British band alt-J have been nominated for 3 Brit Awards, including British Breakthrough Act, British Album of the Year, and British Group of the Year. The Brit Awards are the British Phonographic Industry's annual pop music awards and the British equivalent of the American Grammy Awards. This year's event is being held at London's O2 Arena where the winners will be announced on February 20th.
The Brit Awards nominations are more evidence of the band's growing popularity and critical acclaim, which began in 2012 with the release of their debut album An Awesome Wave. The album this week broke into the Billboard Top 100 albums, jumping up 79 spots. December saw the band's debut landing on the top 10 lists of numerous critics, including NPR's Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton, The Wall Street Journal, Billboard, NME, The Guardian, and the BBC. An Awesome Wave was selected as the iTunes Alternative Breakthrough Album of 2012, and MTV selected alt-J as one of their Artists to Watch in 2013. The band also performed well on various readers' polls, with a top 20 album and #2 Best New Band on Stereogum's Gummy Awards and the #2 Rookie of the Year on Consequence of Sound's readers poll. In their annual installment of the Pitchfork's Readers Poll, An Awesome Wave was selected as the #3 Most Underrated Album, and alt-J were voted the #6 Best New Artist. The band's song "Buffalo" was also included in the Golden Globe and Oscar-nominated new film by David O. Russell, Silver Lining's Playbook, featuring Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, and Robert De Niro.
alt-J are going to hit the road in North America this spring in support of An Awesome Wave. After extremely successful fall and winter tours and the recent win of the UK's prestigious Mercury Prize Award, alt-j is thrilled to hit the road again in 2013 on their biggest U.S. tour yet. After announcing the tour last month, the band have sold out numerous dates and upgraded a number of shows to larger venues due to overwhelming demand. For the additional dates and upgraded dates, tickets will be on sale on Friday, January 11 at 10 AM local time. For a full updated itinerary, see below. Tickets can be purchased here: http://altjband.com/tickets/.
Upcoming North American Tour Dates
3/2 - Boston, MA @ Paradise (SOLD OUT)
3/3 - Boston, MA @ Paradise (New Date)
3/4 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club (SOLD OUT)
3/5 - Carrboro, NC @ Cats Cradle
3/6 - Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade (Heaven Stage) (upgraded due to demand)
3/8 - Birmingham, AL @ Bottletree (SOLD OUT)
3/9 - New Orleans, LA @ BUKU Music and Art Project
3/10 - Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald's
3/16 - Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater
3/18 - Nashville, TN @ Cannery Ballroom (upgraded due to demand)
3/19 - Louisville, KY @ Headliners Music Hall
3/21 - Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts
3/22 - New York, NY @ Webster Hall (SOLD OUT)
3/24 - New York, NY @ Terminal 5
3/25 - Montreal, QC @ Corona Theatre (SOLD OUT)
3/27 - Toronto, ON @ Sound Academy (upgraded due to demand)
3/28 - Chicago, IL @ Metro (SOLD OUT)
3/29 - Milwaukee, WI @ Pabst Theater (upgraded due to demand)