They had a new album to push - an album so modern, it's being streamed online, if you can imagine such a science-fiction concept. So, how did REM go down in Austin?
Like Elliot Spitzer at a Catholic Mother's Meeting.
Village Voice tried to be kind, but:
Austin360 couldn't even work out why they'd show up to a new band fest. Then it got it:
Or to try, anyway. Did it work? MTV News' YouAreHere blogger Aaron Pinkston seemed impressed, charmed but not quite convinced:
WNYC's Soundcheck blog liked what it heard, but...
... if it was that good, wouldn't you have stayed to the end?
The concert blog lists the set as played, while the merest glimpse of the band live has turned up on the YouTube: