Los Campesinos!

<b>Best alternative music album: Los Campesinos!</b><br>
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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.<br>
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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.<br>
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<a href="http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/extendedplay/2008/03/sxsw-day-four-p.html">Read more about Los Campesions! SXSW performance here.</a>
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( Grace deVille / www.myspace.com/loscampesinos )

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.

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