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Justin Vernon Shares His Field Journal For Eaux Claires Fest

Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon and the National’s Aaron Dessner are kicking off their inaugural Eaux Claires Festival on 7/17 and 7/18 in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. The National and Bon Iver are both headlining, of course, along with Spoon and Sufjan Stevens. The Tallest Man On Earth, Hiss Golden Messenger, and 34 other artists will also… More »

By: Peter Helman / June 27, 2015 - 11:47 am

Stream This Is The Kit Bashed Out

I’ve been anticipating the release of Kate Stables’ Bashed Out, her third album as This Is The Kit, since we premiered the title track at the beginning of February. This is one of those records that you need to let steep, like tea, as the warm, herbal notes emerge slowly. Stables is a songwriter who… More »

By: Caitlin White / April 1, 2015 - 11:46 am

Mumford & Sons Announce Electric Third Album Wilder Mind

Mumford & Sons have announced the details of their third full-length, Wilder Mind, and it’s bound to sound pretty different from the rest of the folk-rock group’s output. As As they told Rolling Stone, the band went completely electric for the new album, ditching the folkier elements that catapulted them to fame. “We felt that… More »

By: James Rettig / March 2, 2015 - 10:43 am

Watch Another Creepy Trailer For Justin Vernon’s Eaux Claires Festival

A few days ago Justin Vernon, Aaron Dessner and their fairly extensive collective of musical friends and collaborators began rolling out the lineup for their inaugural Eaux Claires festival. Included in the materials were two mysterious videos of scrambled vocal samples and VCR-addled colors. Today, a third has been released, continuing in the same spoken-word… More »

By: Caitlin White / February 9, 2015 - 1:46 pm

Bon Iver’s Eaux Claires Fest Announces Lineup Via Letters To Early Ticket Holders

Justin Vernon and Aaron Dessner’s Eaux Claires Festival has started announcing artists that will appear on its inaugural lineup. People who ordered presale tickets will receive a letter in the mail announcing one of the participating artists. The letter says that three-quarters of the artists will be revealed this way. Some of these letters have… More »

By: James Rettig / February 7, 2015 - 7:00 pm

This Is The Kit – “Bashed Out” (Stereogum Premiere)

Kate Stables has been recording music as This Is The Kit for years now, but this is probably one of the first times you’re reading about her. Bashed Out will be her third full-length album, and since Aaron Dessner and the National stumbled into one of her shows by happenstance and immediately fell for her… More »

By: Caitlin White / February 3, 2015 - 11:53 am

Justin Vernon Officially Announces His Eaux Claires Music Festival

A few months back, it was rumored that Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon was bringing a music festival to his hometown of Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Vernon has officially announced the festival today, which will be co-curated by the National’s Aaron Dessner. Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival will take place next year on July 17-18. The… More »

By: James Rettig / December 17, 2014 - 11:09 am

The Lone Bellow – “Fake Roses” (Stereogum Premiere)

Brooklyn folk-rockers the Lone Bellow worked with Aaron Dessner on their upcoming album Then Came The Morning, and some of the National’s dark elegance is present in “Fake Roses,” the second single they’ve shared from the project. The tune’s warm tones and steady pulse also hearken to Arcade Fire’s somber Funeral ballad “Une Année Sa… More »

By: Chris DeVille / November 3, 2014 - 2:45 pm

Arcade Fire’s Richard Reed Parry Announces Solo LP Music For Heart And Breath

Arcade Fire member Richard Reed Parry just announced the release of a new solo album. Titled Music For Heart And Breath, the album features performances that are played in sync with the musicians’ own breathing and heartbeat, according to Parry’s website. The album will feature Nico Muhly, Bryce Dessner and Aaron Dessner of the National,… More »

By: Miles Bowe / May 21, 2014 - 5:59 pm

Luluc – “Without A Face” (Stereogum Premiere)

The Melbourne/Brooklyn folk-duo Luluc (pronounced “loo-luke”) got off to a good start back in ’08 with its self-released debut Dear Hamlyn and opening slots for the likes of Fleet Foxes and Jose Gonzalez. Now Zoë Randell and Steve Hassett have signed to Sub Pop and will release Passerby this summer. Its new single “Without A… More »

By: Miles Bowe / April 22, 2014 - 10:07 am

Dessners’ Grateful Dead Tribute To Feature Members Of Vampire Weekend, Bon Iver, The Walkmen, Kurt Vile & The Violators

Aaron and Bryce Dessner of the National are about to record a Grateful Dead tribute album. The band will also include Scott and Bryan Devendorf. The name of the album will be Dead Hot, a nod to Red Hot, an AIDS charity organization that started curating comps in the ’90s. As Relix reports, the National… More »

By: Liz Pelly / August 4, 2013 - 4:17 pm

Watch Local Natives Do “Heavy Feet” With Aaron Dessner In Williamsburg

Local Natives performed at Music Hall Of Williamsburg on Friday night. Early into the performance, the band was joined by Aaron Dessner of the National, who helped them record their new LP Hummingbird in Brooklyn. Check out “Heavy Feet” and the rest of the show below, as well as photos from the show in the… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / February 4, 2013 - 11:40 am

Sharon Van Etten Makes TV Debut On Fallon

Sharon Van Etten made her TV debut last night on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, playing “Serpents” from her forthcoming Tramp. She’s been overdue for a while but now, yeah, she’s totally blowing up (points to Heavy Rotation panel). Check out the video down below. More »

By: Corban Goble / January 6, 2012 - 9:45 am

Hear Two Xmas Songs From Sufjan, The National, Arcade Fire

This is an off-year for Sufjan’s Xmas-album-release schedule, but the Dessner brothers of Bluzzbood, Ohio have helped bridge the gap this holiday season by leaking a couple of previously unheard yuletide treats via their guest DJ stint on the BBC 6. The leak of these Christ songs likely have Sufjan’s blessing because they are Christ… More »

By: Amrit Singh / December 21, 2010 - 11:21 am

The Long Count (Bryce & Aaron Dessner, Kim & Kelley Deal, Matt Berninger, Shara Worden) @ BAM 10/28/09

A few weeks ago we posted an early take of “When You Were Born” (aka “When Yer Born”) from The Long Count. At the time, Aaron Dessner told us the track would eventually include Kim Deal singing on it. Now that we know the piece focuses on twins via the Dessners and the Deals, the… More »

By: brandon / October 29, 2009 - 1:23 pm

New Doveman – “Angel’s Share” (Stereogum Premiere)

We’ve heard The Conformist’s quietly exultant opener “Breathing Out.” Those familiar with Thomas Bartlett’s project know that as Doveman, Bartlett rarely raises his voice above a whisper, even when the atmospherically dense music — often performed by members of the National, Nico Muhly, Sam Amidon, etc. — and voices around him start bellowing. A… More »

By: brandon / October 15, 2009 - 9:14 am

New Aaron Dessner – “When We’re Born” (from The Long Count)

This is the first available full piece of music from Bryce and Aaron Dessner and Matthew Ritchie’s BAM-commissioned The Long Count, which runs 10/28-31 at the 2009 Next Wave Festival. As the breathless BAM copy tells us:

In an inspired collision of creative worlds, three inexhaustibly original artists–brothers Bryce Dessner and Aaron Dessner of… More »

By: brandon / August 13, 2009 - 3:46 pm

Dark Was The Night Live @ Radio City Music Hall, NYC 5/3/09

The fear with any supertalent variety show like last night’s Dark Was The Night live event is that the appeal on paper will far outstrip the appeal of having your ass glued to a seat for four hours. And it was a very impressive piece of paper. But like the record that inspired it, last… More »

By: Amrit Singh / May 4, 2009 - 9:24 am

Clogs/Bell Orchestre With The Brooklyn Philharmonic, Sufjan Stevens & My Brightest Diamond @ BAM, Brooklyn 2/26/09

A few weeks ago rumors swirled about some Very Special Secret Guests slated to appear at last night’s Shuffle Mode special at BAM. So you know, see above photo. The night’s lineup was already expansively staffed, with Clogs (which features the National’s Bryce Dessner) and Bell Orchestre (helmed by Arcade Fire’s Richard Reed Parry and… More »

By: Amrit Singh / February 27, 2009 - 11:57 am

Your Favorite Bands Do Red Hot Comp

The National’s Aaron and Bryce Dessner curated this one, and its contributor list reads like the contents of your iPod, including Arcade Fire, Beirut, Beach House, Bon Iver, Grizzly Bear, Andrew Bird, Antony, MMJ, Feist, Ben Gibbard, Spoon, Sufjan, Yeasayer, Yo La Tengo, the National, and a massive etc. All tracks are exclusives, and proceed… More »

By: Amrit Singh / December 3, 2008 - 10:37 am
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