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The National Announce New May Album and Smartly Brooding Tour

The National New Album Tour 2013 Summer

Brooklyn-via-Cincinnati thought-rock posse the National are hitting the road for a summer tour come May, kicking things off in New York and, quite fittingly, wrapping up in Ohio. In between, they’ll be joined by Youth Lagoon for their previously reported Barclays Center show, and Dirty Projectors for a handful of gigs.

Yes, more importantly, the band is at last on target to release their sixth album and follow-up to 2010’s grittily great High Violet. So far, all that’s known about the still untitled platter is that it’s also coming in May and, like its predeccesor it’ll be out on 4AD. Most recently, we heard the National play a new song called “Lola” at All Tomorrow’s Parties U.K., and cover the ’20s standard “I’ll See You in My Dreams” for Boardwalk Empire. Also, guitarist/keyboardist Aaron Dessner produced Local Natives’ new one, Hummingbird.

The National 2013 tour dates:

May 16 – Ithaca, NY @ State Theater
June 05 – Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center *
June 06 – Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion ^
June 07 – Philadelphia, PA @ Mann Center for the Performing Arts ^
June 08 – Richmond, VA @ The National
June 10 – Raleigh, NC @ Red Hat Amphitheatre ^
June 11 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE ^
June 13 – Montreal, QC @ Lachine Canal
June 14 – Toronto, ON @ Yonge Dundas Square
June 15 – Columbus, OH @ LC Pavilion
June 13-16 – Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo Music Festival
June 21-23 – Scheessel, Germany @ Hurricane Festival
June 21-23 – Neuhausen Ob Eck, DE @ Southside Festival
June 25 – Brussels, BE @ Cirque Royal
June 28 – Cork, IR @ Live at the Marquee
June 30 – Rome, IT @Parco Della Musica
July 01 – Milan, IT @ City Sound Festival
July 02 – Zagreb, CR @ Salata
July 14 – Cincinnati, OH @ Bunbury Festival

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