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The National Homecoming 2018 Recap – Day 2

By Will Oliver, June 8th 2018

After a great first day at The National’s inaugural Homecoming festival, it was time for Day 2 which hung on the promise of a sure-to-be-epic performance from The Nationla themselves playing all of their classic album Boxer.

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Day 2 was equally as well curated as the previous day, starting with the electronic workings of Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith and an always welcome performance from Big Thief, who shared a few new songs that sounded every bit as great as their previous material.
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The National Homecoming 2018 Recap – Day 1

By Will Oliver, June 6th 2018

The National returned home to Cincinnati with Homecoming, a festival of their own that is quite representative of their career. While its a big next step for a band that increasingly gets bigger on their own terms, they too constructed the festival on their own terms, booking a well-rounded and solid festival lineup at Smale Park featuring many of their peers that provided a more intimate festival experience than your typical summer festival.

Both days of the weekend festival featured two special headlining performances from the band themselves, with night one featuring a unique set that mixed their newest tracks and old fan favorites with a few rare treats and surprises thrown in to mark their return to their roots.
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Boston Calling kicked off night 1 of the festival tonight and it featured a late night performance from The National. They were joined by fellow festival performer Maggie Rogers during “I Need My Girl,” who offered some great duel vocals with Matt Berninger to the crowds clear delight.

Our very own Ross Bernhardt is at the festival and captured a video of the moment for us. Find a video of the performance posted below.
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The National at Forest Hills Stadium (October 6, 2017)

By Will Oliver, November 23rd 2017 — with 1 comment

It will be hard to find many best of lists that don’t include Sleep Well Beast, the latest from the ever reliable The National. The band break free from “their formula’ and explore new avenues that are rich and rewarding. We saw them perform the album in full twice this year, first over the summer at Basilica Hudson and then the day of release at Bowery Ballroom.
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The National at Bowery Ballroom (September 8, 2017)

By Will Oliver, November 4th 2017 — with 2 comments

The National have resumed their role as one of the most consistent bands of modern times, releasing their tremendous new album Sleep Well Beast via 4AD.

They celebrated the release day with a very intimate performance at Bowery Ballroom for lucky subscribers of SiriusXM. The fact that the band used to barely fill out Bowery Ballroom back in their pre-Alligator days and now had fans dying to find a way to get into this show spoke volumes about the way that the band has leapfrogged their way to become one of of indie rocks biggest bands.
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The National at Basilica Hudson (July 14, 2017)

By Will Oliver, July 23rd 2017 — with 3 comments

When The National return with new music, it tends to be a good year. I guess it’s a good year, as they’re back with their long-awaited new album Sleep Well Beast on September 8 via 4AD. They gave fans a sneak preview of the album at Basilica Hudson on July 14 and 15 (we caught the first show on the 14th), much smaller shows that their upcoming performance at Forest Hills Stadium.

This wasn’t just any ordinary show, as it was titled a Guilty Party (taken from the recently released song of the same name) that featured opening sets from friends of the band that included: Buke & Gase, Nadia Sirota, Mouse on Mars, and SO Percussion. They used the setting of Basilica Hudson to put on a special show, with The National set up in the round in the middle of the room, while each of the openers were given a mini-stage in a corner where they each had a chance to shine.
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It’s pretty hard to believe that it’s been four years since The National released Trouble Will Find Me. Fans have been patiently awaiting a new album, with the wait made a bit easier with the bands other projects, including El Vy, LNZNDRF, and the countless work of the Dessner twins. All signs have been pointing towards a new album this year, and the band have been slowly dropping hints about the new record, which was finally announced today.
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[new]: The National – “Sunshine On My Back”

By Will Oliver, April 2nd 2015

The National - Sunshine On My Back

There’s not much better than getting a new song out of the blue from one of your favorite bands. We got that today with a brand new single from The National called “Sunshine On My Back.” It’s not the first single of a new album, but rather a leftover from the Trouble Will Find Me sessions and it’s being included as a bonus for fans who purchase the bands documentary Mistaken For Strangers.

It’s a beautiful sweeping track that features the always fantastic Sharon Van Etten on backing vocals. It’s a great song, but I can sort of understand why it was left of the album. Not a knock on it, but stylistically it doesn’t seem to fit as well.

If you didn’t purchase the movie, you can find the single available to stream on Spotify and available to purchase on iTunes.

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