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, which won the Grammy award for Best Alternative Music Album at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards.

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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CHVRCHES reveal new song ‘My Enemy’ featuring The National’s Matt Berninger
  –  February 28, 2018
Ahead of their huge summer festival shows, including headlining London’s All Points East Presents in Victoria Park, The National recently confirmed that work has already begun on their next album. The update on new music follows the band’s claim back ...
Hear CHVRCHES' New Single "My Enemy," Featuring The National's Matt Berninger
  –  February 28, 2018
CHVRCHES have shared the second single from their forthcoming Love Is Dead (May 25, Glassnote Records), “My Enemy,” featuring The National frontman Matt Berninger. The song debuted as today’s World Record on Beats 1 on Apple Music. “My Enemy ...
Chvrches Get The National’s Matt Berninger To Feature On The Huge Electro Pop Duet ‘My Enemy’
  –  February 28, 2018
but they’ve already shared new music and a tracklist. Now we’re one step closer to the follow-up to 2015’s Every Open Eye, since the band debuted another new song today, a TKTKTKTK song called ‘My Enemy’ that features The National’s Matt Berninger.
Rock music and ageing? Crowd dispel myth at The National
  –  February 28, 2018
THERE'S something different about the crowd waiting for American indie rock band, The National, to start their set at the Riverstage in Brisbane's Botanical Gardens. And a quick snapshot says it all really. Stylish, well-dressed punters; polite ...
Our hills are (almost) alive with (the national tour of) 'The Sound of Music'
  –  February 23, 2018
SALT LAKE CITY — The Rocky Mountains are about to come “alive with the sound of music” as the national tour of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “The Sound of Music” makes its way to the Eccles Theater Feb. 27-March 4. But for loyal fans of the story ...
The National’s Matt Berninger to to write and star in movie about his life
  –  February 22, 2018
The National’s Matt Berninger is developing and starring in a TV show about his life. He’s writing the series with his brother Tom, his wife Carin and Australian filmmaker Trent O’Donnell. Fellow bandmate and Eaux Claires Music Festival co-creator ...
Music For All Presents The National Festival Choir Concert At Hilbert Circle Theatre
  –  February 21, 2018
(INDIANAPOLIS) - The National Festival Choir will perform in concert at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 17 at Hilbert Circle Theatre, featuring 400 students from across the United States, as part of the premiere Music for All National Choir Festival. Student choral ...
10 Latinos Who Rocked the National Anthem
  –  February 20, 2018
For every American, there’s something special about hearing our countries anthem being sung, especially by music’s finest! Check out these Latinos that showed their patriotic side and did the national anthem justice. Who would you love to see perform ...
The National Hotel Announce Pool Parties for 2018 Miami Music Week
  –  February 19, 2018
Miami's influential and independent Revolution Radio 93.5 and 7 Lines are hosting a series of exciting events that showcase a wealth of house and techno stars during WMC 2018. Long respected for their work in representing the real sound of Miami, the ...
The National's Aaron Dessner
  –  February 17, 2018
The National's latest Grammy award-winning album, Sleep Well Beast, has been described as a jolt to their sound. Within the band you'll find a husband and wife team writing the lyrics, a set of twins writing the music, and another set of brothers providing ...
The National Music Centre and how it fits into Calgary's music community
  –  February 10, 2018
Drew Anderson is a web journalist at CBC Calgary. Like almost every journalist working today, he's won a few awards. He's also a third-generation Calgarian. You can follow him on Twitter @drewpanderson. Sitting as a gateway into Calgary's hyper-gentrifying ...
Bjork, The National, Lorde, Arctic Monkeys Lead Stacked Primavera Sound Lineup
  –  January 29, 2018
The four-day festival will feature some of the biggest acts across music like Björk, The National, Arctic Monkeys, Lorde, A$AP Rocky, Migos, The War On Drugs and Vince Staples. Primavera Sound will take place From May 30-June 2 in Barcelona. The festival ...
Grammys 2018: The National Win Best Alternative Music Album
  –  January 28, 2018
The National have won Best Alternative Music Album at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards for their seventh studio album Sleep Well Beast. The record beat out Arcade Fire’s Everything Now, Gorillaz’s Humanz, Father John Misty’s Pure Comedy, and LCD ...
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 ...

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