Albums by Interpol, Bright Eyes, Cat Power and the Black Keys are among the 10 finalists for the 2003 Shortlist Music Prize. The prize will be presented Oct. 5 as part of a concert/ceremony at Los Angeles’ Wiltern Theater and taped for broadcast on MTV2 in mid-October. The finalists were chosen from a “long list” of 86 nominees.
Interpol’s “Turn on the Bright Lights” (Matador), Bright Eyes’ “Lifted or The Story Is In the Soil, Keep Your Ear to the Ground” (Saddle Creek), Cat Power’s “You Are Free” (Matador) and Floetry’s “Floetic” (Dreamworks) join the Black Keys’ “Thickfreakness” (Fat Possum), Cody ChesnuTT’s “The Headphone Masterpiece” (Ready Set Go), Damien Rice’s “O” (Vector), Sigur Ros’ “( )” (MCA), the Streets’ “Original Pirate Material” (Vice/Atlantic) and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ “Fever To Tell” (Interscope) as finalists.
Interpol, Bright Eyes, Black Keys, Damien Rice and Cat Power will perform at the Shortlist concert, alongside potential surprise appearances from the “listmaker” judge panel. The panel — including Dave Matthews, Flea, Tori Amos, Tom Waits, Erykah Badu, Perry Farrell, Mos Def, Coldplay’s Chris Martin and directors Spike Jonze and Cameron Crowe — will select the winner at the end of the concert and present the $5,000 cash prize from sponsor Sirius Satellite Radio.