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Dec 05, 2017

The National released their excellent new album, Sleep Well Beast, back in September via 4AD. It was our Album of the Week. Today they were the musical guest on Ellen, where they performed "Day I Die." More

Soundtracking the Resistance - Steely-Eyed Missile Men

A Crash Course in the History of North Korea

Dec 01, 2017

To North Korea we go this week. Following yet another successful launch, we walk back a few decades to summarize the current situation threatening us all. Beneath the prospect of nuclear annihilation, there's also change afoot in the White House, an insulting president, tax reform, and the Grammys.  More

Nov 30, 2017

The National released their excellent new album, Sleep Well Beast, back in September via 4AD. It was our Album of the Week. Now they have shared a wonderful video for "Dark Side of the Gym." It features two dancers in a school gym, covered in balloons and likely post a school dance.  More

Grammys 2018 Nominations: Lorde, Father John Misty, The National, The War on Drugs, and More

Plus Kendrick Lamar, Childish Gambino, JAY-Z, Bruno Mars, Arcade Fire, Leonard Cohen, LCD Soundsystem, and Others Get Nominations

Nov 28, 2017

The 2018 Grammy Awards nominations have been announced. Childish Gambino, JAY-Z, Kendrick Lamar, Lorde, and Bruno Mars are all vying for Album of the Year. Arcade Fire, Gorillaz, LCD Soundsystem, Father John Misty, and The National compete for Best Alternative Music Album. More

Nov 15, 2017

The National released their excellent new albumSleep Well Beast, back in September via 4AD. It was our Album of the Week. Now they have done a session for Spotify where they cover Cat Power's "Maybe Not" (a song from her 2003 album You Are Free) and also perform Sleep Well Beast's "Carin At the Liquor Store." Listen below, followed by the band's upcoming tour dates. More

Oct 23, 2017

The National released their excellent new albumSleep Well Beast, last month via 4AD. It was our Album of the Week. Now they have shared a video for "I'll Still Destroy You." Allan Sigurðsson and Icelandic performance and installation artist Ragnar Kjartansson directed the video, which was filmed in Copenhagen, Denmark.  More

Oct 05, 2017

Tom Petty, the singer/songwriter/guitarist who found success in the 1970s and 1980s with his band as Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, died Monday night after suffering cardiac arrest Sunday night in his home in Malibu, Los Angeles.  More

Soundtracking the Resistance - Trouble in the House

Trump Deals with Democrats, But Cancels DACA (Meanwhile Hurricane Irma Looms)

Sep 08, 2017

We have deals struck, and dubious friends treated dubiously this week. Oh what it is to see a little Republican discord. There's also Hurricanes Irma and Harvey, the mistreatment of dreamers, the good side of Charlottesville, and a taste of Vitamin C on offer. More

Album of the Week: The National

Sleep Well Beast Out Now via 4AD

Sep 08, 2017

The National is The National is The National. After 18 years and six albums, the Ohio spawned ensemble make a sound you can spot a mile off: that rich rumble of Matt Berninger's moribund baritone; those quivering, tear-duct moistening laments; the spiralling weaves of delicate guitar.  More

Sep 08, 2017

The National released their excellent new albumSleep Well Beast, on today via 4AD. Previously the band shared videos for the album's first four singles, "The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness," "Guilty Party," "Carin at the Liquor Store," and "Day I Die." More

Nine Best Songs of the Week: Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile, The National, Baxter Dury, and More

Plus Alex Lahey, Jessie Ware, Mathew Dear + Tegan and Sara, Ted Leo, and a Wrap-up of the Week's Other Notable New Tracks

Sep 01, 2017

What a packed week for great new tracks. We could have easily done a Top 15. Some artists that almost made the cut include A. Savage, Bully, John Maus, Father John Misty (remixed by The Haxan Cloak), Tricky, Wolf Parade, and Zola Jesus.  More

Soundtracking the Resistance - Fighting Floods

Hurricane Harvey, North Korea, Tax Reform, Coldplay, Wolf Parade, Yeasayer, and More

Sep 01, 2017

Texas dominates this week as Hurricane Harvey continues to cause mass suffering. Humanity shows its ugly side in such moments, but also its best face. We also include North Korea, tax plans, Russia, and Yeasayer. More

Aug 29, 2017

The National are releasing a new albumSleep Well Beast, on September 8 via 4AD. Previously the band shared videos for the album's first three singles, "The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness," "Guilty Party," and "Carin at the Liquor Store."  More

Soundtracking the Resistance - Pardoning the Unpardonable

Plus the Barcelona Attacks, the Solar Eclipse, Allah-Las, and Amber Coffman's Anti-Trump Song

Aug 25, 2017

This week we're going to spend a little time looking at presidential pardons as Trump hints at throwing one to a most undeserving man. There's also inappropriate political rallying, Barcelona attacks, and a solar eclipse scored by TV on the Radio in the mix. More

Eight Best Songs of the Week: The Horrors, Destroyer, The National, Moses Sumney, and More

Plus Cut Copy, Marlon Williams, EMA, Liam Gallagher, and a Wrap-up of the Week's Other Notable New Tracks

Aug 11, 2017

This week we're either on the brink of war with North Korea or not really that close, depending on which cable TV talking head you listen to and how much you trust President Trump to keep his cool (oh, oh, we're in trouble then). So while we are still clear of the nuclear blast zone (for now), let's soak up the past week's best new tunes. More

The National Share “Carin at the Liquor Store” Video

Sleep Well Beast Due Out September 8 via 4AD

Aug 08, 2017

The National are releasing a new albumSleep Well Beast, on September 8 via 4AD. Previously the band shared videos for the album's first two singles, "The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness" and "Guilty Party." Earlier today they shared another song from the album, "Carin at the Liquor Store," (which premiered on Apple Music's Beats 1 Radio as Zane Lowe's World Record).  More

Listen: The National - “Carin at the Liquor Store”

Sleep Well Beast Due Out September 8 via 4AD

Aug 08, 2017

The National are releasing a new albumSleep Well Beast, on September 8 via 4AD. Previously the band shared videos for the album's first two singles, "The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness" and "Guilty Party." More

Under the Radar Announces Summer 2017 Issue with Grizzly Bear on the Cover

Issue 61 Also Includes Interviews with The War on Drugs, The National, Broken Social Scene, Slowdive vs. Ariel Pink, Phoenix, Beach House, and Much More

Jul 18, 2017

Under the Radar is excited to announce the full details of our Summer 2017 Issue, which is out now digitally via Under the Radar's app and the magazine app Readly. The print version has shipped out to subscribers and stores and will be on all newsstands soon (as well as available soon digitally via the magazine app Zinio). The issue features Grizzly Bear on the cover. More

Nine Best Songs of the Week: St. Vincent, Midnight Sister, Broken Social Scene, and More

Plus The National, Temples, Widowspeak, Deerhoof, Girl Ray, EMA, and a Wrap-up of the Week's Other Notable New Tracks

Jun 30, 2017

Despite leading up to a long holiday weekend, it was a packed week for great new songs. Quite a few notable artists shared new songs this week, including Arcade Fire, St. Vincent, The National, Liam Gallagher, Neil Young, Mogwai, Weezer, Broken Social Scene, Toro Y Moi, and more. More

Jun 28, 2017

The National are releasing a new album, Sleep Well Beast, on September 8 via 4AD. Previously the band shared a video for the album's first single, "The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness." Now the band have shared another song from the album, "Guilty Party," via its video. The band have also announced a two-day collaborative concert/mini-festival of sorts named after the song and taking place at Basilica Hudson, Hudson, NY on July 14th and 15th.  More

The National, Hot Chip, Wild Beasts, and More to Perform House Shows for Amnesty International

Local Natives, Julien Baker, Jessie Ware, Frightened Rabbit, Billy Bragg, and Others to Raise Awareness for Refugee Crisis

Jun 27, 2017

Amnesty International and Sofar Sounds have organized a series of concerts in houses to raise awareness for the refugee crisis. More

The National Share Album Details and Video for New Song “The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness”

Sleep Well Beast Due Out September 8 via 4AD, Tour Also Announced

May 11, 2017

Yesterday The National announced a new album, Sleep Well Beast, via posters that were sited in various cities and went up on social media. More

The National Announce New Album via Posters in Various Cities

Sleep Well Beast Due Out September 8 via 4AD

May 10, 2017

The National have announced a new album, Sleep Well Beast, via posters that have been sited in various cities and have gone up on social media.  More

May 10, 2017

The National haven't released a new album since 2013's Trouble Will Find Me, although the band's members have kept busy with various side-projects.  More

The National Hint at New Music with Abstract Teaser Video

"Sleep Well Beast" and "The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness"

May 09, 2017

The National haven't released a new album since 2013's Trouble Will Find Me, although the band's members have kept busy with various side-projects. A new album is expected sometime this year and now the band have shared a mysterious teaser trailer that hints at new music. More

100 Artists Sign Guitar for Planned Parenthood - Michael Stipe, Florence Welch, Feist, and More

Plus Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein, Mac DeMarco, Lady Gaga, Arctic Monkey's Alex Turner, Jim James, Matt Berninger, Perfume Genius, and Others

Apr 17, 2017

Over 100 artists have signed an acoustic guitar for Planned Parenthood and for $10 you can buy a drawing ticket to enter to win the guitar.  More

Björk, CHVRCHES, Feist, Etc. Part of Planned Parenthood 7-Inches; Watch Video Feat. St. Vincent

Video Also Features Zach Galifianakis and John Legend; Project Also Features Bon Iver, Elliott Smith, Sharon Van Etten, and More

Apr 10, 2017

7-Inches for Planned Parenthood is a new 7-inch box set with 100% of the proceeds being donated to Planned Parenthood.  More

Listen: Spiral Stairs - “Exiled Tonight” (Feat. The National’s Matt Berninger)

Doris & the Daggers Due Out March 27 via Nine Mile/Domino

Mar 14, 2017

Spiral Stairs is the long-term project of Pavement co-founder Scott Kannberg. He's releasing a new album, Doris & the Daggers, on March 27 via Nine Mile/Domino. Now he has shared another song from the album, "Exiled Tonight." It features The National's Matt Berninger. More

Feb 08, 2017

The Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival has announced its 2017 lineup. The festival is put together by Bon Iver's Justin Vernon and The National's Aaron Dessner. This is the third year and it goes down June 16-17 in Eau Claire, WI (a shift from the last two festivals, which were in August).  More

Oct 25, 2016

Andrew Bird has been doing a series of shows from his living room called "Live From the Great Room" that he's been posting to his Facebook page. Now a video of Bird and Matt Berninger (The NationalEL VY) covering the Lou Reed classic "Perfect Day" has surfaced. More

Oct 20, 2016

The National have announced a show in support of Hillary Clinton in the important swing state of Ohio. The "Love Trumps Hate" show will be in the band's hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio on November 2.  More

Oct 17, 2016

EL VY (the project of The National's frontman Matt Berninger and former Menomena member Brent Knopf, who also records as Ramona Falls) released their excellent debut album, Return to the Moon, last October via 4AD.  More

Watch: EL VY – “Careless” Video

Return to the Moon Out Now via 4AD

Aug 09, 2016

EL VY (the project of The National's frontman Matt Berninger and former Menomena member Brent Knopf, who also records as Ramona Falls) released their excellent debut album, Return to the Moon, last October via 4AD. They have been releasing amusing black & white videos for all of the songs on the album and now here's the final one, for "Careless." More

Watch: EL VY - “Sleepin’ Light” Video

Return to the Moon Out Now via 4AD

Aug 03, 2016

EL VY (the project of The National's frontman Matt Berninger and former Menomena member Brent Knopf, who also records as Ramona Falls) released their excellent debut album, Return to the Moon, last October via 4AD. More

Jul 29, 2016

Last night The National played The Greek Theater in Los Angeles and they debuted a brand new song entitled "Prom Song 13th Century (Frankie & Johnny)." What made the performance special was that it was a duet with St. Vincent (aka Annie Clark), who joined the band onstage.  More

Jun 09, 2016

LNZNDRF (featuring Beirut’s Ben Lanz as well as The National’s Scott and Bryan Devendorf has shared a video for their song "Kind Things" as well as a remix contest for the song. More

The National to Headline Benefit Concert Welcoming Syrian Refugees to Canada

"Welcome to Hamilton" Also Features Kevin Drew and Others on June 3

May 11, 2016

The National are headlining a benefit concert called "Welcome to Hamilton" which aims to welcome Syrian refugees coming to Canada. It's happening June 3 at 6 PM at New Vision United Church at 24 Main St. W in Hamilton, Canada. Kevin Drew from Broken Social Scene is also performing, as is Hayden, Max Kerman of Arkells, Terra Lightfoot, Mother Tareka, and Crystal Journey.  More

May 10, 2016

Last night The National stopped by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to perform a cover of Grateful Dead's "Morning Dew." The cover can be found on Day of the Dead, the new Grateful Dead covers box set that features 59 tracks and six hours of music (it's due out May 20 on 4AD). More

Apr 11, 2016

Next month The National-currated Grateful Dead tribute compilation Day of the Dead will be released. So far they've shared several songs featured on the compilation. Today they continued the trend, sharing the video for their cover of 16 minute epic "Terrapin Station." More

Mar 24, 2016

Last week The National revealed the tracklist and release date for for their Grateful Dead tribute compilation Day Of The Dead. Now they’ve shared five songs featuring some well-known musicians: The War On Drugs' “Touch Of Grey,” Courtney Barnett’s “New Speedway Boogie,” Bruce Hornsby and Justin Vernon’s old band DeYarmond Edison's “Black Muddy River,” The National's “Morning Dew,” and Phosphorescent, Jenny Lewis and Friends cover of “Sugaree." More

Mar 17, 2016

Deadheads rejoice! The National has announced the release date and tracklist for Day of the Dead, the long-in-the-works 3-disc Grateful Dead compilation that was compiled by The National band members Aaron and Bryce Dessner. The album will be out May 20th on 4AD and will benefit The Red Hot Organization. The massive collection of music includes Grateful Dead songs covered by a variety of artists including Bruce Hornsby & DeYarmond Edison (Justin Vernon and the members of Megafaun), The War on Drugs, Phosphorescent, Jenny Lewis, The National, Courtney Barnett, Lucinda Williams, The Flaming Lips and Bela Fleck. More

Mar 15, 2016

Kanye West, The National, Mumford and Sons and Ellie Goulding are among the artists that have contributed to a new album titled Metamorphoses in support of the advocacy organization Global Citizen. More

Mar 11, 2016

EL VY (the project of The National's frontman Matt Berninger and former Menomena member Brent Knopf, who also records as Ramona Falls) released their excellent debut album, Return to the Moon, last October via 4AD. They have already shared several videos for the album and now they have just put out two more, for "Sad Case/Happiness, Missouri" and "It's a Game." More

Panorama, New NYC Festival from Coachella Organizers, Announces Inaugural Lineup

LCD Soundsystem, Arcade Fire, and Kendrick Lamar to Headline Three-Day Event in July

Mar 01, 2016

The company behind Coachella, Goldenvoice, are launching a new festival in New York City named Panorama and today the festival's lineup has been announced. Panorama will go down at Randall's Island Park in New York City, from July 22-24. The headliners will be LCD Soundsystem (in their first NYC show since their Madison Square Garden farewell concerts five years ago), Arcade Fire, and Kendrick Lamar. More

Frightened Rabbit Announce New Album and Tour Dates, Share “Death Dream”

Painting of a Panic Attack Produced by Aaron Dessner of The National, Due Out April 8 via Canvasback/Atlantic

Feb 19, 2016

Scotland's Frightened Rabbit have announced a new album and shared a new song. Painting of a Panic Attack is due out April 8 via Canvasback Music/Atlantic. Aaron Dessner of The National produced the album. Here is the album's first single, "Death Dream." The band has also announced a bunch of tour dates, which are also below. Caveman will support all dates and are releasing their own new album, Otero War, this summer. More

Justin Vernon Is Working on New Bon Iver Music, Announces Eaux Claires Festival Line-up

Line-up Includes James Blake, Beach House, Jenny Lewis, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, a Grateful Dead Tribute Led by Members of The National, and More

Feb 11, 2016

Bon Iver's main creative force Justin Vernon said last year that there were no upcoming plans for a new Bon Iver album (the last one was released in 2011), but in a new interview with Billboard he has said that he's "no longer winding down" and promises that he's "definitely been working on music."  More

Jan 13, 2016

Last night President Barack Obama delivered his eighth and final State of the Union address. At the White House there was a preshow event last night that was live streamed and can be watched below. EL VY (the project of The National's frontman Matt Berninger and former Menomena member Brent Knopf, who also records as Ramona Falls) performed at the event, as did rapper Wale. More

Jan 12, 2016

EL VY (the project of The National's frontman Matt Berninger and former Menomena member Brent Knopf, who also records as Ramona Falls) performed on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert last night. More

Watch Lauren Mayberry of CHVRCHES and Matt Berninger of The National/EL VY Interview Each Other

CHVRCHES' Every Open Eye and EL VY's Return to the Moon Both Out Now

Dec 02, 2015

Lauren Mayberry of Scottish electro-pop trio CHVRCHES and Matt Berninger of The National and EL VY have interviewed each other for Live Nation TV. Mayberry and Berninger sat down together before the Treasure Island festival in San Francisco in October. At the festival Mayberry got up on stage with The National to perform The National's "I Need My Girl." More

Watch: EL VY - “No Time to Crank the Sun” Video

Return to the Moon Out Now via 4AD

Nov 24, 2015

EL VY (the project of The National's frontman Matt Berninger and former Menomena member Brent Knopf, who also records as Ramona Falls) released their excellent debut album, Return to the Moon, at the end of October via 4AD. Now they have shared a video for "No Time to Crank the Sun." As with all of EL VY's videos thus far, Matt's brother Tom Berninger directed the clip.  More

Nov 03, 2015

The National's frontman Matt Berninger has teamed up with former Menomena member Brent Knopf (who also records as Ramona Falls) for the new project EL VY. The duo just released their great debut album as EL VY, Return to the Moon, last Friday via 4AD. Last night they opened their tour at Portland's Doug Fir Lounge in what was essentially their first full on live show (beyond some shorter performances).  More

Oct 29, 2015

The National's frontman Matt Berninger has teamed up with former Menomena member Brent Knopf (who also records as Ramona Falls) for the new project EL VY. The duo will be releasing their debut album as EL VY, Return to the Moon, tomorrow (Friday, October 30) via 4AD. Today they have shared another single for it, "Silent Ivy Hotel," via Spotify.  More

Oct 26, 2015

The National's frontman Matt Berninger has teamed up with former Menomena member Brent Knopf (who also records as Ramona Falls) for the new project EL VY. The duo will be releasing their debut album as EL VY, Return to the Moon, this Friday (October 30) via 4AD. Today they have shared another single for it, "Need a Friend," via its lyric video. More

Watch CHVRCHES’ Lauren Mayberry Perform with The National at the Treasure Island Festival

Performed "I Need My Girl," Plus The National Debuted a New Song on Friday

Oct 19, 2015

Last night at the Treasure Island Music Festival in San Francisco The National brought up Lauren Mayberry, frontwoman for Scottish electro-pop trio CHVRCHES, to duet on "I Need My Girl," a song from The National's Trouble Will Find Me. Of course a fan captured video of the performance, which you can watch below. More

Oct 01, 2015

The National's frontman Matt Berninger has teamed up with former Menomena member Brent Knopf (who also records as Ramona Falls) for the new project EL VY. The duo will be releasing their debut album as EL VY, Return to the Moon, on October 30 via 4AD. More

Sep 24, 2015

The National's frontman Matt Berninger has teamed up with former Menomena member Brent Knopf (who also records as Ramona Falls) for the new project EL VY. The duo will be releasing their debut album as EL VY, Return to the Moon, on October 30 via 4AD. Berninger and Knopf did a session atStudio Brussels and performed the previously unheard Return to the Moon song "No Time to Crank the Sun." More

Sep 03, 2015

The National's frontman Matt Berninger has teamed up with former Menomena member Brent Knopf (who also records as Ramona Falls) for the new project EL VY. The duo will be releasing their debut album as EL VY, Return to the Moon, on October 30 via 4AD and previously shared the lyric video for the album opener and sort of title track, "Return to the Moon (Political Song for Didi Bloome to Sing, With Crescendo)." Now the band has shared a new song, "I'm the Man to Be," via its lyric video. More

The National to Play Intimate Benefit Concert at Los Angeles’ Troubadour for Guatemalan Girls

October 16 Benefit for Cooperative for Education's Thousand Girls Initiative

Aug 17, 2015

The National have announced a show at Los Angeles' iconic Troubadour venue, which is a tiny place for them to play these days, considering they've headlined such venues as Sydney's Opera House and London's O2 Arena. More

Aug 04, 2015

The National's frontman Matt Berninger has teamed up with former Menomena member Brent Knopf (who also records as Ramona Falls) for the new project EL VY. More

Apr 09, 2015

In 2013 The National played their High Violet track "Sorrow" on repeat for six hours at the Museum of Modern Art PS1 VW Dome as part of a collaborative exhibition with artist Ragnar Kjartansson. More

Listen: The National - “Sunshine On My Back”

New Single Available on iTunes and Spotify

Apr 02, 2015

The National have shared a brand new single titled "Sunshine on My Back." More

Dec 23, 2014

The National’s Matt Beringer dressed like an elf hanging from a Christmas tree. Yup, that happened, and we have Bob Burgers to thank.  More

Watch: The National Guest on “Comedy Bang! Bang!”

The National Does Not Teach For Free

Oct 14, 2014

This week late night program Comedy Bang! Bang! will feature The National as a special guest to host Scott Aukerman's special brand of off-beat humor. More

Sep 10, 2014

Current and previous Under the Radar cover artists Future IslandsThe National, and The Flaming Lips are all slated to appear on the new season of IFC show Comedy Bang! Bang More

Aug 06, 2014

Yesterday was the first full day of Oslo’s annual Øya Festival. More

Aug 05, 2014

Earlier this year The National were the subjects of a rock documentary Mistaken for Strangers, directed by Tom Berninger, the brother of the band's frontman Matt Berninger. More

Jul 22, 2014

While their music may give the impression that they're pretty dour, The National clearly have a great sense of humor. More

Jul 08, 2014

Andrew Bird teams up with The National's Matt Berninger for a haunting rendition of the English folk song "A Lyke Wake Dirge" for AMC's Revolutionary War drama Turn. More

Watch: The National Stop By “The Tonight Show”

Mistaken For Strangers Is Out Today

Mar 28, 2014

The National is a busy band, hard at work promoting both last year’s excellent album Trouble Will Find Me, and their new documentary Mistaken For Strangers. More

Watch: Sufjan Stevens, Nico Muhly Perform With The National

At Annual Tibet House Benefit Concert

Mar 12, 2014

Turns out New Order and Iggy Pop wasn't the only star collaboration at last night's Tibet House Benefit Concert. Carnegie Hall also played host to the National, who were joined by long-term collaborator Sufjan Stevens. More

Watch: The National on “SNL”

Perform "Graceless" and "I Need My Girl"

Mar 10, 2014

Over the weekend The National made their debut appearance on Saturday Night Live, serving as the musical guest with host Lena Dunham. More

Feb 14, 2014

Wishing their fans and everyone else a happy Valentine's Day, The National have premiered a music video for their Trouble Will Find Me cut, "I Need My Girl." More

The National Announce World Tour

Supporting Trouble Will Find Me

Feb 04, 2014

Continuing to support last year's Trouble Will Find MeThe National have announced plans for a globe-spanning tour. More

Jan 29, 2014

We’ve already heard Tegan and Sara’s contribution to the forthcoming Endless Love soundtrack (due out Feb 11 on Warner Bros). Now Bird and the Bee are getting in on the game.  More

The National Announce North American Tour

Supporting Trouble Will Find Me

Jan 21, 2014

Continuinent Trouble Will Find MeThe National have announced plans for a new round of North American shows. More

Under the Radar’s Top 50 Music Videos of 2013

Our Favorite Visuals of the Year

Jan 03, 2014

While the days of watching music videos on television are long gone, over the past several years the visual art form has certainly found second life (like so many other things) as an excellent online commodity. More

Dec 17, 2013

All this week The Colbert Report is having the titular host get in the holiday spirit by singing Christmas carols with a variety of musical guests. More

Dec 02, 2013

Chicago radio station WXRT has announced the 15th installment of its ONXRT: Live from the Archives series, featuring selections from the station's in-house performances and special broadcasts from the city's local venues. More

Nov 27, 2013

Last year the showrunners of animated comedy series Bob's Burgers reached out to one of their favorite bands, The National, to contribute a cover of an off-beat Thanksgiving song they had written called "Kill Your Turkey." More

Listen: The National – “Lean” MP3 Stream

Catching Fire Is In Theaters November 23

Nov 07, 2013

As previously announced, The National have a horse in the Hunger Games. Their entry in the Catching Fire soundtrack is called “Lean,” and now you can listen to the track in all its glory. More

Nov 05, 2013

Aheym is the newly released EP by The National's Bryce Dessner. More

Nov 04, 2013

Last week The National were welcomed as the latest musical guests on the UK late-night program Later...with Jools Holland. More

Oct 10, 2013

Last weekend, The National performed at Austin City Limits. After the fest, they performed at an afterparty, where they invited Justin Vernon (he of Bon Iver, currently making the rounds with Volcano Choir) on stage. More

Watch: The National Guest Star on “The Mindy Project”

Pennyfarthing Music Festival Headliners

Oct 02, 2013

Last night The National made a special cameo appearance on the lastest episode of The Mindy Project. More

“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” Announces Full Soundtrack Details

Featuring The National, Of Monsters and Men, Patti Smith and More

Sep 26, 2013

We already knew that Coldplay and The National were slated to appear on Catching Fire, the next installment of The Hunger Games film series. Now we can add a few other additional Under the Radar friendly artists to the list, including Anthony and the Johnsons, Phantogram, The Weeknd, and more.  More

Sep 23, 2013

Much like the Twilight soundtracks before them, the soundtracks for The Hunger Games films are going to be filled with all kinds of high-profile contributions. More

Aug 27, 2013

In the music video for their new Trouble Will Find Me single "Graceless," the members of The National demonstrate that they do in fact know how to let loose when the occasion calls for it. More

Aug 22, 2013

The National's Bryce Dessner has announced that he will be recorded debut as a composer with a new EP Aheym. More

Aug 21, 2013

After lending his signature baritone to the House of Lannister's "Rains of Castamere" on Game of ThronesThe National's Matt Berninger will be providing his pipes to another high-profile series this fall, HBO's Boardwalk Empire. More

Watch: The National on “Conan”

Perform "This is the Last Time"

Aug 15, 2013

Hanging around L.A. this week The National followed up their recent appearance on Jimmy Kimmel with a visit on Conan. More

Watch: The National on “Kimmel”

Perform "This is the Last Time" and "Graceless"

Aug 13, 2013

Yesterday The National made a special stop in L.A. appearing as the musical guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live! More

Aug 07, 2013

Soon to premiere its fourth season, HBO's Boadwalk Empire will be accompanied by a new all-star compilation of music capturing the music of the Prohibition era. More

Watch: The National on “Letterman”

Perform "Don't Swallow the Cap"

May 21, 2013

Continuing their run along the late night circuit The National stopped by the Ed Sullivan Theater and the Late Show with David Letterman to promote their new album Trouble Will Find Me. More

May 14, 2013

A full week before their release two of the year's most highly-anticipated records have become available to stream. More

The National – “Sea Of Love” Video

Trouble Will Find Me Out May 21 Via 4AD

May 08, 2013

The National adds a (adorable) new member in the new video “Sea of Love.” More

The National Announce New U.S. Shows

August and September Dates Added

May 06, 2013

The National will soon release their much-anticipated new album Trouble Will Find Me later this month. More

May 06, 2013

Yesterday The National spent the better part of their day doing one thing: playing High Violet's "Sorrow" live for six hours straight. More

Watch: The National Perform on “Fallon”

Play "Sea of Love" and "I Need My Girl"

Apr 26, 2013

Last night The National kicked off the promotion of their much-anticipated new album Trouble Will Find Me with a visit to Late Night with Jimmy FallonMore

Apr 25, 2013

The National are about to get really really sorrowful. As part of an installation by Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson, the band will perform High Violet track “Sorrow” for six hours straight.  More

Watch: A Trailer for The National Documentary, “Mistaken For Strangers”

Premiering This Wednesday at the Tribeca Film Festival

Apr 15, 2013

‘Cause talent is apparently genetic, Tom Berninger has made an intriguing documentary about his brother’s band. (You might know them as The National.)  More


Interviews

The National on “Sleep Well Beast”

What We Learn When We're Apart

Sep 08, 2017

The members of The NationalMatt Berninger, Aaron and Bryce Dessner, and Scott and Bryan Devendorfhave all reached that enviable point in their careers where the band they started as young men is no longer the all-consuming focal point of their lives.  More

Mar 27, 2014

Four years ago, The National was ready to embark on what was to that point the longest and largest world tour of their career. Lead singer Matt Berninger invited along his brother, Tom, to help out on the tour. His band is comprised of two sets of siblings—musicians Aaron and Bryce Dessner, and Bryan and Scott Devendorf—but Matt couldn’t be more different than his own brother. Tom, nine years younger and a devout heavy metal fan, brought his camera along on the road. As the tensions rose, the footage he captured revealed as much about himself and about family as it does the band he set out to document. More

The National

Names of Strangers

Aug 09, 2013

Though The National's latest release isn't a huge departure in any musical or conceptual sense, vocalist and songwriter Matt Berninger says it was made by a different group of men than those who made their previous albums. More

Dec 14, 2009

After their 2006 album Alligator, it seemed as though Brooklyn-based The National had achieved breakout status. Almost exactly a year later, however, the band released the stunning Boxer, and the band was suddenly ubiquitous, a popular and critical favorite. More

Oct 02, 2007

The June release of Boxer (Beggars Banquet), The National’s fourth LP, was met with the same universal critical praise that met its predecessor Alligator. One of the strongest records of 2007 so far, Boxer could be the soundtrack to walking home from the bar alone after last call. More


Reviews

Sleep Well Beast

Sleep Well Beast

4AD

Sep 06, 2017

Liking The National has somehow become a parody of itself—a bunch of white dudes that make sad music about loneliness and growing up somehow seems so... predictable, and, frankly, pointless during a Trump administration.  More

A Lot of Sorrow

A Lot of Sorrow

4AD

Jul 16, 2015

How many times could you listen to the same song repeatedly? Or, if you're a musician, how many times could you handle playing that song over and over? More

The National at The O2 Arena, London, November 26, 2014

Dec 01, 2014

Sat hidden away behind a discoloured wooden door and at the bottom of a steep, narrow staircase next to London's Embankment underground station is Gordon's, the city's oldest wine bar. Established in 1890 and situated below the former home of Samuel Pepys, the place oozes character from every nook and cranny. More

Øya Festival 2014 Day One:  Emilie Nicolas, Thomas Dybdahl, The National and More

August 6th, 2014

Aug 12, 2014

Welcome to the first official day of Øya 2014More

Trouble Will Find Me

Trouble Will Find Me

4AD

May 21, 2013

By this time, you pretty much know what you're going to get with a new album from The National. Lots of sad lyrics, dark humor, shimmering guitars, pensive strings, and a sneakily good rhythm section that ends up being the heartbeat of the whole affair. More

High Violet

High Violet

4AD

May 10, 2010

The National is in danger of becoming another Spoon. Spoon is excellent, of course, and this is the kind of designation most bands would kill for, but the risk here is that by continually making solid records and not risking falling on their faces, the albums don't transcend; without risk, where's the thrill? More

The National at The Electric Factory in Philadelphia

May 29th, 2009

Jun 15, 2009

It says something that even two years after it was released, The National's Boxer still feels fresh. Same can be said for the 4-year-old tracks from Alligator, both of which were featured heavily in the quintet's recent stop in Philly. More