Last Night: alt-J Thinks Dirty and Acts Like It Doesn't

Amid thick smoke and red laser lights stood four men dressed in black button-downs, dour looks on their faces. A sold-out crowd at the Civic Theatre screamed the lyrics to "The Gospel of John Hurt," a song about Ridley Scott's 1979 film Alien, but the members of alt-J refused to give an inch, to let their bodies contort with the rumbling bass. They stoically sang the letters "E-X-T-I-N-C-T" and talked about civilians in space. The person next to me danced ecstatically.