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I. EAUX CLAIRES

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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Eaux Claires 2016 Lineup Cassette Teases Justin Vernon With James Blake, Bruce Hornsby, National & Arcade Fire Members, More

Bon Iver's Justin Vernon and the National's Aaron Dessner are bringing the Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival back to Eau Claire, Wisconsin for its…
Peter Helman | February 6, 2016 - 4:33 pm
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The National Side Project LNZNDRF Announce Debut Album

LNZNDRF is the new project from the National's Scott and Bryan Devendorf and Beirut's Ben Lanz. They'll released their self-titled debut via 4AD next month,…
James Rettig | January 12, 2016 - 12:22 pm
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Watch El Vy Cover David Bowie’s “Let’s Dance” On Colbert

Last night, El Vy, the side project from the National's Matt Berninger and Menomena's Brent Knopf, were all set to be the musical guests on…
Tom Breihan | January 12, 2016 - 9:06 am
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Justin Vernon Joined By Bruce Hornsby On The National’s Grateful Dead Tribute

The National have been planning a Grateful Dead tribute compilation for years now, and next year, it'll finally be out in the world. We already…
Peter Helman | December 3, 2015 - 8:46 pm
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Watch Lauren Mayberry And Matt Berninger Interview Each Other

The National's Matt Berninger and Chvrches' Lauren Mayberry sat down to chat in a segment for Live Nation TV. They start off by talking about…
James Rettig | December 2, 2015 - 12:47 pm
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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