The National Is Still Destroying You With A New Live Album, More Non-Stop Touring And Another Curated Festival

Boxer, the fourth album by the National, may have come out 11 years ago, but the fighter still remains. On July 13, 4AD will release Boxer Live In Brussels on CD, recorded live in Belgium last November in celebration of the LP’s 10th anniversary. (Yeah, we know, Record Store Day geeks, you already own Boxer Live In Brussels on limited-edition vinyl, and we’re sure you’ve already played it to death in your parents’ basement.)

It’s been a fruitful nine months for the National since the release of seventh album Sleep Well Beast. Matt Berninger and his band of brothers (Aaron and Bryce Dessner, Bryan and Scott Devendorf) won a Grammy for the LP, peaked at number two on the Billboard album charts, hosted the blood-buzzing Homecoming festival in Ohio (featuring the likes of fellow MAGNET cover stars Father John Misty, the Breeders and Future Islands) and yet again wound up on all the right end-of-year best-of lists (including at number two in MAGNET, not to mention President Obama’s personal list). And if you play Ellen and get a standing ovation from the soccer-mom crowd, you’re officially mainstream popular and will no longer be mistaken for strangers.

But, sin eaters, the fun is only getting started. The National is still racing like a pro, hitting all the European festivals this summer, followed by more U.S. dates (including Lollapalooza) and culminating in late September with The National Presents: There’s No Leaving New York (a two-day event with Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit, Future Islands, Cat Power, Cigarettes After Sex and more).

You can listen to “Fake Empire” from Boxer Live In Brussels¬†below as well as see all the tour dates. But first, how about pouring yourself a pink rabbit and checking out an excerpt of our National cover story from last year:

Exclusive Excerpt: The National “Heaven Up Here”

Tour Dates
6/1 – Barcelona, Primavera Sound
6/2 – London, Victoria Park
6/6 – Gothenburg, Sweden, Garden Fest
6/8 – Aarhus, Denmark, Northside Festival
6/9 – Hilvarenbeek, The Netherlands, Best Kept Secret Festival
6/10 – Helsinki, Sideways Festival
6/15 – Dublin, Donnybrook Stadium
6/16 – Dublin, Donnybrook Stadium
7/10 – Zagreb, Croatia, SRC Salata
7/11 – Linz, Austria, Ahoi! Full Hit of Summer Festival
7/13 – Lisbon, Portugal, Nos Alive
7/14 – Werchter, Belgium TW Classic
7/29 – Detroit, Mo Pop Festival
7/30 – Milwaukee, Riverside Theater
8/3 – Chicago, Lollapalooza
8/4 – Toronto, Fort York
8/5 – Montreal, Osheaga
9/7 – Milan, Milano Rocks
9/8 – Berlin, Lollapalooza Berlin
9/20 – Los Angeles, Hollywood Palladium
9/21 – Los Angeles, Hollywood Palladium
9/24 – Berkeley, CA, Greek Theatre
9/25 – Berkeley, CA, Greek Theatre
9/27 – Philadelphia, The Mann Center
9/28 – Columbia, MD, Merriweather Post Pavilion
9/29 – New York, Forest Hills Stadium
9/30 – New York, Forest Hills Stadium
10/9 – Morrison, CO, Red Rocks Amphitheater
10/12 – Austin, Austin City Limits Festival

“Fake Empire”