The National

Track of the Day: The National “Never Tear Us Apart” (INXS Cover) (2020)

March 3, 2020

Lifted from Julia Stone-curated compilation Songs for Australia, an excellent cover of INXS classic “Never Tears Us Apart” recalls the unbridled creativity oft credited to The National. The Ohio band, set to tour Australia later this month, faithfully recreate the endearing tune with a few drastic changes for good measure. While frontman Matt Berninger is […]

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Lollapalooza Day Two: Post Malone, Bruno Mars, The National, Brockhampton and more highlight Friday’s best

August 4, 2018

The second day of Lollapalooza was jam packed with much variety and some of the hottest names in music today. The three headliners couldn’t have provided more variety and something for everyone. Dillon Francis played the EDM main stage Perry’s, while Bruno Mars and National played the main stages on the North and Souh ends […]

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Review: The Killers show everyone how it’s done on the first day of Boston Calling

May 28, 2018

Boston Calling kicked off the weekend to a mid-sized crowd on a hot, windy day, which gave me major flashbacks to the Big Day Out and Falls Festivals past. Within the first ten minutes I was sweaty, covered in dirt, and had sneezed about a hundred times. But if you don’t get a little grimy and […]

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Live Review: The National introduce Sleep Well Beast to massive Sydney crowd

February 23, 2018

There’s definitely something enigmatic about The National. They’ve been a band for twenty years, are all seemingly grounded family men, and manage to always find themselves in the upper echelons of festival bills. And yet, they don’t rest on their laurels. They’ve just won their first Grammy, and have returned to the Sydney Opera House […]

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Interview: Seven albums in, Matt Berninger shines a light on the inner workings of The National

February 20, 2018

When Matt Berninger calls me from New York on a Friday morning, he’s punctual and polite. Nerves hit me for a split second, if only because I – like many – consider albums from The National to be associated with some serious moments of emotional torment of uplifting. When posed with the opportunity to interview the songwriter […]

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The National bolster Australian tour dates with addition of Little May to east coast shows

January 24, 2018

Returning next month for the first time since 2014, The National will be playing shows in Sydney at The Sydney Opera House, Brisbane at Riverstage, and Melbourne at Sidney Myer Music Bowl. Excitingly, this week we learned that special guests Little May as support act for all Australian shows! The connection between the two extends to the […]

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Music Video of the Day: The National “Sleep Well Beast” (2017)

December 21, 2017

When US indie giants The National received a Grammy nomination for best packaging, it seemed fitting that the band would translate their acclaimed album art into video form. The new music video for “Sleep Well Beast”, like the album art, is a collaboration between the band, graphic designer Luke Hayman, artist Casey Reas and photographer […]

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Best New Music Mondays ft. Vallis Alps, DZ Deathrays, The National & more (December 11th)

December 11, 2017

The final weeks of 2017 are upon us and as summer playlists continue to come together, we’ve got another slew of new songs for you to listen to. From DZ Deathrays‘ “Total Meltdown” to Sufjan Stevens‘ “The Greatest Gift”, there’s plenty to sink your teeth into this week. Get started by hitting play! ———- This content has […]

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Music Video of the Day: The National “Dark Side of the Gym” (2017)

December 5, 2017

The National have had a huge year. Their critically acclaimed new album Sleep Well Beast has just received two Grammy nominations (for Best Alternative Music Album and Best Recording Package) and the band are currently embarking a massive US tour. The National are also due to play some epic shows in Australia in February next year, bringing […]

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Revisiting The National’s 2013 documentary, Mistaken for Strangers

August 25, 2017

This week it was announced that The National were to be returning to Australian shores early next year. The shows are going to be some of the band’s biggest in the country, taking in the Sydney Opera House, Brisbane’s Riverstage and the Sidney Myer Music Bowl in Melbourne and will serve as a great introduction of […]

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Sound the alarm: The National have announced album #7, Sleep Well Beast

May 11, 2017

FINALLY. The National have re-emerged with details of their long-awaited new album, Sleep Well Beast, due for release this September 8th. To be released through 4AD/Remote Control Records, Sleep Well Beast is the seventh studio record for The National and saw the Dessner brothers on production duties. Also revealed today was the first taste of the new album from […]

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Album Review: Various Artists – Day of the Dead (2016 LP)

June 14, 2016

Tribute albums are funny things. Usually formed by a disparate rabble of mainstream artists and indie darlings, they often lack consistency of style and tone. For the most part, Day of the Dead, an extensive tribute collection to The Grateful Dead, avoids this typical problem. Collated by Bob Weir and members of The National, it […]

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The AU Review’s 101 Greatest Songs of All Time: Part Four – The Top 25

May 30, 2016

Today, we find ourselves at the top end of our 101 Greatest Songs of All Time countdown. We’ve already seen some classic gems mixed in with some older favourites further down the list but as we look at this eclectic Top 25, there are definitely some tunes in here that might surprise. When it came […]

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Festival Review: The 27th Annual Byron Bay Bluesfest – Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm (24-28.03.16)

April 1, 2016

Five full days of music will wear even the most vehement live music fanatic thin. Byron Bay Bluesfest is always a big ask for those who are up to the task, but the ones who stick it out for the entire Easter Weekend are rewarded with some of the best, most profoundly satisfying live music […]

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Day Two of Bluesfest 2016 was all about powerful songwriting with City and Colour, The National, and more

March 25, 2016

The energy was different in the air for Day Two of the 27th annual Bluesfest; compared to the festival’s first night, the crowd was much more relaxed, more in-line with a traditional Bluesfest audience, arguably because those who were only there to see Kendrick Lamar on the Thursday hadn’t returned for more. That or everyone […]

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Festival Review: Auckland City Limits – Western Springs (19.03.16)

March 23, 2016

After a worrying spat of cancelled festivals – Soulfest, Echo Fest and Westfest – it would have been understandable for the majority to approach the inaugural Auckland City Limits with caution. The reputation of Austin City Limits, one of the biggest and most loved music festivals in the history of music festivals, may have been […]

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Kendrick Lamar closes the inaugural Auckland City Limits while homegrown acts steal the show

March 19, 2016

Kendrick Lamar is without a doubt one of the most bankable artists in the world right now, so it was only right that Live Nation, C3 Presents, and locals CRS Presents lock in the Compton emcee for a headline slot at the inaugural Auckland City Limits. Taking the Spark One stage right after co-headliners The […]

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Gang of Youths, Jarryd James & more added to first ever Auckland City Limits Festival!

January 14, 2016

New Zealand is about to get their first taste of a festival like no other! Auckland City Limit hits Western Springs Stadium in March with Kendrick Lamar and The National topping the bill, while some sick additions in Sydney’s Gang of Youths and Melbourne’s Jarryd James among the latest additions to the whopping lineup! With the […]

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The 27th Bluesfest Byron Bay lines up The “Original” Blues Brothers Band, Don McLean and more in latest announcement

December 3, 2015

The 27th Bluesfest Byron Bay has gotten bigger… again! Held over Easter (Thursday 24th March – Monday 28th March 2016), the festival has released another lineup chock full of artists that give precedence to its name: they are here to help represent the Blues! Added to the line-up is The “Original” Blues Brothers Band, Don […]

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Feature: Ten Must-See Music Documentaries (Part Two)

August 2, 2013

Part two of my selection of must-see music documentaries. Part one can be found HERE. The Filth And The Fury – (Julian Temple, 2000) Featured Artist: The Sex Pistols End Of The Century: The Story Of The Ramones – (Jim Fields, Michael Gramaglia, 2003) Featured Artist: The Ramones These films chronicle the careers of punk’s […]

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Festival Review: Southbound Festival, Day 2 – Sir Stewart Bovell Park, Busselton (02.01.11)

January 8, 2011

Day 2 shall now forever be known as the Day of the Clash, so many great bands and not nearly enough time to see them all. It’s also the day a special shipment of Strongbow had to be shipped down because the bar had managed to run out after only one day. Up first on […]

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