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The National's Matt Berninger on Moving to L.A., EL VY Debut

December 28, 2015

After more than 10 hard-touring years with the National, Matt Berninger wasn't getting any better at adjusting to life on the road. "I love being a 'rock star,' but there's a lot of it that's just sad," he says. "Staying out after a show is where it really...


New Music Friday: Trey Anastasio, Def Leppard, EL VY

October 30, 2015

Heads up: It's Friday! That means a tasty crop of new music releases available on your favorite digital retailer, streaming service, or even at a real, live record store if you can find one. Check out these brand-new albums, all out today, October 30th. Phish...


Bon Iver, the National Headlining Eaux Claires Festival

February 11, 2015

Bon Iver, in their first performance since 2012, will headline the inaugural Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival, curated by the band's frontman Justin Vernon and the National's Aaron Dessner. The latter band will also perform at the 2015 event, alongside...


Riot Fest Lineup: The Cure, Wu-Tang Clan, Rise Against, Weezer

May 13, 2014

Riot Fest will be celebrating its 10th anniversary in three cities this year, with the lineups for its Chicago and Denver editions joining the previously announced Toronto festival in showcasing a diverse roster of talent. The Cure, Jane's Addiction, Wu-Tang...


Kindness of 'Strangers': 6 Things We Learned From the National Doc

March 27, 2014

1. Lead singer Matt Berninger has a brother.As anyone who's been following the Brooklyn-by-way-of-the Buckeye-State band (or who read their extensive New York Times Magazine profile back in 2010), the National is made up of five members, with two sets...


Radiohead and the National Guitarists Plan Split LP

January 17, 2014

When they aren't earning universal acclaim with their high-profile bands, Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood and the National's Bryce Dessner are both active within the realm of classical music. On March 3rd, the duo will release a split LP of orchestral compositions,...


The National Release 'Catching Fire' Song

November 7, 2013

The National sound restrained and somber on "Lean," their new contribution to the Hunger Games: Catching Fire soundtrack. The band builds a moody texture of acoustic guitars and, later, violin embellishments as frontman Matt Berninger portends doom with...


The National's Bryce Dessner Steps Out With the Kronos Quartet

October 28, 2013

Bryce Dessner is the guitarist in the National -- so how'd he end up composing music for the acclaimed string quartet the Kronos Quartet? Turns out he's also hip-deep in the world of contemporary music (or "modern classical," if you prefer). Dessner's...


The National Play Hollywood Cemetery

August 12, 2013

The National know how to deliver an encore. One day after the band's sold-out concert amid the hills and forest of the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, the National returned last night for another kind of show on the serene open landscape of the city's Hollywood...


The National Partied Hard for 'Graceless' Video

August 4, 2013

One of the highlights of Lollapalooza's second day was a superb 75-minute set from the National, with songs like "Slow Show," "Mistaken For Strangers" and "Mr. November" filling the Chicago night with a mixture of beauty and raw emotive power. Before...


50 Greatest Live Acts Right Now

July 31, 2013

Who rules the road in 2013? To find out, Rolling Stone asked a panel of writers, industry figures and artists – from Lars Ulrich of Metallica to Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes – to vote on their favorite live performers right now. To be...


The National's Matt Berninger on Quirky Side Project EL VY

October 20, 2015

While Matt Berninger is best known for his role as the baritone frontman in the National, he's revealed a different side of himself in EL VY, a new side project featuring Ramona Falls' Brent Knopf, formerly of Menomena. The idea of a side project has...


Kanye West, Kings of Leon Will Headline Made in America Fest

May 22, 2014

Kanye West and Kings of Leon will headline this year's Budweiser Made in America Festival at Philadelphia's Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Curated by Jay Z, the festival will go bi-coastal this year, with a Los Angeles event occuring for the first time. Both...


Sigur Ros Share Gloomy 'Game of Thrones' Cover

April 14, 2014

Sunday night's Game of Thrones, "The Lion and the Rose," featured a gloomy assist from Sigur Ros. The Icelandic trio performed their interpretation of "The Rains of Castamere," utilizing frontman Jonsi's vocal coo, a brooding church organ...


Lena Dunham to Host 'Saturday Night Live'

February 25, 2014

Lena Dunham will host Saturday Night Live for the first time on March 8th alongside musical guests the National, who will also make their debut on the show, Deadline reports. While the Girls star and creator hasn't been on the show proper, her hit HBO...


The 'Hunger Games: Catching Fire' Soundtrack Is Streaming

November 13, 2013

Although it's not officially out until Tuesday, the Hunger Games: Catching Fire soundtrack is now streaming in full on iTunes. The record features 15 tracks by Coldplay, Christina Aguilera, Lorde, Patti Smith, Santigold, the National and more. The movie...


Foo Fighters Plan Live Return for December

November 1, 2013

The Foo Fighters are heading to Mexico City in December for their first full concert since Dave Grohl announced a hiatus in 2012. According to the band's website, Foo Fighters will perform December 13th at the 55,000-capacity Foro Sol stadium, with...


Who's on the New 'Hunger Games' Soundtrack?

September 26, 2013

One of the year's most anticipated films is undoubtedly The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and the soundtrack has brought together an eclectic group of artists, including Coldplay, the National, the Lumineers, Christina Aguilera, the Weeknd, Imagine Dragons,...


Outside Lands Kicks Off With Fireworks From Paul McCartney

August 10, 2013

Opening day of Outside Lands 2013 kicked off on Friday with a main stage (Land’s End) set by Chicago rockers Smith Westerns as fans began to slowly swarm – and eventually pack – Golden Gate Park's Polo Field. "This...


The National Recruit Indie Stars for Grateful Dead Tribute Album

August 2, 2013

The National are recruiting a gang of indie-rock all-stars for an upcoming Grateful Dead tribute album. It will feature covers from an eclectic group of acts, including Vampire Weekend, Bon Iver, Kurt Vile and the War on Drugs. The National are aiming...