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The National Are Back With A Huge Tour And A Brand New Album This Fall


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Returning after four years with a brand new album entitled 'Sleep Well Beast' along with an extensive world tour is Cincinnati quintet The National. They are performing a number of festival dates this year alongside a series of European and North American shows.

The National are set to release their new album this SeptemberThe National are set to release their new album this September

Not only have the Ohio indie rockers announced a new album, they have also released a video for the lead single 'The System Only Dreams In Total Darkness'. Directed by Casey Reas, it's a psychedelic, pixellated visual shot almost entirely in bluescale.

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The Maccabees Return To Latitude For Their First Major Headline Slot


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The headliners for this year's Latitude Festival have finally been announced and it's definitely looking like the 11th edition is not one to be missed. Returning to Suffolk this summer, Latitude will bring with it a stunning line-up led by The Maccabees, The National and New Order on their main stage.

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Latitude 2016 will arrive at Henham Park In Southwold, Suffolk for a fun-packed weekend this July with the Obelisk Arena bringing with it a few welcome familiar faces and a bunch of first-timers too. First we have The Maccabees, who will be returning for their very first major festival headline gig on the Friday having just last year released their first UK number one album 'Marks to Prove It'. 

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Miss Great Britain 2015 , Zara Holland - The National Reality TV Awards (NRTA) 2015 held at the Porchester Hall - Arrivals - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 30th September 2015

The National, Miss Great Britain 2015 and Zara Holland
The National, Miss Great Britain 2015 and Zara Holland
The National, Miss Great Britain 2015 and Zara Holland
The National and Guests
The National and Guests
The National and Guests

Michaela Strachan - The National Lottery Awards 2015 held at the London Studios - Arrivals - London, United Kingdom - Friday 11th September 2015

The National and Michaela Strachan
The National and Michaela Strachan
The National and Michaela Strachan
The National, Karen Clifton and Kevin Clifton
The National, Karen Clifton and Kevin Clifton
The National, Karen Clifton and Kevin Clifton

Andrea Dubois and Maurice Dubois - 20th Anniversary of The National Urban Technology Center Gala Awards Dinner held at Gotham Hall at Gotham Hall - New York, New York, United States - Wednesday 17th June 2015

The National, Andrea Dubois and Maurice Dubois
The National, Andrea Dubois and Maurice Dubois
The National and Dj Jon Quick
The National and Loida Nicolas Lewis
The National and Loida Nicolas Lewis
The National and Shelley Rome

Stephen Mulhern - The National Television Awards (NTA's) 2015 held at the O2 - Arrivals at The National Television Awards - London - Wednesday 21st January 2015

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Crosby, James Tindale, Holly Hagan, Scott Timlin and The National
Crosby and The National
Crosby and The National
The National and Tiffany Watson
The National and Edwina Currie

Brian O'Driscoll - New dad Brian O'Driscoll leaving The National Maternity Hospital on Holles Street with a big bunch of flowers after his wife, Amy Huberman, gave birth to their second child, a son named Billy, yesterday (20Nov14) - Dublin, Ireland - Friday 21st November 2014

The National and Brian O'driscoll
The National and Brian O'driscoll
The National and Brian O'driscoll

Matt Berninger and The National - Way Out West Festival 2014 - Day 1 - Perfromances - Gothenburg, Sweden - Thursday 7th August 2014

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Matt Berninger and The National
Matt Berninger and The National
Matt Berninger and The National
Matt Berninger and The National
Matt Berninger and The National

The National and Matt Berninger - Barclaycard Presents British Summer Time Hyde Park - Day 6 - Performances - The National - London, United Kingdom - Saturday 12th July 2014

The National and Matt Berninger
The National and Matt Berninger
The National and Bryce Dessner
The National and Bryce Dessner
The National and Matt Berninger
The National and Matt Berninger

First City Festival 2014 Line-Up Announced Beck, The National, The Naked And Famous Plus Many More

Posted on 07 May 2014

First City Festival 2014 Line-up Announced  Beck, The National, The Naked And Famous Plus Many More

Flow Festival 2014 Announces Line-Up Additions The Horrors, Real Estate Plus Many More...

Posted on 03 April 2014

Flow Festival 2014 Announces Line-up Additions The Horrors, Real Estate Plus Many More...

Sharon Van Etten, Tinariwen, Mac DeMarco And More Added To Way Out West 2014 Line-Up

Posted on 28 March 2014

Sharon Van Etten, Tinariwen, Mac Demarco And More Added To Way Out West 2014 Line-up

Future Islands, Girl Band And Fka Twigs Join The Primavera Sound 2014 Line-Up

Posted on 27 March 2014

Future Islands, Girl Band And Fka Twigs Join The Primavera Sound 2014 Line-up

Icona Pop, Darkside, Bill Callahan, Ella Eyre And Royal Blood Added To Way Out West 2014 Line-Up

Posted on 19 March 2014

Icona Pop, Darkside, Bill Callahan, Ella Eyre And Royal Blood Added To Way Out West 2014 Line-up

Lena Dunham's 'SNL' Promo: Toplessness, To-Do Lists And Two Young Feminists [Video]


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The promo clip has been released for the upcoming Lena Dunham-hosted Saturday Night Live, which will air this Saturday (8th March). In the usual SNL promo style, Dunham appears in multiple takes to announce that she'll be hosting the entertainment show with music provided by Brooklyn's The National.

Lena Dunham
Lena Dunham Will Host This Saturday's Episode Of 'SNL.'

The Girls writer appears in the comedy clip with SNL cast member Kate McKinnon but, unlike her character Hannah, this time it wasn't Dunham who was the butt of all the jokes. "I recently went on a Girls ride at a theme park," says McKinnon, her arm linked with Lena's. "Um, I don't think there is a Girls ride," replies an awkward-looking Lena.

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Model - The National Wedding Show held at the Birmingham NEC - Day One - Birmingham, United Kingdom - Friday 28th February 2014

The National and Model
The National and Model
The National and Model
The National and Model
The National and Model
The National and Model

The National, Mogwai, Slowdive, Pixies, Kendrick Lamar And More Announced For Optimus Primavera Sound 2014

Posted on 10 February 2014

The National, Mogwai, Slowdive, Pixies, Kendrick Lamar And More Announced For Optimus Primavera Sound 2014

Ben Aaron and GInger Zee - The National Audubon Society's Annual Dinner honoring Dan W. Lufkin and Patrick F. Noonan at The Plaza Hotel - New York, New York, United States - Monday 27th January 2014

The National, Ben Aaron and Ginger Zee
The National and Ben Aaron
The National, Ben Aaron and Ginger Zee
The National, Ben Aaron and Ginger Zee
The National and Ginger Zee
The National and Ginger Zee

Nicole Morris, Carley Belmonte, Natalee Harris, Lateysha Grace and Jenna Jonathon - The National Television Awards 2014 (NTA's) held at the O2 Arena - Arrivals - London, United Kingdom - Saturday 1st January 2000

The National, Nicole Morris, Carley Belmonte, Natalee Harris, Lateysha Grace and Jenna Jonathon
The National and Gaynor Faye
The National and Guest
The National and Guest
The National, Debbie Rush and Ian Puleston Davies
The National, Debbie Rush and Ian Puleston Davies

Contactmusic.com's Top Albums Of 2013


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Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampire in the City

Vampire Weekend 'Modern Vampire in the City' - 'Modern Vampires in the City' makes it three for three for the New Yorkers and their latest release could very well be their best yet. It shows evolution for the band, but they have retained that essential quality that made 'Contra' and their self-titled debut such wonderfully upbeat and genuine pleasures to listen to each time. 'Modern Vampire in the City' is also the release that marks Vampire Weekend as a band that should be taken seriously, but one who you can still have immense fun with. 'Diane Young' is yet another indie floor filler, standing shoulder to shoulder with previous bangers 'A-Punk' and 'Cousins.' Where the album really excels, however, is when VW reach out to new quarters and sound completely inimitable. The yelps of 'Ya Hey' bring fun to a song that essentially deals with the theme of lost conviction, the graceful 'Hanna Hunt' erupts in the most complete song released this year and album opener 'Obvious Bicycle' sets the whole thing in motion with its refreshingly angelic melodies and steady, train-like clunks that lie beneath all the splendour. Vampire Weekend are no longer the Brooklyn minions rattling at the gates of eminence, the gates have been swung open for them and the welcoming committee should have made them feel rightly at home. 

Hookworms - Pearl Mystic

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We Are Augustines Release New Single 'Nothing To Lose But Your Head' And Announce Intimate London Show January 21st 2014

Posted on 10 December 2013

We Are Augustines Release New Single 'Nothing To Lose But Your Head' And Announce Intimate London Show January 21st 2014

Lollapalooza 2013: The Key Bands That You Cannot Afford To Miss


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Most of us are still cradling our weary heads from the Pitchfork Music Festival, but it's time to dust ourselves down, pull on our favorite band t-shirts and head to Chicago for one of America's - no, the world's - biggest music festivals.

That's right guys, Lollapalooza is here and this year's line-up is one of the most ingenious collections of live music for 2013.

Here's the bands that you simply cannot afford to miss.

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But Is It Art? Jay-Z Plays 'Picasso Baby' For Six Hours At New York Gallery


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The multi-million selling rapper Jay-Z aimed to combine and rap and modern art this week, performing his new track 'Picasso Baby' for six consecutive hours at Chelsea's Pace Gallery in New York. Confused? Well, the lengthy 'secret' performance was used both to shoot Hova's new video and to promote his new album 'Magna Carta Holy Grail.'

Though the performance was kept hush-hush, it didn't take invited guests long to post videos and pictures to Vine, Instagram and Twitter. According to the New York Post's report, Jay-Z was entertaining the likes of, "Judd Apatow, Adam Driver, Cynthia Rowley, George Condo and others" reportedly "serenading Alan Cumming, and dancing around Marina Abramovic, Performa founder RoseLee Goldberg and even a woman on a scooter with her leg in a cast."

The marathon performance, shot by film director Mark Romanek, centred on the rapper's arty track 'Picasso Baby,' which includes the lyrics, "I just want a Picasso, in my casa . . . I wanna Rothko, no I wanna brothel," as well as referencing "Jeff Koons balloons" and "[George] Condos in my condos."

Watch Jay-Z performing 'Picasso Baby':

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Bonnaroo And Ustream Announce 2013 Webcast Line-up Featuring Paul Mccartney, Mumford And Sons And Many More

Posted on 13 June 2013

Bonnaroo And Ustream Announce 2013 Webcast Line-up Featuring Paul Mccartney, Mumford And Sons And Many More

The National Put New Album Up To Stream On ITunes For Free


The National

Today has been a great day for streaming new releases, as The National have become the next band today to put their long-awaited new album up to stream days before the official release. Daft Punk put their upcoming album up to stream today too, a week before its official release, with The National following suit soon after.

Trouble Will Find Me is due to be released 20 May, but the band have gladly become the latest group to use Apple's iTunes Store to promote the album before it's release. The band have previously released videos for the singles 'Demons' and 'Sea Of Love' from their upcoming sixth album, which looks to capitalise on the success which first began with 2001's self-titled release.

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Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival Announces 2013 Lineup Featuring Paul Mccartney, Red Hot Chili Peppers Plus Many More.

Posted on 18 April 2013

Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival Announces 2013 Lineup  Featuring Paul Mccartney, Red Hot Chili Peppers Plus Many More.

Bonnaroo 2013 Lineup Announcement

Posted on 20 February 2013

Bonnaroo 2013 Lineup Announcement

Bjork, Paul McCartney And R Kelly: Variegated Lineup For Tennessee's Bonnaroo Festival


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The Bonnaroo festival line-up has been released and it's something to get yourself excited about. Not got a ticket? You'll definitely want to get yourself one once you see who'll be performing. 

The Bonnaroo festival info page is a veritable delight of explaining Out There and In Here. Out There is out here, where we are now, beyond the limits temporally or spatially of the festival itself, but In There, in the festival, the festival organisers want it to be a haven of positivity, safety and, above all, supreme amounts of fun. They describe it as "4 of the best days ever" and "an escape into Excitement. Music. Art. Discoveries. Trees. Fresh Air. Green Grass... Friends (Old / New). Adventure. Overwhelming happiness. Hugging a stranger by accident. Sharing and Generosity. Bonnaroovian Dancing. Hyperbolic verbiage..." and the list goes on. Sounds good, right? Well, the line-up is even better, and suitable for all genres you may find yourself remotely interested in. 

Here's the best of the list, from the headliners down to the early stars: Paul McCartney, Grammy winners Mumford & Sons, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Bjork, R Kelly, Wu-Tang Clan, The National, The Lumineers, David Byrne, St Vincent, Passion Pit, The XX, Kendrick Lamar, Grizzly Bear, Animal Collective, Of Monsters and Men, Nas, ZZ Top, Beach House, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, A$AP Rocky, Tame Impala, Gaslight Anthem, Billy Idol, Foals, Local Natives, Alt-J, The Tallest Man on Earth, Earl Sweatshirt, The Vaccines, Frank Turner, Purity Ring... and once again, the list goes on. Check out the website to see the rest.

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The Show Must Go On? David Letterman Props Up Entertainment Industry During Hurricane Sandy


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The mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg has been making sure that the city's residents were fully prepared for Hurricane Sandy, which hit New York last night. And whilst the majority of New York citizens paid heed, TV presenter David Letterman decided to pay heed instead to that age-old motto from the world of entertainment. "the show must go on!"

According to MTV, Letterman wasn't going to let a minor detail like the biggest storms to ever hit the USA stop him from filming one of his late night chat shows. He did, however, film the episode of The Late Show With David Letterman without the presence of his usual live audience. He may have been prepared to brave the elements to get the show filmed but he wasn't about to let the general public endanger themselves in the process. The same applied to Jimmy Fallon's show, Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. 

Other shows weren't so lucky. Jimmy Kimmel was forced to cancel one of his tapings in Brooklyn, announcing on Twitter "Though it pains us to do it, JKL from Brooklyn tonight is cancelled. I'm disappointed too, but we want you to be safe." Over at Comedy Central, however, the laughter stopped for the night. Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart both cancelled the filming for their shows. 

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The National, Mistaken For Strangers, Single Review


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Mistaken For Strangers
Single Review

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