LastNight: The National at Bimbo's 365

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The National

June 27, 2007

Bimbo’s 365 Club

Better Than: Listening to Radiohead on your iPod and crying yourself to sleep.

Download: Very cool video clips of The National.

Underneath a sleeping disco ball and somber blue lights, New York indie band The National tiptoed into their set. The violinist’s hand quivered a slow vibrato, the drums held a steady simmer, and the guitars spun incandescent chords. At the helm, Matt Berninger clutched the microphone and coaxed the audience into a slight sway.

But when the second song started, the drums boiled over and the crowd clapped their hands to their beat of the snare. The National’s catchy (but not too catchy) songs popped and cracked, and there was no better setting for the classy-meets-poppy than Bimbo’s 365 Club with its red carpets, fancy chandeliers, and shiny silver drapes.

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