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R.E.M. | Collapse Into Now

It's tough for a band nearly 30 years into their singularly influential career not to dissolve into an adjective. But R.E.M. have taken their moniker on quite a musical journey.
Warner Bros. (2011)
By RYAN REED  |  March 18, 2011
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R.E.M. | Fables of the Reconstruction: 25th Anniversary Edition

From the first three notes that make up the odd riff on "Feeling Gravity's Pull," Fables of the Reconstruction is probably R.E.M.'s weirdest, darkest, and most challenging album.
IRS/Capitol (2010)
By RYAN STEWART  |  July 30, 2010
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Reality bites

At some point or another, the greatest artists are pegged as oddballs, weirdos, freaks. Being a great artist does mean going out on a limb.
The singular surrealism of Robyn Hitchcock
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  June 04, 2010
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The Baseball Project

The smart, funny, fanclub chants herein, each as catchy as Willie Mays in the ’54 Fall Classic, are gemlike tributes to the characters who’ve made that diamond shine.
Frozen Ropes and Dying Quails |  Yep Roc
By MIKE MILIARD  |  July 08, 2008
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Robyn Hitchcock

Robyn Hitchcock, in one of many illuminating moments of reflection during this 53-minute documentary, posits that his songs “don’t appeal to meatheads.”
Sex, Food, Death . . . and Insects | A+E
By JEFF TAMARKIN  |  May 20, 2008
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Here and now

No band ever made a late-career statement of purpose just by quoting “Louie Louie” — but it never hurts.
R.E.M.’s ‘back-to-basics’ disguise
By BRETT MILANO  |  March 24, 2008


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No reason to complain

There are at least two ways to approach the South by Southwest festival in Austin.
Escaping corporate rock — and the panel discussions — at SxSW
By BRETT MILANO  |  March 20, 2007

The 40 greatest concerts in Boston history: 21


R.E.M. + Husker Du | Harvard University Indoor Track Center | March 22, 1984
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  October 25, 2006
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More Thurston Moore

Just as R.E.M. will forever be associated with Athens, Georgia, Sonic Youth will always bring to mind downtown NYC. Taking Flight: Black Helicopter reach a higher plane of rock. By Matt Ashare Sonic Youth, "Incinerate" (mp3)
What a Sonic Youth guitarist does in Northampton
By MATT ASHARE  |  August 30, 2006