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Michael Stipe and Stephen Colbert bid farewell to 2016 with “It’s The End of the Year As We Know It”

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Steven Colbert and Michael Stipe on The Late Show | screen shot from video

In another somewhat cathartic recap of a year that felt downright apocalyptic at times, R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe joined Stephen Colbert on The Late Show last night to perform a reworking of “It’s the End of the World As We Know It.” The musician was on the show to talk about his new book project and the 25th anniversary of R.E.M.’s Out of Time.

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XPN MusicNotes: Listen to new Ryan Adams song, watch Michael Stipe join Patti Smith in concert

Ryan Adams | photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com
Ryan Adams | photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com

“I don’t remember being aware of needing to hold back anything. I felt like I needed to tell a story of how I felt or what was happening internally at least, in the truest way possible. It was in the most vulnerable way I could.”
-Ryan Adams interview with NME

Ryan Adams has revealed that his16th album will be called Prisoner” and it will come out on February 17th. He also revealed the first single, “Do You Still Love Me?”, which you can listen to below. Continue reading →

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XPN MusicNotes: See David Bowie Tribute highlights from Debbie Harry, Michael Stipe and The Flaming Lips, plus Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Drummers

Last night at Carnegie Hall artists and fans alike gathered for the first of two: “The Music of David Bowie” Tribute Concerts. Thursday night’s performers included:  Debbie Harry, Jakob Dylan, Michael Stipe, The Flaming Lips, Joseph Arthur, Pixies, Cyndi Lauper,  Bettye LaVette and many, many more. The 2nd tribute show is tonight at Radio City Music Hall.
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