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Music, Hear This Concert preview: The National

Concert preview: The National

When it comes to nuanced gloom and prickly ennui, no one approaches the perfection of Matt Berninger. As the soul-plumbing baritone fronting the National, he bestows a late-night whiskey warmth to songs that are more about unlikely survival than abject…
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Music, All Shook Down LastNight: The National at Bimbo's 365

LastNight: The National at Bimbo's 365

(Photo by Tyler Callister. Click for slideshow.) The National June 27, 2007 Bimbo’s 365 Club Better Than: Listening to Radiohead on your iPod and crying yourself to sleep. Download: Very cool video clips of The National. Underneath a sleeping…
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Music, Hear This French electro-rock luminary Richard Pinhas graces the States

French electro-rock luminary Richard Pinhas graces the States

A friend once described the National as the ideal band to spin when you're alone and wallowing in misery. It's a fair assessment: Matt Berninger's deep drawl and the band's velvety piano-folk are decidedly intimate. But with the recent release…
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Music, Reviewed The National

The National

There's practically a new genre for trite-by-the-book rock bands that find themselves featured on the WB one month and dropped from a major label the next. What saves the National from being one of these is singer Matt Berninger's low-like-the-Magnetic-Fields…
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