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Neil Young (clockwise from upper left), fun., James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem, early era R.E.M.

Read The Most Important Band Of Your College Years

September 4, 2012 – Few bands seem to matter to us as much as the ones we discover in our youth

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"It's always hard to tell exactly what [R.E.M.'s] Michael Stipe is singing about," says NPR listener and novelist Thomas Mullen.

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

January 13, 2012 – "Sweetness Follows" helped novelist Thomas Mullen through his family's financial ruin.

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

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

November 16, 2011 – It's the end of the band as we know it — but the members say that after 31 years, they feel fine.

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If you know the end of the world is imminent, what music do you give one last listen?

Watch Music For The End Of The World ... Just In Case

October 31, 2011 – On Halloween, a serious question: Which music would you take with you to the grave?

R.E.M.'s new album is Collapse into Now.

Listen R.E.M. Calls It A Day, Announces Breakup

September 21, 2011 – The band announces on its website that it's breaking up after more than 30 years together.

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February 1957:  Bill Haley's band The Comets play in the cramped space of a railway carriage en route to London.  (Photo by Harry Kerr/BIPs/Getty Images)

Watch More Songs That Make You Feel Good

August 17, 2011 – From R.E.M. to Groucho Marx, fans share more songs that make them feel good.

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Clockwise from top left: Bjork, Andrew Bird, R.E.M.

Read Bjork Rocks The iPad, Andrew Bird Covers Kermit, More

August 2, 2011 – This week's All Songs Considered includes premieres from Grouplove and We Were Promised Jetpacks.

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R.E.M.'s new album is Collapse into Now.

Read R.E.M.: A Classic Sound Regained

March 8, 2011 – The band's 15th record is its best in a decade and a half.

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R.E.M.'s 15th studio album, Collapse Into Now, comes out on March 8.

Read First Listen: R.E.M., 'Collapse Into Now'

March 1, 2011 – Until its release on March 8, hear the best album R.E.M. has made in more than a decade.

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Read R.E.M. Listening Party

February 24, 2011 – This special, one-time stream of the full album has ended.

collage of artists featured on the show

Listen Sneak Previews: Telekinesis, R.E.M., Iron And Wine, More

January 11, 2011 – All Songs Considered previews some of the winter's most anticipated new albums.

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Collapse Into Now album art.

Listen Premiere: Hear 'Oh My Heart,' A New Song From R.E.M.

January 3, 2011 – R.E.M.'s 15th album, Collapse Into Now, comes out March 8. Preview "Oh My Heart" here.

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The Baltimore duo Wye Oak releases the blustery and mysterious Civilian on March 8.

Listen An Early Look At 2011's Best Music

January 1, 2011 – A preview of forthcoming albums by R.E.M., Iron and Wine, James Blake, Adele and Wye Oak.

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Tired Pony

Listen Tired Pony On World Cafe WXPN

September 27, 2010 – Hear a performance from the new group led by Snow Patrol's Gary Lightbody and R.E.M.'s Peter Buck. WXPN

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