If you’d told me a few years ago that The Replacements OR Neutral Milk Hotel would be playing anywhere for any reason, I would have punched you in your damn face for lying so hard. But the new reality in 2014 is that both beloved bands are performing at the fall edition of Boston Calling Music Festival, to be held September 5-7 on City Hall Plaza. The spring edition is happening in May.
In addition, the festival will host The National, whose Aaron Dessner has contributed to the curation of prior incarnations of Boston Calling, as well as Lorde, Nas with The Roots, Childish Gambino, The 1975, Spoon, Girls Talk, Future Islands, Volcano Choir, Sky Ferriera, plus Boston’s own Lake Street Dive. AND MORE.
Learn more at the Boston Calling website. Watch the announcement video here:
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This week’s Saturday Night Live played host to The National, who have quite frankly been popping up just about everywhere between their various television stints, and getting ready to embark on their North American tour. But when they took the stage this past Saturday night to perform “Graceless,” “I Need My Girl,” and “Trouble Will Find Me,” there was no question how after nearly a year since the release of their last album, Trouble Will Find Me, they’re still going strong. You can check out the performances below, and catch the band on tour this April with Warpaint and Portugal. The Man. (more…)
The National have been promoting their latest release, Trouble Will Find Me pretty hard since its release, and while on a run of dates in Australia, the band stopped by the Sydney Opera House to play a 26-song setlist that included their hits “Demons” and “Sea Of Love,” along with an impressive five song encore. You can check out the full set below, and catch the band on their North American tour this spring, with stops at Austin City Limits, Shaky Knees Festival, NorthSide Festival. (more…)
The 2014 Sasquatch! music fest, held each year in George, Washington, has announced its 2014 lineup. Unsurprisingly, we see a lot of familiar faces on the bill. Headlining this year is OutKast, The National, Queens of the Stone Age, Frank Ocean, and Foster the People to name a few”and we do mean quite a few. Though the festival has previously taken place over just one weekend, this year’s 100+ performances have been expanded to a massive two weekend event over Memorial Day and July 4th weekends. Check out the full lineup below. (more…)
The National recently announced a North American tour this spring with Daughter, Warpaint, and Portugal. The Man, but some of us just can’t wait until April to see these guys perform. Thankfully, CBS This Morning recently welcomed the Grammy nominees onto their show for a short interview and performance. Check out the interview, and watch the band perform “Don’t Swallow the Cap,” and “I Need My Girl,” off Trouble Will Find Me below. (more…)
I remember back in May when The National headlined at Boston Calling, and all I heard for the next week was how incredible their performance was. Easily one of the best of the festival, was the phrase I kept hearing. But for those that have missed the band’s much talked about performances, you’ll now have a chance to see them live and in action as they continue promotion of Trouble Will Find Me on a short April tour with Daughter, Warpaint, and Portugal. The Man. Their tour will also include a late January stop in Hawaii, and two festival dates in May and June. Check out the routing below. (more…)
This past Friday, the 56th Annual Grammy Awards nominations were announced during the Grammy Nominations Concert Live!! Countdown To Music’s Biggest Night which featured performances by Taylor Swift, Lorde, Katy Perry, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis.
Among the nominees were the above mentioned performers, along with a slew of others that you’d expect including Daft Punk, Zedd, Michael Bublé, The National, and Vampire Weekend. Check out the full list of nominations below. (more…)
Serving as the first single to surface from May’s Trouble Will Find Me, “Demons” keeps things melancholy will with an echo-filled song about the weight of dealing with one’s own demons. The premiere occurred via YouTube and was accompanied by a black and white video detailing the creation of the album art. You can hear the song and view the footage at the end of this post.
Trouble Will Find Me is one of the most anticipated indie releases of 2013, and those who simply cannot wait for release day are more than welcome to pre-order the album starting today. Click here to purchase your copy. (more…)
Indie rock band Local Natives will be releasing their sophomore album, Hummingbird, on January 29th, 2013. The new full-length is co-produced by Aaron Dessner of The National, which is sure to garner more attention from indie fans across the globe. While the release is still months away, you can hear one of the new songs, “Breakers,” here. Fans of The National will be able to recognize the influence on the record, especially during the chorus, while the track still delivers Local Natives’ signature vocal harmonies and powerful percussion. According to TwentyFourBit.com, this album was recorded “in Montreal and at Dessner’s home studio in Brooklyn.” Here is the tracklist for the rest of Hummingbird:
1. You & I
2. Heavy Feet
4. Black Spot
6. Three Months
7. Black Balloons
8. Wooly Mammoth
9. Mt. Washington
If you like Local Natives, then you might also like OurStage artist Warning Birds.
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