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When we found out that allies of Mitt Romney used our music in a campaign ad without our permission we were irritated but not surprised. It's actually a perfect illustration of his world-view. In every way, Mitt Romney thinks he can play by his own set of rules. His attitude isn't just about a band from Ohio and their songs - it's about all kinds of workers in Ohio and across the country who make things the rest of the world buys. Between Romney's time at Bain where he made millions even when companies failed and workers lost jobs, his opposition to the auto rescue, or his failure to stand up for equal pay for women, this is another item in a long list of severely conservative ideas that hurt the middle and working class. Did Romney’s supporters read the title of the song before they used it? The song they used - "Fake Empire" - was written in response to the mess that was made the last time Republicans were in the White House. Mitt Romney wants to take us right back to those same failed ideas that caused the mess in the first place. Finally, the video also shows a pandering ignorance about the young people they were trying to reach with our music - which shows that he and his allies just don’t understand young people. If you missed the video, it shows people holding Romney signs saying 'I believe in America.' We believe in America too - and not just some portion of it.

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3 / 4 OCTOBER: GOTTA VOTE CONCERTS IN COLUMBUS + CINCINNATI, OHIO

GOTTA VOTE 2012

Here are details for our two free Gotta Vote concerts in Columbus and Cincinnati, Ohio on October 3 & 4.

We're partnering with Obama for America's Ohio field offices for a series of events to remind everyone how important it is to vote in the November 6th election.
If you haven't registered yet, there's still time in most states. You can find state by state registration and voter information HERE.

Securing tickets for the Ohio shows is a two step process.
First, sign up online by following the link for the show you'd like to attend:

Newport Music Hall, Columbus, October 3rd
Emery Theater, Cincinnati, October 4th

Once you've signed up, you'll receive ticket pick up information as follows:

10/3, Newport Music Hall Ticket Pickup:
Tuesday, October 2nd 10:00am until 7:30 pm or when tickets run out (first come, first served)
Ohio State University OFA-Campus Field Office 1570 N High Street Columbus, OH 43201

10/4, Emery Theater Ticket Pickup:
Wednesday, October 3rd 10:00am until 7:30 pm or when tickets run out (first come, first served)
Over the Rhine OFA-Field Office 1130 Main Street Cincinnati, OH 45202

We'll do our best to let you know via twitter (@The_National) when all tickets have been handed out. Hope to see some of you this week & please remember to vote!

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CROSSING BROOKLYN FERRY - 03-05 MAY 2012 - BAM / BROOKLYN, NY

BAM 2012

GRINDERMAN 2 RMX "EVIL" FEATURING MATT BERNINGER BY SILVER ALERT (JIM SCLAVUNOS + PETER MAVROGEORGIS)

GRINDERMAN 2 REMIX EVIL - FEAT. MATT BERNINGER

MUSIC NOW - 28-30 MARCH 2012 - MEMORIAL HALL / CINCINNATI, OH

MUSIC NOW 2012

ALL TOMORROW'S PARTIES CURATED BY THE NATIONAL - 07-09 DECEMBER 2012 - BUTLIN'S, MINEHEAD / SOMERSET, UK

ATP 2012

THE LONG COUNT - 02-04 FEBRUARY 2012 - THE BARBICAN / LONDON, UK

The Long Count - 2012

02-04 FEB: LONDON, UK / THE LONG COUNT @ THE BARBICAN // TICKETS ON-SALE NOW
BRYCE DESSNER + AARON DESSNER + VISUAL ARTIST MATTHEW RITCHIE
FEATURING: TUNDE ADEBIMPE + KELLEY DEAL + SHARA WORDEN