Bryce Dessner has curated  a new festival for Cork. Photograph:  Rob Ball/Redferns via Getty Images 8:05

Cork gets a new festival this September, in part thanks to the National’s Bryce Dessner. The Brooklyn-based musician has curated Sounds from a Safe Ha(...)

Bryce Dessner, guitarist and composer, who is looking forward to ‘new encounters’ at Sounds from a Safe Harbour festival

It is proving hard to pin down Bryce Dessner. He might be in France, offers one of our go-betweens, or perhaps Ibiza. His management later suggests(...)

The National, the indie-schmindie Brooklyn-based rockers at the heart of this splendid music doc, know how to bang together a chorus. But the primary (...)

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The National The O2, Dublin***There’s a loud thump coming out of the PA system during The National’s concert at the O2 on Sunday night. Is there a loo(...)

State of The National: Bryan and Scott Devendorf, Matt Berninger, and Bryce and Aaron Dessner

It’s a beautiful spring morning in Brooklyn, and The National’s guitarist Aaron Dessner is unlocking the studio in the garden of his house. Onc(...)