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Stroke of Luck? How Lisa Hannigan Got Back in the Swim of Things

Michael Bialas | Posted 08.02.2016 | Entertainment
Michael Bialas

For Lisa Hannigan, it was time to either sink or swim. The lovely Irish singer-songwriter blessed with an exquisite voice and enough vivid images and...

Ragnar Kjartansson & Mother On 'Me and My Mother'

Louisiana Channel | Posted 07.19.2016 | Arts
Louisiana Channel

Every five years, artist Ragnar Kjartansson asks his mother to spit on him for several minutes in front of a camera. The Icelandic mother and son here...

Making Lemonade

Yara Zgheib | Posted 10.05.2016 | Impact
Yara Zgheib

In a collection of six short stories he compiled and called "after the quake," Haruki Murakami describes the lives of six random people in the immediate aftermath of the 1995 earthquake that killed 6,434, injured 43,792, and displaced 310,000 citizens of the city of Kobe, Japan.

The Abu Dhabi Diaries: Making the Impossible Possible, for Great World Cinema

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 01.03.2015 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

After all is said and done, the movie screenings finished, the red carpets rolled away and the party venues dismantled, what should a film festival leave a cinema lover with?

Riot Fest Music Festival 2014: Up Close (Photos)

Lindsey Best | Posted 11.18.2014 | Entertainment
Lindsey Best

This year, in celebration of their 10th year anniversary, 10 bands performed their classic albums in their entirety.

The 5 Must-See Acts at Boston Calling | Posted 11.04.2014 | Entertainment

Boston Calling, in a world of over-stimulation and excess, is successful - the festival is digestible. It's two and a half days! There's a shaded area! You can leave and come back!

Uncovering the Mystery Behind Bryce Dessner's St. Carolyn by the Sea

Daniel J. Kushner | Posted 06.07.2014 | Arts
Daniel J. Kushner

In a recent interview, Dessner spoke at length about writing orchestral music, the lesson that rock music teaches, and what ultimately attracts him to contemporary classical music over pop.

Mistaken for Strangers

Hellin Kay | Posted 05.27.2014 | Arts
Hellin Kay

Courtesy of TFF The best documentaries are the ones that veer fearlessly into an unknown direction, where the viewer uncovers layers both painful a...

Week in Film: The Raid 2, Noah and More

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.27.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Darren Aronofsky is one of the most visionary directors of his generation, a filmmaker who isn't afraid to challenge an audience or to entertain it. I may not always like his films but they always give me a lot to think about.

Jessica Goodman

The Best Rock Doc Of The Year Isn't Even About The Band | Jessica Goodman | Posted 03.28.2014 | Entertainment

Tom Berninger didn't set out to make a feature-length movie about his brother Matt's band, The National, nor did he set out to make a movie about depr...

Listen To The National's 'Lean' From 'Catching Fire'

The Huffington Post | Kelsey McQuade | Posted 11.07.2013 | Entertainment

"Hunger Games" fans can finally hear another track from the "Catching Fire" soundtrack. The National has officially released their contribution to the...

The Stylistic Wildness of San Fermin

Alex Jeffries | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Alex Jeffries

I caught up with San Fermin's leader Ellis Ludwig-Leone as he was driving north from Los Angeles to San Francisco to talk first tours, the goofy heroics of Victorian romance novels and embracing a stylistic wildness.

The National's 'Hunger Games' Song Was 'Too Dark'

Posted 09.23.2013 | Entertainment

The National submitted a song for the "Hunger Games: Catching Fire" soundtrack with the title "Dying Is Easy," but the folks behind the sure-to-be mas...

The Australian Born St. Jerome's Laneway Festival Makes North American Debut At Meadow Brook on Saturday, September 14th

Kelly Frazier | Posted 11.09.2013 | Detroit
Kelly Frazier

The people of the Metro Detroit area may not know what exactly the St. Jerome's Laneway Festival is about at all, but why should they? It comes from Australia! Okay. That might get people's interest now.

Band Injured During Video Shoot

The Huffington Post | Matthew Jacobs | Posted 08.28.2013 | Entertainment

The National went to painstaking lengths to bring fans this new video -- literally. On the set of "Graceless," bassist Scott Devendorf wound up with a...

Speaking With Ireland's Bell X1

Salvatore Bono | Posted 10.06.2013 | Entertainment
Salvatore Bono

"We spent a while working on a lot of songs and ideas before recording for real, whittling them down to the better ones, and being pretty brutal about what was good enough and not."

Dog Ears Music: After Independence Playlist

The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin | Posted 07.05.2013 | Entertainment
The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin

This week's playlist includes music by Elliott Smith, The Clash, Bix Beiderbecke, and Elton John.

The National - The Band of Our Generation

Joe Winkler | Posted 08.19.2013 | Arts
Joe Winkler

We make a mistake when we brand the National as broody or emotional and dark. It's distinctly music of the New Sincerity, the artistic movement of our time.

Reinventing the Post-Punk Era: Why Savages Might Find Nirvana

Russell C. Smith | Posted 08.12.2013 | Entertainment
Russell C. Smith

Punk music in its purest form projects an element of danger and disruption, rage and revolt. It is music with the power to jolt the listener awake. Maybe 2013 will be the year British post-punk wakes people up.

Band Cancels Show Over Violence In Turkey

Posted 06.12.2013 | Entertainment

As tensions and violence hit new highs in Turkey as protests continue, indie rock band The National has canceled an upcoming gig in the country. Th...

SURPRISE! The National Takes NYC

Katherine Brooks | Posted 07.22.2013 | Arts
Katherine Brooks

When the gear guys at Public Assembly carried one bottle of white wine and half a dozen clear plastic cup onto the stage Tuesday night, audience membe...

Tribeca Film Festival Portrait Gallery 2013

Leslie Hassler | Posted 06.26.2013 | New York
Leslie Hassler

My absolute favorite moment of the festival was while shooting the hilarious Jason Schwartzman. He got up from the set and slowly looked around for a prop while saying, "I'll know it when I see it," and proceeded to go over to my paint supplies.

Do You Have To Be Cool To Watch This?

Mike Ryan | Posted 06.18.2013 | Entertainment
Mike Ryan

I know very little about indie rock band The National. One of the few things about The National that I do know is that my lack of knowledge about them makes me uncool. As in, if I knew more about The National, I would immediately be perceived as cooler. (I remember falling for this trap with The Decemberists, pretending to be "into them" in an effort to gain credibility. It didn't work and it's unlikely that I'll ever try again.)

Indie Rockers Go Hollywood

The Huffington Post | Christopher Rosen | Posted 06.15.2013 | Entertainment

"Mistaken For Strangers," the new documentary about indie rock outfit The National, opens the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival on Wednesday in New York. Fan...

Indie Rockers Find 'Demons' In New Track

The Huffington Post | Christopher Rosen | Posted 04.08.2013 | Entertainment

"I'm going through an awkward phase," Matt Berninger sings on "Demons," a new track from The National. Or not; the acclaimed indie rock band is on the...