The whispers were thunderous leading up to the announcement of the grand winner last night in London. It was heated, it was contentious. It was to be not-totally-rehabbed Amy Winehouse. No, no, Arctic Monkeys for a repeat. Or no, wait, Dizzee Rascal for a repeat. But then the lovely, beguiling Natasha Khan of Bat for Lashes was to be victorious it was mooted in the days before. In the end though, after a night of dazzling performances (ahem, Winehouse!), nu-rave dudes Klaxons and their Myths Of The Near Future (Geffen) took the whole enchilada and £20,000 (that’s $40,250). Teary-eyed during their acceptance of the big one, James Righton mused, “This really is too much declared.” Jaime Reynolds then offered, “The Mercury Prize is about pushing music forward and this is what we did.” Quite right, lads! Well done!

All of the above is the perfect segue for the exciting fall plans Klaxons have ahead of them. Not only have they been handpicked to open for Bjork at Madison Square Garden on 9/24, they have now announced their stateside TV debut on Late Night with Conan O’Brien on October 11th.

Read about the Klaxons in an exclusive interview with the band in issue 25 of Sentimentalist Magazine

After the beep, Klaxons tour dates with Shit Disco.

US Tour Dates
9/23 Boston MA – Paradise Rock Club*
9/24 New York NY – Madison Square Garden (with Bjork)
9/26 Los Angeles CA – Henry Fonda Theatre*
9/28 San Francisco CA – The Fillmore*
9/30 Seattle WA – The Showbox*
10/01 Vancouver BC – Commodore Ballroom*
10/04 Boulder CO – Fox Theatre
10/05 Lawrence KS – The Bottleneck
10/06 Chicago IL – Vic Theatre**
10/08 Washington DC – 9.30 Club**
10/09 Philadelphia PA – The Fillmore @ Theatre of Living Arts**
10/10 Toronto ON – Opera House Concert Venue**
**with Sh*t Disco