The National Come Home

Brooklyn-based indie band The National play one of their largest shows to date, a homecoming show at Barclays Center

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Brooklyn-based indie band The National play one of their largest shows to date, a homecoming show at Barclays Center. Photos by Michel Dussack
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Youth Lagoon opened the show with an ambient 40 minute set. Photos by Michel Dussack
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Technically, vocalist and keyboardist Trevor Powers is Youth Lagoon, though he plays with three touring members. Photos by Michel Dussack
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The band played in front of banners that were illuminated different colors throughout the set. Photos by Michel Dussack
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While the venue was mostly empty when Youth Lagoon went on stage, it was filled up by the time they were finished. Photos by Michel Dussack
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The National's drummer Bryan Devendorf. Photos by Michel Dussack
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One of The National's two guitarists, Bryce Dessner. Photos by Michel Dussack
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The National's vocalist Matt Berninger. Photos by Michel Dussack
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The National's other guitarist Aaron Dessner, who is Bryce's twin. Photos by Michel Dussack
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The National played a marathon 24 song set that drew heavily from their latest two studio albums. Photos by Michel Dussack
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Rounding out the five core members of The National is bassist Scott Devendorf. Photos by Michel Dussack
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Early on, Matt joked about consistently playing Barclays Center early in the band's career, noting how long it took the band to gain popularity and how new the venue is. Photos by Michel Dussack
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As always, The National brought along various touring members including a keyboardist and even a string section on some songs. Photos by Michel Dussack
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Additionally, a handful of touring members played various brass instruments on certain songs. Photos by Michel Dussack
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While many bands struggle with a quick rise to fame, The National seem to be handling it quite well, and even still enjoy playing the occasional intimate show, such as their surprise show at Mercury Lounge two weeks ago. Photos by Michel Dussack
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The National are also aware of how vastly popular their last two albums are, drawing 17 songs of their 24 song set from "High Violet" and "Trouble Will Find Me." Photos by Michel Dussack
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By far, the most special part of the night came during the last song of the night, "Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks." Photos by Michel Dussack
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Rather than trying to end with a bang, the band stripped down to end the night with an acoustic rendition of the song, creating a sense of intimacy that escapes most arena shows. Photos by Michel Dussack
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