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The National Get Influx Of Taylor Swift Fans At Their Concerts

The National's frontman Matt Berninger says Taylor Swift's fans get "bewildered" at their concerts.The American rock band have seen an influx of younger fans - mainly Swifties - since the group's guitarist Aaron Dessner started...

'Before Folklore A Lot Of My Music Was Very Like Dear Diary Today I Felt A Feeling...' Taylor Swift Tells Eras Tour Crowd Why Her Eighth Album Is So Important

Taylor Swift told fans at her ‘Eras Tour’ concert at London's Wembley Stadium that her album ‘Folklore’ transformed her songwriting.The 34-year-old pop superstar took to the stage at the iconic soccer venue on Friday night...

Miley Cyrus, Lorde, The National Contribute To Talking Heads' Stop Making Sense Tribute Album

Miley Cyrus, Lorde, The National and more have contributed to the upcoming 'Everyone’s Getting Involved: A Tribute to Talking Heads’ Stop Making Sense' covers album.Following the success of the A24 documentary IMAX film last year...

Taylor's Swift Hit: Pop Superstar Wrote Willow In 'Less Than 10 Minutes'

Taylor Swift penned 'Willow' in "less than 10 minutes", according to collaborator Aaron Dessner.The 33-year-old megastar started working with The National star, 47, on the pair of 2020 sister records 'folklore' and 'evermore', and he's...

The National Are Set To Headline London's Crystal Palace Park

The National are set to play a massive outdoor show at London's Crystal Palace Park in 2024.The acclaimed rock band will play to the masses on July 5, 2024, with support from Unknown Mortal Orchestra,...

The National's Matt Berninger Combined His Own Insecurities With Cyrano Story For Somebody Desperate

The National frontman Matt Berninger wrote 'Somebody Desperate' about "someone confronting their own insecurities".The quintet's new single - which appears in the end credits of the new film adaptation of 'Cyrano' - deals lyrically with...

Aaron Dessner Thanks Taylor Swift For Restoring His 'Faith In Music'

Aaron Dessner has thanked Taylor Swift for restoring his “faith in music”. The National star, 44, produced and co-wrote much of the 'Shake It Off' hitmaker's sister records, 'folklore' and evermore', the former of which...

Valentine's Day 2021: Music To Soundtrack Your Day, In An Altogether Less Obvious Way!

If you're struggling to express your feelings, finding it difficult to choose a gesture, a gift or even a card for the object of your desire then music always has the answer. Whilst Steve Wright's...

Aaron Dessner Believes He Will Continue Working With 'Incredible' Taylor Swift

Aaron Dessner is keen to continue working with Taylor Swift.The National star produced and co-wrote much of the 'Shake It Off' hitmaker's sister records, 'folklore' and evermore', and he believes Taylor and the team behind...

The National's Matt Berninger: Singing With Taylor Swift Is Like Dancing With Gene Kelly

The National's Matt Berninger has compared singing with Taylor Swift to "dancing with Gene Kelly".The 49-year-old frontman was overjoyed to record the duet 'coney island’ - which was co-written by his bandmate Aaron Dessner -...

Taylor Swift Pays Tribute To Late Grandmother On Evermore Track

Taylor Swift pays tribute to her late grandmother Marjorie "who still visits" her “sometimes” on the track ‘marjorie’ on 'evermore'.The Grammy-winner released the surprise sister LP to 'folklore' overnight, and in an essay about the...

Bon Iver's Justin Vernon And The National's Dessner Brothers Launch Their Own Streaming Platform

American indie musicians Justin Vernon and brothers Aaron and Bryce Dessner have teamed up to launch a brand new streaming service named PEOPLE, an offshoot of the pair’s established PEOPLE festival.The USP behind the idea...

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

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...

The Maccabees Return To Latitude For Their First Major Headline Slot

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...

The National To Host Benefit Concert For 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...

Iggy Azalea Set To Perform At Jay-z's Made In America Festival, Joining The Likes Of Kanye West And John Mayer

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...

Made In Minnesota: Budweiser Made In America Documents The Best City Music Of The States

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 BudweiserBudweiser Made in America festival is on its way...

'Mistaken For Strangers': A Tale Of Two Brothers Living In Different Lemonworlds [Trailer]

‘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...

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

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...

Lena Dunham To Host 'Snl' As The National Make Their Musical Debut

Lena Dunham will host the second episode of the new season of Saturday Night Live, which will be broadcast on the 8th March, according to Deadline. The Girls creator will be making her hosting debut...

Jim Pusey's Top 10 Albums Of 2013

It's been a year of truly brilliant sounds even if there may have been a few disappointments along the way. Take hip hop, for example: unlike 2012's records by Kendrick Lamar and Macklemore & Ryan...

Contactmusic.com's Top Albums Of 2013

Vampire Weekend 'Modern Vampire in the City' - 'Modern Vampires in the City' makes it three for three for the New Yorkers and their latest release could very well be their best yet. It shows...

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

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 Young Is Heading to London's Hyde ParkThe veteran...

Lollapalooza 2013: The Key Bands That You Cannot Afford To Miss

Most of us are still cradling our weary heads from the Pitchfork Music Festival, but it's time to dust ourselves down, pull on our favorite band t-shirts and head to Chicago for one of America's...

Mlb's All-star Game Scores For Fox

Fox's coverage of Tuesday night's Major League Baseball All-Star game attracted an average of 10.26 million viewers, about the same as last year, according to overnight results from Nielsen Research. The final hour of the...

But Is It Art? Jay-z Plays 'Picasso Baby' For Six Hours At New York Gallery

The multi-million selling rapper Jay-Z aimed to combine and rap and modern art this week, performing his new track 'Picasso Baby' for six consecutive hours at Chelsea's Pace Gallery in New York. Confused? Well, the...

The National Put New Album Up To Stream On Itunes For Free

Today has been a great day for streaming new releases, as The National have become the next band today to put their long-awaited new album up to stream days before the official release. Daft Punk...

Lucasfilm Looking To Set Down In China

Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy is the latest top U.S. studio executive to make the pilgrimage to China to discuss ways in which the burgeoning Chinese film industry and Hollywood can cooperate to their mutual benefit....

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

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...

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