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Concerts

The National; credit: Laura Fedele

June 11, 2010 The beloved Brooklyn indie-rock band locates the sweet spot between majesty and mopery.

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June 7, 2010 Hear band's wildly acclaimed, coolly beautiful indie-rock, performed live from WXPN in Philadelphia.

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May 28, 2009 Musicians like Bon Iver, David Byrne and Feist help fight AIDS in a historic benefit concert.

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June 20, 2007 Hear the New York rock group recorded live in concert from Washington, D.C.

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Studio Sessions

Savages lead singer Jehnny Beth during the band's visit to KEXP in Seattle.

December 20, 2013 Public radio stations recorded thousands of studio sessions this year. Behold: the 10 best.

Matt Berninger of The National.

August 22, 2013 With its drummer out due to injury, the brooding Brooklyn band performs a pared-down set at KCRW.

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June 17, 2013 The band plays dour but beautiful songs from its brand-new album, Trouble Will Find Me.

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The National performs live at The Cutting Room studios in New York City.

May 21, 2013 Watch the band perform "Graceless," from Trouble Will Find Me, at Manhattan's Cutting Room Studios.

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August 30, 2007 The group combines countrified folk and rock, with a doomstruck grace that gets under the skin.

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Interviews & Profiles

The National's new album is titled Trouble Will Find Me.

June 12, 2013 One of rock's perpetual underdogs has endured and survived the irony-laden swagger of the aughts.

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Discover Songs

a collage of artists featured on the show

December 14, 2010 All Songs Considered listeners cast thousands of votes for the year's best music. See their Top 25.

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photo of The National by Keith Klenowski

June 29, 2010 See the Top 20 albums of the year to date, as selected by NPR listeners.

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May 2, 2010 Hear the band's majestically mopey and beautiful new album in its entirety here until May 11.

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December 20, 2007 Tens of thousands of listeners voted for the year's best CDs, with Radiohead coming out on top.

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December 20, 2007 All Things Considered Reviewer Tom Moon offers his picks for the year's best albums.

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December 13, 2007 The year's best music, as chosen by David Dye, includes a plethora of reliable favorites.

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December 6, 2007 All Songs reviewers parley the year's biggest surprises, letdowns and best new music.

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December 3, 2007 Steve Seel, host on Minnesota Public Radio's The Current, picks his Top 10 albums of the year.

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September 12, 2007 A lovely tension permeates "Start a War," as the words suggest an inevitable clash of swords.

June 14, 2007 A beautifully fake empire from The National; New music from the epic Polyphonic Spree; Brilliant...

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Reviews

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September 12, 2007 A lovely tension permeates "Start a War," as the words suggest an inevitable clash of swords.

More Stories

Vampire Weekend's Modern Vampires of the City was the most popular record in our listener poll for the best music of 2013.

December 12, 2013 See what albums NPR listeners picked in our year-end poll for the best music of 2013.

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Clockwise from upper left:  Cover art for The National's Trouble Will Find Me, Iggy Pop, Walker Lukens and Tricky

April 30, 2013 This week's mix will change your life. (Probably not, but it's some pretty damn good music!)

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Kacey Musgraves.

December 16, 2013 The best albums of 2013 stand as album-length statements rather than mere collections of good songs.

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October 27, 2011 Thanks to this performance, members of The National will perform at a special event in New York.

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December 7, 2010 Hear songs from NPR Music editor Stephen Thompson's 10 favorite albums of 2010.

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December 1, 2010 The list of our 50 favorite albums of the year includes Janelle Monae and more artists from M to R.

May 5, 2010 Bryce And Aaron Dessner discuss the making of The National's 'High Violet.'

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Gillian Welch

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Spoon

Spoon

Music, live concerts and interviews with the pop-rock band.

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Rodrigo y Gabriela

Rodrigo y Gabriela

Hear and watch exclusive performances from the guitar-playing Mexican duo.

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Bon Iver

Bon Iver

Hear concerts and interviews with the atmospheric art-folk singer.

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Charles Mingus

Charles Mingus

Hear performances and profiles of the jazz innovator's work.

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Emerson String Quartet

Emerson String Quartet

Hear essential recordings and performances from the lauded quartet.

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Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

NPR Music explores the life and voice of the passionate Qawwali singer.

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Wye Oak

Wye Oak

Exclusive performances from the pop duo from Baltimore.

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M.I.A.

M.I.A.

Music and news from the Sri Lanka-born hip-hop artist and producer.

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Arcade Fire

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