Watch Matt Berninger Sing “The Long Words Song” For Apple TV+ Kids Show Helpsters

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Matt Berninger, frontman of the National — a favorite band of dads everywhere — is embracing his dad energy by appearing in a segment of the Apple TV+ kids show Helpsters. Berninger lends a hand to a crew of monsters to sing a song about long words. “I like long words and I like to … More »

Phoebe Bridgers – “7 O’Clock News / Silent Night” (Simon & Garfunkel Cover) (Feat. Fiona Apple & Matt Berninger)

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Phoebe-Bridgers-Silent-NightPhoebe Bridgers hasn’t been in the public eye for long, but she’s started off an annual tradition. Every December, she comes out with a new Christmas song. In 2017, she dropped a misty take on “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas.” Last year, she teamed up with Jackson Browne for a devastating cover … More »

Stereogum’s 100 Favorite Songs Of 2019

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Stereogum's 90 Favorite Songs Of 2019Within the macro tradition that is year-end list season, we at Stereogum have carved out our own micro tradition: Every December, instead of publishing a staff list of the year’s best tracks, we present a bunch of personally selected top-10 lists from our staffers and contributors. So although our rundown of 2019’s bestMore »

SOAK – “Bloodbuzz Ohio” (The National Cover)

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SOAK - "Bloodbuzz Ohio" (The National Cover)Way back in April, the young Derry, Northern Ireland native Bridie Monds-Watson released Grim Town, her second album as SOAK. Beyond her own tunes, she’s delivered some intriguing covers this year including the 1975’s “Love It If We Made It” and Sleater-Kinney’s “Modern Girl.” And today she’s taken on … More »

Bryce Dessner – “Pope Francis”

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The National’s Bryce Dessner did the score for the movie The Two Popes, which stars Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce as, you guessed it, two popes hanging out and talking about the future of the Catholic Church. The Fernando Meirelles-directed film will be in select theaters next week (11/27) but most people will be able … More »

The National Performing High Violet In Full At Homecoming 2020: See The Full Lineup

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The NationalBack in 2018, the National threw their first ever Homecoming festival, bringing a lineup of likeminded indie rockers to the Cincinnati riverfront alongside Bryce Dessner’s longstanding avant-garde and neoclassical event MusicNOW. It was one of the best music festival experiences I’ve ever had. They took off this year due to the busyness with … More »

The 200 Best Songs Of The 2010s

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When this decade began, MP3s still reigned supreme. Now, at the end of it, a song is no longer even a file — it’s ephemera, on every streaming service and available to hear in myriad ways. For better and worse, the song (and the single) have become the norm for the general public’s music consumption. More »

The 100 Best Albums Of The 2010s

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The 100 Best Albums Of The 2010sA decade is an arbitrary measurement. They seem confined, these neat little symmetrical 10-year runs, but it’s only in hindsight that we define them, that their signifiers and trends and shorthand become codified. In reality, there are bleeds, the timbre and events of one chunk of time sliding over the border into another. If you’re … More »

Watch Matt Berninger Cover Big Thief’s “Not”

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Matt Berninger seems to be as big a fan of Big Thief as the rest of us. Last night, the National frontman performed solo at Dream Serenade, an annual benefit concert that takes place in Toronto to raise money for and celebrate “children with exceptionalities and their caregivers.” … More »

Watch The National Play A Dramatic “Where Is Her Head” On Kimmel

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The-National-on-KimmelIf you’ve been to see the National enough times, you know how those shows can start. The band will start up with one of their churning, cinematic drones, and frontman Matt Berninger will do some heavy brooding. He’ll pace around nervously, and he’ll take his time to get into what he’s doing, to loosen up. More »