Watch: The National Open for President Obama in Des Moines


It’s not for the first time that Cincinnati quintet, the National have opened for Barack Obama, but footage has today emerged of the band’s opening slot at a rally this past weekend for the current President in Des Moines, Iowa. You can watch fan footage of the band playing High Violet cut, Bloodbuzz Ohio, complete [...]

Listen: The National – “The Rains of Castamere”

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  The National have contributed a song to the hugely popular HBO series Game of Thrones.  The song, “The Rains of Castamere,”will appear on the season two soundtrack, which is to be released on June 19 via Varese Sarabande. George R.R. Martin, the creator of Game of Thrones, wrote “The Rains of Castamere” as a [...]

The National co-create and contribute children’s story app for iPad

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One of my favorite bands, The National, have ventured out to interest children and bring them into the growing circle of The National fans. Lead singer Matt Berninger, Aaron and Bryce Dessner have all contributed to Dragon Brush, a new iPad story app for children. The Dessners contributed the musical score for the app, while [...]

Staff Picks: April


Mark Nosiri Senior Contributor Artist: OneofUs Album: Disengage Comments: Released in late 2011, Disengage is the debut album by international jazz/soul collaborative OneofUs. The duo’s music consists of jazz sample-heavy instrumentals produced by Maryland-based beatsmith Nathan “Sinitus Tempo” Peters, providing the backdrop for vocals by Australian singer Kitty Wong. At times, the record feels indulgent, [...]

St.Vincent, Sharon Van Etten, The Walkmen to Play the Crossing Brooklyn Ferry Festival


This spring, The National’s Bryce and Aaron Dessner will curate  the Crossing Brooklyn Ferry festival. Thea three-day music festival will take place May 3-5th at the Brooklyn Academy of Music May 3-5th,  and will feature performances from St. Vincent, Beirut, Sharon Van Etten, Atlas Sound, The Walkman and many more. Passes go on sale  March 6th [...]

Sharon Van Etten Announces UK Tour


Brooklyn based singer Sharon Van Etten has been one of the more talked about upcoming stars of 2012. Perhaps best known for her work with the Antlers and the National, alongside a solo career that’s so far produced three albums, Van Etten is no overnight success. However her newly released third album, ‘Tramp’ has garned [...]

The National Announced as Curators for ATP Festival


It must be said that as an institution, All Tomorrow’s Parties are perhaps the most consistent in their booking of phenomenal bands for their festivals. ATP is slowly becoming the go-to festival for music lovers, with the seminal and much missed Afghan Whigs co-curating ATP’s summer festival, ‘I’ll Be Your Mirror’, in New Jersey. Now The [...]

Watch The National Perform with Bon Iver, Hear Two New Tracks

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Brooklyn indie band The National were  guests on Q LIVE in Toronto yesterday and they debuted two new unreleased songs, “Rylan” and “I Need My Girl”. They also were also joined on stage by Bon Iver  for a performance of “Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks” Check out the tracks and video below.