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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 was backed by a one-off band called the Bridge Session. As Rolling Stone reports, that group included the National’s Aaron Dessner and Bryan and Scott Devondorf, as well as Dovema… More »

By: 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 event, called Crossing Brooklyn Ferry (a reference to this Whitman poem), announced it’s full lineup. It goes down 5/3-5/5. And, yeah, if you’re into indie rock, skewing the more arrangement-heavy… More »

By: 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 track we’ve sampled from Grinderman 2 RMX became a free MP3, this time Silver Alert’s remix of “Evil” that also features the National’s Matt Berninger. Download below. More »

By: 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 to check out the winners of this award, truly the people’s champions when it comes to crushes. Just outside the fray: EMA and Wye Oak’s Jenn Wasner for the ladies,… More »

By: 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 Arts & Sciences has unveiled its list of the 39 songs available for Best Original Song nominations, and it includes a few names familiar around these parts. The National are… More »

By: 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 memories to the Allman Brothers heyday. But it was a different jamband that’s been most associated with Berninger and friends lately: reports have been circulating that Phish’s Trey Anastasio isMore »

By: 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 Girl” — and tonight the band is set to stream their run-ending performance. Hit the stream below to watch the final Beacon show, starting at 9 PM EST. More »

By: 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 War.” Check it out after the jump. More »

By: 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 live session, with Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon singing backup on the National’s High Violet track “Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks.” Vernon’s backing falsetto sounds pretty great alongside Matt Berninger’s baritone, but Vernon’… More »

By: 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 My Girl.” No word on whether they’ll be on any sort of official release. Hear ‘em below. More »

By: 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…, which contains covers and remixes of songs from last year’s If a Band Plays in the Woods…? LP, features a number of notable guests like Jónsi, Tokyo Police Club, Nico… More »

By: 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) and Sharon Van Etten. The National had some help on vocals as Annie Clark from St. Vincent and the Calder Quartet joined the band for a number songs. More »

By: 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 fan-video contest to come up on an official clip for the track, and the National sat as judges, picking the 1st and “1.00000000001th” place videos. Prepare for sock puppets and… More »

By: 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 footage of the moment:… More »

By: 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 bit of 25-minute Adz closer “Impossible Soul.” The National’s Bryce Dessner and two backup singers joined him. More »

By: 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 revisits and revamps material from the band’s first two LPs. Here, Matt Berninger replaces vocalist Alex Tween as part of an overhaul of the older track “Redgun.” “Fire To The Ground”‘… More »

By: 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 on Roku? Maybe I stayed in and did that. There is no way to know. But all across this great country we do know there were fireworks to be see… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / July 5, 2011 - 1:07 am

Mumford & Sons Cover The National

Mumford & Sons continue to enjoy astonishing chart success (over 1MM copies of Sigh No More pushed), alongside an interesting penchant for contemporary indie band covers. (Clearly they’d like your attention while the mainstream world stakes its claim.) Last year it was a stomping makeover of Vampire Weekend’s “Cousins,” and today VH1 reveals the English… More »

By: Amrit Singh / June 15, 2011 - 3:23 pm

Inside The National’s Brooklyn Crib

The New York Post visited The National’s Aaron Dessner at his home in the Ditmas Park neighborhood of Brooklyn. He lives in a 2,800-square-foot, three-story, two-family Victorian, which he bought for $700,000 in 2003. He rents the top two floors to his bandmate, Matt Berninger. They turned the garage into the studio where they recorded… More »

By: jessica / May 20, 2011 - 10:13 am

National Bromance

Last week video surfaced of passionate (ostensibly ecstasy-friendly) National fans dry humping to “Bloodbuzz Ohio” at Coachella. The moment was captured by Eric Wareheim, who eventually turns the camera on himself for a “look at these guys” cameo. He should be proud: It’s the best Ron Artest-related music clip I’ve ever seen. More »

By: brandon / May 2, 2011 - 9:31 am
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