“Afraid Of Everyone” and “Conversation 16” (Live At Big Ears) (Video)

    The fever pitch for New York brooders the National’s new album, High Violet, is starting to reach a fever pitch, largely thanks to the band releasing singles and performing much of the album’s material live. Including at the recent Big Ears festival, where they trotted out the sturdy “Afraid of Everyone” (above) and the buzzing “Conversation 16.” The National are one of the last organic big bands on the block; their fanbase has grown steadily as they have gotten steadily more musically excellent, and everything is hitting at the right moment for High Violet. Things could get really big for the National after it finally hits shelves on May 11. [Stereogum]