Saturday night a few of us headed out to see The National at Johnny Brenda’s in Northern Liberties. I’d never been there before and was thoroughly impressed with the place. Matt Beringer called it “a mini Radio City Music Hall.”
The National – Abel
Opening up was Bear in Heaven, who had a similar sound to the National except on vocals. Overall it was a much better pair up than last year’s infamous tour with Clap Your Hands Say Yeah.The National plowed through a long set of songs mostly from Alligator and Boxer. I just picked up Boxer from mars-red and so far I like it more than Alligator. It seems like the band has finally figured out how to play around Beringer’s voice.
The National – Mistaken for Strangers
I thought the National sounded great, although some kept shouting for more vocals. I don’t think the sound traveled to the bar area as well.Update: The BM Rant was there and here are some great photos.