From Stereogum: In addition to announcing the release of their 14th album Accelerate, R.E.M. have let it be known that they'll trek to Austin in March to play South By Southwest. According to, other confirmed acts include (are you sitting down?) Daniel Lanois, The Kills, Lightspeed Champion, Sons & Daughters, and "French synth-punks Cheveu." In related news, saying "French synth-punks" with a straight face will get you beaten up at my house.