Jenny Slate had a great year, garnering critical praise for her work in Obvious Child and releasing another episode of her unfailingly grin-inducing Marcel the Shell with Shoes On. She appeared on Conan last night, and gave America a little taste of Marcel's melodious singing voice. Softer than any pillow, this voice, and if you've ever wanted to hear it cover Fleetwood Mac's "Landslide," this is your moment ... Discuss

The lineup for this year’s MusicNOW Festival has been announced, and it looks pretty incredible. Along with sets from artists like The Lone Bellow, Arcade Fire’s Will Butler and Perfume Genius, the festival will feature collaborations between performers—including The National and Sufjan Stevens—and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. MusicNOW, which was started by National's Bryce Dessner eight years ago, takes place this March in Cincinnati. It appears to definitely be worth the road trip ... Discuss

Good news for people who love good news. It's been ages since we had a proper release from Modest Mouse—the undeniably odd but frequently brilliant band who did more than almost anyone to legitimize indie rock as a viable genre. Their last full-length release was We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank in 2007, but now there's a new album that's set for release in "the first quarter" of 2015. A cryptic Instagram post suggests the album's title might be "Lampshades on Fire," but that could also just be the name of the first single, which will release next Monday, December 15. Float on. Good news is on the way ... Discuss

Bob Dylan has announced that a new album, consisting entirely of Frank Sinatra classics, will drop on Feb 3. So, what will it sound like when a folk music legend takes on songs made famous by a Las Vegas crooner? According to Dylan, Shadows in the Night will basically be an unpolished live album, not a traditional record: “It was all done live. Maybe one or two takes. No overdubbing. No vocal booths. No headphones. No separate tracking, and, for the most part, mixed as it was recorded.” Also, Dylan doesn’t want this be called an album of “cover” songs: “They've been covered enough. Buried, as a matter a fact. What me and my band are basically doing is uncovering them. Lifting them out of the grave and bringing them into the light of day.” That sounds ambitious, but if anyone knows what it takes to have songs reinvented, it’s Bob Dylan ... Discuss

YouTube star Jason Bojangals has finally given us the new Christmas classic we’ve all been waiting for. The four-minute jam unravels the entire plot of Home Alone to the music of the Taylor Swift single “Blank Space,” somehow producing a final product that is better than both pop-culture hallmarks ever could hope to be. Merry Christmas, you filthy animals ... Discuss

Just to keep things interesting, the Recording Academy has been slowly revealing the nominees for the 2015 Grammy Awards all day by having various celebrities tweet them out. British breakout pop sensation Sam Smith nabbed the most with nominations in five categories: Record of the Year, Best Pop Vocal Album, Best Pop Solo Performance, Song of the Year and Best New Artist. Industry veterans like Beyonce, Taylor Swift and Kanye West also did well. You can find the full list of nominees here (except the nominations for Album of the Year, which will be announced tonight during a Grammy special on CBS), but here are a few notable categories:

Record of the Year nominees: "Fancy" by Iggy Azalea and Charli XCX, "Chandelier" by Sia, "Stay With Me" (Darkchild version) by Sam Smith, "Shake It Off" by Taylor Swift, and "All About That Bass" by Meghan Trainor.

Best alternative music album nominees: Arcade Fire, Jack White, St. Vincent, Alt-J and Cage the Elephant.

Best new artist nominees: Haim, Bastille, Sam Smith, Iggy Azaela and Brandy Clark. Discuss