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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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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
Scott Lapatine | February 8, 2014 - 11:11 am

The National – “Learning” (Perfume Genius Cover)

The National will release "I Need My Girl" as the next single from 2013's Trouble Will Find Me, and the B-side of that single will…
Michael Nelson | February 4, 2014 - 12:16 pm

The Bird And The Bee (Feat. Matt Berninger) – “All Our Endless Love” (Stereogum Premiere)

The soundtrack for the new movie Endless Love (initially framed as this ominous thriller in the trailers and now being marketed as a melodramatic love…
Chris DeVille | January 29, 2014 - 12:09 pm

Hear Matt Berninger On Bret Easton Ellis’ Podcast

Matt Berninger has been popping up on podcasts more and more frequently of late. First there was The Nerdist, then Pete Holmes’ You Made It
Miles Bowe | January 27, 2014 - 5:44 pm

Watch The National On CBS This Morning

CBS This Morning's weekend edition has upped its indie rock game in recent months, airing performances by and profiles on folks like My Morning Jacket,…
Scott Lapatine | January 25, 2014 - 4:29 pm

The National Announce 2014 North American Tour

The National, America's foremost purveyors of dour-yet-triumphant guitar-driven elegance, just announced a new round of tour dates, but that doesn't even begin to account for…
Chris DeVille | January 21, 2014 - 3:13 pm
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