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 »

Watch The National Weave Daniel Johnston’s “Devil Town” Into Their Own “Not In Kansas”

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The NationalThe iconic outsider singer-songwriter Daniel Johnston died Wednesday at age 58. Johnston and his music were so widely beloved during his life that new covers of his songs seemed to always be popping up. And in death, more such tributes are sure to come. More »

Lana Del Rey Wants To Work With The National

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Lana-Del-ReyOn Friday, Lana Del Rey released her astonishing new LP Norman Fucking Rockwell, which, depending on who you ask, might be the best album of 2019 thus far. (Personally, I’m in the “yes” column on that one.) Other than Jack Antonoff, who produced and co-wrote the bulk of the album, and a few … More »

The National Announce Concert Film Out This Friday Via Amazon

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The National are releasing a concert film this Friday (8/23) that will only be available on Amazon. The National: I Am Easy To Find, Live From New York’s Beacon Theatre was, naturally, shot at the Beacon Theatre in New York this past April. The show was one of the stops on their five-city tour where … More »

Watch The National Cover Frightened Rabbit’s “My Backwards Walk” With Chvrches’ Lauren Mayberry

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Lauren-Mayberry-The-NationalMore than a year ago, Frightened Rabbit frontman Scott Hutchison died by suicide at the age of 36. Last night, the National, friends and peers of Frightened Rabbit, played a show in Frightened Rabbit’s Glasgow hometown. During the show, part of Glasgow’s Summer Nights At The Bandstand festival, the National paid tribute to … More »

Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Bryce Dessner, & Eighth Blackbird – “Beast For Thee”

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Bonnie-Prince-Billy-When-We-Are-InhumanBack in 2005, Bonnie “Prince” Billy, the oblique folk-music enigma otherwise known as Will Oldham, teamed up with Chavez frontman Matt Sweeney for the ragged and beautiful Superwolf — quite possibly the best album that either Oldham or Sweeney has been involved with. “Beast For Thee,” a strange and layered ballad, was one of that … More »