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The National

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  • Formed: Brooklyn, NY
  • Years Active: 2000s
  • Website: http://www.americanmary.com/
  • Recent Activity: 10.20.16 Additional details, including information on tickets, will be released soon.
  • The National

  • The National

  • The National


Biography All Music Guide

All Music Guide:

Although formed during the post-punk revival of the late '90s, the National took inspiration from a wider set of influences, including country-rock, Americana, indie rock, and Brit-pop. The lineup began taking shape in Ohio and officially cemented itself in New York, with baritone vocalist Matt Berninger joining forces with two sets of brothers -- Scott (bass) and Bryan Devendorf (drums), and Aaron (guitar) and Bryce Dessner (guitar). After establishing themselves as a live act, the bandmates made their studio debut with The National, a self-titled record that appeared in 2001 to considerable acclaim. Two years later, the band returned with Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers, a deft blending of alternative country and chamber pop that found the band partnering with producer Peter Katis.

The National continued working with Katis throughout the rest of the decade. Following the release of an EP, Cherry Tree, in 2004, the band signed with Beggars Banquet and released Alligator. Although sales were modest, Alligator proved to be one of the year's most critically approved releases. 2007's Boxer, an ambitious effort that featured orchestration by the Clogs' Padma Newsome and piano by Sufjan Stevens, fared similarly well. It also became the band's first album to chart fairly well, peaking at number 67 on the Billboard 200.

A documentary by French filmmaker Vincent Moon was released in 2008, capturing the band during the Boxer recording sessions. That same year, the National released The Virginia EP, a collection of new material and various B-sides, and began working on a new studio album with Katis. High Violet appeared two years later, earning the guys the highest marks of their career and going gold in multiple countries. 2013's Trouble Will Find Me, the group's sixth long-player, featured guest appearances from Sharon Van Etten, Sufjan Stevens, Dark Dark Dark's Nona Marie Invie, St. Vincent, Doveman, and Arcade Fire's Richard Reed Perry.

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  • 10.20.16 Additional details, including information on tickets, will be released soon.
  • 10.20.16 On Nov 2, we will host a Get Out The Vote performance for @HillaryClinton in Cincinnati as part of @HFA's "Love Tru… https://t.co/J1eQWI3wRl
  • 10.18.16 Last night, Bryan, Scott, and Aaron joined @BobWeir on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.@colbertlateshow https://t.co/EJUlN3qyXe
  • 10.18.16 RT @BobWeir: Gettin’ ready for the show... Tune in to the Late Show at 11:30 ET to see us and @barackobama on @colbertlateshow https://t.co…
  • 10.17.16 Scott, Bryan and Aaron join @BobWeir on @colbertlateshow tonight! 11:35/10:35c. 📷@distantstation https://t.co/XvCbS43hL9
  • 10.17.16 RT @nprmusic: An unnamed festival in Berlin invites the audience to watch artists like Bon Iver, The National create in real-time. https://…
  • 10.17.16 RT @30days30songs: Day 8 features a new track from @EL__VY, as well as an interactive video game. https://t.co/Ud0FHV1lKh https://t.co/VSCx…
  • 10.17.16 EL VY have released Are These My Jets? for the @30days30songs comp. Watch the video & play the game for yourself a… https://t.co/RB2EWRhHgs
  • 10.17.16 Update: Stream @BobWeir's set featuring Aaron Dessner, Scott & Bryan Devendorf, now at https://t.co/hHMzbcMUDG!
  • 10.16.16 Happy birthday @BobWeir! Stream tonight's show feat. Aaron Dessner, Scott & Bryan Devendorf at 8pm ET.… https://t.co/Hs2SEFwQDR
  • 10.11.16 Bryan & Scott Devendorf are on tour with @BobWeir. Watch video from last night featuring a couple special guests!… https://t.co/bTuXteu5pR
  • 10.07.16 2013. 📷 @kklenowski https://t.co/iyNkvMLuAv