Watch the National's Three New Songs From a Secret Show in Berlin

Fan footage of "Heavenfaced," "Fireproof," and "Graceless"

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The National played an unannounced show last night at Berlin's Michelberger Hotel, and as Pitchfork and Consequence of Sound point out, videos of three new songs from the performance are now online. All told, the songs — "Heavenfaced," "Fireproof," and "Graceless" — confirm the Brooklyn rockers won't suddenly be going dubstep on new album Trouble Will Find Me, out May 21 on 4AD. The tempos vary, but each song is intricate and ruminative, in the brooding-grandeur tradition of the band's prior albums, most recently including 2010's High Violet. As drummer Bryan Devendorf recently revealed, the album's guests will include Sufjan Stevens, St. Vincent's Annie Clark, Arcade Fire's Richard Reed Parry, and Sharon Van Etten. Fans may be reassured to learn, though, that based on these videos, the sound is all the National's.

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The National tour dates:

May 16 - Ithaca, NY @ State Theater
May 26 - Boston, MA @ Boston Calling Festival
June 5 - Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center *
June 6 - Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion ^
June 7 - Philadelphia, PA @ Mann Center for the Performing Arts ^
June 8 - Richmond, VA @ The National
June 10 - Raleigh, NC @ Red Hat Amphitheatre ^
June 11 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE ^
June 13 - Montreal, Quebec @ Lachine Canal
June 14 - Toronto, Ontario @ Yonge Dundas Square
June 15 - Columbus, OH @ LC Pavilion
June 13-16 - Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo
June 21-22 - Scheessel, Germany @ Hurricane Festival
June 21-22 - Neuhausen Ob Eck, Germany @ Southside Festival
June 23 - Istanbul, Turkey @ Vodafone Istanbul Calling
June 25 - Brussels, Belgium @ Cirque Royal
June 28 - Cork, Ireland @ Live at the Marquee
June 30 - Rome, Italy @ Parco Della Musica
July 1 - Milan, Italy @ City Sound Festival
July 2 - Zagreb, Croatia @ Salata
July 4 - Werchter, Belgium @ Rock Werchter Festival
July 5-7 - Roskilde, Denmark @ Roskilde Festival
July 12 - Cincinnati, OH @ Bunbury Festival
August 3 - Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza
August 6 - St. Paul, MN @ Roy Wilkins Auditorium
August 10 - Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theatre
September 17 - Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks
October 31 - Helsinki, Finland @ Ice Hall
November 2 - Copenhagen, Denmark @ Forum
November 4 - Berlin, Germany @ Max Schmelling Halle
November 5 - Düsseldorf, Germany @ Mitsubishi Electric Hall
November 6 - Luxembourg, Luxembourg @ Rockhal
November 7 - Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Heineken Music Hall
November 9 - Belfast, Northern Ireland @ Odyssey Arena
November 10 - Dublin, Ireland @ O2 Arena
November 11 - Manchester, England @ O2 Apollo Manchester
November 13 - London, England @ Alexandra Palace
November 18 - Paris, France @ Le Zenith
November 20 - Madrid, Spain @ Palacio Vistalegre
November 21 - Lisbon, Portugal @ Pavilhao Atlantico

* = w/ Youth Lagoon
^ = w/ Dirty Projectors

 

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