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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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Stream Grinderman’s Grinderman 2 RMX

Grinderman's remix LP Grinderman 2 RMX came out last month, and from that release we've already scoped Nick Zinner's remix of "Bellringer Blues" as well…
Corban Goble | April 11, 2012 - 3:34 pm

Watch Sufjan Stevens, Nico Muhly, & Bryce Dessner Perform More Planetarium Songs

Last week, we posted video of Sufjan Stevens teaming up with the National's Bryce Dessner and indie-affiliated composer Nico Muhly to perform a gorgeous new…
Tom Breihan | April 9, 2012 - 10:16 am

Sufjan Stevens, Nico Muhly & Bryce Dessner – “Venus” (Live At MusicNOW)

Lately, there's been a whole lot of crossover between the worlds of indie rock and avant-classical, and three of the parties most responsible are Sufja…
Tom Breihan | April 2, 2012 - 10:02 am

Watch The Bridge Session, National Members Playing With Bob Weir

On Saturday night, Bob Weir, the Grateful Dead legend, played a show at his own TRI Studios in San Rafael, California. At the show, he…
Tom Breihan | March 26, 2012 - 11:25 am

The National-Curated Crossing Brooklyn Ferry Fest Announces Lineup: The Walkmen, St. Vincent, Beirut, The Antlers, More

In January, Brooklyn Academy of Music announced that it would host a spring festival curated by the National's Bryce and Aaron Dessner, and today that…
Corban Goble | February 29, 2012 - 5:36 pm

Grinderman – “Evil (Silver Alert Remix)” (Feat. Matt Berninger)

Though Grinderman are kaput, an album of Grinderman 2 remixes is forthcoming, from which we've already heard Nick Zinner's remix of "Bellringer Blues." Today, another…
Corban Goble | February 9, 2012 - 2:33 pm

The Gummy Awards: Your Top 20 Indie Rock Crushes Of 2011

The next stop on the Gummys express is Your Top 20 Indie Rock Crushes Of 2011; ten females, ten males, one Gosling. Hit the gallery…
Stereogum | December 20, 2011 - 12:24 pm

The National, Jónsi, She & Him Make Oscar Shortlist

This year’s Academy Awards ceremony could look pretty interesting, at least when it comes to the Best Original Song segment. The Academy Of Motion Picture…
Tom Breihan | December 20, 2011 - 11:36 am

Trey Anastasio Joins The National At Beacon Theatre

The National just wrapped a five-night stand at the Beacon -- maybe you livestreamed the final night -- a run of shows which brings back…
Amrit Singh | December 19, 2011 - 11:06 am

Stream The National’s Final High Violet Show Now

The National have been playing NYC's Beacon Theater all week to high acclaim -- they've even been peppering in new songs like "I Need My
Corban Goble | December 17, 2011 - 8:45 pm

Win Butler Joins The National In Montreal

The National, who have been staying pretty busy lately, brought out Arcade Fire's Win Butler in Montréal Friday night for a performance of "Start A
Corban Goble | December 12, 2011 - 3:24 pm

Watch Justin Vernon Join The National Onstage

Last night, Bon Iver and the National were both guests on Q, a show on the Canadian network CBC Radio. They came together in a…
Tom Breihan | December 9, 2011 - 11:16 am

The National – “Rylan” & “I Need My Girl”

Earlier today, Brooklyn indie torchbearers the National played a live session for Toronto's Q1 LIVE where they played two new songs, "Rylan" and "I Need…
Corban Goble | December 8, 2011 - 5:09 pm

The National Cover The Philistines Jr.

Connecticut indie rockers the Philistines Jr. must have some serious pull, because their forthcoming covers compilation If A Lot Of Bands Play In The Woods…,…
Corban Goble | October 26, 2011 - 3:21 pm

The National, Neko Case, Sharon Van Etten @ Hollywood Bowl, Hollywood 9/11/11

A full moon shined the background of a lovely evening at the Hollywood Bowl that starred The National with Neko Case (with T Bone Burnett)…
Andrew Youssef | September 12, 2011 - 4:54 pm

The National – “Exile, Vilify” Video

The National's latest slice of sublime mopery, titled "Exile, Vilify," came as a soundtrack to the video game Portal 2. Developers Valve Software held a…
Amrit Singh | August 10, 2011 - 8:47 am

Watch Beirut Join The National On “Fake Empire”

Zach Condon joined the National for a performance of "Fake Empire" at the Paleo festival in Nyon, Switzerland last week (7/19). Here's some professional looking…
brandon | July 25, 2011 - 2:36 pm

Watch Sufjan Play “Pleasure Principle” On Soundcheck

During a trip to WNYC's Soundcheck in anticipation of his Age Of Adz shows at Prospect Park, Sufjan Stevens performed "Pleasure Principle," the final pretty…
brandon | July 25, 2011 - 1:39 pm

The Forms (Feat. Matt Berninger) – “Fire To The Ground” Video (Stereogum Premiere)

Even without the above headline you'd recognize the voice on "Fire To The Ground," a track from the Forms' Derealization EP, a collection that revisit…
brandon | July 12, 2011 - 3:41 pm

How Independent Rockers Celebrated #IndependenceDay

How did you celebrate July 4th? On a rooftop BBQ listening to our summer mix? Maybe you stayed in and watched old episodes of Hoarders
Scott Lapatine | July 5, 2011 - 1:07 am
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