Entries tagged with: The National
Fresh off a six-hour performance of their song "Sorrow," The National offer up something a little lighter today in the form of the video form of the video for new single "Sea of Love." (Incidentally, this is the song where the album, Trouble Will Find Me's title comes from.) The video is an homage to '80s Russian band Zvuki Mu's "Grubiy Zakat" clip. Watch the band play in a very small room while a little kid plays air guitar -- as well as the original that inspired it -- below.
The National @ PS1, 5/5/2013 (via @brooklynvegan Instagram)
How much sorrow can a person take? Well if it's The National's song, "Sorrow," there was probably at least one person who was at PS1 yesterday, not counting the band, museum staff, etc, who stayed for the entirety of their six-hour performance where they played that one song over and over. One hundred five times, to be specific. It was part of an installation by Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson titled "A Lot of Sorrow." Did you go? How much "Sorrow" could you take? Anyone make it for the whole thing?
The National's presumably less sorrow-ful concert at Barclays Center with Youth Lagoon is coming up on June 5 and tickets are still available. Their new album, Trouble Will Find Me, is out in two weeks (5/21). The band also just added some new tour dates and those are listed, along with a few videos from the PS1 performance, below.
The National at Beacon Theatre in 2011 (more by David Andrako)
As mentioned, The National are releasing a new album, Trouble Will Find Me, and going on an extensive tour in support of it this year which includes their big hometown show on June 5 at the Barclays Center with Youth Lagoon. Tickets for that show are still available and we're also giving away a pair. Details on how to enter to win are below.
Before that tour begins, The National will do some other hometown events, including performing their song "Sorrow" repeatedly for six hours straight at MoMA PS1 on Sunday (5/5), and a live from the Artists Den taping on Tuesday (5/7). That same day, National member Bryce Dessner will have works he commissioned performed by the Brooklyn Youth Chorus at Roulette in Brooklyn. Members of the National will also be performing at Ecstatic Summer 2013 which takes place at Brookfield Place Plaza on June 29-30.
Meanwhile, Youth Lagoon will also be on his own tour with Majical Cloudz which hits the NYC-area for sold out shows on Monday (5/6) at Maxwell's and Thursday (5/9) at The Bell House (BV presents). After those shows, Majical Cloudz play their own show at Glasslands (5/21) with Gobby (tickets).
Updated National dates are listed, along with contest details and streams of two songs from their new LP, below...
As mentioned, acclaimed ensemble Kronos Quartet are celebrating their ruby anniversary this year with the "Kronos at 40" mini-festival within Lincon Center Out of Doors' 2013 slate. In addition to that, Kronos Quartet will be performing with the Brooklyn Youth Chorus' Concert Chorus and Young Men's Ensemble on May 7 at Roulette in downtown Brooklyn. It will include commissioned works by Julia Wolfe (World Premiere), Aleksandra Vrebalov (New York premiere), the Arcade Fire's Richard Reed Parry (New York premiere), Bryce Dessner and Shara Worden. The event is a BYC benefit and tickets are on sale now. For those with deeper pockets there's a gala reception before the show you can buy tickets to as well.
Brooklyn Youth Chorus, who just performed at Crossing Brooklyn Ferry, is in its 21st season and will be a part of the 2013 Bang on a Can Marathon which happens June 16 at 3 Spruce St. which is near City Hall in downtown Manhattan. The nine-hour event, part of the 2013 River to River Festival, also includes appearances by Asphalt Orchestra, Bang on a Can All-Stars, Maya Beiser with the Provenance Project Band, Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Le Cabaret Contemporain, David Cossin & Ben Reimer, Peter Evans, Monica Germino, Hotel Elefant, Yungchen Llamo & Anton Batagov, NYU Steel Pan Ensemble, NYU Contemporary Music Ensemble, Talea Ensemble, Talk Normal, TILT Brass, Shara Worden, and more. Full new press release below.
Watch Glen Hansard, Richard Reed Parry, Little Scream, Shara Worden, Bryce Dessner and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus play Leonard Cohen's "Passing Through" recently at the MusicNOW 2013 fest in Ohio, in the video below....
Head to the Artist's Den for a chance to win tickets to the above-advertised National taping on May 7th.
Two days earlier the band, who recently made an appearance as part of Tribeca Film Fest, are playing a song repeatedly for six hours at PS1. They kick off a tour in Ithaca on May 16th, and play the Barclays Center in June.
Meanwhile, Crossing Brooklyn Ferry (the fest curated by The National's Bryce and Aaron Dessner) kicked off last night (Thursday, 4/25) at BAM and continues through the weekend. with three nights at BAM. Tickets are still available for Friday and Saturday.
Lat night The National appeared on Fallon. Watch both songs they played at the show, below...
by Bill Pearis
conceptual art for "A Whole Lot of Sorrow"
"Don't they do that already?" is surely the smartass comment someone will make upon hearing the news that The National will perform one song for six hours straight at MoMa PS1 on May 5. The song in question is "Sorrow" (from 2010's High Violet) and the marathon performance is part of an installation by Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson titled "A Lot of Sorrow." Here's more info:
By stretching a single pop song into a day-long tour de force the artist continues his explorations into the potential of repetitive performance to produce sculptural presence within sound.The event is PS1's final Sunday Session of the season and tickets ($15) are on sale now.
Sorrow found me when I was young,
Sorrow waited, sorrow won
commences the song by The National, whose music and lyrics repeatedly conjure notions of romantic suffering and contemporary Weltschmerz--themes Kjartansson often uses in his own work employing references as wide-ranging as Ingmar Bergman, the German Romantics, and Elvis Presley. As in all of Kjartansson's performances, the idea behind A Lot of Sorrow is devoid of irony, yet full of humor and emotion. It is another quest to find the comic in the tragic and vice versa.
Apparently it's NYC Outdoor Free Show Announce Day. Following Hudson River Rocks, Seaport Music Festival and 4Knots updates comes the 2013 River to River Festival line-up. This year's fest runs from June 15 - July 14 and includes music, dance, theater, visual art, film and "unique participatory experiences" across a number of outdoor stages. Among this years' free events:
The annual Bang on a Can Marathon which happens on 6/16 at Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts and features Bang on a Can All-Stars, Asphalt Orchestra, Alarm Will Sound, Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Talk Normal, Talea, Shara Worden, Yungchen Llamo, and more.Again, all River to River events are free and open to the public. The entire 2013 line-up is listed, with details, below...
Laurie Anderson will perform two nights at Rockefeller Park on June 18 & 19 with guests Gerry Leonard, Doug Wieselman, Eyvind Kang and others TBA.
Ecstatic Summer 2013 which happens at Brookfield Place Plaza on June 29 & 30. Members of Bon Iver, Mantra Percussion, the National, yMusic, Plastic Ono Band and more will perform commissioned works by Greg Saunier (Deerhoof), Dave Douglas, Susie Ibarra and Seth Olinsky.
So Percussion and Joshua Light Show team up on July 13 at Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts
The legendary Leon Russell will perform at Rockefeller Park on July 10.
There's also a presentation of of Foetus frontman JG Thirlwell's "cinema for the ears" album, Manorexia: Dinoflagellate Bloom at Tribeca Cinemas on July 11.
Outside Lands Fest 2012 (more byAmoreena Lucero)
The 2013 edition of San Francisco's Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival with happen at Golden Gate Park on August 9 - 11. This year's line-up includes Paul McCartney, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nine Inch Nails, Phoenix, Vampire Weekend, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, D'Angelo, Willie Nelson, Grizzly Bear, Band of Horses, Hall & Oates, Foals, A-Track, Jurassic 5, Kurt Vile and many more. Tickets go on sale Thursday (4/18) at noon PDT.
This is the sixth edition of Outside Lands, and the full announced line-up is below.
by Bill Pearis
Penn Badgley in 'Greetings from Tim Buckley'
As mentioned, the Tribeca Film Festival is about to kick off and runs from April 17 - 28. Tickets to all screenings are currently on sale to AmEx users and downtown residents, and go on sale to the general public Monday (4/15) at 11 AM. Additionally, Tribeca Film Fest screenings are never fully sold out, as limited rush tickets are available before screenings. More details on that can be found here.
Like usual, there are a few music-related films playing at this year's fest. We already told you about Mistaken for Strangers, in which The National's Matt Berringer invites his brother, Tom, to come along on tour with the band and film them. But it's not your typical tour doc. The film opens the festival on Wednesday (4/17) where The National will also perform and then there are two additional screenings: 4/26 at the Village 7 (8:30 PM, only rush tickets left); and 4/27 at School of Visual Arts (9:30 PM, tickets).
Matt Beringer will also participate at one of the Tribeca Talks panel discussions titled "Music + Film" that happens at the SVA on 4/28 (3:30 PM) also features Q-Tip and director Todd Haynes, who made the unconventional Dylan biopic, I'm Not There, and the pseudo-Bowie biopic, Velvet Goldmine. Free tickets are available.
For fans of concert photography, there's Who Shot Rock n' Roll: The Film, featuring interviews with Edward Colver, Henry Diltz, Jill Furmanovsky, Lynn Goldsmith, Bob Gruen, Norman Seeff, Mark Seliger, Guy Webster and more. Tickets are still available for the 4/23 screening at Clearview Chelsea (9:30 PM) and rush tickets are available for 4/20 at the Village 7 (noon), 4/26 at Clearview Chelsea (7 PM), and 4/28 at Tribeca Cinemas (5 PM)
Not music-related but one we're more than a little curious about is Lil Bub & Friendz which looks at the internet's obsession with all things cats. There's a free screening of the film on 4/20 (8 PM) at Tribeca Drive-In (Brookfield Place, World Financial Plaza). Additional ticketed screenings happen on 4/18 at the SVA (9:30), as well as 4/23 (6 PM) and 4/25 (3 PM) at the Village 7 (tickets).
There's lots of other films playing too, obviously, and you can peruse Tribeca Film Festival's 2013 line-up here. Trailers for films mentioned in this post are below.
Doveman (aka Thomas Bartlett) has some upcoming shows this spring, including two of his Burgundy Stain Sessions in NYC. The first of those happens at BAM on April 27 as part of the Crossing Brooklyn Ferry festival, whose lineup was recently expanded. Tickets for the day Doveman plays and 3-day passes for the festival are still available.
His next session takes place at Le Poisson Rouge on June 7. Guests for this one include Paul Noonan (of Bell X1) and Trixie Whitley. It's likely that more will be announced too. Tickets for the LPR show are on sale now.
In addition to appearing at the Dessner-curated Crossing Brooklyn Ferry festival, Doveman will also contribute to The National's new album, Trouble Will Find Me, along with Sufjan Stevens and Arcade Fire's Richard Reed Parry, both of whom, like Doveman, contributed to High Violet. It also features St. VIncent, Sharon Van Etten (whose most recent album, Tramp, was produced by Aaron Dessner), and Nona Marie of Dark Dark Dark (via Gothamist). Have you heard The National's new single from that album?
Doveman is also appearing in NYC even sooner as a special guest with past collaborator Martha Wainwright at her City Winery show on April 17. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Martha has other upcoming dates posted at her website.
UPDATE: Thomas will also be at LPR in May to assist his bandmate Sam Amidon whose forthcoming Nonesuch debut he co-produced.
In more related news, Trixie Whitley, who appears at Doveman's LPR show, will also play NYC area dates on April 26 at Glasslands and May 11 at Maxwell's. Tickets for the Glasslands show and the Maxwell's show are on sale now.
All Doveman dates are listed below...
Parquet Courts on a bridge in Austin last month (more by Amanda Hatfield)
As mentioned, Crossing Brooklyn Ferry, the festival curated by The National's Bryce and Aaron Dessner, will return to BAM from April 25 to 27. Since we last spoke, the lineup has been expanded to include Parquet Courts, Phosphorescent, Burgundy Stain Sessions w/ Doveman, Exitmusic, Graphic Score: Clara Claus w/ Bryce Dessner, People Get Ready, Derek Bermel, and Timo Andres. Those artists join the previously announced lineup of The Roots, Solange, TV on the Radio, David Longstreth, Julia Holter, Eleanor Friedberger, and more.
Check out the day-by-day lineup, which includes a film shorts program each day, a TBA visual art installation, and an afterparty/dance party on the Saturday, below. 3-Day passes and tickets for April 25, April 26, and April 27 are still available.
Bryce Dessner performing 'Planetarium' last month (more by Amanda Hatfield)
In related news, The National, who have been playing material live from their upcoming album, Trouble Will Find Me, have just officially revealed album single, "Demons." Check out the video for that track below.
Video and Crossing Brooklyn Ferry lineup below...
As mentioned, The National's new album, Trouble Will Find Me, will be out May 21 via 4AD. The band haven't let forth any of its 13 tracks yet, but debuted a few of the album's songs last night at a secret show in at Berlin's Michelberger Hotel. A few videos have popped up online from that show and you can check out new tracks "Fireproof," "Graceless," and "Heavenfaced" below.
Lollapalooza 2012 (more by James Richards IV)
After it was already confirmed that Phoenix, Vampire Weekend, The Postal Service, The National, The Killers, and Mumford and Sons were playing Lollapalooza 2013, a pretty promising leak came which appeared to potentially reveal the rest of the lineup, and it turns out that leak was real.
In addition to the previously mentioned artists, Lollapalooza will include Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age, Kendrick Lamar, Grizzly Bear, The Cure, New Order, Baroness, Beach House, Cat Power, Death Grips, Jessie Ware, Father John Misty, DIIV, Wavves, Alt-J, Hot Chip, Disclosure, Baauer, Palma Violets, Angel Haze, Band of Horses, Crystal Castles and many others.
Lollapalooza goes down in Chicago from August 2 - 4 in Grant Park. Single day passes go on sale Wednesday (4/3) at 10 AM.
Full day-by-day lineup below...
As mentioned, Still Corners' new album, Strange Pleasures, is out next month (5/4) on Sub Pop. Reduced to a duo of core members Greg Hughes and Tessa Murray, the band embrace synthesizers which gives their sound an Air-y feel. The band are playing Toronto's NXNE Festival in June and will stop in NYC on their way there, playing Glasslands on June 12. Tickets to that show go on sale Friday (4/5) at noon.
Still Corners are one of many new additions to 2013 of NXNE which happens at various Toronto venues from June 10 - 16. All Still Corners dates are listed, along with the updated NXNE lineup, below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
"#Planetarium brought the house down. The future is officially made of lights, lasers and projectors." - @BAM_Brooklyn
'Planetarium' at BAM, 3/21/2013
Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly, and Sufjan Stevens' long-in-the-works collaboration, Planetarium, made its debut last night (3/21) at BAM's Howard Gilman Opera House and was a symphony of light and sound. The first half featured individual works by each of them played by a sting quartet (frequent Dessner/Sufjan players Rob Moose, Nadia Sirota, Ben Russell, and Clarice Jensen) which inlcluded the debut of a new piece by Dessner, four of Sufjan's "Year of" pieces, and Muhly's "Diacritical Marks 1--8."
After that, Planetarium commenced, with each song dedicated to a planet with projections to match on a huge orb above the stage. Plus, lots of laserrs. The evening ended with autotune/vocodered cover of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow."
Planetarium continues tonight through Sunday (3/22 - 3/24) and Sunday is the only day there are still tickets available. You can't buy online but you can call the box office at 718.636.4100.
Meanwhile, Dessner's next BAM project is the 2013 Crossing Brooklyn Ferry festival in April.
More pics from last night's 'Planetarium' debut are below.
As mentioned, The National are releasing their sixth album this year, and the details on that have now been announced. It's called Trouble Will Find Me and will be out on May 21 via 4AD. That's the album art above and the tracklist is below.
The band will be going on a tour this year too, which includes their huge Barclays Center show with Youth Lagoon, as well as Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, and Tribeca Film Fest, where a documentary on the band made by Matt Berninger's brother Tom also premieres. The National also curated Crossing Brooklyn Ferry, which happens from April 25-27 at BAM with The Roots, Solange, TV on the Radio, Julia Holter, and more.
But before any of that happens, though, National member Bryce Dessner teams up with Nico Muhly and Sufjan Stevens for Planetarium, "an evening of songs and instrumental works inspired by the solar system," which begins at BAM TONIGHT (3/21) and continues through Sunday (3/24). Tickets for all four nights are still available.
All tour dates are listed, along with the album tracklist, below...
Vampire Weekend at ACL 2010 (more by Tim Griffin)
We're still a month away from an official Lollapalooza 2013 line-up announcement, but The Chicago Tribune's Greg Kot is reporting that Mumford & Sons, Phoenix, Vampire Weekend, the National, The Postal Service, and the Killers are playing. Lollapalooza 2013 will happen August 2 - 4 at Chicago's Grant Park.
Solange at Bowery Ballroom in 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
As noted, Crossing Brooklyn Ferry festival will return to BAM from April 25 - 27 and is again curated by The National's Bryce Dessner and Aaron Dessner. A partial list of 2013 performers has been announced and includes headliners The Roots, Solange and TV on the Radio, as well as Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Julia Holter and Here We Go Magic. Full list of announced performers is below.
A still from 'Mistaken for Strangers'
The National, who'll headline the Barclays Center in June, are the subject of a new tour documentary, Mistaken for Strangers, which will make its premiere at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival (April 17 - 28). The film was directed by Tom Berninger, whose brother Matt is lead singer of The National. Here's the synopsis:
Adrift in life and fuelled by the desire to create, Tom Berninger accepts his brother's offer to come on The National tour as a roadie and decides to chronicle his experiences with the band. Although Tom starts off with dreams of making a rock documentary (you can watch the portaits he made on each of the band members), a different story emerges as tensions among the band members lead to unforeseen drama. Following the band from Berlin to Paris to Los Angeles to a 2010 Obama rally in Madison, Wisconsin, Mistaken for Strangers is not your typical road documentary.The film will screen on April 17 and will be followed by a special live performance by The National.
Festival packages go on sale to AmEx cardholders on Monday (3/4), which is one day before the entire slate of films for Tribeca will be announced. Festival passes go on sale to the general public following Monday (3/11). Individual tickets will go on sale 4/9 for AmEx cardholders, 4/14 for downtown residents and 4/15 to the general public.
In related news, The National are co-headlining (with fun.) the Boston Calling Music Festival which goes down in Beantown on May 25 and 26. The fest also includes appearances by The Shins, Of Monsters & Men, Dirty Projectors, Andrew Bird and more. Tickets to Boston Calling go sale Friday, March 8 and the whole line-up is below.
The National at Beacon Theater in 2011 (more by David Andrako)
With the big Barclays Center show in June (with Youth Lagoon) already announced, we figured news of a new National album and full tour were on the way and now there's info on both. While they haven't released specifics (like a title), the new National album will drop sometime in May and the tour officially begins with a show at The State Theatre in Ithica, NY on May 16. Tickets to the just-announced shows will go on sale Friday, March 1. More info is here.
Some of those shows will be with Dirty Projectors who have just announced their own tour, that includes an NYC appearance at Governors Ball in June.
All National and Dirty Projectors tour dates are below.
Cincinnati, OH festival Bunbury Music Festival is returning for its second year from July 12 - 14, 2013. The lineup was just announced and it includes MGMT (who were also just announced for Firefly Music Festival), The National (who were also just announced for Bonnaroo and have a huge Brooklyn show coming up), Belle and Sebastian and Yo La Tengo (who just announced a tour together, which includes a Prospect Park show), Camera Obscura, Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears, Savoir Adore, Bear Hands, Oberhofer, We Are Scientists, Chairlift, Cake, Tegan & Sara, Tokyo Police Club, Devotchka, Those Darlins, Buffalo Killers, Sky Ferreira, and more.
Tickets for the festival are on sale now. Full lineup below...
Weird Al and Bonarroo phone bank (including Mike Birbiglia and Eugene Mirman...
With help from Eugene Mirman, Chris Gethard, Mike Birbiglia, Portugal. The Man and more, Weird Al just began announcing the 2013 Bonnaroo line-up on the Bonnaroo YouTube page which happens June 13 - 16 in Manchester, TN. Weird Al just announced Pretty Lights, Wilco, A$AP Rocky, and The xx, and over the next hour, more artists will be announced. We'll update this post as more announcements come.
Other artists playing include Passion Pit, Kendrick Lamar, David Byrne and St. Vincent, Jim James, Big K.R.I.T., Billy Idol, Grizzly Bear, Japandroids, Foals, Wild Nothing, Deap Vally, Killer Mike, Lord Huron, Divine Fits, Nas, Beach House, The Gaslight Anthem, Local Natives, Dirty Projectors, Baroness, The National, The Vaccines, Holy Ghost, Death Grips, R. Kelly, Alt-J, Purity Ring, Cat Power, Wu-Tang Clan, Bjork, Tame Impala, Animal Collective, The Tallest Man on Earth, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Paul McCartney, Earl Sweatshirt, Four Tet, Father John Misty, Swans, A-Trak, Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti, Cults, AraabMuzik, DIIV, Charli XCX, Matthew E. White, Frank Turner, JEFF the Brotherhood, Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, Calexico, Two Gallants, and more.
Tickets for the festival go on sale Saturday (2/23) at noon EST.
There's also now a video of Daniel Tosh announcing the initial lineup, which you can watch, along with the current list of announced names, below...
by Andrew Sacher
DOWNLOAD: Youth Lagoon - "Dropla" (MP3)
Youth Lagoon at Beacon Theater in 2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
As mentioned, Youth Lagoon is releasing his second album, Wondrous Bughouse, on March 5 via Fat Possum and he just revealed the album's first single, "Dropla." It's cleaner and more fleshed out than his lo-fi, inward-looking debut, The Year of Hibernation, which makes a lot of sense for an artist who has spent the last year or so doing anything but hibernating, and who finally got a drummer. You can download the song above or stream it below.
That song stream and a list of all dates below...