The National to release new album, High Violet, in May

The National to release new album, High Violet, in May

The National will have a new record out May 11 via 4AD. High Violet is the band’s fifth LP and, yes, they’re embarking on a spring tour in support. Frontman Matt Berninger talked about the new album with a popular music website that shall remain nameless. You see, we’re all about high-quality content here at TMT, and we hate to direct you to sanctimonious websites that reject witty news writers who injects stories with irreverence and color and still sustain their readers’ attention through meandering 66 word-long sentences with esoteric patois found with five-second searches on…

But, Ryan, if you’re still reading, I’m still available!

The National tour:

03.28.10 Knoxville, TN - Tennessee Theatre (Big Ears Festival)
04.22.10 Richmond, VA - The National
04.23.10 Richmond, VA - The National
05.05.10 London, England - Electric Ballroom
05.06.10 London, England - Royal Albert Hall
05.07.10 Paris, France - Le Zenith *
05.09.10 Berlin, Germany - Astra
05.21.10 Los Angeles, CA - The Wiltern
05.22.10 Los Angeles, CA - The Wiltern #
05.23.10 San Diego, CA - Spreckels Theatre #
05.26.10 Oakland, CA - Fox Theatre
05.27.10 Oakland, CA - Fox Theatre #
05.29.10 Quincy, WA - Sasquatch Festival
06.02.10 Boston, MA - House of Blues %
06.03.10 Boston, MA - House of Blues %
06.04.10 Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory %
06.05.10 Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory %
06.06.10 Washington, DC - DAR Constitution Hall %
06.08.10 Toronto, Ontario - Massey Hall %
06.09.10 Toronto, Ontario - Massey Hall %
06.11-13.10 Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo
06.16.10 New York, NY - Radio City Music Hall %
07.27.10 Brooklyn, NY - Prospect Park ^

* Pavement
# Ramona Falls
^ Beach House
% The Antlers

Ted Leo’s Pharmacists prescribe additional tourdates

Powerhouse pop-rocker Ted Leo has enough anthemic albums under his belt to earn him a lasting place in indie-rock stardom. We hear he’s no stranger to bad-ass live shows, either. And wouldn’t you know it, Leo’s got a brand new album (on a brand new label) and an EXPANDED slew of tourdates coming up! ::Cue post-adolescent glee!!::

Having recorded their latest body of work in Brooklyn’s Seaside Lounge, Ted Leo and The Pharmacists plan to release The Brutalist Bricks March 9 through the mighty Matador.

Check out Ted Leo’s updated tourdates below, won’t you?:

03.11.10 - Cleveland Heights, OH - Grog Shop
03.12.10 - Pontiac, MI - The Crofoot
03.13.10 - Chicago, IL - The Bottom Lounge
03.14.10 - Madison, WI - High Noon Saloon
03.15.10 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
03.18.10 - Spokane, WA - The Blvd
03.19.10 - Seattle, WA - Nuemo’s
03.20.10 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
03.21.10 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
03.23.10 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall
03.24.10 - Santa Barbara, CA - Soho Restaurant & Music Club
03.26.10 - Pomona, CA - The Glass House
03.27.10 - West Hollywood, CA - Troubadour
03.28.10 - Tucson, AZ - Club Congress
03.31.10 - Austin, TX - The Parish Room April
04.02.10 - New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jacks
04.03.10 - Tallahassee, FL - Club Downunder
04.04.10 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade
04.05.10 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle
04.07.10 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church
04.08.10 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
04.09.10 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza
04.10.10 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club

• Ted Leo:
• Matador:

Gogol Bordello add a little samba on new album Trans-Continental Hustle?

Gogol Bordello have already released information about the massive “Casa Gogol” North American and European tours, as well as a tour of Australia, and now they finally have a little more information about the new album they’ll be touring in suppport of. Trans-Continental Hustle, the band’s first album since 2007’s Super Taranta!, is set to be released April 27 through Rick Rubin’s American Recordings. Rubin also produced the new record and Eugene Hutz, frontman for Gogol Bordello, offered a few words on working with the Bearded Fellow: “Rick inspired us to focus on the very soul entity of the song. He inspires confidence to always do your best and mature work.”

The band are also adding to their trademark “gypsy-punk” sound by stirring in the interesting flavors and influences of Brazilian music and culture. Hutz currently lives in Brazil (and has for the past two years), and the new album is, according to my mystical sources, “heavily informed by Hutz’s experiences living in a country rich with diversity.” The new album features a handful of songs, like “Uma Menina Uma Cigana” and the near-death carnivale experiences of “Sun on My Side,” that wear the new influences proudly on their sleeves.

Finally, Gogol Bordello would like you to know that they’ve also scheduled, in addition to their forthcoming world tour, a return to Irving Plaza in New York City on March 9 (tomorrow!), where the band will be performing a benefit concert for Haiti relief.

Trans-Continental Hustle tracklist:

01. Pala Tute
02. My Companjera
03. Sun Is on My Side
04. Rebellious Love
05. We Comin’ Rougher (Immigraniada)
06. When Universes Collide
07. Uma Menina Uma Cigana
08. Raise the Knowledge
09. Last One Goes the Hope
10. To Rise Above
11. In the Meantime in Pernambuco
12. Break the Spell
13. Trans-Continental Hustle

• Gogol Bordello:

[Photo: Mike D’Ariano]

The Hidden Cameras tour Origin: Orphan across Europe

In February, The Hidden Cameras completed a session of the LimeWire Store’s “Live at Lime” series. The six-track EP includes reworkings of tracks from their latest album, Origin: Orphan (out in the open since September 2009 from Arts & Crafts), but sometimes a second-hand “live” just won’t do. In light of this, The Hidden Cameras are leaving Canada for a pretty sizable tour of Europe over the next two months, beginning in Germany, making a few loops, and ending in Sweden. Flash photography may or may not be permitted.

03.12.10 - Hamburg, Germany - Kampnagel
03.13.10 - Offenbach, Germany - Hafen 2
03.15.10 - Münster, Germany - Gleis 22
03.16.10 - Cologne, Germany - Gebaeude 9
03.17.10 - Brighton, UK - The Audio
03.18.10 - London, UK - St. Leonard’s Church
03.19.10 - Nottingham, UK - Bodega
03.20.10 - Glasgow, Scotland - Stereo
03.21.10 - Manchester, UK - The Deaf Institute
03.22.10 - Cardiff, UK - The Gate
03.23.10 - Leeds, UK - The Brudenell Social Club
03.24.10 - London, UK - Hoxton Bar & Grill
03.25.10 - Paris, France - Point Ephémère
03.26.10 - Hondarribia, Spain - Psilocybenea Cultural Center
03.27.10 - Seville, Spain - South Pop Festival
03.28.10 - Madrid, Spain - Moby Dick
03.29.10 - Valencia, Spain - Colegio Mayor Lluis Vives
03.30.10 - Barcelona, Spain - Razzmatazz
04.02.10 - Bologna, Italy - Il Covo
04.03.10 - Rome Italy - Circolo Degli Artisti
04.06.10 - Florence, Italy - Sala Vanni
04.07.10 - Graz, Austria - PPC
04.08.10 - Salzburg, Austria - Arge
04.10.10 - St. Poelten, Austria - Festspielhaus
04.11.10 - Vienna, Austria - WUK
04.13.10 - Zürich, Switzerland - Exil
04.14.10 - Basel, Switzerland - Unionsaal
04.15.10 - Schorndorf, Germany - Manufaktur
04.16.10 - Heidelberg, Germany - Karlstorbahnhof
04.17.10 - Nuremberg, Germany - MUZ Club
04.18.10 - Berlin, Germany - Lido
04.20.10 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Vega
04.21.10 - Arhus, Denmark - VoxHall
04.22.10 - Malmo, Sweden - KB Club
04.23.10 - Stockholm, Sweden - Debaser Medis
04.24.10 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Brew House

• The Hidden Cameras:
• Arts & Crafts:

Los Campesinos! celebrate exclamation points by touring!

Since! Los Campesinos! are so! stoked on exclamation points that they! insist esteemed music journalists such as myself include one at the end! of their band name, I thought I would annoy them by putting! one after random! words in this news story that they will likely! not read. Los Campesinos! will be supporting their new album, Romance Is Boring (TMT Review), which is out! now on Arts & Crafts.

04.20.10 - Toronto, ON - Phoenix Concert Theatre
04.22.10 - New York, NY - The Fillmore (Irving Plaza)
04.24.10 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club
04.27.10 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
04.30.10 - Chicago, IL - Cabaret Metro
05.04.10 - Seattle, WA - Showbox
05.07.10 - San Francisco, CA - The Regency Ballroom
05.08.10 - Los Angeles, CA - The El Rey Theatre

The band is currently touring Europe. Check out dates on their MySpace.

• Los Campesinos!:
• Arts & Crafts:

[Photo: Jon Bergman]

RIP: Ron Banks of The Dramatics

From Billboard:

Ron Banks, singer and a founding member of veteran R&B group the Dramatics, died [on March 4] at his Detroit home of a reported heart attack. He was 58.

Originally a vocal sextet known as the Dynamics in the early O60s, the group changed its name and became a quintet comprised of Banks, William Howard, Larry Demps, Willie Ford and Elbert Wilkins. The Dramatics scored its first R&B-charting single (No. 43) in 1967 on the Sport label with “All Because of You.” But it wasn’t until four years later that the Dramatics broke into national consciousness with the 1971 Stax/Volt hit “Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get,” which peaked at No. 3 R&B and No. 9 pop. The Dramatics claimed an R&B No. 1 the following year with “In the Rain.” […]

Banks, whose sweet falsetto helped give the Dramatics its signature sound, was a Detroit native who was born May 10, 1951. He is survived by his wife Sandy and six children. Banks is the fourth Dramatics member to pass away following the deaths.

• The Dramatics:
• The Dramatics (Wikipedia):