21 bands and solo artists, including Patti Smith, Calexico, and Bob Mould, celebrated the career and music of R.E.M. Wednesday night at New York's Carnegie Hall. Each musician covered a tune written by the Athens, GA, quartet. Here Michael Stipe and R.E.M. play "E-bow the Letter." To read SPIN's review of the show, click here. To see more of the night's artists, click "Next."
Halfway through Ruban Nielson’s explorative third LP, Multi-Love, the bipolar “Extreme Wealth and Casual Cruelty” fractures momentarily into reverberating shards, creaking like a bridge collapsing as a murky guitar yowls in the background. Coming so soon after a silky smooth, Steely Dan-referencing guitar solo courtesy of his equally musical father Chris Nielson, it’s a tonally… More »