The National

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September 22, 2017 - The National take This Is The Kit and Buke & Gase on tour
Our head of corporate PR just came storming through the office to notify us that brassland.org has...

December 10, 2012 - The National do All Tomorrow's Parties festival
The National curated (and decidedly sold out) All Tomorrow's Parties festival came and went this...

April 10, 2012 - The National + Grateful Dead
We just want to point out that this happened. The Bridge Session, a collaborative concert involving...


Events

Date City and Venue Country
July 28, 2018 Detroit, MI, West Riverfront Park US
July 30, 2018 Milwaukee, WI, Riverside Theatre US
August 2, 2018 Chicago, IL, Metro US
August 2, 2018 Chicago, IL, Grant Park US
August 3, 2018 Montreal, QC, Parc Jean-Drapeau Canada
August 4, 2018 Toronto, ON, Garrison Common, Fort York Canada
September 8, 2018 Berlin, Olympiastadion Germany
September 20, 2018 Los Angeles, CA, Hollywood Palladium US
September 21, 2018 Los Angeles, CA, Hollywood Palladium US
September 24, 2018 SF Bay Area, CA, Greek Theatre US
September 25, 2018 SF Bay Area, CA, Greek Theatre US
September 27, 2018 Philadelphia, PA, Mann Center for the Performing Arts US
September 28, 2018 Baltimore, MD, Merriweather Post Pavilion US
September 29, 2018 New York, NY, Forest Hills Stadium US
September 30, 2018 New York, NY, Forest Hills Stadium US
October 5, 2018 Austin, TX, Zilker Park US
October 7, 2018 Kansas City, MO, Starlight Theatre US
October 9, 2018 Denver, CO, Red Rocks Amphitheatre US
October 12, 2018 Austin, TX, Zilker Park US

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Notes


The National are a Brooklyn-based five-piece hailing from Ohio. The group contains two pairs of brothers -- Bryce Dessner (guitars), Aaron Dessner (bass, guitars), Scott Devendorf (bass, guitars), and Bryan Devendorf (drums) -- and features Matt Berninger on vocals. In recent years, brass players & multi-instrumentalists Kyle Resnick and Ben Lanz, both members of Beirut, have become increasingly integral to the band's live shows. Between Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers and Boxer, Padma Newsome from Brassland labelmates Clogs fulfilled a similar "key sideman" role, guesting on viola and violin, and working on the band's arrangements.

The National's music has drawn comparisons to Interpol, the Smiths, Tindersticks, and Tom Waits -- the latter due to Berninger's shattered, beautiful earthquake of a voice, which recalls the holy trinity of Cave, Cash and Cohen. However, though concerned with the forensics of heartbreak specifically and the human condition generally, the band are no mere copycats.

In 2005, The National graduated from Brassland and signed to the considerably larger British label, Beggars Banquet, releasing a series of critically acclaimed albums -- Alligator (2005), Boxer (2007), High Violet (2010) and Trouble Will Find Me (2013) -- and touring relentlessly, mostly throughout North America, the UK, Europe and Australia, though also in such far reaching locales as Japan, Turkey, and Moscow. They've grown in popularity to become one of the most beloved and well-known bands on the independent music circuit.

Regardless, The National retain strong ties with Brassland, a label founded, in part, to release the band's music. For example, The National's members have collaborated on record or live with Clogs, Nico Muhly, Pela, This is the Kit, Clogs and Doveman; helped to develop relationships with a next generation of artists, such as Buke and Gase, People Get Ready and Jherek Bischoff; and frequently invite bands from the Brassland roster to participate in live events.

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