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The National - 'I Need My Girl' Out Today, Live-Stream Sydney Opera House Show
'I Need My Girl' Out Today, Live-Stream Sydney Opera House Show
4th February 2014

Today sees the digital release of The National's 'I Need My Girl', taken from their GRAMMY-nominated album Trouble Will Find Me.  You can buy the track here, which comes with a bonus track, a cover of Perfume Genius' 'Learning'.  

With the release of 'I Need My Girl', the band have also launched a competition around the track, inviting fans to contribute a cover version of the song for the chance to be featured on their website.  With a new video highlighted everyday on amercianmary.com in the build-up to Valentine's Day, the eventual winner will be chosen on 14th February to receive a $500 Amex giftcard.  To participate simply submit your cover of 'I Need My Girl' here.

Moreover, it has been announced that the band's show at Sydney Opera House on 8th February will be streamed worldwide on YouTube, live from the Forecourt.  The sold out show will be streaming exclusively from 8:20pm AEDT as part of the Live From The House series, marking The National's debut show at the iconic venue where they'll perform to a 10,000-strong audience.  You'll be able to stream the show here.

This past month The National announced the theatrical release of their documentary film Mistaken For Strangers, premiering on March 25th. Hailed by Pitchfork as “the funniest, most meta music movie since SPINAL TAP”, the film is a touching portrait of two brothers, Matt and Tom Berninger, set to the backdrop of The National’s High Violet world tour. To mark the occasion of the film's release a live concert and premiere screening is set for 25th March in Los Angeles at The Shrine Theater. A European and US tour also is planned throughout much of 2014 including festival appearances at Primavera Sound in Barcelona and Øya Festival in Oslo, multi-night stints at The Chicago Theater and Austin City Limits Live this spring.  Full tour dates below.

You can stream 'Learning' below or here:

6th - Thebarton, Adelaide, Australia    
7th - Opera House Forecourt, Sydney, Australia
8th - Opera House Forecourt, Sydney, Australia
9th - Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne, Australia
11th - Riverstage, Brisbane, Australia
14th - Perth Festival, Perth, Australia
16th - Hostess Club Weekender, Tokyo, Japan
18th - Hostess Club Taipei, Taipei, Taiwan
20th - Hostess Club Manila, Manila, Philippines
22nd - Hostess Club Weekender, Singapore, Singapore

1st - BBC Radio 6 Music Festival, Manchester, UK
25th - Shrine Auditorium / Film Premiere & Concert, Los Angeles, CA, US

9th - Massey Hall, Toronto, ON, Canada
10th - Massey Hall, Toronto, ON, Canada
11th - Massey Hall, Toronto, ON, Canada
12th - Van Noord Arena, Grand Rapids, MI, US
15th - Chicago Theatre, Chicago, IL, US
16th - Chicago Theatre, Chicago, IL, US
17th - Chicago Theatre, Chicago, IL, US
21st - Austin City Limits Live at the Moody Theater, Austin, TX, US
22nd - Austin City Limits Live at the Moody Theater, Austin, TX, US
23rd - Austin City Limits Live at the Moody Theater, Austin, TX, US
25th - Santa Barbara Bowl, Santa Barbara, CA, US
26th - Greek Theatre, Berkeley, CA, US      

23rd - Les Schwab Amphitheater, Bend, OR, US
24th - Sasquatch Festival, Quincy, WA, US
30th - Primavera Sound, Barcelona, Spain

1st - Maifeld Derby Festival, Mannheim, Germany
2nd - Zenith, Munich, Germany
4th - Stadtpark, Hamburg, Germany
5th - Zitadelle, Berlin, Germany
9th - Amiteatr w Parku Sowinskiego, Warsaw, Poland
10th - Parkbuhne, Leipzig, Germany
11th - Tanzbrunnen, Koln, Germany
13th - Northside Festival, Aarhus, Denmark

10th - Usher Hall, Edinburgh, UK
12th - Barclaycard British Summer Time- Hyde Park, London, UK
14th - Live At The Marquee, Cork, Ireland
16th - Galway Arts Festival, Galway, Ireland
18th - Iveagh Gardens, Dublin, Ireland
19th - Iveagh Gardens, Dublin, Ireland
22nd - Piazza Castello, Ferrara, Italy
25th - Siren, Vasto, Italy
26th - Piazza Napolene, Lucca, Italy
29th - Anfiteatro Del Vittoriale, Brescia, Italy
31st - A2, St. Petersburg, Russia

1st - Arena Moscow, Moscow, Russia
3rd - Stereo Plaza, Kiev, Ukraine
6th - Øya Festival, Oslo, Norway