The National

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On my radar: Aaron Dessner’s cultural highlights
The producer and musician from rock band the National on an inspirational Ethiopian pianist, a great Icelandic book on the climate crisis, and the cuisine of the Hudson Valley​

Kathryn Bromwich

06, May, 2023 @2:00 PM

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Ed Sheeran: Subtract review | Alexis Petridis's album of the week
Grief and his wife’s brush with cancer inspired Sheeran to make this insular record with Aaron Dessner of the National. It’s downcast yet full of new ideas – but will fans take to it?

Alexis Petridis

04, May, 2023 @11:01 PM

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The National: First Two Pages of Frankenstein review – still feeling blue
The US band’s ninth album features guest vocals from pals Taylor Swift and Phoebe Bridgers, but their signature melancholy remains undimmed

Ammar Kalia

30, Apr, 2023 @12:00 PM

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‘He was so emotional’: the inside story of Ed Sheeran’s new album – and his US copyright trial
As he defends himself in a New York court, Sheeran is preparing to release Subtract, a stark album informed by grief. Its producer Aaron Dessner explains how it was made

Laura Snapes

28, Apr, 2023 @2:00 PM

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The National’s Matt Berninger: ‘I have a healthy marriage because I write about looking into the abyss’
The singer talks about confronting his dark side, avoiding injuries when clambering into the audience and decoding Taylor Swift songs with his daughter

As told to Laura Snapes

21, Apr, 2023 @7:00 AM

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Post your questions for Matt Berninger of the National
The lead singer of the acclaimed indie band is available to take questions on everything from their new album First Two Pages of Frankenstein to working with Taylor Swift

Safi Bugel

11, Apr, 2023 @10:32 AM

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Ed Sheeran: singer ‘didn’t want to live any more’ following deaths of friends Jamal Edwards and Shane Warne
Singer tells Rolling Stone he sought therapy in wake of grief – and that as well as his forthcoming sixth album, he has two more records ready for release

Laura Snapes

21, Mar, 2023 @2:24 PM

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The National review – dependable dose of broody euphoria and empathy
The US rock band tease two new songs in an expertly paced set that serves casual and hardcore fans alike

Michael Hann

27, Aug, 2022 @9:47 AM

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The National’s 20 best songs – ranked!
As the beloved indie band debut new material and return to touring, we count down the best of their eight-album catalogue

Laura Snapes

02, Jun, 2022 @12:00 PM

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Big Red Machine: How Long Do You Think It’s Gonna Last? review | Alexis Petridis's album of the week
Aaron Dessner and Justin ‘Bon Iver’ Vernon recruit Taylor Swift, Fleet Foxes and more for this album full of misty autumnal beauty – and a quiet punch

Alexis Petridis

26, Aug, 2021 @10:30 AM

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'All that mattered was survival': the songs that got us through 2020
Mariah with butterflies, Bronski Beat in the Peak District, Snoop Dogg on a food delivery ad … our writers reveal the tracks that made 2020 bearable

Guardian music

31, Dec, 2020 @10:00 AM

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Taylor Swift: Evermore – rich alt-rock and richer character studies
Not content with releasing one of 2020’s most acclaimed albums, Swift returns for round two

Alexis Petridis

11, Dec, 2020 @5:00 AM

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