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The National have unveiled the first single from their new album Trouble Will Find Me, out on May 21st through 4AD. “Demons” is dark, full-bodied and complex in sound and production, featuring frontman Matt Berninger’s understated and gruff vocals singing lyrics about not being able to let go of the past and being afraid of the future. Trouble Will Find Me follows the Brooklyn indie rock band’s 2010 album High Violet. Listen to a stream of “Demons” below (paired with a video of Azar Kazimer creating a chalk drawing of Trouble’s album art) and watch live footage of several more new songs via Consequence of Sound here. Tickets and information for The National’s June 7th show at The Mann Center with Dirty Projectors can be found here.
Below, listen to the B-side of a limited edition white-label single Dirty Projectors released for the band’s January 2013 Carnegie Hall show. Only 250 copies of the Offspring Are Blank 7-inch single were pressed for the occasion. The song has a off-kilter afrobeat groove and sinewy, interweaving guitar lines that are like a funky version of Television’s “See No Evil.” Yesterday Dirty Projectors announced a tour opening for The National, which comes to The Mann on June 7th. Go here for more information about the show.
Brooklyn-via-Cincinnati indie rockers The National will be stopping by The Mann Center on Friday, June 7th. The Non-COMM alums released their much-loved fifth studio album High Violet in 2010 and are still going strong with tours supporting the anthemic record. They will be joined by Dirty Projectors, the experimental rock project of David Longstreth. The Brooklyn outfit released Swing Lo Magellan last summer followed by an appearance at Made In America in Philadelphia (watch a video of them performing “Offspring are Blank” from the festival here). Tickets go on sale this Friday, March 1st at 10:00 a.m. More information will be available at the XPN Concert Calendar. Listen back to The National’s 2010 Non-COMM set here and watch their video for “Bloodbuzz Ohio” below.
This weekend, Jay-Z‘s much-anticipated Made In America festival will fill the Benjamin Franklin Parkway with more than thirty artists playing on three stages in two days. It will be a massive musical melting pot, with everything from hip-hop (Meek Mill) to dubstep (Skrillex) and art-rock (Dirty Projectors) represented. Chances are, you know many of the bands on the bill – Pearl Jam and Run D.M.C. are household names. And even if you don’t realize who sings it, Passion Pit‘s “Take a Walk” has been an inescapable and awesome summer hit. Other performers may be completely new to you (Prince Royce? Afrojack?)…and that’s cool too! Music festivals are about discovery, after all, and we’re here to help you in that process with a crash course in the Made in America lineup. Listen to our Spotify playlist below – it’s got one track from just about every artist on the lineup – and get excited for two days of eclectic sounds eminating from the Parkway!
Local-boy-gone-L.A. Diplo teamed up with former Major Lazer-mate Switch and The Dirty Projector‘s Amber Coffman for his latest single, “Get Free.” The group worked with director SoMe to produce a new music video for the song, which is notable for its low-key vibes and laid-back flutey tones. “Get Free” is featured on Major Lazer’s forthcoming album, Free the Universe, out November 6th on Downtown/Mad Decent. Watch the video for “Get Free” below.