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In what seems like a quiet hour, loose activity fills the lives of the National’s five members. It’s that period of time before the band takes the stage; last-minute decisions and logistics are being hammered out, but it’s also kind of boring and filled with a lot of pacing around… More »

As we celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the National’s Alligator, it behooves us to discuss two persistent myths, both related to Aesop’s fable about the tortoise and the hare. The first one is truer, and it goes like this: Back in 2005, a promising Brooklyn-via-Cincinnati rock band released its third album and scheduled a tour… More »

Starting today we’re rolling out the winners of the Gummy Awards, Stereogum & Videogum’s annual readers’ poll. Earlier this month we asked you to vote for 2013’s best album, song, music video, new act, TV show, movie, and viral video. And you did! Thank you for listening! Best Album is the first category we’re revealing… More »

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The National’s Bob’s Burgers Song Shelved After Paris Attacks

The National's Matt Berninger is currently on tour with Brent Knopf in support of the recently released Return To The Moon, their debut album under…
Peter Helman | November 30, 2015 - 8:18 pm

EL VY – “No Time To Crank The Sun” Video

EL VY, the side-project duo of the National's Matt Berninger and Menomena's Brent Knopf, dropped their debut album Return To The Moon last month, and…
Tom Breihan | November 24, 2015 - 11:48 am

Watch El Vy Cover “She Drives Me Crazy” At First Live Show

Last week, El Vy, the duo of the National's Matt Berninger and Menomana's Brent Knopf, released Return To The Moon, their debut album. And last…
Tom Breihan | November 3, 2015 - 8:39 am

Watch EL VY Play Three Songs On CBS This Morning

EL VY, the new side project of the National's Matt Berninger and Menomena/Ramona Falls' Brent Knopf, just put out their debut album Return To The
Peter Helman | October 31, 2015 - 5:33 pm

EL VY – “Silent Ivy Hotel” Video

EL VY -- the collaboration between the National's Matt Berninger and Menomena/Ramona Falls' Brent Knopf -- are releasing their debut album together, Return To The
James Rettig | October 29, 2015 - 9:52 am

EL VY – “Need A Friend” Video

Matt Berninger of the National and Brent Knopf of Menomena and Ramona Falls have been friends since before their respective bands found success. Years later,…
Grace Birnstengel | October 26, 2015 - 11:10 am

Watch Chvrches’ Lauren Mayberry Join The National For “I Need My Girl” At Treasure Island

Chvrches play such bright, sparkling synthpop that it can be hard to imagine singer Lauren Mayberry's voice on any other kind of music. But Mayberry…
Tom Breihan | October 19, 2015 - 8:46 am

Watch The National Debut New Song “Roman Candle” At LA Benefit Show

Last night the National played two shows at LA's the Troubadour to benefit Cooperative For Education, a charity for Guatemalan schoolchildren that was founded by…
Scott Lapatine | October 17, 2015 - 8:50 am

EL VY – “Paul Is Alive”

EL VY is, of course, the side-project duo of the National frontman Matt Berninger and Menomena multi-instrumentalist Brent Knopf. Later this month, they'll release Return
Tom Breihan | October 7, 2015 - 9:49 am

EL VY – “I’m The Man To Be”

A month ago, the National's Matt Berninger and Menomena/Ramona Falls' Brent Knopf teamed up under the name EL VY ("pronounced like a plural of Elvis,"…
Peter Helman | September 3, 2015 - 10:01 am

The National Announce Benefit Concert In L.A.

The National haven’t been touring heavily in 2015; their only shows this year have been a few festival sets. But they’ll play a headlining show…
Tom Breihan | August 17, 2015 - 1:41 pm

Hear The Debut Single From EL VY, The New Project From The National’s Matt Berninger & Menomena’s Brent Knopf

The National's Matt Berninger and Ramona Falls/Menomena's Brent Knopf have teamed up under the name EL VY. (Oddly enough, this marks the second National/Menomena partnership…
Chris DeVille | August 4, 2015 - 11:58 am

Watch Bon Iver Debut Two New Songs At Eaux Claires Festival

There are, obviously, a lot of festivals these days. You have the establishment, your Bonnaroos and Lollapaloozas and Coachellas, the most massive and famous of…
Ryan Leas | July 19, 2015 - 2:22 pm

The National Perform With Sufjan Stevens And Justin Vernon, Cover The Grateful Dead At Eaux Claires

Yesterday was the first day of the inaugural Eaux Claires festival, a small occasion in rural Wisconsin dreamt up and brought to life by Justin…
Ryan Leas | July 18, 2015 - 1:09 pm

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

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

The National Announce A Lot Of Sorrow Box Set

Remember when the National played the High Violet track "Sorrow" for six hours straight at MoMA PS1? Well, in case you forgot about that moment…
Caitlin White | April 9, 2015 - 11:22 am

The National – “Sunshine On My Back”

The National are getting in on this whole "surprise music" thing. No, they haven't shared an entire new album, but an unannounced single called "Sunshine…
Chris DeVille | April 2, 2015 - 9:48 am
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