The National (formed 1999) The National are an American indie rock band formed in Cincinnati, Ohio. In 2014, their album 'Trouble Will Fine Me' was nominated for a Grammy Award for best alternative album.
Formation: Matt Berninger and Scott Devendorf met at the University of Cincinnati, before also meeting Mike Brewer, Casey Reas and Jeff Salem. They formed a band together as the band Nancy, named after Berniger's mother. Despite being together as a band for five years, they only released one album: Ruther 3429.
After that, Berninger, Brewer, Reas and Salem moved to Brooklyn, ending the band. Scott Devendorf's brother, Bryan, had been in a number of bands with Bryce and Aaron Dessner. Berninger, the Devendorfs and the Dessners joined together to form 'The National' in 1999. The National: Career On 30th October, 2001, The National released their self-titled debut album. Their second album was released two years later on 2nd September 2003, entitled 'Sad Song for Dirty Lovers'. The National followed up with the 'Cheery Tree' EP on 20th July 2004.
After gaining success from the two albums and their EP, the members of The National who still had full-time jobs, quit them in order to focus on the band. The band signed with a new record label, Beggars Banquet Records, and got to work on their next album. On 12th April, 2005, they released 'Alligator' which went on to receive rave reviews from critics.
The band were then asked to take part in various concerts and festivals due to their successful third album. 'Boxer', the fourth studio album from The National, was released on 22nd May, 2007. On 20th May 2008, The National simultaneously released 'The Virginia' EP along with a documentary about themselves entitled 'A Skin, A Night'. Aaron and Bryce Dessner then worked on 'Dark Was the Night', a compilation album by various artists made to raise funds to fight AIDS and HIV.
The National released their fifth studio album, 'High Violet', on 10th May 2010. 'Trouble Will Find Me' was released on 17th May 2013 to tremendous critical acclaim and a nomination for Best Alternative Album at the 2014 Grammy Awards.
The National stars Aaron & Bryce Dessner have paid the ultimate tribute to the Grateful Dead by curating a five-disc covers album.
The brothers have spent years putting Day of the Dead together and now the project has a May (16) release date.
The epic album features over 60 artists recording 59 Dead tracks.
"The songwriting of the Dead has always inspired us and this record is meant to celebrate their legacy," a statement from The National reads. "Growing up, the Grateful Dead was the first music that Aaron and Bryce bonded over. Their first-ever jam session was with (bandmate) Bryan (Devendorf), playing the Dead's Eyes of the World in Bryan's parents' attic in Ohio.
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The National and New Order join them for the 2016 event.
The headliners for this year's Latitude Festival have finally been announced and it's definitely looking like the 11th edition is not one to be missed. Returning to Suffolk this summer, Latitude will bring with it a stunning line-up led by The Maccabees, The National and New Order on their main stage.
Latitude 2016 will arrive at Henham Park In Southwold, Suffolk for a fun-packed weekend this July with the Obelisk Arena bringing with it a few welcome familiar faces and a bunch of first-timers too. First we have The Maccabees, who will be returning for their very first major festival headline gig on the Friday having just last year released their first UK number one album 'Marks to Prove It'.
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The National Frontman Matt Berninger Shelved Plans To Record A Quirky Thanksgiving Tune For A U.s. Animated Show Because He Felt It Was Insensitive To European Fans Reeling From Last Month's (Nov15) Terror Attacks In Paris.
Berninger and his bandmates wrote the song for Bob's Burgers, but felt it was too anti-European at the wrong time - just two weeks after armed gunmen stormed the Bataclan theatre during an Eagles of Death Metal gig and opened fire.
Continue reading: The National Scrap Insensitive Anti-europe Song After Paris Attacks
Rockers The National Are Playing A Benefit Concert In Los Angeles To Support Young Female Students In Guatemala.
The band is set to take to the stage at the Troubadour venue on 16 October (15) and proceeds from the event will go towards a recently launched campaign called the Thousand Girls Initiative by Cooperative for Education, a non-profit group which backs education programs for youngsters in the Central American country.
Frontman Matt Berninger's cousins, Joe and Jeff Berninger, co-founded the organisation nearly two decades ago, and he praised their work in a statement which reads, "Almost 20 years ago my cousins Joe and Jeff Berninger quit their corporate jobs and started this non-profit. CoEd has already reached more than 150,000 kids with textbooks and computers, and now they're taking on girls' education.
"I'm excited to join the effort to keep 1,000 girls from dropping out of school, which is so common in Guatemala. I'm really proud to be a part of this amazing organisation."
Andrea Dubois and Maurice Dubois - 20th Anniversary of The National Urban Technology Center Gala Awards Dinner held at Gotham Hall at Gotham Hall - New York, New York, United States - Wednesday 17th June 2015
Budweiser Made in America is coming soon, but what's it like to be made in Denver, Colorado?
Budweiser Made in America
We explore the diverse Denver music scene as Budweiser unveil the latest in their series of documentaries ahead of the fast-approaching Budweiser Made in America festival.
When Jay-Z embarked on his Budweiser Made in America project, the ethos he wanted to represent was simple; bringing together bands and artists of all genres to celebrate the rich variation that has become the US musical community. And where better to enjoy this multi-genre theme than Denver, Colorado, home to the likes of everyone from gentle folk rock crooners The Lumineers to industrial Goth collective Velvet Acid Christ?
Iggy Azalea is set to perform at the Los Angeles based part of the Made in America Festival. She is joining the likes of Kayne West, Rita Ora, John Mayer and Kings of Leon who are also performing at the Philadelphia-Los Angeles festival produced by Jay-Z.
Iggy Azalea will be joining the likes of Kanye West, Rita Ora, Kings Of Leon and John Mayer at the Made in America Festival at the end of August. The festival, produced by Jay-Z, will celebrate its third anniversary in Philadelphia and the first time it has also been held in Los Angeles over the last weekend in August.
Iggy Azalea will appear at the Made in America Festival at the end of August.
We hit the Minnesota music scene in the run-up to Jay-Z's new summer festival.
Budweiser Made In America Press Conference at Los Angeles City Hall on April 16, 2014 in Los Angeles, California - Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for Budweiser
Budweiser Made in America festival is on its way and, to celebrate, the beer brand unveil a series of music documentaries in different States: this week we explore Minnesota!
Being such a huge part of the world, America has always borne a massively diverse music ethos. In almost every part of the country you can come across a different musical culture and it's with this idea in mind that world famous rap star Jay-Z decided to create Budweiser Made in America festival. It's sole purpose is to bring together a choice selection of both up-and-coming and well-established artists spanning all genres including rock, hip hop, R&B, electronic, punk... the list goes on.
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‘Mistaken For Strangers’ is a documentary focussing on the brotherly relationship between renowned rock star Matt Berninger and his metal head brother Tom, who – according to the doc – is a bit of a layabout. When Matt offers his brother a job as a roadie on the band’s European tour, he didn’t realise Tom had designs on filming the whole thing.
So hilarity, tears, realisations and revelations soon followed as both Matt and Tom learn about each other on this – cliché warning – journey of discovery. Mistaken for Strangers has already been uttered in the same sentence as Spinal Tap a few times, so you really don’t need to take our work for it.
Brooklyn-based indie rockers The National quickly rose to fame in 2010 with the release of 'High Violet'; their fifth studio album and their first release with 4AD records which shot to number three on the US Billboard 200 chart. Three years later they unveiled 'Trouble Will Find Me' which also peaked at number three and they have been selling out shows all around the world. The band are seen as a band of brothers, with guitarist siblings Aaron Dessner and Bryce Dessner, and bassist Scott Devendorf and drummer Bryan Devendorf. Singer Matt Berninger's brother has largely been left out of the spotlight - until now. 2010 saw them truly reach live stardom with their major US, UK and Europe tour which was largely sold out, and to make life on the road a little more interesting, Matt invited his metalhead brother Tom along for the ride - equipped, of course, with his trusty video camera.
'Mistaken For Strangers' is the result; a documentary directed by Tom Berninger in his filmmaking debut and full to bursting with interviews full of nonsensical questions, brotherly tension and self-discovery for our documentary-maker whose ambitions were initially doubted by his family. It's an emotional journey that earned Tom a nomination for a Free Spirit Award at the Warsaw International Film Festival. The movie is set to hit UK cinemas on June 27th 2014.