-Kinney's Corin Tucker and R.E.M.'s Peter Buck, along with Scott McCaughey, Kurt Bloch, and Bill Rieflin. They are releasing their debut album, Invitation, on August 25 via Kill Rock Stars.  More

“1,000 Days, 1,000 Songs” 4-Year Anti-Trump Project Launches with R.E.M. Track

"1,000 Days, 1,000 Songs" Starts with a Live Version of R.E.M.'s "It's the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)"

Jan 20, 2017

In the last month of the election writer Dave Eggers spearheaded the "30 Days, 30 Songs" anti-Donald Trump campaign, in which a new anti-Trump song was released every day.  More

Under the Radar Announces Best of 2016 / 15th Anniversary Issue with The Flaming Lips on the Cover

Issue 59 Also Includes Interviews with The Avalanches, Death Cab for Cutie, The Divine Comedy, Rose Elinor Dougall, Foxygen, Jagwar Ma, Jim Jarmusch, Jens Lekman, Mogwai, My Morning Jacket, The Radio Dept., R.E.M., Savages, Weyes Blood, and Much More

Dec 30, 2016

Under the Radar is excited to announce the full details of our joint Best of 2016 / 15th Anniversary Issue, which is out now digitally via Under the Radar's app and the magazine app Readly. The print version is about to ship out to subscribers and stores and will be on all newsstands soon (as well as available soon digitally via the magazine apps Zinio and Readbug). The issue celebrates the best albums of 2016, reflects on Under the Radar's 15th anniversary and albums released in 2001, looks forward to albums due out in early 2017, and features The Flaming Lips on the cover. There's also a big article examining how the music industry has changed in the last 15 years and in our Artist Survey section various musicians comment on the music and events of 2016. More

Dec 16, 2016

Last night R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe stopped by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Not only was he interviewed by Colbert, a very bearded Stipe joined the host for a funny parody of the R.E.M. hit "It's the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)."  More

Listen: R.E.M. Share Previously Unreleased Demo of “Shiny Happy People”

Out of Time 25th Anniversary Reissue Due Out November 18 via Concord Bicycle

Nov 11, 2016

R.E.M. are releasing a 25th anniversary reissue of their 1991 album Out of Time next Friday, November 18, via Concord Bicycle.  More

Nov 09, 2016

Team by team reporters baffled, trumped, tethered, cropped. More

Alec Baldwin Interviews Michael Stipe About the Election, Baldwin’s Trump Impersonation, and More

On Baldwin's WNYC Talk Show He Also Discusses Prince and His Current Plans

Nov 08, 2016

Alec Baldwin has interviewed former R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe for his WNYC radio talk show "Here's the Thing." They start by discussing Stipe's childhood and his earliest musical experiences.  More

Listen: R.E.M. Share Previously Unreleased “Radio Song (Acoustic Demo)”

Out of Time 25th Anniversary Reissue Due Out November 18 via Concord Bicycle

Sep 06, 2016

R.E.M. are releasing a 25th anniversary reissue of their 1991 album Out of Time. Now they have shared a previously unreleased acoustic demo of single "Radio Song." More

R.E.M. Announce 25th Anniversary Reissue of “Out of Time”

Due Out November 18 via Concord Bicycle

Aug 25, 2016

Ready to feel old, longtime R.E.M. fans? The band have announced a 25th anniversary reissue of their 1991 album Out of Time, an album that grew the band's fanbase thanks to radio hits "Losing My Religion" and "Shiny Happy People." More

Mar 30, 2016

Former R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe stopped by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last night to cover the late David Bowie's "The Man Who Sold the World." Stipe is taking part in this week's two New York City tribute concerts to Bowie. Watch video of his performance below, which just features a very bearded Stipe and a pianist. More

David Bowie Tribute Concerts Add Michael Stipe, Cat Power, Pixies, Mumford & Sons, and More

Plus Anna Calvi, Blondie, Amanda Palmer, and Others at Carnegie Hall and Radio City Music Hall

Feb 17, 2016

Two tribute concerts to the late David Bowie were actually announced just before his death, but have taken on new meaning following his passing. The Music of David Bowie shows are going down March 31 at Carnegie Hall and April 1 at Radio City Music Hall.  More

Dec 22, 2014

In early November, First Aid Kit unveiled a cover of R.E.M.’s “Walk Unafraid,” recorded for the Reese Witherspoon pick Wild. Now the track has some visuals.  More

Watch: Stephen Colbert Sells Michael Stipe for a Quarter

The Colbert Report Concludes Tonight

Dec 18, 2014

Sadly, tonight is the final episode of The Colbert Report before host Stephen Colbert goes on to replace Letterman on The Late Show. More

Listen: First Aid Kit Cover R.E.M.’s “Walk Unafraid”

Soundtrack For the Film Wild Due Out Nov 10

Nov 05, 2014

As part of the soundtrack for the new Reese Witherspoon movie WildStay Gold sisters First Aid Kit have covered R.E.M.’s “Walk Unafraid.”  More

Nov 29, 2012

Last week, we discovered what happens when R.E.M., Lindsay Lohan, and James Franco collide. (Answer: “Blue.”) This week we get another helping of the ‘ol Franco charm with the new video, “That Someone is You.”  More

Nov 16, 2012

First, is there any project that James Franco isn’t involved with?  More

R.E.M. Against FOX News’ Use of “Losing My Religion”

“Our music does not belong there.”

Sep 07, 2012

Though R.E.M. is officially retired, that doesn’t mean Michael Stipe and co. won’t notice when their music is shanghaied without their permission, particularly when the culprits are FOX News. During the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday the network used “Losing My Religion” to soundtrack their coverage. More

R.E.M. To Reissue “Document”

1987 Album Gets A Makeover

Aug 07, 2012

R.E.M. may have officially called it quits last year, but on Sept. 25 the band will release the next installment of their 25th anniversary reissue series with 1987's Document. More

Former R.E.M. Guitarist Peter Buck Working on Solo Album

Ex-R.E.M Sideman Scott McCaughey Confirms Possible Vinyl Only Release

Mar 15, 2012

True to his reputation with R.E.M. as being an intuitive, fast-working musician, guitarist Peter Buck is said to be readying his first solo album. We have the details. More

Digital Version of Under the Radar’s Best of 2011 Issue Contains 100 Pages of Bonus Content

Additional Bonus Interviews With: Future Islands, Metronomy, Zola Jesus and More

Mar 10, 2012

Just a reminder that the not-to-be-missed digital version of Under the Radar’s “Best of 2011” issue (available for Mac, PC, iPad, and Android via Zinio here) includes the same articles that appear in the printed version—plus 100 extra pages of editorial content not found in the print edition. Included are extra photos of BeirutBon IverThe HorrorsM83Slow ClubSummer Camp, and tUnE-yArDs. The digital version features exclusive bonus interviews with Big Black DeltaFuture IslandsHooray for EarthLanterns on the LakeMetronomyThe Pains of Being Pure at HeartReal EstateThe War on DrugsWild Flag, and Zola Jesus. More

Under the Radar Announces Best of 2011 Issue Featuring Three Covers: Bon Iver, M83, and The Horrors

Plus: Florence and the Machine, Beirut, PJ Harvey, Anna Calvi, SBTRKT, R.E.M., and more

Dec 23, 2011

Under the Radar's Best of 2011 Issue has shipped out to subscribers and will be hitting newsstands soon. The issue features three unique covers, each featuring an artist behind one of our Top 5 albums of the year: M83The Horrors, and Bon Iver. The issue also takes a look back at other artists who have made a splash in 2011, including BeirutAnna CalviEMAFlorence and the MachineGang Gang DanceNeon IndianPJ HarveyR.E.M.SBTRKT, Slow ClubSt. VincentSummer Camp, tUnE-yArDs, and Yuck. More

Nov 07, 2011

Kirsten Dunst, who won a Best Actress award at Cannes earlier this year for her lead performance in Lars Von Trier's Melancholia, is currently doing press for the film, which opens in limited release on Friday.Under the Radar took the opportunity to ask Dunst about her appearance in R.E.M.'s Warhol-inspired video for "We All Go Back to Where We Belong," directed by Michael Stipe and Dominic DeJoseph.  More

Listen: R.E.M. “Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth, Part Garbage”

Brand New Tracks "A Month of Saturdays" and "Hallelujah" Streaming in Addition to Career Spanning Retrospective

Nov 07, 2011

R.E.M., shortly after the announcement of their breakup, revealed details of a career spanning retrospective titled Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth, Part Garbage 1982-2011 to be released November 15 via Warner Brothers. We have the stream. More

Oct 27, 2011

The newest R.E.M. video for “We All Go Back to Where We Belong” comes in two flavors. We have them both.  More

Watch: Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks Cover R.E.M.

"Radio Free Europe" Played in Atlanta

Oct 11, 2011

Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks pay tribute to R.E.M. with a live cover of "Radio Free Europe." Check out the clip from the band's October 2 show at the Variety Playhouse in Atlanta. More

Oct 06, 2011

Legendary rockers R.E.M. have decided to end their rockstar days and part ways. However, they are leaving loyal fans with a final album as a token of their appreciation. We have the artwork and trailer for their upcoming best of collection. More

R.E.M. Reveal Details of Greatest Hits Album

Features Three Unheard Songs

Sep 26, 2011

Not long after breaking the bad news and calling it quits last week, R.E.M. announced that fans would be getting one last release from the band: a career-spanning compilation entitled, Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth, Part Garbage: 1982-2011.  More

R.E.M Break Up

“We walk away with a great sense of gratitude, of finality, and of astonishment at all we have accomplished”

Sep 21, 2011

After three decades and 15 albums together as a band, R.E.M. have called it a day. More

Watch: R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe Speak About Art

Part of The Creators’ Project

Sep 02, 2011

Michael Stipe recently sat down with The Creators’ Project to discuss his take on visual art. We have the video.  More

R.E.M. Announces Lifes Rich Pageant 25th Anniversary Edition

Deluxe Edition Includes Loads of Extras, But Still No Apostrophe

May 04, 2011

R.E.M.'s fourth studio album Lifes Rich Pageant has been remastered, repackaged, and given a second disc of unreleased demos in preparation for its 25th anniversary edition reissue. We have the details. More

R.E.M. Premiere Video for “Everyday Is Yours to Win”

YouTube Debut Includes Intro from Michael Stipe and Co-Director Jim McKay

Apr 26, 2011

R.E.M. has unveiled the latest in their series of 12 videos from the Collapse Into Now Film Project, a clip for the track "Everyday Is Yours to Win." We have the details. More

R.E.M. Play Dress-Up With Peaches in Latest Video

Watch: R.E.M.'s "Alligator Aviator Autopilot Antimatter"

Mar 10, 2011

Lance Bangs directs R.E.M. and their latest collaborator, Peaches, in the video for "Alligator Aviator Autopilot Antimatter," a track off Collapse Into Now. We have the vid. More

R.E.M. Stream New Album

"Collapse Into Now" Available at NPR

Mar 02, 2011

A week before its scheduled release, R.E.M.'s latest album Collapse Into Now is now available to stream in its entirety over at NPR. More

Under the Radar Announces Winter 2011 Issue and Death Cab for Cutie Cover

Issue Includes Interviews with R.E.M., Bright Eyes, The Decemberists, Cut Copy, Jens Lekman, Okkervil River, Panda Bear, Lykke Li, Iron and Wine, Elbow, Duran Duran, Destroyer, and more

Feb 11, 2011

Under the Radar’s Winter 2011 issue is about to hit stands. The cover features Death Cab for Cutie, who gave writer Matt Fink insight into the band’s forthcoming album, Codes and Keys (due out in May). The issue also includes interviews with Bright EyesBritish Sea PowerThe DearsThe DecemberistsDestroyerThe DodosDuran Duran,ElbowIron and WineLykke LiR.E.M.TelekinesisToro Y MoiThe AntlersThe Big PinkCymbals Eat GuitarsEdward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Jens LekmanOkkervil RiverPanda BearVivian GirlsAnna CalviPorcelain Raft, Smith Westerns, Yuck, and more.

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Jan 31, 2011

Alt-rockers and Hall-of-Famers R.E.M. don't plan on touring in support of Collapse Into Now. But, they do plan on making videos. Lots of them. More

Oct 22, 2010

Finally having completed work on their 15th studio album, today R.E.M’s manager Bertis Downs announced their new baby’s name. Out spring of 2011, the disc is called Collapse Into Now. More

Oct 07, 2010

The remaining members of Big Star (Andy Hummel and Alex Chilton passed away earlier this year) are joining together December 9th and 10th to perform classic 1978 album, Third. The performance will take place at Cat’s Cradle in North Carolina as part of the Stoke It, Noel series. More

Sep 13, 2010

On October 26, New West Records will release R.E.M.'s "Live From Austin, Texas," the latest installment to the PBS show, Austin City Limits. We have the details.  More

New R.E.M. Record a Return to Band’s Early Sound?

Ex-Sideman Says It Might Be. Expect Incoherent Mumbles, Jangly Guitars, and a Long Head of Hair on Stipe.

Aug 04, 2010

Posies frontman Ken Stringfellow, who also served as a member of the final incarnation of Big Star, as well as a touring and recording sideman for R.E.M. circa 1998-2005, has heard an early version of the latter's upcoming album, and had some rather surprising impressions. We have the details. More

R.E.M. Completes Recording of 15th Studio Album

Mixing to take place in the Fall with a Spring 2011 release date anticipated.

Jul 14, 2010

R.E.M.  wraps recording of 15th studio album, tentatively slated for release in Spring of next year. We have the details. More

Big Star’s Tribute to Alex Chilton to Air on SIRIUS XM

Show Features Special Guests Including R.E.M.’s Mike Mills, Sondre Lerche, and Brendan Benson

May 28, 2010

This weekend The Loft, on SIRIUS channel 29 and XM channel 50, will broadcast a tribute show to Big Star's Alex Chilton, featuring the surviving members of Big Star along with R.E.M.’s Mike Mills, Sondre Lerche, Brendan Benson, and others. More

May 14, 2010

Snow Patrol’s Gary Lightbody has been busy gathering a new group of pals for new supergroup Tired Pony, including members of R.E.M. and Belle & Sebastian. Their debut album, The Place We Ran From (out July 12th), features contributions from She & Him and Editors’ Tom Smith. More

May 13, 2010

Sad but true, sometimes you can have too much of a good thing. Well, sad for us that is. Swamped with back issues—which I’m all sure we can agree is a good thing—Under the Radar is passing them on to you with a sale on selected issues. The question is, can you have too much of a good thing? We're offering two dollars off most available back issues! More

Simon Cowell Selects R.E.M. Song for Charity Single to Benefit Haiti

"Everybody Hurts" Rumored to feature Paul McCartney, Coldplay and More

Jan 22, 2010

Simon Cowell has chosen R.E.M.'s "Everybody Hurts" for his charity single scheduled to be released later this month in order to raise funds for Disasters Emergency Committee. Rumored artists to be involved in the cover version include Paul McCartney, Coldplay, Take That, and Robbie Williams. More

R.E.M. In the Studio Videos

Band Currently Recording 15th Album

Nov 18, 2009

R.E.M. is in the studio, currently recording their 15th album. And since indie musicans have collectively decided that a tree falling in the woods with no one around doesn't make a sound, the band brought cameras in to record the process. We have the videos. More

R.E.M. to Release Live Dublin Performances

Two-CD and DVD Set Features Film of Performances and 39 Live Tracks

Aug 18, 2009

R.E.M. is set to release a 39-track 2 DVD and CD set of their performances in Dublin from 2007. More

R.E.M. to Release New Live EP and Live Double Album

Reckoning Songs From the Olympia EP Out Next Week

Jun 30, 2009

On July 7th, R.E.M. will be digitally releasing a 4-song EP entitled Reckoning Songs From the Olympia. It will essentially be live versions of four tracks from the band's second album, Reckoning, recorded during working rehearsals in July 2007. The EP is intended to be a taste of what's to come in the two-CD set R.E.M. Live At the Olympia, which is due out this fall. More

R.E.M. To Reissue Sophomore Album, Reckoning

The 1984 Reissue Features Deluxe Packaging And Live Material

May 05, 2009

R.E.M. has as announced the reissue of their 1984 album, Reckoning, slated for distribution as a two-disc 25th anniversary deluxe edition on June 23rd.  More


Interviews

R.E.M. on “Reveal”

Going for Baroque

Mar 15, 2017

R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck has always been a remarkably candid and garrulous interview subject. Given that he's done few interviews since R.E.M.'s dissolution (you can literally count them on one hand), Under the Radar was thrilled that that he was game to discuss the band's largely overlooked 2001 orchestral-rock masterpiece, Reveal. More


Reviews

Out of Time (25th Anniversary Edition)

Out of Time (25th Anniversary Edition)

Concord Bicycle

Nov 18, 2016

In 1991, R.E.M. released the album that cemented their status as the former college radio favorites who became, for a few years, the biggest band in the world.  More

Lifes Rich Pageant / Eponymous / Dead Letter Office

Lifes Rich Pageant / Eponymous / Dead Letter Office

Capitol/UMe

Aug 09, 2016

In 1986, R.E.M. were riding high. Coming off three successive albums that made them a progressively bigger and bigger draw on the college circuit, they were looking to expand their sound and their audience.  More

Unplugged 1991/2001: The Complete Sessions

Unplugged 1991/2001: The Complete Sessions

Rhino

Jul 10, 2014

There was a time in the early '90s when R.E.M. could confidently call itself the biggest band in the world. The run of Out of Time and Automatic for the People shifted units by the bucket load, while Michael Stipe was the unwavering voice of the ordinary man; a Bono without the complications of actually being Bono. More

Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth, Part Garbage

Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth, Part Garbage

Warner Bros.

Nov 30, 2011

Four guys in Athens, Georgia start a band. They play shows, get signed to a local label, work their way up the college rock ranks, get signed to a major, become rock stars, implode, and (mostly) recover. More

Lifes Rich Pageant 25th Anniversary Edition

Lifes Rich Pageant 25th Anniversary Edition

Capitol/I.R.S.

Jul 13, 2011

On their fourth full-length LP, with the purposefully misspelled title, Lifes Rich Pageant, R.E.M. found themselves at something of an aesthetic crossroads. More

Collapse Into Now

Collapse Into Now

Warner Bros.

Mar 09, 2011

"Let's show the kids how to do it, fine," sings Michael Stipe on the torrid rocker "All the Best," the second song on Collapse Into Now, R.E.M.'s finest album in nearly 15 years. The lyric nods to 1992's Automatic For the People's call out on "Drive," "Hey kids, where are you? Nobody tells you what to do," Stipe's confession of impending middle age and losing touch with youth. More