The National

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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...

January 23, 2012 - Curate-a-Thon for The National
The National have found a way to cure the post-tour blues, now that they're keeping busy with cu...


Events

Date City and Venue Country
September 5, 2017 Philadelphia, PA, Union Transfer US
September 16, 2017 Cork, Cork Opera House Ireland
September 17, 2017 Dublin, Vicar Street Ireland
September 18, 2017 Dublin, Vicar Street Ireland
September 20, 2017 Edinburgh, Usher Hall UK
September 21, 2017 Edinburgh, Usher Hall UK
September 22, 2017 Manchester, O2 Apollo Manchester UK
September 23, 2017 Manchester, O2 Apollo Manchester UK
September 25, 2017 London, Eventim Apollo UK
September 26, 2017 London, Eventim Apollo UK
September 27, 2017 London, Eventim Apollo UK
September 28, 2017 London, Eventim Apollo UK
October 5, 2017 Boston / Cambridge, MA, Wang Theatre, Boch Center US
October 6, 2017 New York, NY, Forest Hills Stadium US
October 7, 2017 Pittsburgh, PA, Stage AE US
October 8, 2017 Detroit, MI, Masonic Temple US
October 11, 2017 Los Angeles, CA, Hollywood Bowl US
October 12, 2017 San Diego, CA, Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre US
October 14, 2017 SF Bay Area, CA, Greek Theatre US
October 21, 2017 Hamburg, Elbphilharmonie Germany
October 23, 2017 Berlin, Tempodrom Germany
October 24, 2017 Berlin, Tempodrom Germany
October 25, 2017 Amsterdam, AFAS Live Netherlands
October 26, 2017 Amsterdam, AFAS Live Netherlands
October 28, 2017 Lisbon, Coliseu dos Recreios Portugal
October 30, 2017 Brussels, Palais des Beaux-Arts (Bozar) Belgium
October 31, 2017 Brussels, Palais des Beaux-Arts (Bozar) Belgium
November 2, 2017 Paris, Grande Halle de la Villette France
November 4, 2017 Stockholm, Annexet Sweden
November 5, 2017 Stockholm, Annexet Sweden
November 6, 2017 Oslo, Sentrum Scene Norway
November 7, 2017 Oslo, Sentrum Scene Norway
November 27, 2017 Portland, OR, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall US
November 28, 2017 Seattle, WA, Paramount Theatre US
November 29, 2017 Seattle, WA, Paramount Theatre US
December 1, 2017 Vancouver, BC, Queen Elizabeth Theatre Canada
December 2, 2017 Vancouver, BC, Queen Elizabeth Theatre Canada
December 4, 2017 Philadelphia, PA, Verizon Hall, Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts US
December 5, 2017 Washington, DC, The Anthem US
December 7, 2017 Montreal, QC, Métropolis Canada
December 8, 2017 Montreal, QC, Métropolis Canada
December 9, 2017 Toronto, ON, Sony Centre for the Performing Arts Canada
December 10, 2017 Hamilton, ON, Hamilton Place Theatre Canada
December 12, 2017 Chicago, IL, Civic Opera House US
December 13, 2017 Chicago, IL, Civic Opera House 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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