SXSW 2013: 20 Must-See Acts

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



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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