Laura Mvula, Foals, David Bowie and Laura Marling, who plays a special concert for WFUV tonight, September 11, at St. Ann's and the Holy Trinity, are among the 12 shortlisted nominees for the 2013 Barclaycard Mercury Prize, Britain's most prestigious music award. Artists from the UK and Ireland are eligible during a release period that spanned from September 11, 2012 to September 9, 2013.
The winner, announced October 30 at a concert and ceremony at London's Roundhouse, receives a check for £20,000 (about $31,600) and often (although not always) a bold leap in album sales.
Prior winners include PJ Harvey, Arctic Monkeys, Elbow and The xx. Last year's winners, Alt-J, will play New York's Hammerstein Ballroom on September 14 and Central Park's Rumsey Playfield on September 15.
The FUV Live concert with Laura Marling will air on 90.7FM WFUV on September 30 at 9 p.m. EDT, also streaming online.
Mercury Prize 2013 Shortlist:
Arctic Monkeys, AM
Laura Marling, Once I Was An Eagle
Savages, Silence Yourself
David Bowie, The Next Day
Laura Mvula, Sing To The Moon
Jake Bugg, Jake Bugg
Jon Hopkins, Immunity
Foals, Holy Fire