Michael Stipe

In Defense of a Woman Fronting Nirvana

Tonight Nirvana will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Given his unabashed nerdiness over music history, I’ve decided that Kurt Cobain would think this is at least a little cool. Moreover, I think he would be flattered to hear that his praises will be sung by likes of Michael Stipe and, if the latest entry in the Rock Hall rumor mill is to be trusted, Joan Jett. … Read More

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Who Will Front Nirvana If the Band Reunites to Play the Rock Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony?

Amid a week so steeped in Nirvana nostalgia that it’s begun to inspire incisive meta-commentary, something close to honest-to-goodness Nirvana news has emerged: Krist Novoselic sent a tweet that implies he’ll be performing his former band’s songs at next Thursday’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. … Read More

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10 Musicians You Should Be Following on Tumblr

There have been a gazillion things written about Daft Punk and Random Access Memories over the last week or so, but one of the best of them appeared this morning on the Tumblr of Montreal-based musician James Brooks, aka (formerly) as Elite Gymnastics. Brooks’ take on the record is well worth reading, and if you’re not already following him on Tumblr, you really should be. And he’s not the only musician who’s using his blog in a compelling way; here’s a selection of other music makers you should be following on Tumblr. Get to it! … Read More

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Preview Michael Stipe’s Artworks in Progress

If you’re wondering what Michael Stipe’s been up to since R.E.M. went their separate ways, well, he’s been doing quite a bit in the field of visual art, and he’s been making some pretty fascinating work of late. Earlier this week, he uploaded a series of images to his Tumblr that very much caught our fancy — they pictures are nudes, manipulated in a way that seems to draw on the aesthetic of net art and glitch culture. Curious about the work, we contacted Stipe’s assistant, who passed on this message from the man himself: “These are studies for a body of work that I’ll be presenting later this year. I’m in production now working on the final pieces. Thanks for the interest!!!” … Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. Watching Stephen Colbert, Michael Stipe, and Mandy Patinkin sing “Good King Wenceslas” just made our morning. Absolutely delightful. [via Pitchfork]

2. If you skipped Barbara Walters’ “10 Most Fascinating People” special last night, then you might be interested to know that David Petraeus nabbed the top spot. There was also an interesting interview with Hillary Clinton (who insists she’s not running in 2016) and this funny photo of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie as a skinny kid.

3. Of course Drunk Uncle showed up along with Seth Meyers at last night’s 12/12/12 concert. … Read More

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Johnny Depp’s New Compilation Album Is Packed With Dream Collaborations

Patti Smith and Johnny Depp. Tom Waits and Keith Richards. Michael Stipe and Courtney Love. These are just a few of the mind-blowing collaborations that comprise Son of Rogue’s Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs and Chanteys, a sequel to the original 2006 Rogue’s Gallery covers compilation that Depp, Gore Verbinski, and Hal Willner… Read More

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Extremely Silly Photos of Extremely Serious Musicians

If you’ve ever wanted to see Blixa Bargeld hanging out in the kitchen, Joy Division pretending to be Monty Python, or Leonard Cohen wearing denim cut offs, then click through and get… Read More

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Watch A New Video for R.E.M.’s ‘Blue,’ Directed by James Franco and Starring Lindsay Lohan

It’s hard to believe that R.E.M. broke up over a year ago — has it really been that long? Their fifteenth and final album, Collapse Into Now, dropped in March of last year, but it’s only now that this video, created by James Franco for the Collapse Into Now Film Project, has risen to the surface. The video is grainy and unsettling, if still kind of beautiful, like a grown-up version of Less Than Zero, with layered footage, bright lights, and shots of a sexed-up Lindsay Lohan modeling. All this behind a fuzzy track with echoing vocals by Michael Stipe and Patti Smith. Ah, the City of Angels. Click through to watch, and let us know what you think in the comments. … Read More

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25 Photos of Glamorous Musicians Doing Regular Stuff

From a young Iggy Pop vacuuming his apartment to a costumed Lady Gaga making eggs, here’s a photo roundup of our most endearingly flamboyant musicians doing incongruously domestic… Read More

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10 Musical Couples We Wish Would Reunite

Music is a passionate occupation to pursue, and it makes sense that some of our favorite musicians have, well, hooked up with some of our other favorite musicians in fiery ways throughout the years. This is something we’ve been chewing on ever since we first got former Fleetwood Mac co-figurehead Lindsey Buckingham’s last solo record,… Read More

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