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Thursday, 30 September 2010 09:46

Mr. November Moves Forward with The NationalIf Barack Obama's presidential campaign embraced The National because of the band's name, he got lucky.

The Ohio-raised, Brooklyn-based band, known for its powerful, understated songs, played at Obama’s "Moving America Forward" rally at the University of Wisconsin on Tuesday, in a hope to catch young voters' attention. The indie rock band closed its set with "Mr. November," which it dedicated to President Obama.

Reported by Associated Press, students and residents in the traditionally liberal city of Madison "turned out by the thousands to see President Barack Obama at a rally on the University of Wisconsin campus meant to energize the base of the Democratic Party." University police estimate more than 17,000 people packed onto a mall in the heart of the campus to see the president. Another 9,000 lined up for more than a mile to get in but were diverted to overflow areas.

President Obama, whose poll numbers have dipped in recent months, told the Madison crowd, "You didn't elect me to look at the polls. You elected me to do what was right."

The National and President Obama have supported each other since the former Illinois senator ran for office in 2008. The Barack Obama campaign turned The National's “Fake Empire” into an unstated anthem for his presidential run, using it in the soundtrack to his promotional video and as background music during his victory rally. The band played venues, and designed and sold T-shirts, donating all profits to the campaign.

In May, The National released their fifth studio album High Violet. The album has been widely acclaimed, and the band is currently on a tour which is expected to continue into the new year.

The National is due to reissue High Violet with an additional bonus disc on November 22nd. This new release features live recorded performances of “Bloodbuzz Ohio,” “Anyone’s Ghost,” and “England.” The expanded version is also planned to include an alternate version of “Terrible Love,” together with B-sides “Sin Eaters” and “Walk Off,” and new tracks "You Were A Kindness", which Rolling Stone magazine previously reported as their next single, and “Wake Up Your Saint.”

 

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Wednesday's first ever concert at Orlando's Hard Rock by British trip-hop pioneers Massive Attack was notable as much for what was omitted as for what was played. The Bristol band concentrated on its February 2010 release Heligoland, the first studio album from partners Robert "3D" del Naja and Grant "Daddy G" Marshall in seven years, making time for only one track from its 1991 debut album Blue Lines and playing nothing from 1994's Protection. There was no “Unfinished Sympathy” and no "Protection" from this Massive Attack.

Massive Attack's unyielding light show was also a significant part of the event. Distracting at times, synchronized bars of LED lights extended the width of the stage, flashing financial and socio-political statistics accompanied by apparently random text messages. The projections offered everything from statistics on global water usage, wars, and immigration, to famous quotes on civil liberties from free-thinkers, headlines from Florida news sources, and the names of multinational corporations. A relentless visual display that lent the music some gravitas, the backdrop emphasized the band's ideology, the political nature of the songs, and their enduring relevance to today's economic and political climate.

Through rising smoke and purple lighting, spotlights danced in the dark as five backing musicians (a keyboard player, two guitarists, and two drummers) played the opening bars of “United Snakes.” Founding member del Naja took center stage. Originally released as a 2006 single with "False Flags," this was dark music for dark times. As del Naja sang, the names of social drugs flashed across the screen in rapid succession.

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