My how time flies. As we plow into January of '08, little more than two months remain before this year's incarnation of the mid-Texas musical clusterfuck known as South by Southwest. With the clock ticking down, more and more bands are announcing their intent to partake in the festivities. R.E.M. will be there hype the arrival of its new album Accelerate. Other big bands to descend upon Austin include My Morning Jacket, Vampire Weekend, the Black Keys, Daniel Lanois, Sia, the Breeders, Jens Lekman, Bon Iver, A Place to Bury Strangers, White Williams, Times New Viking, and the Kills. For more acts scheduled to play SXSW 2008, check in over at the website of Austin authority Austinist.