Mask Up with Michael

States have rolled back mask mandates, and, even as more Americans get vaccinated, public health experts are worried about a second surge in cases. Listen to Physicians for Human Rights, and like Michael, mask up to stop the spread of Covid-19. #BecauseScience

Peter Plays On New Luke Haines Track

“Ex Stasi Spy” is the new single from Luke Haines (Auteurs & Beat Poetry For Survivalists) taken from his new album “Luke Haines In… Setting the Dogs On The Post Punk Postman.” The single features Peter and Scott McCaughey. Watch below and find out more details at Cherry Red Records. You can stream it here … Continued

Mike Guests on “Fowler, Who You Got?” Podcast

Here’s a short clip from Mike’s recent chat with host Chris Fowler on the podcast, “Fowler, Who You Got?” Check out the full episode, titled “TV Music Moments,” on Spotify, Apple, or wherever you get your podcasts:  

Spring Sale Runs Through 4.4.21

It’s time for our annual Spring Sale! Visit the merchandise store to receive 25% off on apparel and accessories including t-shirts, hoodies, sweatshirts, totes, water bottles, serving trays, and pins.*

Listen to Mike’s Interview with the Holtz Effect on 3-17

Mike’s interview on The Holtz Effect airs on St. Patrick’s Day morning between 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM on WZBC 90.3 FM (Boston College Radio, Chestnut Hill, MA). Visit the links below around 8:00 AM and tune in as Mike discusses two recent anniversaries: Out Of Time’s 30th and Collapse Into Now’s 10th with Thomas … Continued

Mike Joins Zoom Panel to Discuss the 25th Anniversary of Weird Al’s Bad Hair Day

On the 25th anniversary of Weird Al’s Bad Hair Day, Consequence of Sound brings three artists together whose songs were parodied on that very LP: Mike Mills of R.E.M., whose “Bang and Blame” is part of “The Alternative Polka”; Dave Pirner of Soul Asylum, whose “Misery” became “Syndicated Inc.” and “Black and Gold” inspired “The … Continued

“The Fandom That Made Me R.E.M.” (

“For a teenager steeped in Welsh choir music, Michael Stipe’s kaleidoscope of artistic influences – and mega-success – were too irresistible not to follow.” In this poignant essay for The Guardian, Jude Rogers of the UK looks at the impact the band had on her formative years growing up in the south of Wales. She … Continued

Salute to Tarsem

“Thank you Tarsem for making such a beautiful video that rocketed “Losing My Religion” right into the stratosphere–to you and your entire beautiful team, we send our love and respect!” – Michael Watch the video for “Losing My Religion”:

“Losing My Religion” Turns 30

Today marks the 30th anniversary of the release of “Losing My Religion” (2.19.1991), the band’s Grammy Award winning single from Out Of Time. “Losing My Religion” became R.E.M.’s highest charting single in the US topping out at #4 in the Billboard Hot 100. The iconic video directed by Tarsem Singh garnered six awards at the 1991 … Continued

Peter Plays on New Departure Lounge Single (out on 2.5.2021)

Departure Lounge, headed up by singer Tim Keegan, has a new single set to be released February 5 on Violette Records to which Peter has contributed his signature guitar sound. This Friday, look for “Australia,” taken from the forthcoming album “Transmeridian” to be released on 26 March 2021. Visit Violette Records’ Instagram to listen to … Continued

LaunchLeft Now: A Conversation with Michael Stipe & Jem Cohen

Check out Michael’s artist takeover as a host on the @LaunchLeft podcast with Jem Cohen whose impressive oeuvre includes videos for “Talk About The Passion,” “Belong,” “Country Feedback,” “Nightswimming,” “E-Bow The Letter,” & “Oh My Heart.” Listen here: Please be sure to rate, review, and subscribe to the podcast!