Last year, SXSW, the Austin festival/music conference, hosted a meeting of musical minds, as Spoon's Britt Daniel, Arcade Fire's Will Butler, and Superchunk's Mac McCaughan joined up during a panel to discuss songwriting. Each of music’s coolest dudes also performed during the hour-long event—as though simply hearing their thoughts on the creative process wasn’t enough. (Easter Egg for the super indie fans: Big Star’s Jody Stephens just “happens” to be in the audience, and joins in on the fun.) Check out footage from the full event below.


Hip-hop star T-Pain sang the National Anthem to open a Dodgers game this week—without the use of his signature Auto-Tune voice modulation—and the video serves as further evidence that T-Pain is actually an amazing singer. Watch the video below, and wonder why he’d ever use Auto-Tune in the first place. Discuss

Indie rock band Destroyer’s video for Poison Season cut “Times Square” is a cartoon romp through the forest. Sure, the titular New York location makes a cameo, as does frontman Dan Bejar. But the real stars here are stop-motion creatures. Warning: their creepy cuteness might make you think twice before going out into the woods. Check out the Shayne Ehman directed clip below. Poison Season is out tomorrow on Merge Records.


If you like The Black Keys you’ll love ... The Arcs. Right? Actually that might not just be hype. Dan Auerbach’s new project has all the same soulful Keys swagger, as evidenced by this live video for album cut “Stay in My Corner.” Check out what the band calls a “celebratory” live cut and the track list for their upcoming album Yours Dreamily, due out Sept 4.

1. Once We Begin (Intro)
2. Outta My Mind
3. Put a Flower in Your Pocket
4. Pistol Made of Bones
5. Everything You Do (You Do for You)
6. Stay in My Corner
7. Cold Companion
8. The Arc
9. Nature's Child
10. Velvet Ditch
11. Chains of Love
12. Come & Go
13. Rosie (Ooh La La)
14. Searching the Blue Discuss

Last night, Our Lady of Perpetual Friendship (a.k.a. Taylor Swift) welcomed Beck and St. Vincent to the stage during her show at Los Angeles’ Staples Center. The trio of newly minted pals performed Beck’s summer single “Dreams,” which, judging by the video below, made for some pretty solid arena rock. From mainstream darling to alt appreciator—Swift has come a long way from taking an ex to task for listening to “some indie record that’s much cooler than mine.” The final installment of Swift’s Los Angeles residency goes down tonight. Who will join her? Haim? Paul McCartney? The Dalai Lama? You? The sky’s the limit, apparently.


Two years after penning his poetic autobiography, and one year after the release of his solo album World Peace is None of Your Business, former Smiths frontman Morrissey has announced his debut novel. List of the Lost streets late September on Penguin Books UK. (A U.S. release date is still forthcoming.) There's still no word on a plot, but we have our guesses. Stay tuned for a story of a heroic pop musician who escapes the clutches of his evil corporate record label while convincing us along the way that meat really is murder. Discuss