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11.21.2013 | | Posted at 09:30 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
During his 30 years with R.E.M., lead guitarist Peter Buck was the member of the band most likely to be working on a project outside of R.E.M. When he wasn't cutting records with side projects like The Minus 5, Tuatara, The Baseball Project and The Venus 3, he was playing sessions with acts like Billy Bragg, The Replacements and Robyn Hitchcock, or producing albums by kindred artists like The Feel...
Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012
 “Winter is on its way,” Joe Crockett cautions on The Championship’s new album, in a rested baritone that makes him sound like he himself has just woken from a deep hibernation. In some ways, he has. High Feather...
04.08.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
In anticipation of summer, Muzzle of Bees posted a clip of R.E.M.'s "Nightswimming," a heavenly track from the band's 1992 masterwork Automatic for the People, an oddity in the band's canyon now seen as a precursor to the current chamber-folk movement. "It's increasingly difficult to hear the album without imagining that its songs have somehow always existed in the world," Fluxblog founder� Matt...
03.31.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
There's something disingenuous about the modern indie-folk scene, a movement dominated primarily by young city dwellers who grow (fashionable) beards, don (stylishly trim) flannel and hang out in the woods on the weekends (between touring cities). Their instrumentation says Americana, but their calculated, sometimes deliberately abstruse execution is coded to catch the ears of hipper, more educate...
03.19.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
R.E.M.�s much-hyped performance at SXSW last year felt more like a commercial than a concert. With few nods to their back catalogue, the band spent most of the set deluging the audience with material from their then-forthcoming record, Accelerate. If you wanted to hear �Fall on Me,� you had to sit through their time-share presentation first. Echo and the Bunnymen, the closest thing SXSW of...
03.13.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
I fought the crowd to see R.E.M. last night, standing for over two hours before the band began playing. Even with my pretty excellent (and hard-earned) vantage, it probably wasn't worth all the effort. R.E.M. was playing to promote their upcoming (and apparently pretty good) new album, Accelerate, slated to be one of the band�s hardest rocking albums, as per pre-release hype. "We're going to be playing a lot of new songs tonight," Michael Stipe said. "The good news is that if you don't like them, they're all under two-and-a-half-minutes" The new songs lived up to their billing. They were short and streamlined and a little raw

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01.02.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
Michael Stipe is making some tantalizing promises about the upcoming R.E.M. record: It�s going to be fast and guitar-driven. Expectations, of course, are low. Over the last 10 years, R.E.M. records have been scattered at best, abysmal at worst. But there�s an obvious explanation for why those albums were so disappointing: They were studio pop records, and they ran contrary to the lean,...