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.

Apple Music Adds New R.E.M. Playlists

What a great way to begin the week! Two new R.E.M. playlists–one with “Essential” tracks, the other featuring “Deep Cuts”-– have been added to Apple Music. Deep Cuts: “R.E.M. were the rare rock band whose craftsmanship never wavered over the course of a three-decade career. While the propulsive jangle of the Murmur gem “Moral Kiosk” … Continued

The Bad Ends to Play Nuci’s Space Benefit, Sunday 11.27

This Sunday November 27th, new Athens, GA band The Bad Ends, featuring Mike Mantione of Five Eight and our own Bill Berry, will play its first mini-show as a part of this year’s Nuci’s Space benefit – Athens Uncovered Steeple Edition. The event will be held at Nuci’s Space, constructed near the former site of … Continued

Up to 30% off Music & Merch! Storewide Sale is Live Now

Visit the R.E.M. store now through Friday, Dec. 2nd, for up to 30% off storewide on LPs, CDs, merchandise and accessories. Everything is available at our U.S. store, shipping worldwide, via the button below (no code necessary, “Vault” items excluded): https://bit.ly/3XtpHLb

Shiny Happy People: A Children’s Picture Book

Shiny Happy People is a heartwarming picture book whose story is told through the lyrics of the band’s joyful tune of the same name. “Shiny Happy People” appeared on the band’s 1991 album Out of Time, and the song reached the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 chart. From the publisher: “With lyrics by … Continued

“A Dinner Date with Michael Stipe” – Departures Magazine

“I sat down to talk and eat with writer T. Cole Rachel at a favorite haunt (historically we call it ‘The Canteen’ we’ve eaten there so often). Via Carota is run by two great chefs and friends Rita and Jody. Most lively block in the west village after 10pm with Marie’s Crisis next door and … Continued

New Music from The Bad Ends with Bill Berry

NPR’s All Songs Considered has premiered the second single from The Bad Ends, “Thanksgiving 1915,” alongside its new video directed by Marc Pilvinsky. The video features Mike Mantione of Five Eight and our very own Bill Berry.   The Bad Ends segment begins around the 20:40 mark in the show’s audio, and the video is … Continued

Filthy Friends Prep for Three Pacific NW Shows

From Peter & Filthy Friends: “Rehearsal for the upcoming shows in Portland on the 18th & Seattle on the nineteenth and twentieth!”  Portland tickets: https://revolutionhall.com/show-bar/ Seattle tickets: https://bit.ly/3EBOR2Z