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A couple years ago Alligator put the National on the map for many listeners, largely through a combination of vocalist Matt Berninger’s Jack ‘n’ Coke baritone, novelistic lyrics, and tendency to lose his voice on shadowy, boiled-over rock songs like “Lit Up,” “Abel,” and regular showstopper, “Mr. November.” On the band’s fourth full-length Boxer, Berninger,… More »

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Frightened Rabbit Finished Recording Their Fifth Album, Produced By Aaron Dessner

Last night, Frightened Rabbit announced that they’ve finished tracking their fifth album on Twitter. And, as Reddit points out, it looks like the National’s Aaro…
James Rettig | August 13, 2015 - 12:44 pm
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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.
Peter Helman | June 27, 2015 - 11:47 am
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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…
Caitlin White | April 1, 2015 - 11:46 am
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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…
James Rettig | March 2, 2015 - 10:43 am
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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…
Caitlin White | February 9, 2015 - 1:46 pm
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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…
James Rettig | February 7, 2015 - 7:00 pm
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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…
Caitlin White | February 3, 2015 - 11:53 am
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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. Verno…
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 i…
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 performance…
Miles Bowe | May 21, 2014 - 5:59 pm
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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…
Miles Bowe | April 22, 2014 - 10:07 am
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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.
Liz Pelly | August 4, 2013 - 4:17 pm
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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,…
Claire Lobenfeld | February 4, 2013 - 11:40 am
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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…
Corban Goble | January 6, 2012 - 9:45 am
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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…
Amrit Singh | December 21, 2010 - 11:21 am
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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,…
brandon | October 29, 2009 - 1:23 pm
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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…
brandon | October 15, 2009 - 9:14 am
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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…
brandon | August 13, 2009 - 3:46 pm
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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 outstri…
Amrit Singh | May 4, 2009 - 9:24 am
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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…
Amrit Singh | February 27, 2009 - 11:57 am
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