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new music: The National

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The National will release its seventh studio album, Sleep Well Beast [4AD], Friday, September 8, 2017. The beautiful, dark, melancholic, soothing, soaring album was produced by Aaron Dessner with co-production by Bryce Dessner and Matt Berninger and recorded at Aaron’s Hudson Valley, NY studio, Long Pond.

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Sleep Well Beast TRACK LIST:

Nobody Else Will Be There
Day I Die
Walk It Back
The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness
Born to Beg
Empire Line
I’ll Still Destroy You
Guilty Party
Carin at the Liquor Store
Dark Side of the Gym
Sleep Well Beast

The National is:

Matt Berninger [vocals]
Aaron Dessner [guitar, keyboards]
Bryce Dessner [guitar]
Scott Devendorf [bass]
Bryan Devendorf [drums]

North American Tour Dates:

10/05/17 – Wang Theatre – Boston, MA (SOLD OUT)
10/06/17 – Forest Hills Stadium – New York, NY
10/11/17 – Hollywood Bowl – Los Angeles, CA
10/12/17 – CalCoast Credit Union Open Air Theatre – San Diego, CA
10/14/17 – Greek Theatre – Berkeley, CA
11/27/17 – Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall – Portland, OR (SOLD OUT)
11/28/17 – Paramount Theatre – Seattle, WA
11/29/17 – Paramount Theatre – Seattle, WA
12/01/17 – Queen Elizabeth Theatre – Vancouver BC, CANADA (SOLD OUT)
12/02/17 – Queen Elizabeth Theatre – Vancouver BC, CANADA (SOLD OUT)
12/04/17 – Verizon Hall – Philadelphia, PA (SOLD OUT)
12/07/17 – Metropolis – Montreal QC, CANADA (SOLD OUT)
12/08/17 – Metropolis – Montreal QC, CANADA (SOLD OUT)
12/09/17 – Sony Centre – Toronto ON, CANADA (SOLD OUT) (SOLD OUT)
12/10/17 – Hamilton Place Theatre – Hamilton ON, CANADA (SOLD OUT)
12/12/17 – Civic Opera House – Chicago, IL (SOLD OUT)
12/13/17 – Civic Opera House – Chicago, IL (SOLD OUT)


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Steele Picks: Top 30 Albums of 2013

–unfortunately I can’t possibly hear every album released. I don’t hear about things. I don’t get access to many until the public does. publicists don’t send me as many albums in advance as I wish.

–here are the the albums this year that moved me, inspired me, made me think.

–they’re in alpha order


The Avett Brothers–The Magpie and the Dandelion [American]


Arctic Monkeys—AM [Domino]


Bleeding Rainbow–Yeah Right [Kanine]

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Camera Obscura–Desire Lines [4AD]


Chvrches–Bones of What You Believe [Virgin]


Cults–Static [Columbia]


Foals–Holy Fire [Warner Music]


Gliss–Langsom Dans [Modern Outsider]

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Grace & Tony–November [Rock Ridge Music]


Haim–Days are Gone [Columbia/Sony]

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How to Destroy Angels–Welcome Oblivion [Columbia]


The Joy Formidable–Wolf’s Law [Atlantic]

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The Julie Ruin– Run Fast EP [TJR]


Lorde–Pure Heroine [Lava/Republic]


Lovers–A Friend in the World [Badman Recording Co.]


Luray–The Wilder

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Laura Marling–Once I Was an Eagle [Ribbon Music]


MGMT– MGMT [Columbia]


M.I.A.–Matangi [N.E.E.T./Interscope]


Mirror Travel–Mexico [Outsider Records]


My Gold Mask–Leave Me Midnight [Highwheel]


The National–Trouble Will Find Me [4AD]


Orbe Orbe–Invisible Kingdoms


Super Water Sympathy–Hydrogen Child [In Music We Trust]

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Perhapst– Revise Your Maps [Jack Viking Music]

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Throwing Muses–Purgatory/ Paradise

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Frank Turner–Tape Deck Heart [Interscope]


Violeta Vil–Lapidas y Cocoteros [Young Cubs]


Waxahatchee–Cerulean Salt [Don Giovanni]

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Chelsea Wolfe–Pain is Beauty [Sargent House]

[all selections by Amy Steele 12/1/2013]

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2013 Summer Music Picks

pretty song by Gentleman Hall
–new album out this fall

get retro with She & Him, Vol. 3

thoughtful, moving folk-pop from Frank Turner on Tape Deck Heart

gorgeous, moody The National, Trouble Will Find Me— gorgeous, moody

swirly, sublime Camera Obscura, Desire Lines

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Boston Calling Music Festival

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Boston’s first music festival will be held May 25 and 26 at City Hall Plaza.

A few of my favorite bands will be performing:


The Shins


The National


Of Monsters and Men



The Shins
Marina and The Diamonds
Matt and Kim
Portugal. The Man
Ms Mr
St. Lucia
Bad Rabits


The National
Of Monsters and Men
Young the Giant
Andrew Bird
Dirty Projectors
Ra Ra Riot
The Walkmen
Youth Lagoon

Tickets on sale Friday at 10 a.m. Info at Boston Calling website.

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My 10 favorite CDs of 2010 [not in any particular order]

Charlotte Gainsbourg, IRM [Elektra/Asylum]

Arcade Fire, The Suburbs [Merge Records]

Thee Sgt Major III, The Idea Factory [Spark and Shine Records]

MGMT, Congratulations [Columbia]

The National, High Violet [4AD Records]

Gorillaz, Plastic Beach [Virgin Records]

Kate Nash, My Best Friend is You [Geffen Records]

The Radio Dept., Clinging to a Scheme [Labrador Sweden]

Broken Bells, Broken Bells [Sony]

Martina Topley Bird, Someplace Simple [Ipecac Recordings]

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