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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 sets. The first real highlight of the day was the Men. They've quickly evolved into such a diverse sounding band in just a few years, and played a nice, rough… More »

By: Miles Bowe / August 10, 2013

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 Bon Iver, Vampire Weekend, the Walkmen, the War on Drugs, and Kurt Vile & the Violators. On a very related note, yesterday at Outside Lands, Bob Weir (of the Grateful… More »

By: Liz Pelly / August 10, 2013

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. The name of the album will be Dead Hot, a nod to Red Hot, an AIDS charity organization that started curating comps in the '90s. As Relix reports, the… More »

By: Liz Pelly / August 4, 2013

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 show, they brought out one special guest: St. Vincent's Annie Clark, who sang backup on "This Is The Last Time," one of the songs from the band's new TroubleMore »

By: Tom Breihan / June 6, 2013

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. Even though the record was just released this week, fascination with the band and a buzzing curiosity about how they might follow up 2010's powerhouse High Violet have kept… More »

By: T. Cole Rachel / May 24, 2013

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 Colbert Report. On Letterman, though, nobody expected them to sit for an interview. And on Colbert, the clearly nervous-as-fuck singer Matt Berninger had to speak on camera to Stephe… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 23, 2013

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 stop at Brooklyn's Public Assembly and closed out their night in Manhattan at Mercury Lounge. We sent intrepid photog Daniel Topete to check out their BK gig. You ca… More »

By: Stereogum / May 22, 2013

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 a natural fit for one another. Today, the National release their grand and confident new album Trouble Will Find Me. And last night, they came through Letterman's show, playing… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 21, 2013

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 vanishes along with the sunlight. Melodrama is heightened. Longing feels more desperate, mistakes more extreme. Deep, dark brooding can take over in a way that usually doesn't happen at noo… More »

By: Chris DeVille / May 14, 2013

Stream The National Trouble Will Find Me

Hey, don't click out of iTunes just yet! The National's Trouble Will Find Me is streaming there, too, in advance of its release. Check out the record here and revisit our Premature Evaluation to see how your feelings stack up with ours. Trouble Will Find Me is out 5/21 on 4AD. More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / May 13, 2013

Premature Evaluation: The National Trouble Will Find Me

At this point, six albums in, the National are practically a genre unto themselves. On Alligator, the first album that many of us noticed, they had a dark and driving intensity that didn't seem too far removed from, say, Interpol. As little as two albums ago, they seemed to share a lot of musical idea… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 10, 2013

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

Have you watched the 15-minute Red Bull Music Academy documentary about DFA? Or the hour-long Savages Ministry Of Sound show? No? You should do those things. As ever, there was plenty of amazing music-related video on the internet this past week, and not all of it took the form of actual music videos. More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 10, 2013

The National – “Sea Of Love” Video

The National's new album Trouble Will Find Me is only a couple of weeks away from release, and they've now dropped a video for one of its songs, the gracefully churning brood "Sea Of Love." Director Sophia Peer has made a decidedly simple video for the song; it's just a single, unmoving camera… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 8, 2013

Watch The National Play “Sorrow” For Six Hours

Last month, we learned that the National were planning a six-hour show, one that would consist entirely of one song -- "Sorrow," from High Violet -- played over and over ad infinitum. Only the members of the band know why they would bother with an undertaking quite this nuts, but they did it. It'… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 6, 2013

Watch The National Play Fallon

Last night on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, the National were the musical guests, and they used the opportunity to play a couple of new songs from their forthcoming album Trouble Will Find Me, songs that we haven't heard in their final form yet. On the show proper, they played the grand, slow-swelling "Sea… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 26, 2013

The National Will Play “Sorrow” For 6 Hours At MoMA PS1

MoMA PS1, the Queens outpost of the famed NYC modern art museum, will feature a six-hour long performance of the High Violet track "Sorrow" by the National. Since September, the Long Island City art hub has been hosting a program called Sunday Sessions in the VW Dome in their courtyard. The events have run the… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / April 24, 2013

Watch The National’s Mistaken For Strangers Documentary Trailer

Awaiting Trouble Will Find Me has sent us into a well-deserved National frenzy. We have already heard two singles off the forthcoming album, one of which came with a pretty cool time-lapse video. It seems about time the National would have a documentary made about them, and who better to make it… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / April 15, 2013

The National – “Don’t Swallow The Cap”

The National's feverishly anticipated new album Trouble Will Find Me comes out next month, and you guys sure seemed to like the first single "Demons." "Don't Swallow The Cap," the second Trouble Will Find Me track we've heard walks a similar line between dour and triumphant, with Matt Berninger muttering hangdog vocals over… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 11, 2013

The 10 Best National Songs

For many people who listen to the National, and by guitarist Aaron Dessner's own admission, the band's career started in 2007. "When we were in the process of making Boxer we knew that we had one shot to enter the room and make a case for ourselves," vocalist Matt Berninger said in an interview… More »

By: Harley Brown / April 10, 2013

The National – “Demons”

The National have announced the existence (and the extensive guest list) of Trouble Will Find Me, their new album, and they've played a bunch of its songs live. But this morning marks the first time we've heard a final studio song from the LP. Its called "Demons," and it sounds very much like… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 8, 2013
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