Never mind that forecast for snow next week. It's officially spring and on tonight's UKNY at 11, a sampling of some very good albums to be released this season from Ben Watt (pictured), Brian Eno and Karl Hyde, Gruff Rhys and Sohn. Plus, a truly beautiful single from the Canadian-born, New York-raised and Leeds-based producer Fold and a Commonwealth Cut from Australian quasi-bluesman D.D. Dumbo.
Last week on UKNY, I previewed some of the hopeful British artists headed to Austin for SXSW (and the Public Radio Rocks showcase too). This week, more of the English, Welsh and Scottish bands that made their way through the exhausting, sweaty gauntlet of SXSW gigs and deserve Stateside attention pronto, like Wolf Alice, Woman's Hour (pictured), Glass Animals, Longfellow, Nick Mulvey and Until The Ribbon Breaks.
UKNY - 03/08/2014
Tonight at 11 on UKNY, a SXSW preview of some of the British bands and artists headed to Austin, Texas next week for festival chaos, overpriced burritos and five showcases in one exhausting day—like Damon Albarn, Bipolar Sunshine (pictured), Battle Lines and Pins. Also, with new releases from Elbow and Metronomy on the immediate horizon, songs from those fine albums too.
UKNY - 03/01/2014
On tonight's UKNY at 11, brand new music from some New York and SXSW-bound British bands and artists like Wild Beasts, Glass Animals (pictured), Ben Watt and Arthur Beatrice. Also in the mix, The Horrors' epic, just-released single from their forthcoming album, Luminous, and the return of Neneh Cherry.
UKNY - 02/22/2014
On tonight's mostly encore presentation of UKNY at 11, we'll revisit the music of the twelve shortlisted nominees of last year's Barclaycard Mercury Prize, which was won by James Blake (pictured) for his second album, Overgrown. A prestigious, but also controversial award (as many awards for the arts can be), the Mercury Prize is handed out to a British or Irish artist each year. This evening, we'll hear stellar songs from 2013 nominees like David Bowie, Jon Hopkins, Laura Marling, Foals, Disclosure and more.