Fresh releases abound during these early dog days of August. Tonight on UKNY at 11, music from newer faces, like Annie Eve (pictured), FURS and Nick Mulvey, plus veterans like King Creosote and Simian Mobile Disco. Also, the debut of Little Tornados, the intriguing group founded by former Stereolab chanteuse Laetitia Sadier and filmmaker David Thayer.
The Glasgow 2014 Commonweath Games are underway until August 3, with nearly 5000 athletes from 71 nations and territories competing in 17 different sports. At 11 tonight, in honor of the 20th anniversary of this iteration of the Games (originally founded 84 years ago as the British Empire Games in Hamilton, Canada), UKNY will dwell on music from some of those Commonwealth countries, like Scotland, South Africa, Nigeria and New Zealand. Included in that international lineup is music from Wunder Wunder, OY (pictured), Vancouver Sleep Clinic, Tiny Ruins, Owl John and much more. Plus, a small salute to the Tour de France too, which concludes at Stage 21 tomorrow in Paris. Will Italy's Vincenzo Nibali take home the yellow jersey?
At 11 on UKNY, brand new British releases from The Clientele (playing Baby's All Right in Brooklyn this evening), Jaws, All We Are (pictured), The Proper Ornaments and The History of Apple Pie. Anna Calvi duets with David Byrne on a haunting Keren Ann cover and tonight's Commonwealth Cut hails from Toronto but embraces sunny L.A.-style guitar-pop.
At 11 tonight on UKNY, expect a stack of very new (or recent) releases from British bands and artists headed to New York next week or in the very near future—like Basement Jaxx, Cymbals and Jamie xx—as well as sunny and sublime summertime sounds from the jaunty Bologna-London dance duo M+A, Bristol's dreamy Meadowlark (pictured) and majestic Leeds quintet Dancing Years.
Tonight at 11, UKNY marks its first anniversary on WFUV. While the show usually focuses on emerging and established British artists, this week—in honor of Independence Day—the former colonies and the motherland converge for a British-American edition, celebrating bands and collaborations that bridge both countries, like Fleetwood Mac, Blood Orange and Friends' Samantha Urbani (pictured), Atoms For Peace, Big Deal, The Kills … and even Monty Python.