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Last Lap: Michael Stipe Has The Force And He’s Not Afraid To Use It

Michael Stipe Channels Obi-Wan Kenobi At Local Multiplex
Retirement seems to be treating the former R.E.M. frontman well, wouldn’t you say? [Confessions Of A Michael Stipe]

Scarlett Johansson Duets With Dean Martin (!!!)
ScarJo sings with the dead on the new edition of the late Dean Martin‘s album, My Kind Of Christmas. The actor-come singer’s vocals appear alongside Dean Martin’s on “I’ll Be Home For Christmas,” and it’s quite lovely, really. [Stereogum]

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Tuned In: It Doesn’t Get Much Better Than Brian Eno, Stephen Colbert And Michael Stipe Singing “Lean On Me”

Oh hello, three legends all in one room at the same time making silly jokes and singing a capella together! Last night on The Colbert Report, Stephen Colbert hosted Brian Eno, but who needs boring chats about “new projects” and “music” when you can memorialize R.E.M‘s (R.I.P, sad face!) Michael Stipe as a trophy on a shelf and have him sing “Lean On Me” with you? So happy Friday! This is pretty much the most awesome thing ever, you’re welcome.

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Hanson Streaming Telethon For Japan At SXSW

We have more details on Hanson’s SXSW benefit for Japan. There’s no live concert element to the show that fans can attend — it’s a live-streaming telethon only. Hanson has taken over a studio in downtown Austin at the SXSW music fest, inviting musicians to help victims of the earthquake and tsunami by either performing or stopping by for a chat from noon on Saturday (March 17) through noon on Sunday (March 18).

Among those participating are Michael Stipe of R.E.M., John “JoJo” Hermann of Widespread Panic, the North Mississippi Allstars, The Boxer Rebellion, AWOLNATION, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. and many others. Hanson will perform multiple times throughout the telethon. An album of performances from the telethon will be available for download at iTunes. Donate at SXSW4Japan.org, proceeds go to the American Red Cross.

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