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Another Band to Occupy Your Time

By Tankboy on Jan 28, 2008 8:39PM

It seems like it was just a few weeks ago we informed you Radiohead was coming to town. Now another alt-rock behemoth has announced they'll be making their way to our little hamlet this summer. Just today, R.E.M. announced dates for their upcoming tour in support of their new record, Accelerate, due out on Warner Bros. Records on April 1.

We've always been big fans of the boys from Athens, GA. At the same time while it's hard to deny they have produced several classic records over their career, one could argue over whether or not they are still a legitimate force, at least commercially, in the ever-changing music industry. Even so, they won't hurt their hipster-cred by bring along indie faves Modest Mouse and The National to open the show. Quite a powerful triple-header that may just wash the stink of Hannah Montanna out of the United Center upholstery.

The Chicago stop will play out on June 6 at the United Center. Ticket on-sale info is still to-be-anounced.

And because it's Monday, here's Stipe and the boys singing with some Muppets back in the day. (WARNING: Shiny happy content is involved.)

Thanks, Marcus!