by (@SamSpokenWord)

The National Rock The House At The Artists Den

Palladia is airing The National‘s full Live From The Artists Den concert Wednesday, April 16 at 9/8C. We’ve got a sneak of these indie rockers jamming their faces off with the hit “Fake Empire” – but there’s nothing fake about it. These guys originated in Cincinnati, Ohio and have taken the world by storm since. Some might even say they’ve formed their own empire, heh. In the 2014 Grammys they were nominated for Best Alternative Album and this past March, the awesome crew performed on Saturday Night Live. Pretty awesome stuff. In case you haven’t already fallen in love with this Brooklyn-based band (yeah, they moved there) – you’re about to.
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by (@emilyexton)

Naked And Unvarnished: The National’s Mistaken For Strangers Doc Takes An Intimate Look At Life On The Road

Most of us can hardly share a room with our younger siblings, let alone a cramped tour bus. So what was The National front man Matt Berninger thinking when he invited his younger brother Tom along for his band’s High Violet tour? And what can happen when someone who has never made a documentary before decides to film every waking hour on the road? Much more than anyone anticipated.

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by (@unclegrambo)

Bob Weir And The National Team Up Together For Historic “Bridge Session” Benefit Concert

If you were playing Family Feud and the category was “Iconic Bridges of the USA,” the top two answers on the board would almost certainly be San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge and New York City’s Brooklyn Bridge. This thinking almost certainly went into play for this weekend’s aptly named Bridge Session benefit concert, which saw San Francisco’s own Bob Weir (of Grateful Dead fame, natch) team up with a cadre of Brooklyn indie rockers from bands like The National, The Walkmen, and Takka Takka for a series of collaborative songs from these bands’ catalogs.

If you think about it, though, the Bridge Session is not just a literal reference to a structure that rises over the water. If you stretch the Bridge reference into more metaphorical territory, one could infer that music itself is a bridge that connects generations — in this case, the Baby Boomers and Generation X.

Regardless of what the gents intended to convey with the name Bridge Session, the results were magical. This supergroup played two sets, which included covers of Bob Dylan’s “Most of the Time”, and Cass McCombs‘ “Love Thine Enemy.” In between sets, a discussion panel took place where they covered everything from politics, energy production, women’s rights, and everything in between. After taking questions from Twitter and Facebook, the lights were dimmed and they performed a 2 song encore acoustically, including the version of “Uncle John’s Band” we have for you above!

Full set list below:
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by (@unclegrambo)

Mumford & Sons Covers The National For New VH1 Unplugged

When Mumford & Sons taped their Unplugged set back on April 13, the Grammy Award winners (and former You Oughta Know selection) elected to play a Contradictions Track as part of the show (which is presented by our friends at Starburst). After banjo player Winston Marshall joked that said cover would be a Britney Spears tune, the band instead launched into The National‘s “England,” a deep cut from 2010’s High Violet that sends up the imperial ordinariness that characterizes what might be called “the English Way.” To Mumford & Sons, choosing the ultimate contradiction was a lyrical, not a sonic, imperative. So there you have it: a London band covering a Brooklyn band’s track about someone in Los Angeles dismissing someone who ran off to?you guessed it?London. We?ve got the clip for you above, and be sure to tune in for their Unplugged performance when it debuts on Friday, June 24 at 11 p.m. ET/PT.
We also caught up with Mumford & Sons last weekend at the Bonnaroo festival, where they provided us with one of the more surprising tidbits we learned all weekend. You would think that given their old-timey folk sound, the band would have nothing but the likes of the O Brother Where Art Thou soundtrack on their iPods. Well, it turns out that the musical tastes of Marcus Mumford and crew extend much deeper than one might expect. Check out our video below to find else what else floats their boat.

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Five Tough Choices At This Weekend’s Coachella Festival

The gates open at 11:00am tomorrow in Indio, California for the twelfth incarnation of the Coachella Festival, and for the lucky few (hundred thousand) with wristbands (and the jealous/curious rest of us), the festival has posted set times for this weekend’s jam-packed lineup. There’s at least one performer worth seeing at any given time (especially for fans of British rock, pop, and dance), so if you’re going, definitely try to check out at least one band you haven’t heard before. (For relatively early risers, may we recommend The Joy Formidable at 12:55PM on Saturday at the Gobi Stage?)

The real challenge, then, is when two or more great artists play at the same time on different stages. The schedule is pretty well-scheduled, but we’ve identified five particularly tough choices:

FRIDAY: Kings of Leon vs. Robyn: Kings of Leon’s hometown Storytellers taping was heartfelt but powerful, and the riffs on Come Around Sundown are just as catchy as (if slightly less ubiquitous than) the band’s Only by the Night singles. Robyn, meanwhile, is a bonafide superstar in Europe who with this year’s critically-acclaimed Body Talk has for the second time nearly achieved the American pop breakthrough she had once, in 1997. The Swedish electro-pop songwriter puts not just her heart but her whole body into her emotive vocal performances.

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