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Andrew Youssef/OC WeeklyThe National's "Think You Can Wait" sounds so much sweeter with Sharon Van Etten sharing harmonies with lead singer Matt Berninger, but the video isn't all that great, interspersed as it is with clips from the movie Win Win. (Well, it is the lead off the soundtrack.) ... More >>
Montreal's Little Scream renews my faith in music. Singer/songwriter Laurel Sprengelmeyer (who looks like a young Susan Sarandon, apparently) is touring to support her debut, The Golden Record, a gorgeous set of folk/pop songs that she named after the 1977 Voyager space-shuttle time-cap ... More >>
Can't wait for Season 5 of Mad Men? You'll have to settle for John Slattery (who plays Roger Sterling on the show) starring in the National video for "Conversation 16." Apparently, Slattery is supposed to be a secret-service agent, alongside the National's lead singer Matt Berninger. Their job is ... More >>
Will 'Mine Is Yours' propel the former Fullertonians beyond their current midlevel stardom?
Each January, the Village Voice (our sister paper) releases its Pazz & Jop critics' Best Of designations for the previous year. For 2010, Kanye West quite unsurprisingly dominates both categories. My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy tops the album list (like most Best of 2010 albums lists) with ... More >>
Andrew Youssef/OC WeeklyCheck out our slideshow of the National and Owen Pallett here!The National and Owen PallettOct. 16, 2010The Fox Pomona TheaterThe show: Telling twins apart when they repeatedly switch positions on stage is hard, so I can only attribute this quote to one of the National's ... More >>
You can call the band's music dad rock, just don't call it uncool
Bryan's the guy second from the right.When I called Bryan Devendorf, the National's Lennon-lookalike drummer, for this week's print-edition story about his band coming to the Fox Pomona, he could have rejected me. I had misread the time we'd set up for the interview and ended up calling an hour t ... More >>
Andrew YoussefCheck out our slideshow here!The Hype: Who doesn't love the National? Everyone got a little weepy and emotional when news broke that the band was working on its fifth release. High Violet came out this month, and while it's much more of a grower than 2007's Boxer, the fact that Matt ... More >>
www.myspace.com/thenational I haven't been this excited about upcoming releases in a while, but it seems that 2010 is the year that all my favorite bands are putting out new music. There's Interpol's upcoming album, the New Pornographers' Together, out tomorrow, and the National's new set, due ... More >>
This past week has been like Hanukkah for anyone in love with good, modern music. Seemingly each new day recently has seen a different and excellent band putting up their new albums for free streaming. Better than gelt!Right now, the Hold Steady is getting my day off to a good start in ... More >>