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The National just announced I Am Easy To Find scheduled May 17th on 4AD along with their new single “You Had Your Soul With You” featuring longtime David Bowie collaborator Gail Ann Dorsey.

“I Am Easy To Find” comes off the heels of their 2017 GRAMMY®-award winning release Sleep Well Beast and marks as the band’s eighth studio album.

A short film was directed by Academy Award-nominated director Mike Mills (20th Century Women, Beginners) to accompany’s the album’s release, starring Academy Award Winner Alicia Vikander. Mills, along with the band, is credited as co-producer of the album, which was mostly recorded at Long Pond, Hudson Valley, NY with additional sessions in Paris, Berlin, Cincinnati, Austin, Dublin, Brooklyn, and more.

The album features vocal contributions from Sharon Van Etten, Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Lisa Hannigan, Mina Tindle and more. Check out the tour dates below. Tickets on sale Friday, March 8th.

The National Tour Dates

4/16 – Paris, FR @ Olympia SOLD OUT

4/18 – London, UK @ Royal Festival Hall SOLD OUT

4/22 – New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre SOLD OUT

4/24 – Toronto, ON @ Roy Thomson Hall SOLD OUT

4/26 – Los Angeles, CA @ Orpheum Theatre SOLD OUT

6/11 – Philadelphia, PA @ Mann Center*

6/12 – Brooklyn, NY @ Prospect Park Bandshell*

6/15 – Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo

6/16 – Atlanta, GA @ Coca-Cola Roxy*

6/17 – St Augustine, FL @ St Augustine Amphitheatre*

6/19 – Washington, DC @ The Anthem*

6/20 – Portland, ME @ Thompson’s Point*

6/21 – Montreal, QC @ Place des Arts

6/22 – Hamilton, ON @ Pier 8**

6/24 – Columbus, OH @ Express Live*

6/25 – Ann Arbor, MI @ Hill Auditorium*

6/26 – Indianapolis, IN @ Lawn at White River*

6/28 – Chicago, IL @ Northerly Island**

7/10 – Manchester, UK @ Castlefield Bowl

7/12 – Madrid, ES @ Mad Cool Festival

7/13 – London, UK @ Hyde Park

7/15 – Frankfurt, DE @ Jahrhunderthalle

7/16 – Hamburg, DE @ Stadtpark

7/18 – Rättvik, SE @ Dalhalla

8/4 – Waterford, IE @ All Together Now

8/6 – Glasgow, UK @ Summer Nights at the Bandstand

8/7 – Glasgow, UK @ Summer Nights at the Bandstand

8/9 – Sicily, IT @ Ypsigrock

8/10 – Budapest, HU @ Sziget Festival

8/11 – Buftea, RO @ Summer Well

8/14 – Paredes de Coura, PT @ Paredes de Coura

8/16 – Hasselt, BE @ Pukkelpop

8/16 — 8/18 – Biddinghuizen, NL @ Lowlands

8/18 – Hasselt, BE @ Pukkelpop

8/28 – Vancouver, BC @ Deer Lake Park**

8/29 – Seattle, WA @ Marymoor Park**

8/30 – Portland, OR @ Edgefield**

9/1 – Stanford, CA @ Frost Amphitheater**

9/2 – Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theatre**

9/3 – Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica Theatre**

9/5 – Odgen, UT @ Ogden Amphitheater**

9/8 – Santa Fe, NM @ Santa Fe Opera House**

9/10 – Austin, TX @ 360 Amphitheatre**

9/11 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall**

11/25 – Warsaw, PL @ Torwar Hall

11/26 – Berlin, DE @ Columbiahalle

11/27 – Berlin, DE @ Columbiahalle

11/29 – Copenhagen, DK @ Royal Arena

12/1 – Bochum, DE @ Ruhrcongress

12/2 – Cologne, DE @ Palladium

12/3 – Zurich, SW @ Samsung Hall

12/4 – Munich, DE @ Zenith

12/5 – Stuttgart, DE @ Porsche Arena

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BBC Documentary ‘A Fresh Guide to Florence with Fab 5 Freddy’ headed US this Fall

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Hip-hop pioneer Fred Brathwaite AKA Fab 5 Freddy has announced that his acclaimed BBC documentary — A Fresh Guide To Florence With Fab 5 Freddy, which debuted in the UK this past weekend — will be coming to the US this fall. The documentary follows Fab 5 Freddy as he embarks on a quest to uncover the hidden black figures of Italian Renaissance art.

“Not only were Renaissance artists making art that defined high aesthetic ideals but they were also groundbreaking in showing an ethnically diverse, racially mixed Italy in the 15th and 16th century. You just have to look at the art,” he said in a statement.”

A Fresh Guide to Florence with Fab 5 Freddy

"You need to see this, baby!" Hip hop legend and art lover Fab 5 Freddy explores 15th-century Italian renaissance art. 🎨

Posted by BBC Arts on Thursday, July 25, 2019

The documentary centers the hip hop legend and art lover as he examines the 15th and 16th century Italian Renaissance art in 15th-century style – on horseback. Amidst superstar artists such as Michelangelo and powerful patrons such as the Medicis, Fab discovers ground-breaking images of a multi-racial and multi-ethnic society that have slipped through the cracks of art history. In a 5-star review, The Financial Times says Fab “visits Florence to insouciantly blow the dust off art history” and The Guardian says that he is “on terrific form.”

A Fresh Guide is just another chapter in the incredible year for Fab 5 Freddy. He released the highly praised 4/20 Netflix documentary Grass Is Greener, which traces the history of cannabis in America and its relationship to people of color. The film takes an unparalleled look at the history of cannabis usage in America through the lens of popular forms of music — jazz, reggae, and hip hop — while also examining the racial disparities and injustices within that world. The film has a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and just was named to the UK-based Grierson Awards shortlist for Best Single Documentary (International).

A Fresh Guide To Florence With Fab 5 Freddy will come to US homes this fall, date and other details to be announced later this year.

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Brightness’ New Music Video ‘Dallas’ will make your Soul Cry

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Alex Knight who launched his career under the moniker Brightness dropped a new tracked, dubbed “Dallas” via I OH U. The mellow song was recorded in upstate New York with producer Sam Griffin Owens (Cass McCombs, Chris Cohen, Sam Evian), the song is – per Knight’s description – “about being spiritually hungry…the volatility and fragility of being in that state.” A heady offering equipped with slanting melody, baritone guitars, and erratic squalls that dunk you in cloudy space for the bulk of its duration, then slowly lifts you out in its final phrases to the sound of rapturous falsetto and luminous French horn.

“I wrote ‘Dallas’ when I was living alone in my brother’s garage. It’s probably hard to tell, but I was listening to a lot of Springsteen at the time, he said. I was inspired especially by his ‘Darkness On The Edge Of Town’ record…the themes etc. I’d pretty much razed my life to the ground, and was intent on looking upwards…looking outwards.”

Knight affirms “the location and pairing (with Owens) couldn’t have been more fitting.” The song was recorded in Spillway Sound, a freshly opened studio nestled in the Catskills, a spread of nature known to stir wonder in those who’ve beheld it, from the addled attendees of Woodstock Festival to 19th-century transcendentalist, Ralph Waldo Emerson.

The accompanying visual for “Dallas” is similarly gripping. Directed by Charlotte Evans, the video finds Knight in a state of insomnia-induced disarray, the singer slowly spiraling out in his unkempt bedroom as he becomes increasingly mesmerized by a preacher on TV. The song is the first taste of new music from a forthcoming album following his critically-acclaimed 2017 debut, Teething, and marks a darker shift in sound characterized by deeper contour, contrast, and confidence.

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Report: DaBaby to serve 1 Year Probation following Gun Case

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Buzzing, new rapper DaBaby has had a successful career run, thus far, with consecutive hits topping the Billboard charts over the past few months, but unfortunately, the 27-year-old’s success may slow down a notch with the bad news he just received.

According to TMZ, the Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s Office convicted the hip-hop star Thursday for carrying a concealed gun in a North Carolina case ––a misdemeanor. He was sentenced to 12 months of unsupervised probation and 30 days in jail — the jail sentence was later suspended.

The incident reportedly dates back to November of last year where the rapper was involved in a heated altercation with a man inside a local Walmart, leaving one fatality from a bullet wound. The rapper says his actions were an act of self-defense for himself and his kids.

He was arrested in connection but it’s still unclear as to who shot the suspect, the DA’s office mention to the outlet.

While it appears DaBabay got off easy with this case, he is currently battling a lawsuit over an alleged attack by him and his entourage.

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