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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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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 versio…
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

The Forms Return With EP Featuring The National, Dirty Projectors, Pattern Is Movement, Craig Wedren

The Forms, now the duo of vocalist/keyboardist Alex Tween and multi-instrumentalist Matt Walsh, are releasing a new "remix" EP, Derealization, in February. The six-song collectio…
brandon | November 17, 2010 - 12:43 pm

The National – “Terrible Love (Alternate Version)” Video

Power metal fan Tom Berninger directed this playful, somehow affecting video for the alternate version of High Violet opener "Terrible Love." Highlights include gratuitous air-humping,…
brandon | October 20, 2010 - 2:56 pm

Austin City Limits 2010 In Photos

Austin City Limits hosted some of the nicest weather in years alongside an impressive line up with main headliners The Strokes, Muse and the Eagles.
Andrew Youssef | October 14, 2010 - 2:35 pm

Obama On Dylan: “He Didn’t Want To Take A Picture With Me”

Back in February Bob Dylan performed “The Times They Are A-Changin’” for President Obama and the First Family as part of a celebration for music…
brandon | September 29, 2010 - 1:05 pm

The National – “You Were A Kindness”

The National unveiled a new piano-lined track "You Were a Kindness" on Minnesota Public Radio's "The Current." Despite some complimentary comments in the lyrics, it'…
brandon | August 17, 2010 - 4:31 pm

Clogs – “Last Song” (Feat. Matt Berninger) Video

The pretty, spare "Last Song" appears on Clogs' The Creatures In The Garden Of Lady Walton as well as the Last Song EP, a download-only…
brandon | July 30, 2010 - 3:06 pm

Bonnaroo 2010: Friday In Photos & Videos

We're live tweeting and shooting everything 'Roo at Here's the best of Friday...
Erika | June 12, 2010 - 7:09 pm

Watch National’s D.A. Pennebaker-Directed BAM Show

If you didn't make it to the National's Red Hot-benefiting show Saturday night at BAM, no worries: AMEX Zync is sponsoring a VEVO event o…
brandon | May 17, 2010 - 11:25 am

The National Bring Sufjan To Letterman, Release Bonus Track “Walk Off”

The National's performance of "Fake Empire" with Doveman on David Letterman a few years ago was one of those rare instances where Late Night televisio…
brandon | May 14, 2010 - 10:05 am
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