The National

The National



The National is an American rock band from Cincinnati, Ohio, formed in 1999. The band consists of Matt Berninger (vocals), Aaron Dessner (guitar, keyboards), Bryce Dessner (guitar), Scott Devendorf (bass) and Bryan Devendorf (drums).

Founded by Berninger, Aaron Dessner, and Scott and Bryan Devendorf, The National released their self-titled debut album, The National (2001), on Brassland Records, an independent record label founded by Dessner and his twin brother, Bryce Dessner. Bryce, who had assisted in recording the album, soon joined the band, participating as a full member in the recording of its follow-up, Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers (2003).

Leaving behind their day jobs, the National signed with Beggars Banquet Records and released their third studio album, Alligator (2005), to widespread critical acclaim. The band's fourth and fifth studio albums, Boxer (2007) and High Violet (2010), increased their exposure significantly. In 2013, the band released its sixth studio album, Trouble Will Find Me, which was nominated for Best Alternative Music Album at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards. In 2017 the band released the album Sleep Well Beast.

Four of the band's albums were included on NME's 2013 list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.



Spotify Singles
Spotify Singles is an album by The National, released on November 15, 2017.
Spotify Singles
Spotify Singles is a song by The National, released on November 15, 2017.
Sleep Well Beast
Sleep Well Beast is the seventh studio album by The National.
Day I Die
Day I Die is a song by The National, released on August 29, 2017.

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Watch: The music wouldn't start, so the JQH Arena crowd sang the national anthem instead
  –  December 26, 2017
"Please rise and remove your caps," the public address announcer said before Springfield Catholic's Tuesday evening matchup with Crane at the 72nd annual Blue and Gold Tournament. The JQH Arena crowd stood, put their hands over their hearts and looked at ...
YouTube blocks most music videos in Finland, including the national anthem [Update]
  –  December 21, 2017
In a bizarre turn of events, today Google blocked thousands of music videos on YouTube in Finland after the company failed to immediately reach a licensing agreement with local performance copyrights agency, Teosto. “We were unable to reach a new ...
Check out The National’s new studio version of rare, unreleased track ‘Rylan’
  –  December 20, 2017
but The National did recently tell NME that they already have an album’s worth of new material recorded. “Oddly, there was a whole other strain of music that we were making that we were all very excited about,” guitarist Aaron Dessner told NME.
Wayne Coyne Reviews 2017: On The National, Fyre Fest, Taylor Swift, Punching Nazis, & More
  –  December 19, 2017
That’s the National! Badass!” We’ve been around them in the past ... I’ve been around him, he’s charming. I don’t know his music that well, but as a personality or whatever, cool. I think, well, good for Taylor Swift. You know, she’s in ...
Cincinnati band The National announces hometown music festival
  –  December 17, 2017
A band with Cincinnati roots will host a music festival in Smale Park next spring, it announced. The National will play two unique sets during the two-night festival, called Homecoming, April 28 and 29 and promises more than 20 bands on two stages.
The National Share “Sleep Well Beast” Video and Announce Hometown Music Festival
  –  December 15, 2017
The National released their excellent new album, Sleep Well Beast, back in September via 4AD. It was our Album of the Week. Now they have shared a video for the album's title track, "Sleep Well Beast." Casey Reas and Graham MacIndoe directed the video ...
Watch the National Perform at Pitchfork Music Festival Paris 2017
  –  December 14, 2017
The National performed at this year’s Pitchfork Music Festival Paris on November 2; they also curated the lineup for that day. Below, watch the band play “Day I Die” and “Carin at the Liquor Store,” both from their latest record Sleep Well Beast.
The National, David Guetta & Poppy Gain Views In Top Music Videos Of The Week - December 15
  –  December 14, 2017
In the final week of full releases for 2017, a surprisingly generous number of established and emerging artists saved their best for last when it came to new music videos. Across the hip hop, pop, indie rock and electronic music worlds new clips have come ...
The National to Curate and Perform at New Cincinnati Festival
  –  December 14, 2017
The National’s Bryce Dessner, also a Classical composer ... year in what promises to be the largest and most expansive festival we have ever done, with music, dance, visual art and collaborations spilling out all over the city April 27-29."
The National to host Homecoming music festival in Cincinnati
  –  December 14, 2017
CINCINNATI, Ohio - Today, alternative rock band The National announced that it will host a two-day music festival in Cincinnati this upcoming summer. Though the lineup hasn't been fully announced, The National will perform each night with a different set ...
The National Talk Grammy Nomination & Hypnotic New Video for 'Sleep Well Beast': Exclusive Premiere
  –  December 14, 2017
The event, named Homecoming, will see The National work alongside Ohio-based organization MusicNOW (Dessner has been working with the organization for 13 years) and return to its home of Cincinnati this spring to host a weekend of music, art and more. "
The National Will Pay Tribute To Their Hometown Of Cincinnati With A New Music Festival
  –  December 14, 2017
The National are no strangers to music festivals. Beyond rarely appearing at them, they’ve curated portions of Pitchfork Music Festival in Paris as well as having member Aaron Dessner curate Boston Calling Music Festival yearly. But their latest endeavor ...
The National share music video for “Dark Side of the Gym”: Watch
  –  November 30, 2017
Peck, the NYC Ballet Resident Choreographer and soloist, also choreographed and stars in the clip. The low-key scene finds him dancing with Miami City Ballet mentor and Principal dancer Patricia Delgado in a high school gymnasium surrounded by balloons.
DJ C-SIK to take audiences on a journey after hours at the National Music Centre
  –  November 23, 2017
Rick Cruz was 13 years old when he decided he needed a turntable. It was, so to speak, a turning point for the Calgarian. “I wanted to have a turntable the same way that someone would want a guitar or drums,” says Cruz, who DJs under the name C-SIK.
With 'Sleep Well Beast,' the National brings new layers to gloom and heartache
  –  October 10, 2017
Each member of the National now lives in a different city, but the group has long had a fragmented work structure where the Dessners, along with the sibling rhythm section of Bryan and Scott Devendorf, would submit in-progress music to Berninger for him to ...

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