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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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Photos: Austin City Limits 2013

The first of two Austin City Limits weekends took place in Zilker Park over the weekend, with performances by Depeche Mode, the Cure, Kings Of…
Stereogum | October 7, 2013 - 11:30 am

Watch The National On The Mindy Project

They've already lent music to Game Of Thrones, Bob's Burgers, and Boardwalk Empire, and now the National are continuing their television dominance by appearing o…
Tom Breihan | September 27, 2013 - 4:27 pm

The National Wrote A Song For Hunger Games: Catching Fire Soundtrack

The Hunger Games was a movie about children who are forced to fight each other to the death in an apocalyptic arena, for the entertainment…
Tom Breihan | September 23, 2013 - 9:37 am
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Bryce Dessner & The Kronos Quartet – “Aheym” Video

Bryce Dessner, one of the two twin brothers in the National, is the band member who studied music composition at Yale before going on to…
Tom Breihan | September 20, 2013 - 10:12 am

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

Watching the VMAs on Sunday night, something struck me: The music videos themselves were fairly beside the point, but almost every video that won a…
Tom Breihan | August 30, 2013 - 12:35 pm
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Hear Matt Berninger On The Nerdist Podcast

The Nerdist puts out a ton of great podcasts, you know this, but what you may not know is that they just did a massive…
Miles Bowe | August 29, 2013 - 5:30 pm
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The National – “Graceless” Video

Every once in a while, the members of the National like to remind us that they do not just sit around morosely brooding all day,…
Tom Breihan | August 27, 2013 - 10:22 am
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Matt Berninger – “I’ll See You In My Dreams” (Isham Jones Cover)

Matt Berninger must have so many HBO coffee mugs in his house. First, Berninger's band the National recorded "The Rains Of Castamere" for HBO. And…
Tom Breihan | August 21, 2013 - 11:11 am

Watch The National Play Conan

The night before last, the National played on the big outdoor stage at Jimmy Kimmel Live, and one of the two songs they played wa…
Tom Breihan | August 15, 2013 - 10:36 am
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Watch The National Play Kimmel

If you've been to a few big music festival in the past five or six years, you've probably seen the National play a huge outdoor…
Tom Breihan | August 13, 2013 - 10:20 am

Photos: The National, Daughter @ Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Hollywood 8/11/13

After having Bob Weir make a special appearance during their set at Outside Lands, the National made their way south for a haunting set at…
Andrew Youssef | August 12, 2013 - 3:38 pm
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Outside Lands 2013 Friday: Paul McCartney, The National, Chromatics, & More

Yesterday Outside Lands '13 kicked off in San Francisco, and there's already been a ton of memorable moments, from food to comedy to many great…
Miles Bowe | August 10, 2013 - 3:17 pm

Watch Bob Weir Join The National At Outside Lands

Last weekend, we learned a few more vague details about the National's forthcoming Grateful Dead tribute album -- it will likely feature members of Bo…
Liz Pelly | August 10, 2013 - 1:35 pm
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Dessners’ Grateful Dead Tribute To Feature Members Of Vampire Weekend, Bon Iver, The Walkmen, Kurt Vile & The Violators

Aaron and Bryce Dessner of the National are about to record a Grateful Dead tribute album. The band will also include Scott and Bryan Devendorf.
Liz Pelly | August 4, 2013 - 4:17 pm
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Watch St. Vincent Join The National In Brooklyn

Last night, the National played what must've been their first-ever headlining arena show, as they packed their home-borough shack the Barclays Center. And during the…
Tom Breihan | June 6, 2013 - 11:54 am
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Q&A: The National’s Matt Berninger On Trouble Will Find Me, That Six-Hour MoMA Performance, And Going Back On The Road

If it seems as though we've been talking about the National's excellent new record Trouble Will Find Me for weeks now it's because we have.
T. Cole Rachel | May 24, 2013 - 12:34 pm
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Watch The National Play Colbert

Last night, a night after they served as musical guests on Letterman, the National returned to TV, bringing their debonair and sophisticated gloom-rock to The
Tom Breihan | May 23, 2013 - 9:00 am
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Photos: The National @ Public Assembly, Brooklyn 5/21/13

The National released their new album Trouble Will Find Me yesterday (5/21) and played two intimate NYC show to celebrate. They made an early evening…
Stereogum | May 22, 2013 - 5:13 pm

Watch The National Play Letterman

The members of the National are gracefully-aging Midwestern-transplanted New Yorkers who wear suits a lot, and the same is also true of David Letterman. They're…
Tom Breihan | May 21, 2013 - 8:51 am
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Deconstructing: The National, Majical Cloudz, And Artistic Pluralism

Everything feels heavier at night. Alone at home after dark, whatever solipsistic sentiment was developing by day takes on titanic proportions. All sense of perspective…
Chris DeVille | May 14, 2013 - 2:24 pm
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