Andrew Bird recently teamed up with The National’s Matt Berninger to cover the Velvet Underground classic “Perfect Day” for Bird’s Facebook Live series, “Live…Read More
Although formed during the post-punk revival of the late ’90s, the National took inspiration from a wider set of influences, including country-rock, Americana, indie rock, and Britpop. The lineup began taking shape in Ohio and officially cemented itself in New York, with baritone vocalist Matt Berninger joining forces with two sets of brothers — Scott (bass) and Bryan Devendorf (drums), and Aaron (guitar) and Bryce Dessner (guitar). After establishing themselves as a live act, the bandmates made their studio debut with The National, a self-titled record that appeared in 2001 to considerable acclaim. Two years later, the band returned with Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers, a deft blending of alternative country and chamber pop that found the band partnering with producer Peter Katis.
the National continued working with Katis throughout the rest of the decade. Following the release of an EP, Cherry Tree, in 2004, the band signed with Beggars Banquet and released Alligator. Although sales were modest, Alligator proved to be one of the year’s most critically approved releases. 2007’s Boxer, an ambitious effort that featured orchestration by the Clogs’ Padma Newsome and piano by Sufjan Stevens, fared similarly well. It also became the band’s first album to chart fairly well, peaking at number 67 on the Billboard 200.
A documentary by French filmmaker Vincent Moon was released in 2008, capturing the band during the Boxer recording sessions. That same year, the National released The Virginia EP, a collection of new material and various B-sides, and began working on a new studio album with Katis. High Violet appeared two years later, earning the guys the highest marks of their career and going gold in multiple countries.
The fourth annual Field Trip Music & Arts Festival returned to Toronto’s Fort York and Garrison Commons this past weekend. Run by the city’s…Read More
4AD are pleased to announce the release of Day of the Dead, a celebration of the Grateful Dead’s music, on May 20th, 2016. Day…Read More
Toronto’s Field Day has announced it’s 2016 lineup.The festival will take place on Saturday, June 4 and Sunday, June 5, 2016 on the city’s…Read More
The National is taking on an international challenge: educating girls in Guatemala. On October 16, 2015, The National will perform at the legendary and…Read More
On May 5, 2013 The National collaborated with Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson on A Lot of Sorrow, a durational performance presented as part of…Read More
Earlier today, The National announced that their documentary film “Mistaken For Strangers” will come with a download of the never before released song “Sunshine…Read More
MusicNOW was founded in 2006 by Cincinnati born Bryce Dessner of The National with the mission to present the best in contemporary music, offer…Read More
LIARS (Angus Andrew, Aaron Hemphill and Julian Gross) kicked off the release of their seventh album, Mess THIS WEEK with a new video for you to check out above. Liars have announced Jana Hunter ( Lower Dens) will be joining,Read More
The first festival shows for newly reformed British band Slowdive, New Yorkers Television with their master piece “Marquee Moon”, Spoon’s effervescent pop, who have a new record, the third reincarnation of Slint claiming their crucial role in the appearance of slowcore,Read More
The National, the five-piece premiered their documentary film Mistaken For Strangers at the opening film at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival and was met…Read More
The National were set to embark on the biggest tour of their career. The band is comprised of two sets of bothers-twins Aaron and Bryce Dessner on guitar, and Bryan and Scott Devendorf on drums and bass. Lead singer Matt Berninger, the only member without a sibling in the band, decided to invite his metalhead younger brother,Read More