Articles tagged r.e.m.

Hope Despite the Times: 12 Essential Alternative Rock Albums from the 1980s

For those interested in acquainting themselves with alternative rock's rich and diverse early years, Sound Affects has assembled this '80s alt-rock primer.

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R.E.M.: Unplugged 1991 & 2001 – The Complete Sessions

Too much Up and Reveal, not enough Murmur and Reckoning.

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13 Nov 2011 // 10:00 PM

Silver Tongues: Black Kite

New band steps comfortably into the 1990s.

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6 Nov 2011 // 9:00 PM

The Battle to Stay Relevant

Watching your favorite band become irrelevant is like watching Michael Jordan unable to elevate high enough to dunk in his final year in the NBA.

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John Wesley Harding: Video-making Man

John Wesley Harding teams up with Eugene Mirman for new video, "Sing Your Own Song", which spoofs a Paul Simon classic.

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Ranking R.E.M.: The 10 Best Albums

One author's farewell ranking of the top 10 R.E.M. LPs illustrates that some albums that were monster hits have not aged especially well, while another album entitled Monster has, and that the usual suspects remain indelible after all these years.

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Counterbalance No. 53: R.E.M.’s ‘Automatic for the People’

For this week's Counterbalance, Klinger and Mendelsohn discuss Acclaimed Music's 53rd Greatest Album of All Time. Grab some beans or black-eyed peas, some Nescafe on ice, and join them.

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The Year Alternative Went Massive and Defined a Decade

Above all else, musically 1991 will forever be remembered as the year alterna-rock conquered the masses. PopMatters explores how alternative became the dominant form of rock music in the '90s.

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10 Songs That Will Make You Love R.E.M.

Amidst all the laudatory goodwill being sent R.E.M.'s way in the wake of its breakup last week, not everyone is convinced they should give a hoot in the first place. Here are ten songs that might change your mind.

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Smells Like MTV: Music Video and the Rise of Grunge

MTV’s central role in delivering grunge to a national audience in the early 1990s demonstrated the network’s power as a creator and definer of culture, and the reaction of many of grunge’s iconic figures against the video medium revealed the gulf between principle and reality.

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23 Sep 2011 // 3:30 AM

The End of R.E.M.

On Wednesday, R.E.M. -- one of the most important alternative rock bands of all time -- announced it was calling it quits. But with the group having been described as "important" for so long, it's possible that it's been all too often taken for granted.

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R.E.M.: The Greatest American Band. Ever.

Where R.E.M -- like any band -- really distances themselves and makes their true case for greatness is in the lesser-known and semi-obscure songs.

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10 Albums That Supposedly Suck (But Don’t)

Some of these are hopefully no-brainers, others may be head-scratchers. All of them are albums that deserve a fresh appraisal.

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R.E.M.: Lifes Rich Pageant (Deluxe Edition)

Dutifully repressed and remastered to commemorate its 25th anniversary, Lifes Rich Pageant might very well be the best R.E.M. album from the '80s.

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The Top Five I.R.S.-Era R.E.M. Music Videos

With the 25th anniversary deluxe edition of the band's fourth album Lifes Rich Pageant due out soon, here's a look at the top videos R.E.M. made during its tenure on I.R.S. Records.

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The Disciplines: Virgins of Menace

The songs on Virgins of Menace are good, the sort of pop pleasures that we like, but not the sort of pop perfection that we cherish. Will we remember it in 20 years time?

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6 Mar 2011 // 10:00 PM

R.E.M.: Collapse Into Now

After returning to form with their 2008 album Accelerate, the veteran alt-rockers decide the best way to follow it up is to offer more energetic romps with a few ballads mixed in.

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‘R.E.M.: Live from Austin, TX’ May Not Be History in the Making, but It’s Certainly Entertaining

R.E.M. made their Austin City Limits debut less than a month before the release of Accelerate. It's clear that they were excited about the album.

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R.E.M.: Fables of the Reconstruction (Deluxe Edition)

The “difficult second album” is a hoary old music biz cliché, but it was R.E.M.’s third album that really put the pioneering alt-rock group to the test.

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