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STREAM: The National “Sunshine On My Back”

The National (consisting of Matt Berninger, brothers Scott Devendorf and Bryan Devendorf, and brothers Aaron Dessner and Bryce Dessner) shared a new single of theirs today called “Sunshine On My Back.” It’s a slow and depressing song, but that doesn’t mean it’s not good. Listen to it after the jump and be sure to leave your comments letting us know what you think! A new album hasn’t been announced yet, but that doesn’t mean one isn’t far off. Who wouldn’t love that? For more music by The National, you can purchase…

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LIVE REVIEW: Boston Calling, September 2014

Oh, Boston Calling. You’ve been wonderful this past weekend. Through thunderstorms and shut downs, fans stuck it out for the opportunity to witness their favorite bands performing right in front of them. Even with lighting and rain in tow, the fans would not back down. Boston, you are nothing if not determined. The festival, which has previously hosted acts such as fun., The Gaslight Anthem, Modest Mouse, Death Cab For Cutie, Frank Turner, and Brand New, now gave welcome to superstars Lorde, Neutral Milk Hotel, The National, Bleachers and many…

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PHOTOS: Boston Calling Sept 2014 Day # 1

Check out the full online photo gallery from Friday’s Boston Calling Music Festival on September 5th 2014 at City Hall Plaza after the jump.  Purchase a CD at each band’s website, and keep an eye on the Boston Calling website to buy concert tickets for next May.  All photos by Mike Splain.                   Please follow and like us:

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Riot Fest Announce Schedules & Set Times

Riot Fest has revealed their 2014 schedule of final set times for Chicago, Denver and Toronto. The National, Taking Back Sunday and Weezer–along with many, many others–will be at the festival. Check out the full schedule below after the jump, and find out when/where your favorite bands are playing. You can purchase tickets for the fest here. And be sure to purchase a CD from your favorite bands to help get yourself pumped in the meantime! Please follow and like us:

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WATCH: Restorations Release Music Video For “Separate Songs” & Two Other Announcements

Restorations made three big announcements on Tuesday. They released the music video for “Separate Songs” from LP3, their third full length album. Which leads to the second announcement: The album will be released on October 28 via OneSideDummy Records. They recorded the project with close friend Jonathan Low (the National, Modern Baseball, the War On Drugs, the Menzingers) at Miner Street Studio. Preorder the album here.  Finally, they announced their album release tour. The tour will begin in Ashbury Park on October 24 with support from Self Defense Family. They will be…

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Mapping America’s Music Festivals: A Regional Guide

Have you ever found out that all your favorite bands were playing together in one neat package at a single music festival, only to click for more info and discover that the event was a thousand miles away? Music festivals aren’t inexpensive, so here’s a handy map for a quick look at the “heavy hitters” in each region to minimize what you have to put into your gas tank. In case you find yourself tiring of the bigger crowds, there are a few wildcards thrown into the mix as well….

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First City Festival Announces 2014 Lineup

The 2014 First City Music Festival will take place on August 23-24 at the Monterey County Fair and Event Center. Festival headliners will be Beck and The National. A more comprehensive schedule of the event will be released closer to August. Check out a full list of bands playing below the jump. Buy concert tickets for First City here when they become available on Friday, or purchase a CD of Beck’s newest album here. Please follow and like us:

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Bad Movies With Great Soundtracks

Have you ever seen a movie so bad you wanted to hate it, but something was holding you back and you couldn’t dislike it entirely? I have a theory on the matter: the redeemable quality that saved those movies from your hatred was the soundtrack. We all know the effect that music can have, especially on us as individuals, and I think you might agree that it includes making not-so-good movies into relatively tolerable ones. Now brace yourself, some of the films on this list may be your favorites or…

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Boston Calling Announces September Lineup: Lorde, The 1975, Neutral Milk Hotel & More

I have to tell you, each time Boston Calling announces their new lineup I think, “the festival has really outdone itself this time.” From its inaugural performances by fun., The National, and Marina and the Diamonds, to last September’s awe inspiring performances by The Airborne Toxic Event and Gaslight Anthem, the festival continues to grow, and inspire an incredible mix of talent. With this May’s celebration right around the corner, the festival has already announced their September lineup—and it’s a doozy. The festivities kick off September 5th, 6th, and 7th,…

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Things To Consider When Planning Your Concert

The National in a random Bushwick loft – Feist in a crypt – Pat Metheny in a Church.  These performances are singular events and give fans something unique to leave the house for (other than the same old smelly bars).  Organizing your own shows can be great for the artist also. You have complete control about how every aspect of your work is presented, and depending on how well organized you are you can make quite a bit more money.  But pulling everything together, as I found when my band…

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