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Best alternative music album: Los Campesinos!
The seven-piece band from Wales was an absolute trip. The band's pure zest and desire to fill every crevice of an arrangement with a hand clap or a smattering on the xylophone or a fragment of a guitar solo resulted in a pogo-worthy good time.
Lyrics are loaded with pop-culture references, but mostly just about breaking up or hooking up, and guitar riffs cut in and out, providing time to let the violinist shred -- at times, a more spastic and upbeat version of the adventurous, genre-hopping Mekons. All in all, it's like watching an entire band suddenly stricken with ADD.
Read more about Los Campesions! SXSW performance here.