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The National [rank: 26]

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Originally from Cincinnati but now based out of Brooklyn, The National are basically a big group of friends. Part of the band (Jeff Salemand, Matt Berninger, Mike Brewer, Casey Reas, and Scott Devendorf) met during their college years at University of Cincinnati, during which they played as a garage indie rock band called Nancy. They joined up with Scott's brother, Bryan, along with Bryan's friends (who were also brothers) Bryce and Aaron Dessner around 1999 to form The National.

After releasing their debut self-titled album, The National began to rise quickly into fame, working with well-renowned producer Peter Katis--who has also worked with Interpol and Jonsi of Sigur Rós. The National has since released critically acclaimed albums (such as Alligator and Boxer) and even released their own documentary called A Skin, a Night in 2008.

The National is obviously influenced by Joy Division. Matt Berninger's low, gloomy vocals and the group's dark pop is reminiscent of Joy Division meets Wolf Parade. While their musical origins lie in lo-fi garage rock, The National is anything but lo-fi. They have a very produced, put-together sound that is both emotional and soft.


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May 27, 2010 - Fox Theater popup ira
May 26, 2010 - Fox Theater popup .emily.
May 30, 2008 - Greek Theatre popup ira
Jun 27, 2007 - Bimbo's 365 Club popup lexicon
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