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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 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… More »

By: Caitlin White / April 1, 2015

Pfarmers – “The Ol’ River Gang”

Pfarmers are an amalgamation of a few bands and sounds. Danny Seim (Menomena, Lackthereof), Bryan Devendorf (the National), and horn player Dave Nelson (David Byrne & St. Vincent, Sufjan Stevens) convene to conjure a style that is all together distinctive. Along with announcing their new album, Gunnera, due later this spring, the trio shares a… More »

By: Collin Robinson / March 26, 2015

Justin Vernon’s Eaux Claires Festival Reveals Full Lineup Feat. Bon Iver, Sufjan Stevens, The National, Spoon

The lineup for Justin Vernon and Aaron Dessner's Eaux Claires festival is here, and as you might expect, it's both charming and formidable. Bon Iver will headline -- their first live performance since November 2012 -- alongside the National, Sufjan Stevens, and Spoon. Vernon's fellow folk-rockers the Tallest Man on Earth, Sam Amidon, and Hi… More »

By: Chris DeVille / February 11, 2015

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

Indie Rock Ambassador Is Winning Over Politicians With Private National, Belle & Sebastian Concerts

If it weren't for his job, Matthew Barzun could be mistaken for one of us: his favorite album of the year is the War On Drugs' Lost In The Dream, he loves Guided By Voices, Neutral Milk Hotel, and Chvrches ... but he's also the United States' official ambassador to the United Kingdom. BuzzfeedMore »

By: James Rettig / December 24, 2014

Watch The National Make Melancholy “Christmas Magic” For Bob’s Burgers

I have a hard time thinking of a band that makes me sadder than the National, which means that I can't think of a band less equipped to write a Christmas jingle. Bob's Burgers has hosted the band several times in the past, featuring them on two Thanksgiving specials singing dour songs about turkeyMore »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / December 23, 2014

Hear The National Talk About How They Wrote “Sea Of Love”

Song Exploder is a podcast in which bands come on to talk about how certain songs came into being -- a fascinating thing for those of us who remain mystified as to how songs can just come into existence out of nothing. The latest guests on the show are the National's Matt Berninger and… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 22, 2014

Watch Arcade Fire’s Horror Film Festi, Feat. James Murphy, The National, Peter Gabriel, Fleet Foxes

Back in 2011 Arcade Fire and a bunch of their friends made a 21-minute horror movie called Festi. Today they've posted that movie, which involves murder and intrigue backstage at the band's 2011 festival tour. Guests include James Murphy, the National, Peter Gabriel, Fleet Foxes, Slash, and Andrew Garfield (apparently "We Exist" wasn't hi… More »

By: Chris DeVille / October 31, 2014

Watch The National Play Intense Music Teachers On Comedy Bang! Bang!

The National have appeared on practically every even vaguely prestigious television show out there. (They're presumably still finding a way to write them into The Knick.) And they're one of many indie bands who will show up on this season of Comedy Bang! Bang!, the IFC show built from the popular comedy podcast. They're… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 14, 2014

Photos: Riot Fest Denver 2014

Riot Fest has grown into a gigantic music festival that occurs in three different iterations throughout the year. For the Denver edition this past weekend, the lineup featured bands from all over the spectrum: Weezer, Rise Against!, The Flaming Lips, TV On The Radio, Wu-Tang Clan, and a whole lot more. We sent our… More »

By: Miles Bowe / September 23, 2014

Strand Of Oaks – “Pink Rabbits” (The National Cover)

Strand Of Oaks' Tim Showalter recently put out the harrowing album HEAL, and now he's got a very personal cover to share. "Pink Rabbits" was the penultimate track on the National's 2013 album Trouble Will Find Me, and as he told Magnet earlier this year, it provided the soundtrack to some rough times in hi… More »

By: Miles Bowe / September 15, 2014

The National, The Flaming Lips, Future Islands To Appear On Comedy Bang! Bang! TV Show

Comedy Bang! Bang!, the comedy podcast that became an IFC TV show, has always been a hub of the indie comedy universe, and that's always had plenty of overlap with the indie rock universe. But even with that in mind, the slate of musical guests for the show's upcoming third season is pretty impressive. More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 10, 2014

Photos: Boston Calling

This past weekend brought the second Boston Calling Festival of 2014. This edition featured the Replacements, the National, and Lorde as the major headliners, along with Neutral Milk Hotel, Childish Gambino, Nas, Spoon, the War On Drugs, and a lot more. Above you can find a gallery of performance shots and portraits by photographer Lui… More »

By: Miles Bowe / September 9, 2014

Made In America Philadelphia In Words & Photos

Made In America has always struck me as an odd festival. In these still early years for the event, it's a somewhat small entity. Two days as opposed to others' four or five, or others' double weekends; four stages in somewhat close quarters on a shut-down Benjamin Franklin Parkway; a lineup of a size where,… More »

By: Ryan Leas / September 2, 2014

Photos: Øyafestivalen 2014

Øyafestivalen has now entered its 13th year, and last week, the Norwegian festival's 2014 iteration filled Oslo with excellent artists. There were folk musicians like Angel Olsen and Bill Callahan alongside electronic artists like Todd Terje and Darkside alongside major headlining acts like Outkast, Robyn, and Queens Of The Stone Age. We sent photographer More »

By: Miles Bowe / August 13, 2014

Watch Funny Bonus Footage From The National’s Mistaken For Strangers Doc

The National's documentary Mistaken For Strangers is out now in theaters and on demand and the online version of the film comes with almost an hour worth of bonus material. The band has shared a few previews of those extras. You can see Matt Berninger shoot ping pong balls from between his legs, watch Matt… More »

By: James Rettig / August 5, 2014

Watch Ted Danson & Zach Galifianakis Rehearse For The Mistaken For Strangers Broadway Musical

Tom Berninger, the younger brother of the National frontman Matt, made the tour documentary Mistaken For Strangers about what it's like to be an underling for his way-more-famous older brother's band. And now, someone's turning that movie into a Broadway musical -- or, at the very least, they've made a Funny Or Die video… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 22, 2014

Matt Berninger & Andrew Bird – “A Lyke Wake Dirge”

Matt Berninger, the deep-groaning frontman for the National, has contributed music to just about every even vaguely prestigious TV show currently on the air, and he's just added another one to his growing list. Together with singer/songwriter/elite whistler Andrew Bird, he's recorded a version of the traditional English folk song "A Lyke Wake Dirge" for… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 8, 2014

Photos: NorthSide Festival (Denmark) 2014

The 2014 iteration of the Danish music festival NorthSide took place this past weekend and hosted a large number of exciting bands. There were the major rocks acts such as Arcade Fire, the Pixies, and the National, but there was a lot to be seen beyond that, too. There was Franz Ferdinand, Mount Kimbie, Roby… More »

By: Miles Bowe / June 20, 2014

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 learn about the nuts and bolts of your favorite songs is NPR's ongoing series Rhythm Section. The latest episode deals with polyrhythms -- "think of patting your head and rubbing… More »

By: Chris DeVille / June 20, 2014
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