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 3, 2023 Portland, OR, McMenamins Historic Edgefield Manor US
June 4, 2023 Seattle, WA, Marymoor Live US
June 5, 2023 Vancouver, BC, Deer Lake Park Canada
August 1, 2023 Philadelphia, PA, The Met Philadelphia US
August 2, 2023 Philadelphia, PA, The Met Philadelphia US
August 3, 2023 Bridgeport, CT, Westville Music Bowl US
August 5, 2023 Montreal, QC, Unknown venue Canada
August 7, 2023 Detroit, MI, The Fillmore US
August 8, 2023 Madison, WI, The Sylvee US
August 9, 2023 Twin Cities, MN, The Armory US
August 11, 2023 Denver, CO, Mission Ballroom US
August 12, 2023 Denver, CO, Mission Ballroom US
August 15, 2023 Nashville, TN, Ascend Amphitheater US
August 16, 2023 Atlanta, GA, Cadence Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park US
August 18, 2023 New York (NYC), NY, Madison Square Garden US
August 20, 2023 Toronto, ON, Budweiser Stage Canada
September 15, 2023 Cincinnati, OH, Icon Festival Stage US
September 21, 2023 Dublin, 3Arena Ireland
September 23, 2023 Leeds, First Direct Arena UK
September 24, 2023 Glasgow, OVO Hydro UK
September 26, 2023 London, Alexandra Palace UK
September 27, 2023 London, Alexandra Palace UK
September 29, 2023 Amsterdam, Ziggo Dome Netherlands
September 30, 2023 Berlin, Max-Schmeling-Halle Germany
October 1, 2023 Munich, Zenith, die Kulturhalle Germany
October 4, 2023 Madrid, WiZink Center Spain
October 5, 2023 Porto, Super Bock Arena - Pavilhão Rosa Mota Portugal
October 6, 2023 Lisbon, Campo Pequeno Portugal
November 10, 2023 SF Bay Area, CA, Bill Graham Civic Auditorium US
November 11, 2023 San Diego, CA, Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre at SDSU US
November 17, 2023 Austin, TX, Moody Center ATX US
November 18, 2023 Houston, TX, White Oak Music Hall - Pulse Power Stage on the Lawn US
November 19, 2023 Dallas - Fort Worth, TX, The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory US

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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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