Monday Music News Aug27

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THE NATIONAL are big supporters of U.S. President Barack Obama (having actually showed off their artistic skills by designing a t-shirt for him in 2008 and allowing him to use their song “Fake Empire” for campaign ads) – and now they’re upping the ante by performing an opening set for the President at a September 1 speech/rally in Des Moines, Iowa. This will be the second time they’ve served as stage supporters for the prez, the first being their 2010 appearance with Obama in Madison, Wisconsin.

SILVERSUN PICKUPS, meanwhile, have just said no to U.S. presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who has reportedly been using the band’s tune “Panic Switch” as part of his campaign. The Pickups’ main two complaints with this are one, that they don’t like people going behind their backs and using their music without permission, and two – well, they just aren’t Romney supporters and don’t like his campaign. Sorry, Mitt.

PATRICK WATSON, Blur guitarist Graham Coxon, Alt-J, Midlake, Grizzly Bear, The Atom Brain, Horse Thief, First Aid Kit, Beach House, and The Low Anthem are among the bands ready to wrap up your summer season with this year’s End of the Road Festival, which will take place this upcoming weekend (August 31-September 2) in Larmer Tree Gardens in Wiltshire, UK. For last minute tix and more info, visit endoftheroadfestival.com.

PYXIS POINTS | The Sea and Cake’s latest, Runner, will be in-stores September 18, and it’s already been prefaced with the set’s first single, “Harps” | Regina Spektor will be bringing along Only Son as opening act for a fall tour in support of her latest album, What We Saw From the Cheap Seats | Interpol’s Paul Banks will offer up a solo album simply dubbed Banks on October 23 on Matador Records | Muse will kick off a European tour on October 15 in Montpellier, France, with U.S. dates to follow in 2013 | Toronto indie-folksters The Wooden Sky will be touring, too, starting October 17, although their dates will be of the American/Canadian variety | and Kings of Leon are reportedly prepping to begin work on album number six.  – Kristi Kates