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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 hour worth of bonus material. The band has shared a few previews of those extras. You can see Matt Berninger shoot ping pong balls from between his legs, watch Matt… More »

By: 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 for his way-more-famous older brother’s band. And now, someone’s turning that movie into a Broadway musical — or, at the very least, they’ve made a Funny Or Die video out… More »

By: 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 he’s just added another one to his growing list. Together with singer/songwriter/elite whistler Andrew Bird, he’s recorded a version of the traditional English folk song “A Lyke Wake Dirge” for… More »

By: 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 major rocks acts such as Arcade Fire, the Pixies, and the National, but there was a lot to be seen beyond that, too. There was Franz Ferdinand, Mount Kimbie, Roby… More »

By: 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 learn about the nuts and bolts of your favorite songs is NPR’s ongoing series Rhythm Section. The latest episode deals with polyrhythms — “think of patting your head and rubbing… More »

By: 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 the festival) joined them for “Slow Show” and the Walkmen’s Hamilton Leithauser and Paul Maroon helped out on “Mr. November.” Maroon also stuck around for “Terrible Love.” National frontman Matt… More »

By: James Rettig / May 31, 2014 - 5:52 pm

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 political crisis” in the region. Shows were scheduled for Moscow, St. Petersburg and Kiev this summer. Refunds will be given at points of purchase, and for now there is no… More »

By: Miles Bowe / April 23, 2014 - 12:51 pm

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 funny motherfucker. So it’s fun to see him flex a remarkably sharp and dry wit on last night’s episode of the TBS late-night comedy The Pete Holmes Show. In their… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 10, 2014 - 10:06 am

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 one of those members, however, has a kids’ solo album coming out, and that’s multi-instrumentalist Walter Martin. Martin’s We’re All Young Together is his entry into the kids’-music-that-is-somehow-not-annoying-to-adults circuit, which… More »

By: 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 a bunch of them — doing music for Game Of Thrones and Boardwalk Empire and Bob’s Burgers, showing up on The Mindy Project. And now he’ll be part of a… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 4, 2014 - 2:35 pm

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 that all but defined the term “blog rock.” The hype was so intense that fans were filling venues to capacity to see CYHSY as an opening act, then clearing out… More »

By: Chris DeVille / April 1, 2014 - 10:57 am

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 movie Mistaken For Strangers is dropping and partly because people just don’t get tired of watching this band. Last night, they rolled through Jimmy Fallon’s rebooted Tonight Show to smoulder… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 28, 2014 - 9:20 am

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 chat with Bret Easton Ellis and Pete Holmes, now he’s guesting on Comedy Bang Bang to do the same. He’s joined by Rhett Miller of the Old 97’s; as the… More »

By: Miles Bowe / March 24, 2014 - 4:51 pm

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 his brother’s upcoming rock documentary/sibling story Mistaken For Strangers and lending his voice to a few side-projects. In a new interview with Billboard, Berninger talked up his upcoming collaborations with the… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / March 18, 2014 - 6:10 pm

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 (he guested on a killer live version of “Afraid Of Everyone” on Letterman). That partnership continued at Carnegie Hall last night during the Tibet House US benefit that also saw… More »

By: Chris DeVille / March 12, 2014 - 11:38 am

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 Armisen and parodies of Scandal and Girls (in a trailer for an HBO-style narrative about Adam and Eve). Watch the National perform “Graceless” and “I Need My Girl” along with… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / March 9, 2014 - 12:34 am

Watch Lena Dunham Tickle The National In Their SNL Promos

Lena Dunham and the National star in a Very Brooklyn Episode of Saturday Night Live this weekend. It will be a chance to see if the Girls creator’s brand of tragicomic realness translates to a larger audience and maybe also to hear some Crimea jokes. In these promos for the show, the National pose for… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / March 6, 2014 - 8:46 pm

The National To Play SNL With Host Lena Dunham

The National has performed on seemingly every late-night TV show there is, but they’ve never before graced the stage at Saturday Night Live. That will change on 3/8 when indie’s maudlin masters will be the musical guest alongside host Lena Dunham, also making her SNL debut. Brooklyn! More »

By: Chris DeVille / February 25, 2014 - 11:52 am

The National – “I Need My Girl” Video

This being Valentine’s Day, we should expect a parade of love-related releases today, and it all starts right here. The National have given us their stately, kaleidoscopic video for “I Need My Girl,” the broodingly romantic tune from last year’s Trouble Will Find Me. Director Sophia Peer has filmed a bunch of fancily dressed couple… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 14, 2014 - 9:14 am

Watch The National’s Full Show At Sydney Opera House

The National are playing a handful of concerts in Australia this week, and tonight’s show at Sydney Opera House was webcast live on YouTube. If that wasn’t conducive to your timezone, you’re in luck: the whole thing has been archived. Watch below. More »

By: Scott Lapatine / February 8, 2014 - 11:11 am
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