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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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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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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
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,…
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…
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…
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

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

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 an…
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

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

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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