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Thursday, October 9 2014

The 100 Best Albums of the 2000s: 20-1

These top 20 records of the '00s feature some familiar faces, but also several that, over time, have grown more fondly in memory.

Tuesday, September 30 2014

Lit Up: The National's 'Alligator' and the Hope of Indie Rock

The National's seminal 2005 album Alligator shows the band, like America, to be lit up by white lights even as it is surrounded by darkness.

Thursday, December 26 2013

The Artists of the Year: 2013 Edition

It was a year of thrilling comebacks from legends like My Bloody Valentine and David Bowie as well the launch of major new talents like Lorde and Kacey Musgraves. These artists had the biggest impact on the shape of music in 2013.

Sunday, December 22 2013

The Most Disappointing Albums of 2013

This year's list of the most disappointing albums of 2013 reads like the "best of" list from four or five years ago. It shouldn't be surprising how these tides turn, but it always is.

Monday, December 2 2013

The Best Indie Rock of 2013

It's a generalization, but the year in indie rock saw a turn away from harmony-focused, gentle rock and back toward something a bit noisier, a bit more idiosyncratic, a little harder to ignore.


Tuesday, October 2 2012

The Money I Owe: The National's 'Bloodbuzz Ohio' in 2012

The National's "Bloodbuzz Ohio" stays relevant and touching as the Great Recession continues.


Monday, May 20 2013

The National: Trouble Will Find Me

The National keeps on growing older gracefully with the impeccably executed Trouble Will Find Me, but it might just be that the venerable group has reached the point of no-longer-increasing returns.

Thursday, August 5 2010

The National + Vampire Weekend: 13 July 2010 - Lyon, France

While it’s odd to see such a 50/50 split in the attentions of an audience, it’s clear that both bands have something worthwhile to offer.

Thursday, July 29 2010

The National: iTunes Festival London 2010

Here's a short online live EP from the National that leaves you breathlessly wanting more.

Sunday, May 9 2010

The National: High Violet

For now, at least, the National have put aside the fireworks of their younger days; luckily, High Violet is such a stirring take on the perils of grown-up life that it's easy not to miss them.

Sunday, June 21 2009

The National: 29 May 2009 - Philadelphia

The National’s performance, muted and uneasy as it was, still elicited rapt attention and glowing faces.


Tuesday, August 27 2013

The National - "Graceless" (video)

The National is now up to six videos from 'Trouble Will Find Me', released earlier this year.

Thursday, August 15 2013

Beach Fossils - "Crashed Out" (video)

The National and Beach Fossils both released new records in early 2013, each effort playing like the inverse of the other.

Friday, June 7 2013

The National: 5 June 2013 - Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY (Photos)

The National returned to "where it all began" when they played the biggest headlining show of their career in Brooklyn.

Wednesday, May 29 2013

A Festival, a Parade: The National's Best Lyrics

To celebrate the National's new record, Trouble Will Find Me, we count down frontman Matt Berninger's best lyrics.

Friday, April 26 2013

The National Debuted Two New Songs Last Night on 'Fallon'

The National's eagerly-awaited new album 'Trouble Will Find Me' releases on 21 May and the group shared two new songs ("Sea of Love" and "I Need My Girl") with the world in live performance last night as a web exclusive.


Tuesday, September 18 2007

Band is building a buzz with one of the best albums of the year

Some bands rocket to fame and pray not to burn out. Some become household names only after years of steady gigging and recording. And then

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