The National began their tour behind this year's excellent Sleep Well Beast with an intimate album release show at NYC's Bowery Ballroom that included guest appearances by Sufjan Stevens and Doveman. Then they headed to Europe, and we mentioned that their tour opener in Ireland featured guest appearances by Bon Iver's Justin Vernon and Lisa Hannigan, plus a cover of Cat Power's "Maybe Not," and the band have been continuing to do covers at bring out guests at shows. Their pal This Is The Kit joined at one of the London shows, and other covers included Talking Heads' "Heaven," Queen's "I Want To Break Free," and New Order's "Love Vigilantes," the latter of which was performed in New Order's hometown of Manchester. Watch videos of each cover below.

The National's tour includes a big NYC show on October 6 at Forest Hills Stadium with Daughter (tickets). Will they do any covers or bring out any guests at that show?

In other news, Taylor Swift showed her love for the new National album today, by putting two songs from it on her 'Songs Taylor Loves' Spotify playlist. The playlist also includes Arcade Fire, Iron & Wine, The xx, Bon Iver AND Justin Vernon's band Volcano Choir, Lana Del Rey, Liam Gallagher, Kendrick Lamar, Dum Dum Girls, Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Chris Stapleton, Haim, and more. You can hear the playlist below.

The National -- 2017/2018 Tour Dates
Oct 05 Wang Theatre Boston, MA
Oct 06 Forest Hills Stadium (w/ Daughter) Forest Hills, NY
Oct 07 Stage AE (w/ Daughter) Pittsburgh, PA
Oct 08 Masonic Temple (w/ Daughter) Detroit, MI
Oct 11 Hollywood Bowl (w/ Local Natives, Daughter) Hollywood, CA
Oct 12 Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre (w/ Daughter) San Diego, CA
Oct 14 Greek Theatre (w/ Daughter) Berkeley, CA
Oct 15 Greek Theatre Berkeley, CA
Nov 27 Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall Portland, OR
Nov 28 Paramount Theatre Seattle, WA
Nov 29 Paramount Theatre Seattle, WA
Dec 01 Queen Elizabeth Theatre Vancouver, Canada
Dec 02 Queen Elizabeth Theatre Vancouver, Canada
Dec 04 Verizon Hall Philadelphia, PA
Dec 05 The Anthem Washington, DC
Dec 07 Metropolis Montréal, Canada
Dec 08 Metropolis Montréal, Canada
Dec 09 Sony Centre for the Performing Arts Toronto, Canada
Dec 10 FirstOntario Concert Hall Hamilton, Canada
Dec 12 Civic Opera House Chicago, IL
Dec 13 Civic Opera House Chicago, IL
Jan 20 The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas, NV
Jan 23 Pepsi Center WTC Mexico City, Mexico


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