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Indie pop group Alt-J take Britain's Mercury Prize

Indie pop quartet Alt-J has won Britain’s prestigious Mercury Prize, beating more established acts to the 20,000 pound (roughly $32,000) prize at the Roundhouse in north London.

Formed of four Leeds University students who met in 2007, the band’s sharp but spare vocals, genre-bending sound and occasionally bizarre, nasal lyrics propelled them onto the charts well before its members found fame.

Critical reception to their debut album, “An Awesome Wave,” was extremely favorable and the band was heavily tipped to beat artists including rapper Plan B and singer-songwriter Richard Hawley, who were also among the prize’s 12 finalists.

Music journalists have praised the group’s idiosyncratic song-building skills (and few failed to dwell on their bizarre name — it’s the command needed to get a triangle shape on a Mac).

Jenny Stevens of NME praised their “bookish sensibility and penchant for a sexual metaphor,” while the Guardian’s Paul Lester said their music was “rich and quirky enough to match the imagistic literacy of the lyrics.”

The Mercury Prize was established in 1992 to honor the best album of the year by a British or Irish band and often favors the eclectic and obscure over better-known acts

Muse's official Olympics song 'Survival' now has a video: Watch it here!

If you’ve ever watched one of those sweeping, heart rate-quickening Nike/Gatorade/Chrysler commercials and thought, “There should probably be an over-the-top British rock song in here,” then we’ve got just the thing for you.

While you were celebrating America’s freedom from Britain yesterday, those sneaky redcoats slyly posted a music video for “Survival,” Muse’s official song of London’s Summer Olympics, on the Internet.

Like the song itself, the video is on the ambitious side, trying in four minutes to capture more than a century’s worth of sweaty Olympian drama. And as an added bonus, they also threw in an Easter egg for Marvel fans by flashing an image of what looks to be the next Spider-Man villain at the 3:00 mark!

Spend some time with the video in all its spandex glory below and head to the comments to let us know just how pumped you are for the big event:


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