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The National Are Back With A Huge Tour And A Brand New Album This Fall


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Returning after four years with a brand new album entitled 'Sleep Well Beast' along with an extensive world tour is Cincinnati quintet The National. They are performing a number of festival dates this year alongside a series of European and North American shows.

The National are set to release their new album this SeptemberThe National are set to release their new album this September

Not only have the Ohio indie rockers announced a new album, they have also released a video for the lead single 'The System Only Dreams In Total Darkness'. Directed by Casey Reas, it's a psychedelic, pixellated visual shot almost entirely in bluescale.

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The Maccabees Return To Latitude For Their First Major Headline Slot


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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.

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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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Matt Berninger and The National - Way Out West Festival 2014 - Day 1 - Perfromances - Gothenburg, Sweden - Thursday 7th August 2014

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The National and Matt Berninger - Barclaycard Presents British Summer Time Hyde Park - Day 6 - Performances - The National - London, United Kingdom - Saturday 12th July 2014

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Sir Chris Hoy - The National Television Awards (NTA's) 2013 held at the O2 arena - Arrivals - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 23rd January 2013

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First City Festival 2014 Line-Up Announced Beck, The National, The Naked And Famous Plus Many More

Posted on 07 May 2014

First City Festival 2014 Line-up Announced  Beck, The National, The Naked And Famous Plus Many More

Flow Festival 2014 Announces Line-Up Additions The Horrors, Real Estate Plus Many More...

Posted on 03 April 2014

Flow Festival 2014 Announces Line-up Additions The Horrors, Real Estate Plus Many More...

Sharon Van Etten, Tinariwen, Mac DeMarco And More Added To Way Out West 2014 Line-Up

Posted on 28 March 2014

Sharon Van Etten, Tinariwen, Mac Demarco And More Added To Way Out West 2014 Line-up

Future Islands, Girl Band And Fka Twigs Join The Primavera Sound 2014 Line-Up

Posted on 27 March 2014

Future Islands, Girl Band And Fka Twigs Join The Primavera Sound 2014 Line-up

Icona Pop, Darkside, Bill Callahan, Ella Eyre And Royal Blood Added To Way Out West 2014 Line-Up

Posted on 19 March 2014

Icona Pop, Darkside, Bill Callahan, Ella Eyre And Royal Blood Added To Way Out West 2014 Line-up

Lena Dunham's 'SNL' Promo: Toplessness, To-Do Lists And Two Young Feminists [Video]


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The promo clip has been released for the upcoming Lena Dunham-hosted Saturday Night Live, which will air this Saturday (8th March). In the usual SNL promo style, Dunham appears in multiple takes to announce that she'll be hosting the entertainment show with music provided by Brooklyn's The National.

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Lena Dunham Will Host This Saturday's Episode Of 'SNL.'

The Girls writer appears in the comedy clip with SNL cast member Kate McKinnon but, unlike her character Hannah, this time it wasn't Dunham who was the butt of all the jokes. "I recently went on a Girls ride at a theme park," says McKinnon, her arm linked with Lena's. "Um, I don't think there is a Girls ride," replies an awkward-looking Lena.

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Model - The National Wedding Show held at the Birmingham NEC - Day One - Birmingham, United Kingdom - Friday 28th February 2014

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The National, Mogwai, Slowdive, Pixies, Kendrick Lamar And More Announced For Optimus Primavera Sound 2014

Posted on 10 February 2014

The National, Mogwai, Slowdive, Pixies, Kendrick Lamar And More Announced For Optimus Primavera Sound 2014

Primavera Sound 2014 Announce Full Line Up Including Nine Inch Nails, Queens Of The Stone Age And More

Posted on 29 January 2014

Primavera Sound 2014 Announce Full Line Up Including Nine Inch Nails, Queens Of The Stone Age And More

Ben Aaron and GInger Zee - The National Audubon Society's Annual Dinner honoring Dan W. Lufkin and Patrick F. Noonan at The Plaza Hotel - New York, New York, United States - Monday 27th January 2014

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Cast of Coronation Street - The National Television Awards 2014 (NTA's) held at the O2 Arena - Press Room - London, United Kingdom - Saturday 1st January 2000

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Paula Lane, Hayley Tamaddon, Julie Hesmondhalgh, Jennie Mcalpine, Debbie Rush and Coronation Street
Paula Lane, Hayley Tamaddon, Julie Hesmondhalgh, Jennie Mcalpine, Debbie Rush and Coronation Street

Nicole Morris, Carley Belmonte, Natalee Harris, Lateysha Grace and Jenna Jonathon - The National Television Awards 2014 (NTA's) held at the O2 Arena - Arrivals - London, United Kingdom - Saturday 1st January 2000

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The National, Debbie Rush and Ian Puleston Davies

Debbie Rush - The National Television Awards 2014 (NTA's) held at the O2 Arena - Press Room - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 22nd January 2014

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Kellie Bright - The National Television Awards 2014 (NTA's) held at the O2 Arena - Arrivals - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 22nd January 2014

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Neil Young To Play London Shows With The National. Permission To Drool.


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Neil Young and Crazy Horse are teaming up with Brooklyn indie-rockers The National for a Barclaycard British Summer Time show at London's Hyde Park in July 2014.

Neil YoungNeil Young Is Heading to London's Hyde Park

The veteran Canadian singer-songwriter will headline the gig on July 12, with support provided by The National, Tom Odell, Caitlin Rose, Phosphorescent and Flyte. Tickets were will be on pre-sale for Barclaycard customers at 9am on December 11, while a further pre-sale will go ahead on December 12.  Tickets will be on general release from 9am on December 13. 

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Matt Berninger - American Indi rockband The National performing live in concert at the Heineken Music Hall - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Thursday 7th November 2013

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Matt Berninger - American Indi rock band 'The National' performing in concert at the Heineken Music Hall - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Thursday 7th November 2013

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Brit Shaw - The National Breast Cancer Coalition Fund Presents The 13th Annual Les Girls Held at Avalon - Hollywood, California, United States - Tuesday 8th October 2013

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The National with Matt Berninger Performance - Popular new band, The National with lead singer Matt Berninger seen here at the Jimmy Kimmel Performance - Los Angeles CA, CA, United States - Tuesday 13th August 2013

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Danny Garcia - The National Puerto Rican Day Parade 2013 - New York City, NY, United States - Sunday 9th June 2013

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The National Show Off Their 'Demons' With The Unveiling Of New Song


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The National have a new album coming out next month, their sixth effort Trouble Will Find Me, and with the release date of their next instalment fast approaching the band have kindly given the listening public their first taste of the album with the single 'Demons.'

The track has been played for fans of the band at recent concerts and today marked the first time a studio-cut rendition of the song had been played to a mass audience before when it was aired this morning on BBC 6Music. As well as the unveiling of the new single, the band also released a time-lapse video to accompany the song on their YouTube page shortly after the radio airplay and will also be performing a studio session for DJ Steve Lamacq on the BBC station for a first time run through of their new material later today (April 8). The track offers the usual sorrowful melody to accompany the baritone grumbles from wine-sodden frontman Matt Berninger and will be a delight to fans and new comers looking for that little bit of melancholy in their daily listen. Trouble Will Find Me comes out May 20 and will be their first release since 2010's highly acclaimed High Violet, bar the one-off song the did for HBO series Game of Trones.

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Rejoice! The National Are Back With New Album 'Trouble Will Find Me'


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Three years after scoring critical and commercial success with 'High Violet,' The National are back with their fifth studio album 'Trouble Will Find Me.' Described as "the most self-assured collection of songs," ever produced by the Brooklyn band, the record drops on May 20, 2013. 

The album was recorded at Clubhouse in Rhinebeck, New York, and self-produced by The National. Frontman and songwriter Matt Berninger said, "For the past ten years we'd been chasing something, wanting to prove something. And this chase was about trying to disprove our own insecurities. After touring High Violet, I think we felt like we'd finally gotten there." In support of the new album, the band's documentary Mistaken For Strangers will premiere at this year's Tribeca Film Festival, opening the show on April 17, 2013. Directing by Tom Berninger, it follows the group on their biggest tour to date. 

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Mumford & Sons Working On Elton John Sounding Third Album


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It's been less than two months since Mumford And Sons released their number one selling second album 'Babel', but the folk band have already begun to create a new set of songs for album number three. 

Banjo player Winston Marshall revealed to NME that they plan to write a lot more music following their remarkable success. 'We've started working on new songs, got a rehearsal studio', he said. 'Got a few new tunes out of it. It was great, sounds really cool. They're bones [of songs] but really exciting bones. Sturdy bones.' In a recent interview with The Guardian, he also insisted that their latest sound shares similarities to The National and The Band 'without doing either of them justice' while bass player Ted Dwane likened it to 'the glory-days Elton John'. 

Marshall is also desperate to get the band together for the Glastonbury Festival next year having missed 2012's - the first year they've missed since their first appearance in 2008. 'We've done every Glastonbury that we could have and I've been every year since I can remember', he said. For now though, they have their Tour Of Two Halves to beat beginning in Torquay's Princess Theatre on November 21st 2012.

The National Thursday 26th July 2012 The National Theatre is turned into a blazing Fire Garden by the World Famous Pyrotechnic Company to mark the opening of the Olympics.

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Video - Rooney Mara Attends Gala - The National Board Of Review Awards Gala Arrivals Part 4


Rooney Mara was just one of the many celebrities in attendance at The National Board of Review Awards Gala, held in New York. Rooney had her short hair in a ponytail and was wearing a black dress. Rooney recently announced that since accepting the role of goth hacker Lisbeth Salander in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, her wardrobe had changed dramatically from 'girly' clothes to darker fashions.

Also walking the red carpet was Helen Mirren, who looked stunning as usual. She appeared to be in a good mood as she smiled for the photographers. Fellow British actor Tilda Swinton followed her shortly afterwards, also looking elegant

The National, Warwick Arts Centre - 25th November 2010 Live Review


Just into their second decade as a band, The National are finally coming close to getting the recognition they deserve. Appearances on Jools Holland and a thumbs up from Barack Obama have helped, but the Cincinnati, Ohia quartet's slow rise to mainstream recognition is built almost purely on a staggeringly consistent flow of material, including this years' wide-screen epic 'High Violet'. A reputation as one of the planets best live acts doesn't hurt either.

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The National, High Violet Album Review


The National have five regular band members (2 of which look like they could do a very respectable Gregory House impression if the sleeve is anything to go by). This is the Nationals fifth album, following on from the acclaimed, but all too rarely heard, 'Boxer', 'Agitator', 'Sad Songs For Dirty Lovers' and their eponymous debut. The National have gone from relative obscurity to chart at number 5 in the UK. Clearly 3 is no longer the magic number for the boys from Cincinnati, Ohio. (If only there was a 5AD).

High Violet is eleven superbly crafted tunes that are full of depth and beauty. Each track is generously layered to reveal hidden facets with every listen. Keep peeling away and you will be justly rewarded with character, charm and subtle complexity. Recorded in Aaron Dessner's Brooklyn garage and then mixed by long term collaborator Peter 'Interpol' Katis, High Violet also features the work of antipodean string arranger Padma Newsome as well as the delectable talents of Sufjan Stevensz.

Opener, 'Terrible Love', starts rather like The Jesus And Mary Chain trying to do a ballad, feedback and fuzz spliced with great harmonies. There is a foreboding within the song that builds and gathers momentum to deliver a terrifically intense and climactic conclusion. 'Sorrow' , the Americans equivalent of a morose 'Elbow' tune, is a wonderfully evocative tale of lost love complete with strings and choral backing.

"Sorrow found me when I was young,
sorrow waited, sorrow won.....
.....I don't wanna get over you."

The brooding, almost overbearing intimacy, continues on 'Anyone's Ghost', a piece of claustrophobic drama. Matt Berninger's deep baritone notes ooze through 'Little Faith' bleeding into the song like Quink on cartridge paper..."We'll play Nuns vs Priest until somebody cries." The guitar and drum work on 'Afraid Of Everyone' are phenomenally effective with an air of the Arcade Fire about them. The presence in the vocal delivery continues at the forefront with 'Bloodbuzz Ohio' an intense piece full of passion and delivered at you with unwavering contact. A sermon sung just for you.

The Peter Katis mix is never as apparent as a stylised reference until 'Lemonworld'. Here, rather than letting the individual elements of the instrumentation breathe, the sound is fused into a more sweeping movement, even giving the vocal less range and effect. This is not to say that the track is worse off for the treatment, merely that although it is in evidence elsewhere on High Violet, this is where it shows itself in the production the most.

The album finishes just as credibly as it started. 'Runaway' explores a more acoustic, and bassy, avenue. 'Conversation #16' feels out a 'Fleet Fox' furrow but with a darker, cloud filled, heavy atmosphere of tension...."When I said what I said I didn't mean anything." 'England' builds with strings and baritone as well as a little brass accompaniment. And to round off the eleven, 'Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks', is a fittingly moody and curious conundrum to close.

High Violet has driven The National into the public arena with a quality album full of remarkable songs. An album of the day on the rejuvenated 6 Music and already tipped as a "Potential album of the year" High Violet is as good as it sounds, and it sounds better every time!

Andrew Lockwood.

4.5/5

The National, A Skin, A Night / The Virginia EP EP Review


EP review of The National's A Skin, A Night / The Virginia released through Beggars Banquet.

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The National, Apartment Story Single Review


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The National, Boxer, Album Review


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