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
August 6, 2024 Copenhagen, Royal Arena Denmark
August 8, 2024 Gothenburg, Slottsskogen Sweden
September 12, 2024 Manchester, NH, Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion US
September 13, 2024 New York (NYC), NY, Forest Hills Stadium US
September 14, 2024 Providence, RI, Xfinity Center US
September 16, 2024 Baltimore, MD, Merriweather Post Pavilion US
September 17, 2024 Philadelphia, PA, TD Pavilion at the Mann US
September 19, 2024 Montreal, QC, Place Bell Canada
September 20, 2024 Toronto, ON, Budweiser Stage Canada
September 21, 2024 Akron, OH, Blossom Music Center US
September 24, 2024 Chicago, IL, United Center US
September 25, 2024 Detroit, MI, Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre US
September 26, 2024 Madison, WI, Breese Stevens Field US
September 28, 2024 Denver, CO, Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre US
September 29, 2024 Salt Lake City, UT, Granary Live US
October 1, 2024 Seattle, WA, Climate Pledge Arena US
October 2, 2024 Vancouver, BC, Rogers Arena Canada
October 3, 2024 Portland, OR, Moda Center US
October 5, 2024 Santa Rosa, CA, Meritage Resort US
October 6, 2024 SF Bay Area, CA, Greek Theatre, UC Berkeley US
October 7, 2024 Los Angeles (LA), CA, Hollywood Bowl US
October 10, 2024 Mexico City, Palacio de los Deportes Mexico

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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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