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Posted 5 Feb 2014 @ 6:36am

The National’s Trouble Will Find Me is a lot of things to a lot of people. To the Brooklyn band, it’s a sixth LP; another slice of brooding, caramel alt-rock that’s mimicked the chart success of its predecessor, 2011’s High Violet. For fans, it’s yet another private masterpiece – a soundtrack to dark bedrooms and long, lonely afternoons. Because despite The National’s success, their music...

Posted 19 Dec 2013 @ 4:41pm

To coincide with the band's February 2014 tour of Australia and New Zealand, The National front man Matt Berninger will appear at a number of special Q&A screening events for the documentary Mistaken For Strangers.


The film is shot by Matt's brother, Tom Berninger, and documents Tom's experience touring with the band in 2010. It features footage of the tour following the...

Posted 26 Aug 2013 @ 9:20am

Having recently visited for a Splendour exclusive performance, The National have announced an extensive Australian tour for early 2014.


Earlier this year The National released their sixth studio album Trouble Will Find Me, of which our reviewer stated, "From the opening moments where Matt...

Posted 10 Jul 2013 @ 9:14am

Scaling things up from the concert hall to the stadium, Sea Of Love kind of undermines the intimacy of Matt Berninger’s grizzled baritone for a payoff that’s not quite worth the trade. The stripped back chorus of “If I stay here/Trouble will find me” (from which album title Trouble Will Find Me is taken) is a welcome eye in the cyclonic storm of percussion and walls of noise. One of the weaker...

Posted 4 Jun 2013 @ 2:04pm

From the opening moments where Matt Berninger morosely wonders if he should be living in salt for leaving his lover, you know this album is going to tick all the boxes that make this, unmistakably, an album by The National. Another couple of boxes are soon ticked when Jennifer and Jenny are added to the ever-growing list of Berninger’s women-on-pedestals.


Posted 24 Apr 2013 @ 8:07am

After an unprecedented bout of rabid rumour-mongering as to who will help break in Splendour In The Grass's lush new digs at North Byron Parklands, we can finally reveal who will be heading our way for our largest winter music festival.


The full, very tasty, lineup reads as follows:...

Posted 23 Feb 2012 @ 8:17am


Though originally a vehicle for songsmith Matt Joe Gow, Cities On The Sea marks the debut of The Dead Leaves as a fully fledged band; eschewing their former blue-collar roots rock for a darker, atmospheric furrow - the kind they do so well in Brooklyn.


In fact their similarity to some of New York’s finest is difficult to ignore. Cover rides brooding angles and choppy...

Posted 15 Dec 2011 @ 9:45am

Annie Clark, otherwise known as the amicable St. Vincent is returning to Australian shores next March.


Following the release of her third studio album Strange Mercy (which just happened to take out both Album of the Week and...

Posted 20 Jan 2011 @ 12:20pm
Posted 20 Jan 2011 @ 12:17pm


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