Booker T Jones: ‘New bands don’t have record companies to go to and support them like we did; they can’t just walk down the street and start to play a session at a recording studio’

Measure yourself by Booker T Jones’s standards and you will end up wondering what the hell you’ve done with your life. By the time Jones was 16, he(...)

Matt Berninger of The National in London recently. Photograph: Tristan Fewings/Getty Images

The National Big Top, Galway ****   By the time Matt Berninger slams his microphone to the floor during Afraid of Everyone, a(...)

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 (...)

NO: El Prado

Hailing from Echo Park in Los Angeles, NO have heard the big music – or at least certain strains of it. Fronted by Bradley Carter, a New Zealander (...)

Matt Berninger: his intense performance is not an act
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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(...)

Matt (left) and Tom Berninger: despite the nine-year age gap, the brothers were close growing up and Tom credits his older brother for his love of movies

Tom Berninger is in Helsinki to screen his film Mistaken for Strangers, a documentary about all the mistakes he made while trying to make a documen(...)

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(...)