Oh snap! Crowd shots to follow.
Over ten years, two EPs and five albums, The National have gone from post-punk revivalists to leaders of the scene and Google ad soundtrackers. Frontman Matt Berninger's ominous baritone perfectly coalesces with the band's cold, inspired rhythms, as no other band makes gloomier music you can actually dance to (sorry Interpol.) The group is set to release the upcoming "High Violet" in May, which Berninger recently hinted was more "Alligator" than "Boxer" (read: big endings and screamed choruses.)
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