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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

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
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