Photos: The National at the Greek Theatre

The National (photo: Ian Young) One of the most consistently satisfying rock bands out there today, the National, performed a energetic and exciting set at the Greek Theatre in Berkeley Tuesday night. They were supported by Cat Power, a fitting opener who has given great performances and equally great albums over her career. Check out the excellent gallery by Ian Young below!

By |September 28, 2018|Tags: |

Photos: The National make it a moody night at the Greek Theater

The National (photo: Ian Young) Breakout rockers The National played to a packed house at the Greek Theater last Friday night, July 29, 2016. The pensive band have been consistently giving engaging yet serious performances over the years while still rocking the hell out to their excellent music. Joined by The Lone Bellow, it was a night of singing along for all ages. Photographer Ian Young has these photos from the night to share.

By |August 1, 2016|Tags: |

Treasure Island announces single day ticket sales and lineups

The venerable Treasure Island Music Festival is returning this October 17-18 for its ninth annual weekend. Hosts Another Planet Entertainment and Noise Pop officially announced the single day lineups today. As usual, the day lineups are broken down by genre. Saturday will feature primarily electronic acts with EDM powerhouse Deadmau5 headlining Saturday's festivities while the dour rock of New York City-based The National will close out the weekend on Sunday. In the meantime, a limited number of single day tickets will go on sale this Thursday. SATURDAY, OCTOBER 17 Deadmau5 • FKA twigs • Azealia Banks • STS9 • Run [...]

Best of 2014: Roman Gokhman’s favorite shows

Photo by Paige K. Parsons Last year I predicted I would never see as many concerts as I did in 2013, and I was right. Having two kids can do that to any guy, even a music journalist. From 64 shows the previous year, I was only able to attend 40 in 2014. That number will probably drop again next year. In judging what I enjoyed most, I decided to grade based on my favorites rather than the “best.” This is a subjective list, so I’m not going to try to decide who performed best. As in previous years, I set [...]

First City Festival announces 2014 lineup featuring Beck and The National

As we told you a little while ago, the second iteration of the First City Festival will take place August 23 and 24 at the Monterey County Fair and Event Center. Now the folks behind NorCal's newest summer music fest have announced this year's lineup, and it's nothing short of spectacular, featuring indie legends Beck and The National as headliners, along with the likes of Best Coast, Dawes, Tokyo Police Club, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, and Speedy Ortiz, as well as local faves Geographer, Sleepy Sun, The Family Crest, Doe Eye, Cool Ghouls, and Survival Guide. In addition to performers on [...]

Giveaway: The National return to the Bay

Fresh off their endearing and creative new documentary, Mistaken for Strangers, the National return to the Bay Area on April 27 for the first time since their moodier-than-thou live show descended upon Golden Gate Park last summer. We think there's little debate that the Greek Theatre is one of the best venues in the Bay for big production shows, especially when nature's fog machine starts casting wisps over the band shell. Often cold and built from dreary concrete, it's nearly impossible to think of a venue more suitable for the National's dour tunes. Want to see it for yourself? We've got one pair of tickets to give away. Details below. To [...]

By |April 23, 2014|Tags: |

‘Mistaken For Strangers’ hits all the right notes to open Noise Pop Film Series

Filmed over the course of a year, Mistaken For Strangers documents Tom Berninger's experience on the road and at home with The National — the globally-acclaimed indie rock band that happens to be fronted by his older brother, the baritone voiced and outwardly morose Matt Berninger. Born nine years apart in Cincinnati, Ohio, it's the relationship of Matt and Tom that truly takes center stage in Mistaken For Strangers, a daring and inventive strategy that drives the film to explore themes of brotherly love, purpose, and art without any notion of pretension — a major surprise for anyone familiar with The [...]

Videos: The National, Nine Inch Nails, Surfer Blood, Bhi Bhiman, Smith Westerns at Outside Lands 2013

The National, Bhi Bhiman, Nine Inch Nails, Surfer Blood, and Smith Westerns were among the many bands that performed at Outside Lands 2013 over the weekend. Here are clips from all five acts' performances, shot by Roman Gokhman. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJc6izKul6Y https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zvo5cgaF28o https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vobSdr6AyCg https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JHnoidCJJL4 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dVOaecPmewo

Interview: The National's Matt Berninger discusses new documentary, embracing the band's chemistry on latest album

Director Tom Berninger did not gain an appreciation for indie rock after completing a documentary about his older brother’s Brooklyn band, The National. Mistaken For Strangers, which metamorphosed into a drama about the relationship of the two brothers, was clearly shot by an outsider to the scene. That, the band’s baritone frontman said, is what made the movie better and different from other rock docs. “He likes the band, but it’s not his music – he’s a metalhead, and he’s a horror movie fan,” Matt Berninger said a few weeks prior to The National’s performance at the Outside Lands Music [...]

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