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REM to unveil new album in summer
Michael Stipe
Stipe called the concerts 'live rehearsals'
US rock band REM will unveil material from their new album at a series of concerts in Dublin.

The shows, in July at the Olympia Theatre, will be the first time in a decade the band has played new songs live before they appeared on an album.

Recording is expected to begin in the coming months with bassist Mike Mills hinting it may have a more "uptempo" feel than 2004's Around the Sun.

The as-yet-untitled album is expected out before the end of the year.

'Great start'

Mills told Billboard magazine earlier in March at the band's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction that most of the music was written but the lyrics were still being worked on.

Singer Michael Stipe told the band's website: "Returning to Dublin for our live rehearsal this summer provides the great start we need for our next album's work.

"I intend to hit the ground running."

REM, best known for their songs Losing My Religion and Everybody Hurts, have released 13 studio albums.

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