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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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Gaspar Claus – “Birth & Death Of A.” (Feat. Sufjan Stevens, Pedro Soler, The National’s Bryce Dessner, & More) (Stereogum Premiere)

In 2012, the French cellist Gaspar Claus asked 11 musicians to partake in a one-time-only collaborative performance piece that took place over the course of…
Gabriela Tully Claymore | June 15, 2015 - 10:58 am

Preview Gaspar Claus’ One Night Stand, A New LP Feat. Sufjan Stevens, Bryce Dessner, Porcelain Raft

In 2012, French cellist Gaspar Claus gathered a group of musicians in Brooklyn to create something in a single night. The session featured some key…
Caitlin White | May 22, 2015 - 1:14 pm

New Artist-Led, Non-Profit Venue National Sawdust Coming To Williamsburg

The Williamsburg waterfront is getting a new music venue later this year, but this one doesn't seem like it's attempting to fill the void left…
James Rettig | May 9, 2015 - 2:38 pm
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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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Rone – “Elle” (Feat. Bryce Dessner)

French-born, Paris-based producer Rone (real name Erwan Castex) has teamed up with the National's Bryce Dessner for "Elle," a track from his forthcoming album Creatures.
James Rettig | January 14, 2015 - 6:28 pm

The National’s Bryce Dessner Explains The Four-Over-Three Polyrhythm Of “Fake Empire”

We've been learning a lot about the music theory behind pop music lately, most prominently in Owen Pallett's ongoing essay series. But another place to…
Chris DeVille | June 20, 2014 - 12:13 pm
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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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Kronos Quartet With Bryce Dessner – “Tour Eiffel” Video

The Kronos Quartet and Bryce Dessner (of the National) have been busy this year. Kronos celebrated their 40th anniversary over the summer (by covering "Where
Miles Bowe | November 5, 2013 - 3:52 pm

Shara Worden, Owen Pallett, Bryce Dessner, & Nico Muhly – “Pain Changes” Video (Stereogum Premiere)

Composer David Lang recently put out Death Speaks, a record built around the lyrics of Franz Schubert, the master of the art song (and a…
Miles Bowe | November 5, 2013 - 1:11 pm
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Bryce Dessner & The Kronos Quartet – “Aheym” Video

Bryce Dessner, one of the two twin brothers in the National, is the band member who studied music composition at Yale before going on to…
Tom Breihan | September 20, 2013 - 10:12 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.
Liz Pelly | August 4, 2013 - 4:17 pm
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Watch Sufjan Stevens, Nico Muhly, & Bryce Dessner Perform More Planetarium Songs

Last week, we posted video of Sufjan Stevens teaming up with the National's Bryce Dessner and indie-affiliated composer Nico Muhly to perform a gorgeous new…
Tom Breihan | April 9, 2012 - 10:16 am
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Watch Sufjan Play “Pleasure Principle” On Soundcheck

During a trip to WNYC's Soundcheck in anticipation of his Age Of Adz shows at Prospect Park, Sufjan Stevens performed "Pleasure Principle," the final pretty…
brandon | July 25, 2011 - 1:39 pm
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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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Bon Iver – “Crawling Back To You” (Tom Petty Cover Live At MusicNOW 2010)

When we posted about MusicNOW a couple weeks ago, I mentioned I first learned about the Ohio festival via a 2007 video of Sufjan Stevens'…
brandon | April 14, 2010 - 9:39 am

MusicNOW Festival 2010 @ Memorial Hall, Cincinnati

Shaky YouTube video of Sufjan Stevens performing a haunting "John Wayne Gacy, Jr." at MusicNOW in Cincinnati is what first put the festival in the…
brandon | April 2, 2010 - 4:22 pm
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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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CMJ ’09: Weekend In Photos

One last gargantuan batch of photos from an exhausting, exhaustive week of NYC showgoing. On Friday Jessica Amaya joined us at Doveman’s record release party…
Amrit Singh | October 26, 2009 - 9:07 am
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Sufjan Stevens/Cryptacize @ Music Hall Of Williamsburg, Brooklyn 10/6/09

Recently Sufjan revealed he's "at a point where I no longer have a deep desire to share my music with anyone, having spent many year…
Amrit Singh | October 7, 2009 - 9:17 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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