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The National carry indie rock's aging flag

The National seem to be among the ranks of Bon Iver, Adele, and TV on the Radio as some of the fresh-faced replacements for tired cranks like Sting, Billy Joel, and the Eagles when it comes to the music Baby Boomers and — now Gen-Xers — are latching on
Elder statesman
By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  September 09, 2011

Video: The 12 acts you should've seen at Bonnaroo 2010

When I told my bosses here at the Phoenix  that I was going to need some time off to attend Bonnaroo for my third year in a row, I expected to hear something along the lines of, "Have fun, don't die, and we'll see you when you get back."
From the xx to Jay-Z
By MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  June 25, 2010

VIDEO: The National at the House of Blues | June 2, 2010

The National performing "Slow Show." Click here to see live concert photos by Derek Kouyoumjian  At the National's sold-out Wednesday show at the House of Blues,...
By Alexandra Cavallo  |  June 05, 2010

Master crafters

In a perfect world, a great moment in music would come accompanied by a sense of grace, as if it had traveled far and long to reach you here and now. In short: great art is often the product of a lot of work — and work isn’t all that exciting.
The National come back from the drawing board
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  May 28, 2010

More than just 'Abel'

Berninger, eyes still closed, let the music overtake him as he led the audience in frenzied shouts of “I won’t fuck us over."
The National, Middle East Downstairs, June 21-22, 2007
By CAITLIN E. CURRAN  |  June 25, 2007

The National

The National’s new vessel turns out to be a pirate ship.
Boxer | Beggars Banquet
By MATT ASHARE  |  June 19, 2007


Off the record: Week of May 11, 2007

The Battles album Mirrored plays like an impossibly taut hipster remix of an air strike from Star Wars .
The National, Battles, Handsome Furs, and Deerhunter
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  May 09, 2007