August 4, 2015 Hear EL VY's dark and driving "Return To The Moon," in which Berninger teams up with Brent Knopf of Menomena and Ramona Falls.
April 2, 2015 Hear "Sunshine On My Back," a previously unreleased song from The National featuring Sharon Van Etten.
Drummer LaFrae Sci (seen here in a photo shoot for Tom Tom Magazine) says that even nonmusicians can benefit from learning to hear two rhythms at once.
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June 19, 2014 Certain musical rhythms trip us up: We try to dance or count along and keep losing our place. Two musicians explain what makes some beats so slippery, and what butter has to do with making them stick.
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Savages lead singer Jehnny Beth during the band's visit to KEXP in Seattle.
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December 20, 2013 Each year, public radio stations across the country record thousands of studio sessions. Behold: the 10 best, including selections by Cody ChesnuTT, Dirty Projectors, Laura Mvula, The National, Patty Griffin, Savages and more.
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December 16, 2013 The best albums of 2013 stand as album-length statements rather than mere collections of good songs. Each captures a powerful songwriting voice and, just as important, a central philosophy.
Vampire Weekend's Modern Vampires of the City was the most popular record in our listener poll for the best music of 2013.
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December 12, 2013 See what albums NPR listeners picked in our year-end poll for the best music of 2013.
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August 22, 2013 With drummer Bryan Devendorf out due to an injury, The National played a pared-down set during its recent visit to KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic studios. Watch them perform "I Should Live In Salt."
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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's new album is titled Trouble Will Find Me.
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June 12, 2013 Singer Matt Berninger and NPR's Audie Cornish discuss the band's new album (Trouble Will Find Me), being in a band of brothers, how his own brother inspired "I Should Live in Salt," and his own sheepish attitude toward the band's recent success.
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The National performs live at The Cutting Room studios in New York City.
May 21, 2013 The band performs a special studio session for New York City's WFUV in advance of its new album, Trouble Will Find Me. Watch The National perform "Graceless," live from The Cutting Room Studios.
Clockwise from upper left: Cover art for The National's Trouble Will Find Me, Iggy Pop, Walker Lukens and Tricky
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April 30, 2013 Using the power of technology, All Songs Considered hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton chat about this week's mix of new music from studios in completely different cities. Imagine! Hear previews of new albums from The National and Tricky, plus Iggy & The Stooges, riff-rock revivalists The Black Angels and more.
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October 27, 2011 After The National's appearance on Irish TV show Other Voices late last year, members of the band decided to help celebrate the show's anniversary with a performance in New York.
December 14, 2010 Arcade Fire's The Suburbs was the overwhelming listener favorite, with The Black Keys, The National, Mumford and Sons and Broken Bells rounding out the Top 5. See and hear the full list.
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Jonsi performs on stage during Day 3 of the Splendour in the Grass music festival at Woodfordia on August 1, 2010, in Woodford, Australia.
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December 7, 2010 This isn't a list of 2010's "best" albums; that designation has more to do with consensus anyway. Instead, NPR Music editor Stephen Thompson picks 10 records that roll around in relatable emotions.
June 29, 2010 NPR listeners cast thousands of votes for the year's best music to date and kept the race tight. But regardless of how the votes fell, it was an exciting chance to pause and look back on what an incredible year it's been for music, to rediscover our favorites, and to spend time with some of the albums and artists we missed.
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