SXSW 2013: 20 Must-See Acts

Make room in your schedule, between the beer and barbecue, for these bands

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Alt-J

Alt-J
Jory Cordy

It's not exactly common to find rock bands inspired by mathematical concepts, but Alt-J – a keyboard command that results in the delta sign – like the idea that the symbol is used in equations to show change. The reason to see them, though, has everything to do with their sound. They call it folk-step, which blends indie-rock, psychedelic folk and electronica into a mesmerizing hybrid on last year's eclectic debut, An Awesome Wave, winner of England's Mercury Prize.

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