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The National 9/7/13

The National at KDHX The National at KDHX Virginia Harold
Written by Kevin Edwards
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  • Date Recorded: September 7, 2013
  • Artist / Band: The National
  • Hosting Show: Collector's Edition
  • Sound: Dan Kinney

The National and their music move through the shadows of life, casting light into the darkest corners, showing us entire vistas cast in blue.

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No band in recent memory has pursued their vision with more confidence and élan. Each album is different, but also similar; each effort is experimental, yet familiar. The baritone of Matt Berninger's voice is a seam of recognition, but the guitar and keyboard sounds from twins Aaron and Bryce Dessner are thick and moody, changing from song to song, with incredible support from the second set of brothers, Bryan and Scott Devendorf, on bass and drums.

The group started back in 2001 with their self-titled debut, but really started catching fire with the issue of "Alligator" in 2005. Since then, they have been heralded and crowned as indie rock saviors, a coronet they have eschewed. "Boxer," released in 2007, brought even more acclaim as it made many top-album lists for the year.

But the band moves on. "High Violet" and this year's "Trouble Will Find Me" seem to be the work of a band at the peak of their powers, confident in their sound and in the darkness that inhabits the art they create.

While in town for LouFest 2013, the band came by to play us three songs from their critically acclaimed new release in a Live at KDHX session that is not to be missed.

All photos by Virginia Harold

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