The National

The National


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September 21, 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
June 6, 2020 Belfast, Botanic Gardens UK
June 7, 2020 Limerick, Live at the Docklands Ireland
June 8, 2020 Cork, Live at the Marquee Ireland
June 10, 2020 Paris, Salle Pleyel France
June 12, 2020 Hilvarenbeek, Best Kept Secret Festival Netherlands
July 15, 2020 Shelburne, VT, The Green at Shelburne Museum US
July 17, 2020 Chicago, IL, Union Park US
July 20, 2020 Twin Cities, MN, Surly Brewing Co. US
July 21, 2020 Winnipeg, MB, Burton Cummings Theatre Canada
July 23, 2020 Edmonton, AB, Edmonton Convention Centre (ECC) Canada
July 25, 2020 Helena, MT, KettleHouse Amphitheater US
July 26, 2020 Boise, ID, Outlaw Field at the Idaho Botanical Garden US
July 29, 2020 Washington, DC, Wolf Trap US
July 31, 2020 Philadelphia, PA, Musikfest US
August 1, 2020 Springfield, MA, Brewery Ommegang US
December 7, 2020 Auckland, The Civic, Auckland New Zealand
December 8, 2020 Auckland, The Civic, Auckland New Zealand
December 15, 2020 Melbourne, VIC, Palais Theatre Australia
December 16, 2020 Melbourne, VIC, Palais Theatre Australia
December 17, 2020 Melbourne, VIC, Palais Theatre Australia
May 25, 2021 London, O2 Academy Brixton UK
May 26, 2021 London, O2 Academy Brixton UK
May 29, 2021 Stockholm, Skansen Sweden
June 2, 2021 Barcelona, Primavera Sound Spain
June 6, 2021 Limerick, Live at the Docklands Ireland
June 8, 2021 Belfast, Botanic Gardens UK
June 13, 2021 Athens, Olympic Fencing Centre Greece

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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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