While touring Europe last fall in support of Sleep Well Beast, the National surprised their audience in Brussels by performing their 2007 album Boxer in full. We already knew they were planning to play Boxer front-to-back once again at their inaugural Homecoming Festival next month in Cincinnati, this time with advance … More »
It’s an admin nightmare. The emails. The phonecalls. The letters. Oh Christ, the letters. One after another they come. It’s been going on for years. And they all ask one question: “Popjustice, when oh when will you cover The National on your online popular music publication?”
Well ladies and gentlemen the time has now come.
The day is here!
Release the doves, it’s finally happening.
But we’re not here today to write about any of the band’s normal nonsense and we will, instead, focus solely on warbler Matt ‘Matt Berninger’ Berninger. And only because he’s turned up, like some sort of Pitchfork Pitbull, providing ‘guest vox’ to the new CHVRCHES track My Enemy, which leaked earlier this week ahead of today’s premiere and is, apparently, track four on the band’s new album.
And that’s how it starts isn’t it, readers? The old TRVJAN Horse. The THVN end of the wedge. The WVLF in sheep’s clothing. One minute you’re thinking “hold on, maybe The So-Called ‘National’ are worth my time after all, perhaps I should investigate” and the next thing you know you’re listening to Sorrow for six hours straight, then before you know it you’re booking tickets to the sort of festival where everyone’s in bed by 11pm.
Anyway Lauren sounds like Robyn and Berno sounds 280% better on top of a CHVRCHES song so it’s win/win to be honest.
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Over the years, the National have been no strangers to extracurricular activities outside the band. There have been side projects, Aaron Dessner’s work as a producer, his brother Bryce’s robust second life as a classical composer. Primarily thanks to the Dessner twins, the group’s been attached to a handful of festivals around the world … More »
The National are holding their inaugural Homecoming festival in Cincinnati this spring in conjunction with MusicNOW, guitarist Bryce Dessner’s long-running avant-garde and classical music fest. They already announced a very impressive initial lineup, and today they’re adding to it while providing more details. More »
The National are working on a musical adaptation of Edmond Rostand’s 1897 play Cyrano de Bergerac, according to Playbill. The play will be adapted by writer/director Erica Schmidt, and will feature music from Aaron and Bryce Dessner and lyrics from Matt Berninger and Carin Besser. Their adaptation will debut at the Terris Theatre … More »
Today is the one-year anniversary of Donald Trump’s inauguration, and the National are … well, “celebrating” is definitely the wrong word, but they’ve decided to release a new music video for “Walk It Back” from their recent album Sleep Well Beast to mark the occasion. “The video documents the performance and spectacle of governance,” explains … More »
Last month, the National announced that they were throwing a festival called Homecoming at Smale Park in their Cincinnati hometown. And today, they’ve shared the official lineup. The National themselves are headlining both nights, 4/28 and 4/29, with two completely different sets, and they’ll be supported by other Stereogum favorites like Father John Misty, … More »
By the end of 2016, it was easy to feel overwhelmed by what had occurred in the music world. The major releases had arrived furiously, often with little or no warning, dropping out of the sky and immediately redirecting our attention from whichever other acclaimed album had just come out a week or two beforehand. More »
The National are having a big news day. The first bit of news is that they’re throwing a festival in their Cincinnati hometown. Homecoming, in association with MusicNOW, will see a lineup of over 20 artists curated by the band playing on two stages at Smale Park and other venues throughout the city, and the … More »
It’s that time of year again. The time where, no matter how dire and infuriating and confounding the world is, you can at least try and take solace in the season’s traditions. That’s what those are there for, right? To give you a little sense of order, something to hang onto amidst the frenetic pace … More »