The National will be opening for R.E.M. on their upcoming tour. R.E.M. has a new album on the way called "Accelerate", and The National are continuing to support last year's "Boxer", which was a solid effort. No word on a Dallas date yet, but I'm sure it's coming. R.E.M. will also be playing at SXSW in March.
If you haven't heard The National yet, here's "Apartment Story":