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R.E.M. ready to play SXSW



Rem Look who's emerged from their long slumber: It's R.E.M. and they're set to play Austin's legendary SXSW Festival this year.

Organizers don't have a date set yet, according to the band's website. Still, it's nice to see the old gang back in the news in a meaningful way. Let's see, last we heard from R.E.M. .... umm, we were all still enjoying a Clinton presidency? How ironic is that now that Michael Stipe has all but said he's in love with GOP fire-and-brimestoner Mike Huckabee?

"I can't think of probably a single issue in which I am even remotely in the same universe as that guy ... and yet, he was kind of charming and ... self-deprecating," Stipe recently told Jane Radio host Jane Pratt, according to

Holy crap. It really is the end of the world as we know it.

[Last modified: Wednesday, June 9, 2010 2:28pm]


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