The Big Takeover Interviews Bill Berry & Mike Mantione


“When Bill Berry quit legendary alternative rock band R.E.M. in 1997, he was intent on retiring from the music business – but, fortunately for music fans everywhere, Five Eight vocalist/guitarist Mike Mantione has coaxed Berry into picking up the drumsticks again for a new group, The Bad Ends” – The Big Takeover   Read the full interview HERE

The Bad Ends Release “The Power and The Glory” Today


On Friday 1.20, The Bad End’s debut LP, The Power And The Glory, featuring Mike Mantione (Five Eight) and our very own Bill Berry, will be officially released on New West. According to Dave Domizi, bassist for TBE, “The band is incredibly proud of this work, and hopes that it brings some love and light … Continued

“Leave” Cover Gets Our Attention


Michael found this version of “Leave” done by “the hack musician” on Instagram and thought it was beautiful and wanted us to share it with everyone.

Michael Featured on Lonnie Holley Track


Listen to Lonnie Holley’s new single, “Oh Me, Oh My,” which features Michael on guest vocals. Holley’s album by the same title, produced by Garret Jacknife Lee

New Music from The No Ones


Peter & Scott are back with a new No Ones album My Best Evil Friend — out March 31! Pre-order & hear latest single “Song for George,”

New Music from The Bad Ends (Bill’s new band)


Today, Magnet Magazine premieres “Mile Marker 29,” the fourth single release from Athens, GA band, The Bad Ends, featuring Mike Mantione of Five Eight and our very own Bill Berry. Listen HERE & be sure to pre-order your copy of The Bad Ends’ debut album, The Power And The Glory, available at New West Records. … Continued

Get Your Tickets for the Luke Haines – Peter Buck UK Tour


  Tickets are still available for the Luke Haines – Peter Buck UK tour taking place February 20-25 in Manchester, Leeds, Birmingham, Brighton, Bristol, and London. Although the Birmingham show on 2.22 at Hare-and Hounds has already SOLD OUT, tickets remain for the other gigs listed below.   Monday, Feb. 20, Gorilla in Manchester Tuesday, Feb. 21, Brudenell Social … Continued

Mike Talks Golf & Music on Fire Pit Collective Podcast


⛳️ Check out Mike talking on old writer friend Michael Bamberger’s Fire Pit Collective podcast about one of his sporting passions, the ancient game of golf, sans the Sansabelt trousers, as well as music of course, friendships over the years and staying sane while touring.

Photos from Athens & Atlanta Chronic Town 40 Shows


The Chronic Town 40th anniversary celebration concerts in Athens and Atlanta were nothing short of phenomenal with performances by a wide array of incredible musicians on Wednesday at the 40 Watt and the Roxy on Thursday. We’ve posted some additional photos on R.E.M. socials we’re linking to here.  Check it out and stay tuned for … Continued

R.E.M. Soundwave Art for Sweet Relief


The guys are very pleased to support Sweet Relief Musicians Fund with these beautiful pieces of art which were created from the sound waves of R.E.M. songs over the past year in conjunction with Soundwaves Art and artist Tim Wakefield.     Bill, Peter, Mike & Michael autographed five canvases which were released this week … Continued

New Music from The Bad Ends (Bill’s new band)


Today, Brooklyn Vegan has premiered “The Ballad Of Satan’s Bride,” the third single release from new Athens, GA band The Bad Ends, featuring Mike Mantione of Five Eight and our very own Bill Berry. Listen here:

Peter & Luke Haines UK Tour


Peter and Luke Haines will head out on tour February in support of their new album, “All the Kids Are Super Bummed Out,” to play Manchester, Leeds, Birmingham, Brighton, Bristol and London; Tickets are on sale Friday 9th December at this link.