The National

The National


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September 22, 2017 - The National take This Is The Kit and Buke & Gase on tour
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December 10, 2012 - The National do All Tomorrow's Parties festival
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April 10, 2012 - The National + Grateful Dead
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Date City and Venue Country
January 23, 2018 Mexico City, Pepsi Center WTC Mexico
February 21, 2018 Sydney, NSW, Forecourt, Sydney Opera House Australia
February 22, 2018 Sydney, NSW, Forecourt, Sydney Opera House Australia
February 25, 2018 Auckland, Villa Maria Estate Winery New Zealand
February 27, 2018 Brisbane, QLD, Riverstage Australia
March 1, 2018 Melbourne, VIC, Sidney Myer Music Bowl Australia
March 16, 2018 Buenos Aires, Hipódromo de San Isidro Argentina
March 16, 2018 Santiago, Parque O'Higgins Chile
March 22, 2018 Rio de Janeiro, Circo Voador Brazil
March 23, 2018 Bogota, Unknown venue Colombia
March 23, 2018 São Paulo, Autódromo José Carlos Pace (Interlagos) Brazil
April 28, 2018 Cincinnati, OH, Smale Riverfront Park US
April 30, 2018 Richmond, VA, Sprint Pavilion US
May 1, 2018 Raleigh, NC, Red Hat Amphitheater US
May 3, 2018 Nashville, TN, Ascend Amphitheater US
May 4, 2018 Atlanta, GA, Unknown venue US
May 4, 2018 Knoxville, TN, Arena US
May 5, 2018 Jacksonville, FL, St. Augustine Amphitheatre US
May 25, 2018 Boston / Cambridge, MA, Harvard Athletic Complex US
June 2, 2018 London, Victoria Park UK
June 7, 2018 Aarhus, Unknown venue Denmark
June 8, 2018 Helsinki, Teurastamo Finland
June 8, 2018 Hilvarenbeek, Beekse Bergen Netherlands
June 15, 2018 Dublin, Donnybrook Stadium Ireland
June 16, 2018 Dublin, Donnybrook Stadium Ireland
July 13, 2018 Lisbon, Passeio Marítimo de Algés Portugal
September 24, 2018 SF Bay Area, CA, Greek Theatre US
September 25, 2018 SF Bay Area, CA, Greek Theatre US

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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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