Matt Berninger

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At just under 70 minutes, The National’s eighth studio record is their longest yet, revealing a grand ambition. Co-produced by Mike Mills, who has dir(...)

What Subtly emotive Irish dance music Where Dublin Why It’s probably not an easy task to follow in the footsteps of a sibling who has established th(...)

Bryce and Aaron Dessner performs at The Everyman in Cork, Ireland, 2017. Photograph: Kieran Frost/Redferns

Aaron and Bryce Dessner could certainly be said to be living the dream. As twin brothers and band members of the popular Cincinnati rock band The Nati(...)

Luluc: As good as they can be, at times, Sculptor treads water rather than sparkles

Luluc are a Melbourne-born and Brooklyn-based duo that caused a huge stir with their second album, Passerby, in 2014. Lucinda Williams, the blue-(...)

Chvrches are at their most interesting when they probe various personal and political turmoils underneath their sugary synth melodies

When Chvrches (pronounced “churches”) emerged in 2013, I initially thought they were yet another pretentious hipster band with a daft name. This was e(...)

What “A sprightly, angsty pop burrito” Where New York Why It can take time living in the world for artists to truly represent themselves in their musi(...)

Justin Vernon (left) and Matt Berninger (right) of The National performs at Cork Opera House as part of Sounds From A Safe Harbour festival. Photograph: Kieran Frost/Redferns

“Please stand by,” reads the flickering screen high above the stage. As the expectant audience swells, the band that have launched a thousand crises e(...)

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 (...)

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