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The National’s Matt Berninger Likens Donald Trump to Ronald McDonald

The National spent their weekend at U.K.'s Latitude Festival, where baritone frontman Matt Berninger got a chance to call out presidential candidate Donald Trump for his bigotry. The…
Brian Josephs / July 18, 2016

The National Covered the Grateful Dead’s ‘Morning Dew’ on ‘Colbert’

The National have begun their promotional campaign for the upcoming Grateful Dead tribute compilation, Day of the Dead (out May 20 via 4AD), with an appearance on The…
Brennan Carley / May 10, 2016

Hear Perfume Genius, Sharon Van Etten, and More Cover Grateful Dead for ‘Day of the Dead’ Compilation

The National's upcoming Grateful Dead tribute compilation, Day of the Dead, is a 59-song effort curated by the indie rock band's Aaron and Bryce Dessner, and it's…
Brennan Carley / April 27, 2016

Hear the National and Members of Grizzly Bear Cover the Grateful Dead’s ‘Terrapin Station’

The long-awaited Grateful Dead tribute album, Day of the Dead, comes out in a little more than a month, and today the National — who are…
James Grebey / April 11, 2016

Hear the National, Courtney Barnett, the War on Drugs, and More Cover Grateful Dead

The National's long-in-the-works Grateful Dead tribute project will at last be released to the public. Titled Day of the Dead, the 59-song box set will feature…
Rachel Brodsky / March 24, 2016

The National’s Grateful Dead Tribute Album Features Courtney Barnett, Wilco, the Flaming Lips, and More

The National announced their Grateful Dead tribute album all the way back in 2011, but now it's finally coming out, and based off of the…
James Grebey / March 17, 2016

Kanye West, the National, and More to Contribute to Global Citizen Compilation Album

Kanye West, the National, and Ellie Goulding are among the artists set to contribute to a new compilation album from Global Citizen, the international anti-poverty…
James Grebey / March 15, 2016

The National Detail Grateful Dead Charity Compilation Featuring Stephen Malkmus, J Mascis, More

The National announced they were putting a Grateful Dead tribute album way back in 2011, offered some updates in 2013, but now they've shared many…
James Grebey / November 16, 2015

Watch the National and Chvrches’ Lauren Mayberry Sing ‘I Need My Girl’

The National took the stage last night at Treasure Island Music Festival in San Francisco, where they invited Chvrches' Lauren Mayberry to join them. During…
Rachel Brodsky / October 19, 2015

The National Debut New Song, ‘Roman Candle,’ Live at Charity Event

Update: The National performed the same new song again at Treasure Island Music Festival, this time introducing it with a different name. "It was called…
James Grebey / October 17, 2015

EL VY Are Having the Time of Their Lives on ‘Return to the Moon’

On Return to the Moon, the sprightly debut album from EL VY — the collaborative project of the National's singer, Matt Berninger, and multi-instrumentalist Brent Knopf, formerly of Menomena and…
Harley Brown / October 2, 2015

EL VY Release Simmering, Sassy ‘I’m the Man to Be’

Update: The lyric video has been released. Watch that here.  As previously reported, the National's perpetually morose-sounding, deep-voiced vocalist Matt Berninger has teamed with…
Harley Brown / September 3, 2015

The National’s Matt Berninger and Menomena’s Brent Knopf Share First Single as EL VY

Matt Berninger of the National and Brent Knopf of Ramona Falls and Menomena have shared the first track from their new musical partnership, EL VY. The…
James Grebey / August 4, 2015

Treasure Island Music Festival 2015 Lineup: The National, Azealia Banks, Father John Misty, and More

Update: Azealia Banks has dropped out of this year's Treasure Island due to "unforeseen circumstances." The rapper's been replaced by Big Grams, the new Phantogram…
Brennan Carley / June 9, 2015

Review: Indie Rock Is the New Stadium Rock on Mumford & Sons’ ‘Wilder Mind’

Here's a sentence that would've made absolutely no sense in 2005 (and only slightly more in 2015): The biggest band in the world desperately wants…
Andrew Unterberger / May 8, 2015

The National Stuff Their New Box Set With Tons of ‘Sorrow’

If you'll recall, the National spent part of 2013 working with Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson on a set of durational performances called A Lot of Sorrow.
Rachel Brodsky / April 9, 2015

Stream the National’s Surprise New Song, ‘Sunshine on My Back’

Update: According to Pitchfork, the track features vocals from Sharon Van Etten and was recorded during the band's 'Trouble Will Find Me' sessions. "Sunshine on…
Brennan Carley / April 2, 2015

Eaux Claires Music Festival 2015 Lineup: Bon Iver, The National, Spoon, and More

Bon Iver's Justin Vernon has just announced the full lineup for the first annual Eaux Claires Music and Art Festival, and for a debut event,…
Brennan Carley / February 11, 2015

The National Brood Over ‘Christmas Magic’ on ‘Bob’s Burgers’

It's hard to take the National seriously when they're trussed up as cartoon Christmas ornaments, but somehow the band pulls it off in the latest holiday…
Rachel Brodsky / December 23, 2014

The 25 Most Memorable Quotes of 2014

Stuff celebrities say typically falls in a spectrum ranging from "YES" to "WTF." This year was no exception: Lana Del Rey (sort of) wished for…
Rachel Brodsky / December 23, 2014
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