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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 The National Play “Silver Bells” On Colbert

On The Colbert Report last night, the National continued their long quest to appear on every single TV show on Matt Berninger's DVR queue. This…
Tom Breihan | December 17, 2013 - 9:32 am

The 50 Best Albums Of 2013

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…
Stereogum | December 3, 2013 - 10:58 am

Watch The National Sing About Gravy In An Animated Video From Bob’s Burgers

One of the greatest parts of Bob's Burgers, much like The Simpsons, is its songs. Last year we got an awesome Thanksgiving song about love,…
Miles Bowe | November 27, 2013 - 3:17 pm

Stream The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Soundtrack

As we noted earlier, the Hunger Games film series has taken over for Twilight not only as the default literary/cinematic obsession for brooding teeny-boppers but…
Chris DeVille | November 12, 2013 - 6:14 pm

The National – “Lean”

The first Hunger Games movie grossed a million trillion dollars, so you can expect to see and hear a lot about its sequel Catching Fire
Scott Lapatine | November 6, 2013 - 8:28 pm

Kronos Quartet With Bryce Dessner – “Tour Eiffel” Video

The Kronos Quartet and Bryce Dessner (of the National) have been busy this year. Kronos celebrated their 40th anniversary over the summer (by covering "Where
Miles Bowe | November 5, 2013 - 3:52 pm

Watch The National Play Jools Holland

The National's smoldering intensity is the sort of thing that travels well; I've seen people in Europe freak out just as hard over them as…
Tom Breihan | November 4, 2013 - 8:58 am

Watch Justin Vernon Join The National In Austin

This past weekend, the National were in Austin, Texas for the Austin City Limits festival, and they also played an aftershow at the local venue…
Tom Breihan | October 10, 2013 - 12:53 pm

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 on…
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

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

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

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

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 was…
Tom Breihan | August 15, 2013 - 10:36 am

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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