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19th April 2013

Fact: Rihanna, Kraftwerk and The National will headline Denmark's Roskilde festival in June and July (13). Slipknot, Sigur Ros, Queens Of The Stone Age, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Miguel, soul legend Bobby Womack, Jake Bugg, Crystal Castles, Suicidal Tendencies and Turbonegro will also perform at the annual music event.

4th April 2013

Quote: "These days, I f**king fear death... Bands spend a lot of time in vans. You go to sleep, knowing you're on a coach that has to get from France to Germany in 10 hours, and you wonder, 'What if I never wake up? I have a daughter. What'll happen to her if something happens to me?'" The National frontman Matt Berninger has a morbid fascination with death.

17th September 2012

The decision by The National Hockey League's owners to initiate a lockout of the league's players over the weekend had good news/bad news written all over it for NBC. On the one hand, the network is still required to pay the league $200 million as its annual payment on the $2-billion 10-year deal it signed with the NHL last year. (If the season completely goes down the tubes, the network will reportedly get one season free at the end of the ten years.) On the other hand, if the lockout lasts only a month or two it frees the network from having to televise the early contests at a time when viewers are preoccupied with the finale of the baseball season and the kickoff of the football season. However, USA Today pointed out today that the lockout could pose a serious problem for the fledgling NBC Sports Network, which was scheduled to carry at least 90 games, beginning on Oct. 11 with a doubleheader. NBC spokesman Chris McCloskey said on Sunday: We are preparing a selection of replacement programming that includes soccer, boxing, original programming, and college football, basketball and hockey.

10th March 2011

Fact: Mad Men and The Adjustment Bureau star John Slattery plays a Secret Service agent in colt band The National's new Conversation 16 video.

2nd August 2009

Quote: "They said there was going to be a tornado. So this is better, right?" The National frontman MATT BERNINGER tries to stay optimistic as the first day (31Jul09) of the All Points West festival in Jersey City, New Jersey is lashed by rain.

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