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The Next Vampire Weekend: Alt-J

Alt-J Band Photo

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British rockers Alt-J are big across the pond, having won the 2012 British Mercury Prize, which is an annual award honoring the best album from the UK. In fact, they're one of several British acts on this list – not surprising considering the history of British acts making it big in the US. The band's song “Buffalo” was featured on the Sliver Linings Playbook soundtrack and they have begun to tour in the US, so they're well on their way. The band's name alludes to the delta symbol (∆), which you can create on a Mac computer by holding down the “alt” key and typing “J.”

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