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R.E.M. Strip Down Their Kurt Cobain Tribute “Let Me In” With a New Remix

R.E.M. have released a remix of their Kurt Cobain tribute “Let Me In” from the band’s 1984 album, Monster. The new version cleans up the original, stripping away the organ and elevating Michael Stipe’s vocals to the top of the mix. Stipe told BBC that the song’s transformation reflects his grieving process, as well as the...

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12 Best Rock Star Cameos on The Simpsons

It’s become a badge of honor for athletes, rockers, authors, astronauts, actors, politicians, and pop culture icons to get The Simpsons treatment. And on October 13, it’s Queen’s turn to appear on TV’s longest running scripted show. The Fox animated comedy, currently in its 31st season, will give a nod to the legendary group in the...

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Michael Stipe Releases First-Ever Solo Single to Protest Climate Change

Michael Stipe has released his first-ever solo single, “Your Capricious Soul.” The track was announced on his website on October 2, and was released on Saturday, October 5 to help promote Extinction Rebellion’s upcoming “International Rebellion” climate justice protests set to take place October 7. “I took a long break from music, and I wanted...

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Michael Stipe Is Finally Releasing Some of That Solo Material He’s Been Teasing

Former R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe has announced that will be releasing his first solo single, “Your Capricious Soul,” via his website on Saturday, October 5, timed to coincide with October 7’s climate justice protests. Stipe has been playing the song live for awhile, but now he’s ready to give it a formal release. The download will cost...

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R.E.M Share Previously Unreleased Track to Benefit Hurricane Dorian Relief

R.E.M have shared the previously unreleased song “Fascinating” to benefit the non-profit Mercy Corps’ hurricane Dorian relief efforts. Michael Stipe, Mike Mills, and Peter Buck recorded “Fascinating” in 2004 at Compass Point Studios in Nassau. The song is available on R.E.M.’s Bandcamp page for $2 or a donation of the fan’s choosing. “Fascinating” was originally...

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R.E.M. Announce Deluxe 25th Anniversary Reissue of Monster

R.E.M. have announced a massive 25th reissue of their 1994 album Monster, the latest in the band’s ongoing series of 25th anniversary archival reissues. The six-disc reissue will be released on November 1 and includes a new mix of the album by its original producer Scott Litt. The new mix showcases Michael Stipe’s vocals more...

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The 69 Best Alternative Rock Songs of 1999

1999 essentially marked the end of the alternative dream floated by punk bands in the ’80s, sold by record companies in the ’90s, and eventually rebooted in the Garden State ’00s. Five years earlier, alternative-minded Gen-Xers made Woodstock ’94 their own by throwing mud (Green Day) or wearing mud (Nine Inch Nails). Woodstock ’99 was,...

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Keith Richards: SPIN’s 1985 Cover Story, A Stone Unturned

This article originally appeared in the October 1985 issue of SPIN. It’s been 20 years since the time was right for fighting in the streets. Have mercy, baby, but it was 2,000 light-years ago that those thin, nimble but hard, defiant fingers introduced him as a man of wealth and taste. He’s been around for some...

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Watch Michael Stipe Debut New Solo Song “Your Capricious Soul”

Last night, R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe opened for Patti Smith with a surprise set at NYC’s newly reopened Webster Hall. There isn’t much video from that performance, but while looking for some, we came across a recording from a private afternoon gig at the American Museum Of Natural History last month, wherein Stipe debuts a new...

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