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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 the buffet-table approach to live music. Then you have your smaller, more idiosyncratic ones. Bonnaroo or Coachella have a certain character and ethos, a certain vibe attached to the place… More »

By: 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 Vernon and the National’s Aaron Dessner. There are a lot of great bands and impressive performances to choose from so far at the festival, but there’s still this sense that… More »

By: 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. The National and Bon Iver are both headlining, of course, along with Spoon and Sufjan Stevens. The Tallest Man On Earth, Hiss Golden Messenger, and 34 other artists will also… More »

By: 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 members of the current musical scene: Sufjan Stevens, Bryce Dessner of the National, Mauro Remiddi of Porcelain Raft, Jessie Stein of the Luyas, David Moore of Bing And Ruth, Rémi… More »

By: Caitlin White / May 22, 2015 - 1:14 pm

Alligator Turns 10

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 »

By: Chris DeVille / April 13, 2015 - 3:53 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 of collaboration with Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson, the band is now releasing a box set to commemorate the performance. More »

By: 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 On My Back” appeared online today. Its sound isn’t going to shock you, but you’ll probably be awed by how well this band continues to derive genius from its finely… More »

By: Chris DeVille / April 2, 2015 - 9:48 am

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 who… More »

By: Caitlin White / April 1, 2015 - 11:46 am

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 - 12:48 pm

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 - 8:57 am

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 - 11:53 am

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. Buzzfeed accompanied… More »

By: James Rettig / December 24, 2014 - 11:52 am

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 turkey murderMore »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / December 23, 2014 - 12:08 pm

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 Aaro… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 22, 2014 - 11:20 am

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 his first… More »

By: Chris DeVille / October 31, 2014 - 3:11 pm

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 i… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 14, 2014 - 1:12 pm

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 photographer… More »

By: Miles Bowe / September 23, 2014 - 11:39 am

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 - 11:53 am

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. A… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 10, 2014 - 10:25 am

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 - 1:30 pm
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