The National

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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 brassland.org 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...

April 10, 2012 - The National + Grateful Dead
We just want to point out that this happened. The Bridge Session, a collaborative concert involving...


Events

Date City and Venue Country
August 26, 2022 London, Victoria Park UK
August 26, 2022 Edinburgh, Royal Highland Centre UK
August 27, 2022 Manchester, Mayfield Depot UK
September 12, 2022 Denver, CO, Red Rocks Amphitheatre US
September 13, 2022 Kansas City, MO, Grinders KC US
September 14, 2022 Twin Cities, MN, Surly Brewing US
September 16, 2022 Milwaukee, WI, Riverside Theatre - WI US
September 17, 2022 St Louis, MO, Saint Louis Music Park US
September 18, 2022 Indianapolis, IN, TCU Amphitheater at White River State Park US
September 19, 2022 Pittsburgh, PA, Heinz Hall US
September 22, 2022 Boston / Cambridge, MA, Roadrunner US
September 24, 2022 Bridgeport, CT, Seaside Park US
September 24, 2022 Baltimore, MD, Riverfront Park 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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