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The National

The National - FUV Live from Celebrate Brooklyn - 2014

by Russ Borris
Matt Berninger of The National, photo by Caroline Inzucchi

The National kicked off the first of three nights at Celebrate Brooklyn with an amazing performance in front of a sold out crowd in Prospect Park. The band ran through a nearly two hour set filled with fan favorites like "Bloodbuzz Ohio" and "Fake Empire" while mixing in some great surprises, too. They had the crowd captivated from start to finish, and it's clear that The National have taken their live show to a whole new level.

Question of the Day: "National" Artist Names

by Corny O'Connell

WFUV presents The National tonight at 8:15 live from Celebrate Brooklyn. That got us to thinking of bands and artists that share names with nations and nationalities of the world. The World Cup may have had something to do with it, too. So, think Afro-Cuban All Stars, Chynna Phillips...Yes, we'll be inclusive - it's a challenging question. Plant your flags in the comments below and we'll map out a set after 9am.

Here's what we played:

Louis Jordan "Choo Choo Ch'Boogie"

Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 "Mais Que Nada"

The National - Words and Music - 2013

by Russ Borris

The National has steadily held our attention ever since their 2001 self-titled debut. Over the years, the band has developed a uniquely somber yet lush style. The musical arrangements ebb and flow like tides and often have an eerie and tense feel to them — as though you may get pulled into an undertow. But there are also moments of serenity and joy in their sound. It is not lighthearted, easy-listening pop; it's rousing and dramatic music with poetically dark and evocative lyrics.