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Watch The National Premiere Four New Sleep Well Beast Songs in Paris Show

Last night, a crowd in Paris got to watch the National premiere four new songs from their upcoming album Sleep Well Beast: "Nobody Else Will Be There,"
Brian Josephs / June 23, 2017

The National Splatter Their Canvas on “The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness”

It's no surprise: Bryce Dessner could only get so good at writing intricate, post-minimalist new-classical music before it came to bear on his band in earnest.
Winston Cook-Wilson / May 11, 2017

Video: The National – “The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness”

In addition to announcing their new album Sleep Well Beast, the National have also released their bracing new single "The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness"
Brian Josephs / May 11, 2017

The National Announce World Tour, Detail New Album Sleep Well Beast

The National have properly announced their seventh studio album, Sleep Well Beast, which is due out September 8 on 4AD. It's their first studio LP since…
Winston Cook-Wilson / May 11, 2017

The National’s New Album Is Apparently Called Sleep Well Beast, Out September 8

Sometimes you plan a full slate of "mysterious" album teasers, and then someone spots a poster that was perhaps posted too soon and blows your cover—in this case,…
Anna Gaca / May 10, 2017

Hear Another New National Teaser Titled “The System Only Dreams In Total Darkness”

The National seemed to tease a new album Tuesday with a video containing new music. The video featured a TV news-style info crawl with the…
Chris DeVille, Stereogum / May 10, 2017

The National Tease New Music in Mysterious Video

Early this morning, the National released a video titled "Sleep Well Beast" on Facebook that appears to tease a new album from the group. Framed like…
Geena Kloeppel / May 9, 2017

Sufjan Stevens, Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly, James McAlister – “Mercury”

Sufjan Stevens, the National's Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly, and James McAlister made an album about planets, and they've just revealed a new one. "Mercury" is the closing…
Anna Gaca / April 24, 2017

New Music: Sufjan Stevens, Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly, James McAlister – “Saturn”

Last month, Sufjan Stevens, composer Nico Muhly, Bryce Dessner of the National, and drummer James McAlister began hinting at an upcoming collaborative album inspired by the solar system.
Anna Gaca / March 27, 2017

An Album of Bob’s Burgers Songs is Coming Soon, Featuring the National and St. Vincent

The music of beloved Fox animated sitcom Bob's Burgers is finally getting compiled together for an album, The Bob's Burgers Music Album, which is coming on May 12 via…
Winston Cook-Wilson / February 23, 2017

Here’s All the Anti-Trump Protest Music Released on Inauguration Day

Great protest music isn't the silver lining of autocracy. I haven't asked, but I feel pretty confident saying that all of the artists whose music is featured…
Anna Gaca / January 20, 2017

The National, Common to Play Planned Parenthood Benefit in D.C. During Inauguration Weekend

On the Friday before Donald Trump’s inauguration, The National and Common will perform at a benefit for Planned Parenthood at Washington D.C.’s 9:30 Club.
Taylor Berman / January 10, 2017

Watch Joyce Manor Cover the National’s “Mistaken for Strangers”

On the most recent episode of the A.V. Club’s "A.V. Undercover" cover series, Joyce Manor took on the National’s "Mistaken for Strangers," a standout from the…
Taylor Berman / November 15, 2016

The National Take St. Vincent for a Twirl on Live ‘Prom Song 13th Century’ Performance

Kindred spirits of NPR-leaning indie, it seems only right that the National and St. Vincent should publicly join forces every couple of years. Their most…
Andrew Unterberger / July 29, 2016

Panorama 2016: SPIN’s Best Live Photos

The inaugural Panorama Festival — a.k.a. "East Coast Coachella" — took place at Randall's Island in New York City this past weekend, and it more…
SPIN Staff / July 25, 2016
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