NYC by way of Ohio, The National have become household names over the past year with the release of their newest album, High Violet. Multiple television appearances on Letterman, Jimmy Fallon, Jools Holland have contributed to their recent rise in popularity. What most people don't realize is that The National formed the same year as Epitonic, 1999. With five full-lengths and multiple EPs and singles, these guys have a wealth of beautiful songs anchored by Matt Beringer's baritone vocals and the songwriting of the Dessner brothers, Aaron and Bryce. Let's not forget the solid rhythm section of brothers Bryan and Scott Devendorf.