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Sooo pretty. visit The National’s website for links to order your copies

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Bryce has written an orchestral piece entitled “St Carolyn by the Sea”. The music was inspired by Big Sur by Jack Kerouac

The brothers will play it alongside the American Composers Orchestra on Saturday October 22nd at 7PM at the World Financial Center Winter Garden in NYC

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(Backstage at Reading this year in an interview with Q magazine)

As one may have guessed from The National’s brooding sounds, Tom Waits and Nick Cave top Matt’s list. He also talks about Nirvana, The Smiths and The Strokes, whom he says “have maybe influenced more bands in the last ten years than the artists I mentioned have in the last twenty five.”

Matt also describes Arcade Fire as a hugely influential band to aspiring musicians, with a direct connection to people’s hearts. Then he talks about The National’s plans regarding the followup to High Violet. They want to “start from scratch with some completely other angle” as not to alienate or bore fans. The band wants to be musically innovative and evolve.

“It’s why Radiohead is still the greatest band in the world…because you just don’t know what they’re going to do next. You may not like every record, but you’re excited to see if they’re gonna have any weird, new discoveries.”

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from a show on August 17, 2011 at the Archa Theatre in Prague:

surely you can derive some entertainment from that video. I know I did.

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click HERE to buy tickets

November 2011:
15: ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA / THEBARTON THEATRE // w/ THE WALKMEN // TICKETS ON-SALE 14 SEPTEMBER

17: PERTH, AUSTRALIA / METRO CITY // w/ THE WALKMEN // TICKETS ON-SALE 14 SEPTEMBER

29: VANCOUVER, BC CANADA / ORPHEUM THEATRE // w/ LOCAL NATIVES + WYE OAK // ON-SALE: 9/16 @ 10AM

30: SEATTLE, WA / NEPTUNE THEATRE // w/ LOCAL NATIVES + WYE OAK // PRE-SALE: 9/15 @ 10AM – 9/16 @ 10PM Password: STG / ON-SALE: 9/17 @ 10AM

December 2011:
01: SEATTLE, WA / NEPTUNE THEATRE // w/ LOCAL NATIVES + WYE OAK // PRE-SALE: 9/15 @ 10AM – 9/16 @ 10PM Password: STG / ON-SALE: 9/17 @ 10AM

03: SAN FRANCISCO, CA / BILL GRAHAM CIVIC AUDITORIUM // w/ LOCAL NATIVES + WYE OAK // PRE-SALE: 9/15 @ 10AM Password: VIOLET / ON-SALE: 9/18 @ 10AM

04: AUSTIN, TX / AUSTIN MUSIC HALL // w/ LOCAL NATIVES // C3 Concerts PRE-SALE: 9/22 @ 10AM Password: NATIONALLOCAL / KROX PRE-SALE: 9/22 @ 10AM-10PM Password: 101x / KGSR PRE-SALE: 9/22 @ 10AM-10PM Password: 933KGSR / ON-SALE: 9/23 @ 10AM

06: CHICAGO, IL / ARAGON BALLROOM // w/ LOCAL NATIVES + WYE OAK // PRE-SALE: 9/16 @ 10AM Password: VIOLET / ON-SALE: 9/17 @ 10AM

08: TORONTO, ON CANADA / AIR CANADA CENTRE // w/ NEKO CASE + WYE OAK
ACC PRE-SALE: 9/12 @ 130PM – 9/13 @ 5PM / COLLECTIVE PRE-SALE: 9/14 @ 2PM – 9/15 @ 10PM Password: fakeempire / ON-SALE: 9/16 @ 11AM

09: MONTREAL, QC CANADA / CENTRE BELL // w/ NEKO CASE + WYE OAK // PRE-SALE: 9/22 @ 9AM-6PM / ON-SALE: 9/23 @ 12PM

12: NEW YORK, NY / BEACON THEATRE // w/ THE WAR ON DRUGS // AMEX PRE-SALE: 9/14 @ 11AM / ON-SALE: 9/16 @ 11AM

13: NEW YORK, NY / BEACON THEATRE // w/ SHARON VAN ETTEN // AMEX PRE-SALE: 9/14 @ 11AM / ON-SALE: 9/16 @ 11AM

14: NEW YORK, NY / BEACON THEATRE // w/ SO PERCUSSION // AMEX PRE-SALE: 9/14 @ 11AM / ON-SALE: 9/16 @ 11AM

15: NEW YORK, NY / BEACON THEATRE // w/ WYE OAK // AMEX PRE-SALE: 9/14 @ 11AM / ON-SALE: 9/16 @ 11AM

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according to Paste, on October 27-28, Bryce and Aaron will perform at “Other Voices NYC, a performance that celebrates Irish music and literature. The performance, which is a benefit for Fighting Words Creative Writing Centre, is at Le Poisson Rouge in New York. The lineup also includes Thomas Bartlett, Laurie Anderson, Sam Amidon and Bell X1.”

tickets and other info HERE

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This Sunday, The National performed spectacularly in Los Angeles. Watch them perform the song they wrote for Win Win below:

an older gentleman dances at the beginning of “Squalor Victoria”:

Click below for more videos.

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