#TBT Mixtape: Alt-J's Exclusive Playlist
Welcome to #TBT Mixtape, Billboard's new series that showcases artists' very own throwback-themed playlists exclusive to Billboard's Spotify account. The curated set features the artists' favorite tracks from their youth and childhood.
U.K. trio Alt-J are still reeling from the release of their new album Relaxer (out June 2 via Canvasback Music), the follow-up to 2014's Grammy-nominated album This Is All Yours and 2012 debut LP An Awesome Wave, which won them the Mercury Prize. The group's third set, led by acclaimed tracks "In Cold Blood," "3WW" and "Adeline," found them treading new ground, working alongside producer Charlie Andrew (who has produced all of Alt-J's albums).
Due to high demand, Alt-J has now expanded their fall headlining tour, which will include stops at New York City's Panorama Festival (July 29), Lollapalooza (Aug. 5) and ACL Live at the Moody Theater in Austin, Texas (Nov. 15-16).
Today, Alt-J's Gus Unger-Hamilton and Thom Green are taking a much-needed look back, with this week's #TBT Mixtape exclusively via Billboard. Give the set -- which features the likes of The Hives, The Smashing Pumpkins, Jamie T and The Long Blondes -- a spin, and also scroll through some throwback snaps of the lads during their early days below.
"This was at the Good Ship in Kilburn, one of our first ever London shows," Unger-Hamilton reveals to Billboard of the never-before-published early snap of the group. "We all decided to wear red shorts and metal t-shirts. Projected behind was a live DVD of the Pussycat Dolls, because why not."
Catch Alt-J on dates through the rest of the year below and give "Relaxer" a spin here.
Alt-J Live 2017
July 27 - Merriweather Post Pavillion - Columbia, MD
July 28 - Blue Hill Bank Pavillion - Boston, MA
July 29 - Panorama Music & Arts Festival - New York, NY
July 30 - MoPOP Music Festival - Detroit, MI
August 1 - Jacobs Pavillion - Cleveland, OH
August 3 - Starlight Theater - Kansas City, MO
August 4 - Hinterland Music Festival - St. Charles, IA
August 5 Lollapalooza - Chicago, IL
August 7 - Red Rocks Amphitheatre - Morrison, CO (SOLD OUT)
August 9 - Shrine Auditorium - Los Angeles, CA (SOLD OUT)
August 10 - Shrine Auditorium - Los Angeles, CA
August 11-13 - Outside Lands - San Francisco, CA
October 9 - Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall - Portland, OR
October 10 - Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall - Portland, OR
October 12 - WAMU Theater - Seattle, WA
October 13 - Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre - Vancouver, BC
October 15 - Winspear Centre - Edmonton, AB (SOLD OUT)
October 16 - Winspeare Centre - Edmonton, AB
October 17 - Big Four Building - Calgary, AB
October 18 - The Wilma - Missoula, MT
October 20 - Roy Wilkins Auditorium - Minneapolis, MN
October 21 - Murat at the Old National Centre - Indianapolis, IN
October 23 - Riverside Theater - Milwaukee, WI
October 25 - Express Live! - Columbus, OH
October 27 - Massey Hall - Toronto, ONT (SOLD OUT)
October 28 - Massey Hall - Toronto, ONT (SOLD OUT)
October 29 - Place Bell - Montreal, QC
November 3 - Raleigh Memorial Auditorium - Raleigh, NC
November 4 - ExploreAsheville.com Arena - Asheville, NC
November 6 - Nashville Municipal Auditorium - Nashville, TN
November 7 - Roxy Theater - Atlanta, GA
November 8 - Roxy Theater - Atlanta, GA
November 10 - The Fillmore at Jackie Gleason - Miami, FL
November 14 - Pavilion @ Music Factory - Dallas, TX
November 15 - ACL Live at The Moody Theater - Austin, TX (SOLD OUT)
November 16 - ACL Live at The Moody Theater - Austin, TX (SOLD OUT)
November 17 - White Oak Music Hall (Outside Lawn) - Houston, TX