"R.E.M. Offsite" Premieres April 6 on XM

“R.E.M. OFFSITE" PREMIERES APRIL 6 ON XMWashington, D.C., April 2, 2008 – Iconic American rockers R.E.M. will headline XM’s “Offsite," featuring an exclusive hour of song performances from their new album, Accelerate, and an in-depth interview with Michael Stipe, Mike Mills and Peter Buck, spanning politics, their current music obsessions, touring set lists and more. Recorded in the band’s hometown of Athens, GA, “R.E.M. Offsite" will air April 6 at 10 p.m. ET.

Listeners to six XM channels – “Flight 26," “XMU," “Fred," “Ethel," “Lucy," and “Squizz" – were given a sneak preview early yesterday evening when the band “interrupted" the broadcasts with performances from “R.E.M. Offsite." The on-air April Fools Day prank also coincided with the release of the band’s 14th studio album.

“R.E.M. Offsite" premieres Sunday, April 6 at 10 p.m. ET on XM’s modern alternative channel “Ethel�? (XM 47). Offsite, which airs weekly on XM 47, features conversations with and performances by current artists recorded on location across the country; Radiohead, Bloc Party, Kings of Leon, Panic! At the Disco and Hot Hot Heat are among the bands that have participated.

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