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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 Debut “Heavenfaced,” “Fireproof,” “Graceless” In Berlin

Trouble Will Find Me, the new album from the National, is just a month and a half away from release, and we have yet to…
Tom Breihan | April 5, 2013 - 12:53 pm

National’s Trouble To Feature Sufjan, St. Vincent, Sharon Van Etten

The National's sixth full-length album, Trouble Will Find Me, is due out on May 21st via 4AD. It's their first album since 2010's High Violet.
Liz Pelly | March 23, 2013 - 3:35 pm

The National Trouble Will Find Me Details

The National make brooding, big-tent indie rock better than just about any band on the face of the planet, and they've just announced the impending…
Tom Breihan | March 21, 2013 - 9:43 am

Hear Merry Indie X-Mas, Featuring Parodies Of Bon Iver, Beach House, xx, Das Racist, & More

When we posted the 10 Best Indie Christmas Songs we limited our list to yuletide jamz that actually exist. Animal New York took a different…
Scott Lapatine | December 23, 2012 - 1:01 pm

Watch The National Play New Songs “Lola,” “Sullivan” & “Prime” At ATP

This past weekend, the National curated and headlined their own ATP Festival in England, and during their set, they played four new songs. One of…
Tom Breihan | December 11, 2012 - 10:17 am

The National – “I’ll See You in My Dreams” (Isham Jones Cover)

Lately, the National seem to be intent on forcing their way into every show on our collective DVR. Earlier today, we posted their cover of…
Tom Breihan | November 19, 2012 - 1:18 pm

Hear The National Cover Bob’s Burgers Thanksgiving Song

On this weekend's episode of Fox's Bob's Burgers -- probably the best among the recent crop of shows starring H. Jon Benjamin -- Bob's wife…
Corban Goble | November 19, 2012 - 9:28 am

The National – “The Rains Of Castamere”

The only time I can remember anyone actually listening to music on Game Of Thrones was when (spoiler) that little asshole King Joffrey had a…
Tom Breihan | May 25, 2012 - 8:52 am

The National Soundtrack And Speak On An iPad App

The National recently contributed to a new, interactive storybook iPad app called Dragon Brush, where lead singer Matt Berninger handles the narration of the story…
Corban Goble | May 23, 2012 - 3:41 pm

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 Sufjan…
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
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