SXSW '08: We're Here, And So Are R.E.M.

R.E.M. with John Norris

Michael StipeThe MTV News crew has arrived at South by Southwest — the annual hipster pilgrimage to Austin, Texas, where countless buzz bands perform in countless clubs for countless industry scouts, bloggers and hardcore music fans.

But instead of a scrappy group of up-and-comers, our first sit-down happened with none other than veteran rock act R.E.M., who spoke to John Norris about making their first-ever appearance at the conference and their upcoming album, Accelerate.

For more of Norris' adventures in Austin, watch some "John TV." Plus check back with the Newsroom blog throughout SXSW for more highlights, and be sure to visit our sister blog You R Here for concert reviews, photos and more.