A quick look at a few of the acts hitting the Austin music fest this week, from R.E.M. to Talib Kweli to Vampire Weekend

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There’ll be no shortage of marquee names mingling among the buzz bands at this year’s South by Southwest. R.E.M., who return to their urgent, guitar-driven roots on Accelerate (out April 1), aim to do the same thing with a handful of gigs this year. Daryl Hall (of ”and Oates” fame) will play a solo soul set, and speak at a high-profile Q&A session. Lou Reed, sadly, won’t be playing (that we know of!), but he will participate in a keynote Q&A of his own about Julian Schnabel’s concert doc Lou Reed’s ‘Berlin.’ Frequent U2 producer Daniel Lanois will be on hand to play his own material in singer-songwriter mode, which should be almost as cool as catching Bono and Co. in a club setting. And if that’s still not enough rawk for you, original metal gods Motörhead will rip through a set of their own — in the early afternoon, no less.

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