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Published: 2011/06/28

The National Plays Stealth Show, Adds Fall Dates

The National played a surprise acoustic show Sunday night at The Living Room, a new wellness center located in Cold Spring, NY. The intimate show celebrated the center’s grand opening and was announced to the general public a few hours earlier via Twitter. A stripped down version of the group—singer Matt Berninger, bassist Scott Devendorf and guitarist Aaron Dessner—played a short set that included “Anyone’s Ghost,” “Apartment Story,” “Slow Show,” “Wasp Nest,” “Bloodbuzz Ohio,” “Fake Empire,” “About Today” and “Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks” for approximately 150 fans. The group also joked that they are available for “Bar Mitzvahs” and welcomed some additional horns.

The National has also confirmed a series of US dates. The band will play a few fall shows with Yo La Tengo and Wye Oak. The National played a surprise opening set for Yo La Tengo in Hoboken, NJ during Hanukkah.

Here’s a look at The National’s new fall dates

September 6 Columbia, MD—Merriweather Post Pavilion, (w/ Yo La Tengo and Wye Oak)

September 7-8 Philadelphia, PA—Academy of Music(w/ Yo La Tengo and Wye Oak)

September 9 Boston, MA—Bank of America Pavilion (w/ Yo La Tengo and Wye Oak)

September 11 Los Angeles, CA—Hollywood Bowl (with Neko Case and Sharon Van Etten).


There are 3 comments associated with this post

Bill S. June 29, 2011, 10:12:06

Nice. But someone kindly tell the writer of this short blurb that the name of the band is “Yo Lo Tengo” and not “Yo La Tengo.” (And, for fear of TMI, in Spanish means “I’ve got it” – what a baseball player shouts when calling off other players under a pop fly.)

Aaron June 29, 2011, 11:11:42

Bill, that’s not true. The band’s name is Yo La Tengo, which means the same thing in Spanish, with the only difference being that the pronoun (“la” or “it”) is referring to a feminine noun — presumably, “the ball” or “LA pelota.”

Joe M June 29, 2011, 16:39:26

Wow, that’s an impressive level of douche-baggery. To correct the author on his spelling of the band’s name and then to actually be wrong about it (when a simple Google search would have confirmed the correct spelling). I salute you Bill S!

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