National, with special guest Owen Pallett, are playing a show Monday
night, September 27 at the Brown Theater. Although they are now based in
Brooklyn (like every other indie rock band, seemingly), The National
has its roots in Cincinnati where singer Matt Berninger and bassist
Scott Devendorf first met while attending the University of Cincinnati.
The rest of the band is made up of Scott's brother Bryan on drums and
another set of brothers, guitarists Aaron and Bryce Dessner.
One of the most distinctive things about The National's sound is the deep baritone of its lead singer, Berninger, who also writes most of the song lyrics. Similar to Springsteen, his songs tend to tell stories about everyday people wrestling their demons, trying to make relationships work, facing dead-end jobs and debt -- certainly more serious adult fare than the average indie rockers. Their new album High Violet has garnered great reviews that will probably propel them even further into the mainstream.
Opening for The National is young, Toronto musician Owen Pallett, a vocalist and violinist, specializing in a baroque style of pop. It should be a interesting night.
It's not too late to get seats for this Monday night show (September 27), happening at 7:30 p.m. at the Brown Theater. Tickets are available via the Kentucky Center box office for $35.
Below is The National's video for "Bloodbuzz Ohio":