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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 »

Earlier this year, New York Times pop critic Jon Caramanica wrote a piece about pop’s Summer Of Smooth, about how many of this year’s big warm-weather crossover hits were soft and breezy and immaculately produced and comforting pieces of throwbacky, slick pseudo-R&B. Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” drove the narrative, but it also encompassed Bruno Mar… More »

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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 alway…
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…
Miles Bowe | September 9, 2014 - 1:30 pm
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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…
Ryan Leas | September 2, 2014 - 3:47 pm
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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…
Miles Bowe | August 13, 2014 - 5:43 pm

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 a…
James Rettig | August 5, 2014 - 12:59 pm

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…
Tom Breihan | July 22, 2014 - 10:12 am
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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…
Tom Breihan | July 8, 2014 - 11:50 am

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…
Miles Bowe | June 20, 2014 - 1:19 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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Watch Justin Vernon And Members Of The Walkmen Join The National At Primavera Sound ’14

During their Primavera Sound set, the National brought some special guests up on stage. Justin Vernon (whose Volcano Choir project also made an appearance at…
James Rettig | May 31, 2014 - 5:52 pm
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The National Cancel Russia, Ukraine Shows Citing Political Unrest

Yesterday on their Facebook page the National released a statement saying they have cancelled their tour dates for Russia and Ukraine due to "the ongoing…
Miles Bowe | April 23, 2014 - 12:51 pm
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Watch Matt Berninger And Pete Holmes Sing About Cincinnati Chili And Having A Three-Way With A Yeti

The National's singer Matt Berninger might have a sophisticated taste in TV comedy, but he's generally known as an intense brooding type rather than a…
Tom Breihan | April 10, 2014 - 10:06 am
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Walter Martin – “We Like The Zoo (‘Cause We’re Animals Too)” (Feat. Matt Berninger)

The Walkmen are now on hiatus, possibly forever, and three of the band's members have solo albums coming out in the next few months. Only…
Tom Breihan | April 8, 2014 - 9:48 am

Joy Williams & Matt Berninger – “Hush”

The National frontman Matt Berninger has long been a devotee of the prestige TV shows out now, and he and his band have contributed to…
Tom Breihan | April 4, 2014 - 2:35 pm
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Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – “Coming Down” (Feat. Matt Berninger)

Back in 2005, Brooklyn synth-rock band Clap Your Hands Say Yeah was riding high behind major online buzz for their self-released debut LP, an album…
Chris DeVille | April 1, 2014 - 10:57 am
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Watch The National Play The Tonight Show

Nearly a year after releasing their last album Trouble Will Find Me, the National are still showing up on late-night shows, partly because their new…
Tom Breihan | March 28, 2014 - 9:20 am
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Listen To The National’s Matt Berninger On Another Podcast

Matt Berninger of the National has been promoting the upcoming documentary about his band, Mistaken For Strangers, on many podcasts. He's already stopped by to…
Miles Bowe | March 24, 2014 - 4:51 pm
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The National’s Matt Berninger Confirms Joy Williams Collab, Hints At “Box Of Rain” Cover

The National are still touring behind last year's Trouble Will Find Me, but frontman Matt Berninger is staying busy in between gigs by promoting hi…
Scott Lapatine | March 18, 2014 - 6:10 pm
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Watch Sufjan Join The National At Last Night’s Tibet House Benefit

Sufjan Stevens has been known to help out the National in the studio (he's appeared on all their albums since 2007's Boxer) and on stage…
Chris DeVille | March 12, 2014 - 11:38 am
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Watch The National Play SNL With Lena Dunham

The National made their SNL debut tonight in an episode hosted by Lena Dunham. The show featured cameos from Liam Neeson, Jon Hamm, and Fred…
Scott Lapatine | March 9, 2014 - 12:34 am
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