Bono, Pharrell, The National, Michael Stipe, & More Pay Tribute To A Dead Cat On New Album

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Souris CalleSophie Calle is a 64-year-old French conceptual artist who, while being interviewed for a T Magazine profile last year, appeared to be pregnant. It turned out she was in midst of pretending to carry and give birth to her cat, Souris, who died back in 2014. As NPR reports, that cat … More »

Watch The National Soundtrack A Dance Performance On Fallon

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The-National-on-FallonPost Malone was a guest on The Tonight Show last night. He talked about his tattoos, his friendship with Justin Bieber, and his habit of going to the Olive Garden to “celebrate life.” He played a few seconds of the song he contributed to the soundtrack of the new animated Spider-Man movie. (We’re already building … More »

Pearl Jam, NIN, Arctic Monkeys Make NOS Alive 2018 A Thrilling, Rock-Dominated Festival

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Over the last 11 years under a few different iterations, Lisbon’s NOS Alive has sneakily become one of Europe’s more appealing festivals. It isn’t hard for international fests to be more enticing than the ones stateside these days, where lineups have become increasingly repetitive. NOS Alive, like other European festivals, tends to offer something more … More »

Watch The National Play New Songs “Quiet Light” & “So Far, So Fast”

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The National's Matt BerningerBig week for Croatia! Not only is their men’s national soccer team playing England in a World Cup semifinal today (2PM ET on Fox), their nation also saw the National open their set in Zagreb. I’ll leave it to the good people of Croatia to decide which is a bigger deal. More »

Justin Vernon & Aaron Dessner’s Big Red Machine Now On Spotify & Apple Music

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Big Red Machine Justin Vernon Aaron DessnerLast month, the PEOPLE collective launched a new website as a repository for unreleased music from the likes of Justin Vernon, the Dessner brothers, and much more. One of the projects available on the service was Big Red Machine, the collaboration between Vernon and Aaron Dessner. Four new Big Red Machine songs were available … More »

Bryce Dessner, Sō Percussion, Justin Vernon, & S. Carey – “Music For Wood & Strings (Translucent Remake)”

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Bryce-DessnerThree years ago, Bryce Dessner, the multi-instrumentalist from the National who’s always working on avant-garde side projects, composed a whole album called Music For Wood And Strings. The idea behind the album was that Dessner was composing for chordsticks, a hybrid instrument that basically amounts to an electric guitar played like a hammer … More »

Watch Father John Misty, Beck, & The National’s Full Sets At Denmark’s NorthSide Festival

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Father John MistyThis weekend, just as the annual Northside festival was going down in Brooklyn, New York, the similarly named NorthSide festival was taking place thousands of miles away in Aarhus, Denmark. Björk, Future Islands, the War On Drugs, Thundercat, Queens Of The Stone Age, Tyler The Creator, Liam Gallagher, Rostam, the Internet, Earl Sweatshirt, Deerhunter, Rhye, … More »

Justin Vernon & The Dessner Brothers Explain Their New “Publishing Platform” PEOPLE

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The Dessner BrothersBon Iver leader Justin Vernon and the National’s twin brothers Bryce and Aaron Dessner are among the founders of a new collectivist music platform called PEOPLE. Yesterday, the site went live, dumping tons of new music online featuring Vernon and the Dessners plus Sufjan Stevens, Phoebe Bridgers, and more. And today a new feature … More »

Primavera’s Expansive 2018 Lineup Proved Festivals Can Still Be Exhilarating

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HAIM-Primavera-2018“Welcome to the best festival in the world,” Adam Granduciel said shortly into the War On Drugs’ set at Barcelona’s Primavera Sound. It was Thursday night, the first full day of the fest, and Granduciel provided a proper introduction to the weekend ahead. With the Drugs having grown into one of the most reliably transporting … More »

The National Perform “I Need My Girl” With Maggie Rogers At Boston Calling: Watch

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The National & Maggie RogersThe National have a bit of a history of performing “I Need My Girl” with female singers at festivals. A few years ago, they did the song as a duet with CHVRCHES’ Lauren Mayberry, and that onstage collaboration eventually led to a guest appearance by Matt Berninger on a song from theMore »