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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 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 revisits…
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

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…
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,…
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…
brandon | May 2, 2011 - 9:31 am

The National – “Exile Vilify”

This National track comes from the videogame Portal 2's soundtrack. (Thanks for the tip, Christian.) According to a spokesperson from the band's publishing label, Matt…
brandon | April 19, 2011 - 9:44 am

Matt Berninger Sings Grinderman

Matt Berninger sings about being evil in the National's "Conversation 16." Now he digs into Grinderman's "Evil," a Grinderman 2 track appearing in various versions…
brandon | April 13, 2011 - 2:21 pm

The National – “Think You Can Wait”

The National's "Think You Can Wait" is the theme song for Thomas McCarthy-directed (and Paul Giamatti-starring) "sports comedy-drama" Win Win. Matt Berninger told HitFlix that…
brandon | March 15, 2011 - 3:13 pm

Video: The National Perform Live In NYC

The National visited Webster Hall's tiny downstairs Studio venue for an intimate performance, taped for MTV's Live In NYC series (Warpaint, Matt & Kim, The…
jessica | February 21, 2011 - 3:56 pm

Stereogum Monthly Mix: January & February 2011

After a holiday break and an inclemently weathered January, our Monthly Mix series returns with a two-month/one-mix compilation that sets a defiant tone. If not…
Amrit Singh | February 2, 2011 - 11:56 am

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

The Forms' forthcoming Derealization EP reimagines material from the band's first two LPs. Ironically, it's these revisitations of older material that have revealed a newly…
Amrit Singh | January 12, 2011 - 5:05 pm

Hear Two Xmas Songs From Sufjan, The National, Arcade Fire

This is an off-year for Sufjan’s Xmas-album-release schedule, but the Dessner brothers of Bluzzbood, Ohio have helped bridge the gap this holiday season by leaking…
Amrit Singh | December 21, 2010 - 11:21 am
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