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New Sylvan Esso, Sharon Van Etten, R.E.M. Acoustic Demo, More

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Guest DJ: SOAK

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Capricorn In Retrograde: Macon's Endangered Musical History

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The Most Important Band Of Your College Years

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R.E.M.'s Dark And Brooding 'Sweetness'

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R.E.M. in the early days. Left to right: Michael Stipe, Mike Mills, Bill Berry, Peter Buck. Laura Levine hide caption

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R.E.M., R.I.P.

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