The National

The National


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January 29, 2019 - VINYL ME PLEASE & The National special vinyl editions & catch-up - turn this into a studio story
- SNL > O2 Arena - slipmats As much as we love to surprise you, we know that whatever news we ha...

September 21, 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 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...


Date City and Venue Country
April 16, 2019 Paris, L'Olympia France
April 18, 2019 London, Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre UK
April 22, 2019 New York, NY, Beacon Theatre US
April 24, 2019 Toronto, ON, Roy Thomson Hall Canada
April 26, 2019 Los Angeles, CA, Orpheum Theatre US
June 11, 2019 Philadelphia, PA, Mann Center for the Performing Arts US
June 12, 2019 New York, NY, Prospect Park Bandshell US
June 16, 2019 Atlanta, GA, Coca-Cola Roxy US
June 17, 2019 Jacksonville, FL, St. Augustine Amphitheatre US
June 19, 2019 Washington, DC, The Anthem US
June 20, 2019 Portland, ME, Thompson's Point US
June 21, 2019 Montreal, QC, Place des Arts Canada
June 22, 2019 Hamilton, ON, Pier 8 Canada
June 24, 2019 Columbus, OH, EXPRESS LIVE! US
June 25, 2019 Detroit, MI, Hill Auditorium US
June 26, 2019 Indianapolis, IN, The Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park US
June 28, 2019 Chicago, IL, Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island US
July 10, 2019 Manchester, Castlefield Bowl UK
July 11, 2019 Madrid, Unknown venue Spain
July 13, 2019 London, Hyde Park UK
July 16, 2019 Hamburg, Stadtpark Freilichtbühne Germany
August 2, 2019 Waterford, Unknown venue Ireland
August 6, 2019 Glasgow, Kelvingrove Bandstand and Amphitheatre UK
August 7, 2019 Glasgow, Kelvingrove Bandstand and Amphitheatre UK
August 8, 2019 Castelbuono, Unknown venue Italy
August 9, 2019 Bucharest, Unknown venue Romania
August 14, 2019 Paredes de Coura, Unknown venue Portugal
August 28, 2019 Vancouver, BC, Deer Lake Park Canada
August 29, 2019 Seattle, WA, Marymoor Park US
August 30, 2019 Portland, OR, McMenamin's Historic Edgefield Manor US
September 1, 2019 SF Bay Area, CA, Frost Amphitheater US
September 2, 2019 Los Angeles, CA, Greek Theatre US
September 3, 2019 Phoenix, AZ, Comerica Theatre US
September 5, 2019 Salt Lake City, UT, Ogden Amphitheater US
September 8, 2019 Santa Fe, NM, Santa Fe Opera House US
September 10, 2019 Austin, TX, Austin360 Amphitheater US
September 11, 2019 Houston, TX, White Oak Music Hall US
November 26, 2019 Berlin, Columbiahalle Germany
November 27, 2019 Berlin, Columbiahalle Germany
November 29, 2019 Copenhagen, Royal Arena Denmark
December 3, 2019 Zürich, Samsung Hall Switzerland
December 4, 2019 Munich, Zenith, Die Kulturhalle Germany
December 5, 2019 Stuttgart, Porsche Arena Germany

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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.

Boy, that makes it sound really serious! Just watch this:

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