On the eve of the release of R.E.M.'s new album, "Accelerate," frontman Stipe spoke to Billboard.com about the set's "really fast, really raw" take on politics, teenage geekdom and the media, the band

On the eve of the release of R.E.M.'s new album, "Accelerate," frontman Stipe spoke to Billboard.com about the set's "really fast, really raw" take on politics, teenage geekdom and the media, the band's extensive tour and more.

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