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R.E.M. was an American rock band from Athens, Georgia, that was formed in 1980 by drummer Bill Berry, guitarist Peter Buck, bassist/backing vocalist Mike Mills, and lead vocalist Michael Stipe. One of the first alternative rock bands, R.E.M. was noted for Buck's ringing, arpeggiated guitar style, Stipe's particular vocal quality and obscure lyrics, and Mills' melodic basslines and backing vocals. R.E.M. released its first single—"Radio Free Europe"—in 1981 on the independent record label Hib-Tone. The single was followed by the Chronic Town EP in 1982, the band's first release on I.R.S. Records. In 1983, the group released its critically acclaimed debut album, Murmur, and built its reputation over the next few years through subsequent releases, constant touring, and the support of college radio. Following years of underground success, R.E.M. achieved a mainstream hit in 1987 with the single "The One I Love". The group signed to Warner Bros. Records in 1988, and began to espouse political and environmental concerns while playing large arenas worldwide.

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has shared a summer Spotify playlist featuring Drake, Shawn Mendes and R.E.M.

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via NME at July 15, 2017

Sleater-Kinney/R.E.M. Supergroup Filthy Friends Announce Debut Album, Share New Song: Listen

Invitation is out later this summer via Kill Rock Stars

via Pitchfork at June 20, 2017

R.E.M., Sleater-Kinney supergroup Filthy Friends announce debut album, share new song “The Arrival” — listen

12-track effort Invitation lands in stores in August.

via Consequence of Sound at June 20, 2017

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