This week's installment of Mandatory Music kicks off with a collaboration by two of alternative hip-hop's emerging stars.
Just a few days ago, Mumford and Sons delighted fans with the announcement of their forthcoming third album, Wilder Mind.
Aaron Dessner isn’t the only member of the National who's founded a music festival.
Thanks to Bon Iver's Justin Vernon and the National's Aaron Dessner, Eau Claire, Wisconsin, is getting a new music festival.
When two amazing things you would never expect to merge come together, there's only one explanation: it's a Christmas miracle!
Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon officially announced that he and the National’s Aaron Dessner will curate the first annual Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival.
Two actors appear in comedic clip reenacting scenes from The National's 'Mistaken for Strangers.'
It sure seems like you can't go one weekend in the summer without a music festival.
Following the National's ‘Letterman’ performance of ‘Don’t Swallow the Cap’ on Monday night (May 20), the show’s host complimented the Brooklyn-based band on a job well done, appropriately remarking, “A lot going on there.” Yes, there was, as Thomas Bartlett — who goes by the stage name Doveman — sat in with the group on keyboard, joining the string and horn sections also guesting on the tune.
The National pretty much summed up their aesthetic 10 years ago with the title of their second album, ‘Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers.’ No other blog-blessed indie band of the 21st century captures despair, melancholy and gloom in song quite like the Brooklyn-based quintet. Much of the gloom can be credited to singer Matt Berninger, whose grim baritone infuses the National’s songs with apocalyptic dread. Every heartbreak sounds like the literal end of the world when it comes from his lips.