Posted in music | tour dates on February 12, 2009

The National @ Fun Fun Fun Fest (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
The National

...the charity compilation that Aaron & Bryce produced for the Red Hot Organization, "Dark Was The Night", will be released this coming Tuesday, February 17th!!! (February 16th outside the US). Please help us support Red Hot's effort to raise money and awareness to combat the HIV / AIDS epidemic and go out and buy yourself a copy next week. It is well worth the money and you'll be contributing to an important cause. The record features 31 exclusive tracks and will be released digitally, as a double CD and triply vinly LP! You can learn more about the project and stream songs here.
The National announced some tour dates yesterday. They'll be "trying out new songs (!) and playing some old ones too of course." You heard two of those new songs if you were at the recent Tibet House benefit at Carnegie Hall. No NYC date on this new tour, but there is Boston, DC, and Philly.

For a NYC show, check out Bell Orchestre and Clogs when they share a bill on February 26th at BAM in Brooklyn. Clogs features National members Bryce, Padma, and Aaron "along with special guest vocalists". The National have lots of talented friends who can sing here in NYC. Who knows who they'll bring along. Tickets for that show are now 20% off if you use promo code 9826 when ordering tickets by phone at 718.636.4100 or online.

For an actual National show in NYC, stay tuned for more announcements and keep your fingers crossed for a fantastic lineup at Radio City Music Hall in the name of the above-mentioned Dark Was the Night compilation.

All dates below...

The National - 2009 Tour Dates
21 May: Kool Haus, Toronto (on-sale Feb 14th @ 10:00 AM)
22 May: Metropolis, Montreal (on-sale Feb 13th @ Noon)
23 May: House of Blues, Boston (on-sale Feb 20th @ 10AM)
24 May: 9:30 Club, DC (on-sale Feb 14th @ 10AM)
25 May: 9:30 Club, DC (on-sale Feb 14th @ 10AM)
27 May: Variety Playhouse, Atlanta (on-sale Feb 13th @ NOON)
28 May: Lincoln Theater, Raleigh (on-sale Feb 13th @ Noon)
29 May: Electric Factory, Philadelphia (on-sale Feb 20th @ 10AM)

"Finally, tickets are available now for Bryce's contemporary music festival, Music Now, which takes place this year March 11th and 12th at Memorial Hall in Cincinnati, OH. Kronos Quartet will perform on both nights. The Books will also perform on March 11th and the renowned Kora player Toumani Diabaté will perform on March 12th. The first evening Kronos Quartet will play two new pieces commissioned for the festival, one from Tyondai Braxton, of Battles and one from Richard Reed Parry, of Arcade Fire and Bell Orchestre in addition to work by J.G. Thirlwell (Foetus), Glenn Branca, and Michael Gordon. The second evening the Quartet will explore music from around the world, including Africa, Mexico, India, Greece and the Middle East. You can learn more about the festival and buy tickets here:"



Comments (25)

5 nights at the Bowery or MHOW PLEASE.

Posted by michaelways | February 12, 2009 10:51 AM

im over them.

Posted by Anonymous | February 12, 2009 11:02 AM

and they're over you. douche.

Posted by Anonymous | February 12, 2009 11:08 AM

i second five nights...bowery please...

Posted by sloweducation | February 12, 2009 11:27 AM

i was never into them

Posted by Anonymous | February 12, 2009 11:33 AM

How about a show in nyc? a bit greedy to ask for five.

that said, if you are a fan of the band, you've seen them plenty over the past three or four years. i think i've caught 8 of their shows since 2006.

Posted by Anonymous | February 12, 2009 11:36 AM

i'm with anon 11:36. i've caught about 6-7 of their NYC shows since 2006 (BB, MHofW, BAM, MSG, etc.) and it never gets old. i'd love to see them at BB again.

Posted by Anonymous | February 12, 2009 11:46 AM

exactly... I'd love for them to announce an NYC date... but I've seen them maybe 6 times in the past couple years without really even trying... Radio City, Bowery, Seaport, T5, BAM.... was out of town for the Summerstage show last summer and didn't want to see them at Hammerstein.

That said... would love to see them again. They're always great! I doubt they'll do a Bowery residency again... but we can hope!

Posted by wembley | February 12, 2009 11:53 AM

If any of you are planning on going to their shows at the 930 club in dc despite the fact that tickets are officially onsale on saturday you can get tickets on right now. just went onsale this morning. 930 club does this thing "soft sale" where they put up tickets in advance and only tell people on their email list and so a lot of big shows will sell out before the normal sale date.

just got tickets for both nights!

Posted by Anonymous | February 12, 2009 11:54 AM

they could probably sell out 15 nights at the bowery/music hall. that would be funny if they did like a NY tour.

Posted by Anonymous | February 12, 2009 12:06 PM

they suck now. it's all over.
you're luck you weren't at summerstage.

Posted by Anonymous | February 12, 2009 12:09 PM

They were great at Hammerstein shortly after. You suck now.

Posted by michaelways | February 12, 2009 12:14 PM

my love for the national runs pretty deep. but after seeing them 4 times in the past two years and them playing nearly the same set every time, i have lost a bit of interest in their shows. they did blow my face off at the last night of their week at the bowery though.

Posted by Anonymous | February 12, 2009 1:36 PM

they are no animal collective.

Posted by Anonymous | February 12, 2009 1:38 PM

good call on the 930 club tix. Thanks.

Posted by wembley | February 12, 2009 1:51 PM

bbboring band....decent drums, though.

Posted by Anonymous | February 12, 2009 1:53 PM


Posted by Sacred Absolute Hipster Cow | February 12, 2009 1:56 PM

the national was awesome live when i saw them before REM last year. i'm excited to hear new songs.

Posted by tom | February 12, 2009 2:03 PM

A bunch of east coast dates and no NYC... Sounds like they might be doing APW.

Posted by Anonymous | February 12, 2009 2:45 PM

Makes no sense.

A no compete clause for a festival is 3 months. APW is in August. They can easily play a show in April.

Posted by Anonymous | February 12, 2009 3:29 PM

they are no vampire weekend.

Posted by Anonymous | February 12, 2009 3:41 PM

members of Clogs will also be playing The Stone on Feb 24.

Posted by shannon | February 12, 2009 5:00 PM

15 nights in NYC please

Posted by Anonymous | February 12, 2009 8:07 PM

You're right, they are no Vampire Weekend. And that's a good thing, because Vampire are teh suck

Posted by Anonymous | February 15, 2009 12:21 PM

A quick note to let you know we have just added some new shows:


24 MAY: WASHINGTON DC - 9:30 CLUB (Late Show 11.30PM)



More info + ticket links here:

There is a pre-sale for tickets for Royal Festival Hall, London on Wednesday, 4th March.
To buy tickets call the following number and quote this password: 'dark was the night'
This pre-sale is ONLY by phone: 0871 663 2500

Tickets will be available to the general public through on Thursday 5th March.

And look out for a few more shows to be added across the summer months, in the coming weeks.

Posted by the National | March 3, 2009 11:30 AM

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