The National / LIVE + Ticket Giveaway

The National + Dirty Projectors / Stage AE
06.11.2013 / Doors 7:00 / $29

Words by Brendan

The National just released another stellar album—Trouble Will Find Me—two weeks ago, and they’re off on a tour to promote the album. This includes a stop in Pittsburgh on June 11, on their way to Bonnaroo and then Europe. They haven’t been here since a 2010 show at the Carnegie Library in Homestead, so don’t miss your chance here! Even better, their first few shows on the tour (including this one) find them playing with Dirty Projectors. That’s a double dose of indie rock awesomeness.

And hey, we can hook you up with TWO FREE TICKETS to this show! Read on for some more details, stream some songs, and find out how to enter.

Dirty Projectors / Impregnable Question

Every time The National come out with a new album, I wonder, “Will this be better than the last one? That seems impossible!” But usually, it is. I might be in the minority, but High Violet is my favorite so far. (I know most of you probably prefer Boxer. I get it.) Every time, though, I realize that it’s difficult to answer that question right away. Even two weeks later, I’m still ingesting this album, analyzing it, letting it flow through me. “Don’t Swallow The Cap” and “Graceless” are early candidates for “best song”, but that will probably change over time. I’m also trying to make sense of their use of a string of guest stars on some songs—in this case, Sharon Van Etten, Sufjan Stevens, Nona of Dark Dark Dark, and others—which seems to be a growing trend in indie rock. In any event, it’s decidedly a National album, and a very good one at that. Can’t wait to hear these songs live.

The National / “Sea of Love” / Trouble Will Find Me [4AD, 2013] / dir. Sophia Peer


Dirty Projectors are one of those bands that have floated around my radar but have yet to really draw me in. I know others here at DUL love them—Jacob, in particular—and I have enjoyed several of their singles, but I haven’t fallen head over heels like others. Maybe this show will be a turning point for me. At least, I’m sure it will be fascinating to see them put together all of those complex arrangements, those vocal harmonies, those jangly guitar interplays right there on stage. Okay, yeah, I’m getting pretty excited now just thinking about it.

Dirty Projectors / “About To Die” / About To Die EP [Domino, 2012] / dir. David Longstreth


So yeah, let’s get down to the important details. Here’s how you can enter the contest and win some tickets: Leave a note on our Facebook wall (like us first or it won’t count!), @ us on Twitter (with the hashtag #NationalPgh, and follow us first!), or send me an email to enter the contest! Just say “Tickets Will Find Me!” or “This is NOT the Last Time I’ll want to see The National!” or something silly like that.

We’ll pick a winner (at random) on Sunday night (June 2), so get your entries in soon! We’ll contact the winner and you’ll be able to pick up your tickets at the box office on the day of the show. Best of luck and see yinz there!

Buy tickets for this show: Online / Call 412.229.LIVE (5483)

The National on the web: Website / Facebook / Twitter / iTunes / Insound

Dirty Projectors on the web: Website / Facebook / Twitter / Soundcloud / Insound

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