On May 11, The National will release their highly anticipated fifth studio album High Violet – which is currently streaming on the New York Times website. As a way of celebrating the release, the Brooklyn-via-Ohio act will commandeer the vacant space at 13 E 4th St (next to the killer record store Other Music) in Manhattan’s East Village and turn it into their own playhouse by curating five nights of yet to be announced events at what they are dubbing The High Violet Annex. More details will be released in the week ahead at highviolet.com – where you can also grab yourself a free download of the album’s first single Buzzblood Ohio. Just don’t tweet it!
If you can’t make it to NYC for what is sure to be a special week of events, than maybe you’ll be able to hit one of these recently announced tours…
- Tortoise take the post-jazz-rock on the road this summer
- ’80s Nostalgia Alert: Billy Idol puts together a massive tour
- Silversun Pickups hit the road with Against Me! for 11-dates
- Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros extend their current run
- Recent Jagjaguwar signee Peter Wolf Crier lines up club dates
- Singer-songwriter Patrick Watson heads out for a short May trek
Finally, with Bonnaroo less then two months away, organizers revealed the rest of the acts that will be joining The Flaming Lips in performing late night sets over the course of the weekend. Filling out the schedule will be a diverse mix of acts to choose from: hip-hop to jam to electronica to shock rock. Here’s who’ll be hitting the stages and tents as you party into the wee small hours – Jay-Z, LCD Soundsystem, Thievery Corporation, Galactic, The Black Keys, Deadmau5, Daryl Hall & Chromeo, Clutch, Bassnectar, Kid Cudi, GWAR, The Disco Biscuits, Dan Deacon Ensemble and B.O.B.