The National & Frightened Rabbit Unite For The Ultimate Melancholy-White-Dude Tour

Good news for any sad-sack caucasians out there who enjoy music that tenderly removes your heart and takes it apart like a pocket watch and leaves the pieces scattered on the floor: Scottish quintet Frightened Rabbit, who had a strong showing with Pedestrian Verse in February, and The National, who drop their new album Trouble Will Find Me later this month, will join forces this fall to make you feel your feelings.

And while Frightened Rabbit is certainly capable of devastating you with the recorded version of their scrape and jangle, nothing can compare to the ferocity (or raw vulnerability) of their live shows. Witness this recent half-hour set from SXSW, which veers from blistering squall to stripped-down ballads. “Backyard Skulls,” a new song that comes around the four-minute mark, is a highlight.

Meanwhile, The National – maybe to assuage the pains of having to promote a new album – have been getting fairly conceptual with their old stuff. On May 5th, over at MoMA PS1 in Long Island City, they played the song “Sorrow” from High Violet for six hours straight—105 times in all—with drummer Bryan Devendorf sitting out a single performance. Featuring a soulful, muted trumpet and cello-bowed guitar, it has the otherworldly grace of the band’s best work.

So, think you’re happy-go-lucky enough to withstand this double bill? Here are the dates you need to know:

9/8 – Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium

9/9 – Atlanta, GA @ Cobb Energy Centre

9/11 – Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore Charlotte

9/12 – Asheville, NC @ Thomas Wolfe Auditorium

9/13 – Louisville, KY @ Iroquois Amphitheater

9/15 – Madison, WI @ Orpheum Theatre

9/17 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre

9/21 – Troutdale, OR @ Edgefield Winery

9/22 – Vancouver, BC @ PNE Amphitheatre 

The National Fight Their ‘Demons’ On Newly Premiered Track

It’s springtime, the sun is shining, the birds are chirping, which means it’s all the perfect time for emotionally-present gloom merchants The National to release some new studio cuts. And still The National, they definitely are.

Fans are awaiting their sixth album, Trouble Will Find Me, and have heard hints at live shows. This morning, BBC Radio 6 premiered a studio version of new track, “Demons,” and it’s packed with big drum fills and Matt Berninger’s recognizable vocal brooding. Like many of The National’s songs, in this one, the narrator reflects on his struggles and personal demons, hence the title. As Berninger sings, and most of us can relate: “I can’t fight it anymore / I’m going through an awkward phase.”

Trouble Will Find Me will be released on May 21 via 4AD, but in the meantime, here’s your Monday morning soundtrack, complete with a video featuring chalk drawings of the album’s artwork.