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The National is a rock band formed in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1999 that is currently based out of Brooklyn, New York. The band's lyrics are written and sung by Matt Berninger, a baritone. The rest of the band is composed of two pairs of brothers: Aaron and Bryce Dessner and Scott and Bryan Devendorf. Aaron plays guitar, bass and keyboards, Bryce plays guitar and keyboards, Scott plays bass and guitar, and Bryan is the drummer. Padma Newsome, from sister band Clogs, often contributes strings, keyboards, and other arrangements and instrumental flourishes.
March 15, 2011
The National, Paolo Nutini and Suede will headline this year’s Latitude festival in Suffolk, it’s been announced. Other acts on the line-up include Foals, Bright Eyes and comedian Dave Gorman. Read more
November 30, 2010
The National were joined by Arcade Fire's Richard Reed Parry as they continued their residency at London's Brixton Academy tonight (November 30). The multi-instrumentalist, in town for the Montreal band's own arena shows this week, made a number of unassuming appearances throughout the show, including on ‘Anyone’s Ghost’ and 'Sorrow'. Read more
September 28, 2010
The National are set to re-issue their recent album 'High Violet' as a special expanded edition. The two-disc release will include the original eleven-track LP, as well as a bonus disc of unreleased songs and B-sides. Read more
May 17, 2010
The National have extended their forthcoming UK tour with an additional date in London. The band will now play Brixton Academy on December 1, as well as the previously announced date on November 30. Read more
May 11, 2010
The National have announced details of a UK tour, which gets underway in Bristol on November 24. The US band, whose new album ‘High Violet’ was released this week, will also play gigs in Coventry (November 25) and Glasgow (26). Read more
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