Pedal to the Metal
Tribeca Film Festival 2013
Phew! No more fumbling with bike chains or cradling a helmet awkwardly under one arm all night long. Fixi enthusiasts attending the Barclays Center last night finally had the option of ditching their bicycles in style with a trial run of a valet parking service.
The service was offered by Transportation Alternatives, an advocacy group for Read More
Tribeca Film Festival
We did not expect to love Mistaken for Strangers, the “self-mockumentary” that premiered last night at the opening of the Tribeca Film Festival. Directed by Tom Berninger, whose brother Matt is the lead singer of the band The National, the film explores the trials and tribulations of sibling rivalry after Tom is invited to go on tour as a roadie for his brother’s band. We were expecting a lot of fawning adulation over the indie group, who were slated to perform after the show at the High Line Ballroom.
The film managed to defy every preconception we had, however, and might just be the best documentary we’ve seen all year. Less about the band than the younger Berninger’s frustrations at living in the shadow of a much more beloved and successful older brother, it should be required viewing for every younger sibling or black sheep of the family.
Without giving anything away, however, the film’s viewpoint had one unfortunate side effect: we left the theater kind of hating The National front man for coming off so callous toward his brother’s plight. And we left the movie wondering: would this mean that the audience wouldn’t be psyched to see the band perform at the after-party? And since both brothers shared a writing credit for Strangers, how much stock should we put in the “reality” of the film?
Tom and Matt Berninger are brothers. Matt B. is the front man of the band The National–you know, with that song about the Fake Empire? And Tom B. is a filmmaker. Tom B. loves horror movies and heavy metal. So he began chronicling his new job as a roadie for his brother’s band (again, The National).
The resulting documentary–Mistaken for Strangers (which is also a song title from The National’s album Boxer)–has been chosen to open the Tribeca Film Festival on April 17th. And so has The National.
A music festival grows in Brooklyn!
Bradley Hope, the young Cairo correspondent for Abu Dhabi’s The National, had only been in Libya for a week when he found a career-making story: Chris Jeon, the 21 year-old UCLA student who had joined up the rebel fight in Libya on a solo vacation.
Mr. Hope and his colleagues hired a driver and pushed Read More
I Want What Is Over
Fresh off last month’s well-reviewed release of High Violet, formerly moody and mopey the National plays Radio City Music Hall on Wednesday the 16th. The Antlers, who have recorded a highly enjoyable album about cancer, will open (8 p.m., $39.50). As we do not have tickets to this concert, we will instead watch Read More
The Times was set to stream the National’s forthcoming album (High Violet) on its Web site, accompanying a long profile of the band that will run in this Sunday’s Magazine. As Mashable points out, this seemed like a shrewd response to High Violet‘s recent leak–the band could control the Read More
After My Bloody Valentine’s killing at Roseland earlier this week, we’re not sure there’s much music worth seeing or that we’d even have the capacity to hear it after such a brutal sonic barrage. But no matter … the show must go on, particularly when they are birthdays to be had.
It’s the Echo Read More
Tonight’s The Nationals, Yeasayer and Plants and Animals show at Central Park’s SummerStage is sold out. But wait! You can still get tickets if you sign on to Facebook! Gothamist reports that New York comic Mike Birbiglia (who has a Web site, MySpace, Flickr and Read More
>> The National, Feb. 22-23, Brooklyn Academy of Music (sold out)
"No way! A 2,500 seat theater!" said The National’s Bryce Dessner, sounding more like one his band’s teenage fans than a well-traveled 34-year-old guitarist. He was calling from Ditmas Park—a few neighborhoods south of the Brooklyn Academy of Music where his brooding Read More