MTV PUSH Artist Of The Week: The National

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This week’s MTV PUSH Artist of the Week is The National. Over the last 10 years, this Brooklyn-via-Ohio band has put out five albums and tirelessly toured, garnering them one of the most passionate followings in rock today.

Their sound could best be described as the most literate bar band you’ve ever heard. Powered by the wry, melancholy lyrical observations of Matt Berninger, the band expertly builds soaring, cathartic tracks from the most whispered of beginnings.

At their best, as on the group’s 2010 album, High Violet, the band can deliver a gorgeous, moody snapshot of a weary, heartsick life in progress. But if you want to truly hear them in their element, you need to see them do their thing live.

Lucky for you, we have a few incredible live clips below. Taken from the band’s awesome “Live In NYC” performance at the Studio At Webster Hall, in New York City, The National plays perfect live renditions of “Bloodbuzz, Ohio,” “Fake Empire” and “Terrible Love.”

Following the live performances, check out two interview clips with the band, where they talk about the difference between playing live and in the studio, and they’re songwriting process.

+ Check out The National’s entire “Live In NYC” performance.

+ And watch more interviews with The National.

+ Plus, you can peep a fantastic photo gallery, taken at the band’s New York concert.