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mountmccabe
06-01-2010, 11:48 AM
with opener Owen Pallett.

Playing the Rialto Theatre in Tucson on Wednesday, October 13 for $28.

Playing the Marquee Theatre in Phoenix on Thursday, October 14 for $30.


They have not played Phoenix since playing the Modified in late 2005 on tour with Clap Your Hands Say Yeah.

downingthief
06-01-2010, 01:03 PM
This is a show I will NOT be missing!

TomAz
06-01-2010, 01:41 PM
kuhl

faxman75
06-02-2010, 11:05 AM
This is very good news. I plan on going to both of course.

mountmccabe
06-02-2010, 11:57 AM
Owen Pallett opening is really quite wonderful.

Gribbz
06-02-2010, 01:26 PM
Owen Pallett opening is really quite wonderful.

I knew the National would be playing the Rialto in the fall, but I didn't know Owen Pallett was opening. Major win.

Somewhat Damaged
06-02-2010, 08:35 PM
Oh, goodie. I didn't notice this when I made my post in the Tucson thread. Thursday for $30 is probably going to be doable.

Fig Neutron
06-02-2010, 09:48 PM
Finally. Count me in for the Marquee.

faxman75
06-04-2010, 02:32 PM
I purchased tickets for both shows today. The marquee show is $33 if purchased at the box office.

Fig Neutron
10-10-2010, 06:08 PM
So excited for this.

TomAz
10-11-2010, 07:58 AM
dunno if you all saw my post but The National totally destroyed at ACL last night. So fucking good. 3rd time seeing them but this show was really above and beyond what I'd seen from them before. I wish I could be more articulate about why.

roberto73
10-11-2010, 05:38 PM
I saw them in Atlanta last week and it was a remarkable show beautiful and ferocious and euphoric, sometimes all at the same time. Also, Matt and the Dessner brothers are really funny. Here's the setlist:

1. Runaway
2. Anyone's Ghost
3. Mistaken For Strangers
4. Bloodbuzz Ohio
5. Secret Meeting
6. Slow Show
7. Squalor Victoria
8. Afraid of Everyone
9. Conversation 16
10. Apartment Story
11. Sorrow
12. Abel
13. Geese of Beverly Road
14. England
15. Fake Empire

16. All the Wine (an audible for the guy who'd been shouting for it all show)
17. Mr. November
18. Terrible Love
19. Vanderlye Crybaby Geeks (unplugged/unamped)

And here's a video of that acoustic finale (shot so you can look straight up Matt's nose):

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Gribbz
10-11-2010, 08:19 PM
How was Owen Pallett?

downingthief
10-11-2010, 08:50 PM
I saw them in Atlanta last week and it was a remarkable show beautiful and ferocious and euphoric, sometimes all at the same time. Also, Matt and the Dessner brothers are really funny. Here's the setlist:

1. Runaway
2. Anyone's Ghost
3. Mistaken For Strangers
4. Bloodbuzz Ohio
5. Secret Meeting
6. Slow Show
7. Squalor Victoria
8. Afraid of Everyone
9. Conversation 16
10. Apartment Story
11. Sorrow
12. Abel
13. Geese of Beverly Road
14. England
15. Fake Empire

16. All the Wine (an audible for the guy who'd been shouting for it all show)
17. Mr. November
18. Terrible Love
19. Vanderlye Crybaby Geeks (unplugged/unamped)

And here's a video of that acoustic finale (shot so you can look straight up Matt's nose):

b6fvY61rRiw

Great set list...but...no Start a War? Surprising! Plus, I must hear this song on Thursday. Must.

Courtney
10-12-2010, 10:03 AM
The poster you guys get for the Tucson show is really nice:

http://burlesquedesign.com/newsletter/10-10-12/thenational.jpg

Gribbz
10-12-2010, 10:33 AM
The poster you guys get for the Tucson show is really nice:

http://burlesquedesign.com/newsletter/10-10-12/thenational.jpg

Nice!

faxman75
10-13-2010, 10:26 AM
Tonight is the night! I can't wait. I'm so ready for this. Seeing them three times over the next four nights is not excessive.

downingthief
10-13-2010, 10:37 AM
Enjoy! Can't wait to see them tomorrow.

faxman75
10-14-2010, 01:07 AM
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs904.snc4/71698_444623441283_666671283_5436082_3838359_n.jpg

This was played exactly as typed.

Great show. They finished with a quiet acoustic version of Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks with the entire band at the front of the stage quietly playing while Matt sang without a microphone. It was a perfect ending to the show. The band was staying at Hotel Congress which is across the street so they also dedicated Anyone's Ghost to the Hotel Congress which is haunted. Matt also said the room he was staying in was between two haunted rooms.

The highlight for me was Available. Which is also the oldest of the songs they play and the only one from Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers. I didn't get enough so i'm glad I get more tomorrow. I was hoping for either Geese of Beverly Road or 90 Mile Water Wall which they have been playing here and there lately so hopefully we get one or both of those tomorrow.

faxman75
10-14-2010, 01:29 PM
An article in the new times. Kind of a boring read if you ask me.

http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/2010-10-14/music/the-national-make-american-music/

TomAz
10-14-2010, 02:06 PM
Matt is not "gravely". Fail, new times.

faxman75
10-15-2010, 12:16 AM
Night two. I liked this show a bit more. They made some changes and even commented they were trying to start to switch up the setlist a bit. Baby We'll Be Fine was a highlight as was Sorrow.

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs385.ash2/66368_445065361283_666671283_5441428_8008916_n.jpg

mountmccabe
10-15-2010, 08:19 AM
"Apartment Story" sounded great, "England" had great screaming and "Squalor Victoria" was the best I've ever seen it and that already was my favorite of their songs I've seen live. Matt was in an entertaining mood; I enjoyed him asking if anyone saw Pavement when they came through Phoenix and the aftermath of that faux pas.

Great fucking show.

faxman75
10-15-2010, 08:48 AM
The banter and intro of the songs cracked me up because it was all the same type of jokes despite their claim they would be trying out new jokes. They simply interchanged their talk ups. For instance in Tucson used their whole Modified 2005 talk up to introduce Abel and last night they used it for Baby We'll Be Fine.

The Pavement awkardness was priceless. I'm a huge fan of the new quiet ending with Vanderlyle as well. After seeing that two nights in a row I think it's going to be the closer for a bit and it works beautifully.

I thought the sound last night was incredible at the Marquee. It was so loud and clear. The energy was definitely a bit higher last night too.

downingthief
10-15-2010, 09:09 AM
Just an amazing show. One of the best I have seen overall in a long time. Sound was great, energy was great. Was glad to see the crowd so into it. You could tell they were really feeding off the energy.

Matt going through the crowd during Terrible Love was cool. Patted him on the shoulder as he walked by, and he did the same.

I agree with John on Squalor and England, and Apartment Story. All the songs were great, though...hard to pick one favorite.

My friends Todd & Amanda are officially hooked on this band now. :)

TomAz
10-15-2010, 09:38 AM
"i'm walking with spiders" as he walked by you?

downingthief
10-15-2010, 09:42 AM
I am his arachnid muse.

Somewhat Damaged
10-15-2010, 12:11 PM
It pains me to read the reviews for shows I would have otherwise gone to if not for other financial commitments. (Pixies was the other killer.) Glad you guys had fun, though! How was Owen Pallet?

westcoastpirate
10-15-2010, 01:45 PM
http://blogs.phoenixnewtimes.com/uponsun/2010/10/the_national_at_marquee_theatr.php


The National at Marquee Theatre Last Night
By Martin Cizmar, Fri., Oct. 15 2010 @ 8:53AM

The National
October 14, 2010
Marquee Theatre in Tempe

The National's singer, Matt Berninger, has a reputation for performing drunk. It hasn't been a huge problem -- never leading to a canceled tour or even ruining a high-profile show as far as I know -- but the bottle on the drum riser is a well-known crutch for the introverted frontman.

So it was nice to see the impossibly rich baritone seem sharp and sober at Marquee Theatre as his Brooklyn-based band played the Valley for the first time in five years.

Until the encore, anyway.

Upon returning to stage after only the briefest of breaks, Berninger busted out a bottle, pouring two solo cups for people in the audience and taking (ahem) a few sips himself. Maybe he'd been swilling all along, but the effects hadn't been noticeable until they got hard to ignore.The first song the band played after re-taking the stage?

"All The Wine" from 2005's Alligator.
And all the wine is all for me
And all the wine is all for me
And all the wine is all for me

Those lyrics are a little misleading. Like I said, Berninger shared his booze. Also, the bottle looked more like hard liquor than wine from my vantage point. Still, could the song selection be more than coincidence?

Disappointingly, the encore that followed was pretty weak. It was an unfitting end to a very impressive show by the band, originally formed in Cincinnati. As I said, maybe he'd been drinking all along, without ill effect, but things went downhill in a hurry.

For the most part, "Wine" was, like the 15 songs before it, simultaneously stirring and restrained in a thoroughly engaging way, but with some awkward gestures and missed notes. By the second offering (the band's all-time best song, "Mr. November") the ethanol Berninger had consumed was acting as a central nervous system depressant, impairing his ability to moderate his voice, which sadly slipped from "anthemically sad" to flat-out raspy. (The performance looked a lot like this video from May.)

"Terrible Love," which came next, wasn't as terrible as, say, walking with spiders, but it was dramatically less engaging than "Bloodbuzz Ohio," the first single off the album the band is promoting, High Violet, which came early in the set and was, for my money, the highlight of the night. A floor foray that took Berninger into the crowd and all the way to the soundboard couldn't save the song.

By the closer, an acoustic and mic-less version of " Vanderlylle Cry Baby," things hit bottom for Berninger. He stood at the side of the stage flapping his arms around like an impotent little penguin while his bandmates led a room-wide sing-along. They did a nice job, but it wasn't quite the same.
Here's the thing: All things considered, this was actually still a great show. The band was that impressive for most of their set.

The eight-piece touring version of The National seemed poised, professional and totally "on" from just after their entrance (they sort of skidded onto the stage, taking an awkward amount of time to start playing after the lights dimmed) to the ill-fated encore. The louder, faster songs, like "Brainy" and "Conversation 16," predictably got the biggest response, but there was hardly a miss in the first 80 minutes of the concert.

For that, The National deserves a lot of credit.

They just need to get a little of that Mariano Rivera spirit going, too.

Critic's Notebook:

Personal bias: I'm also an Ohioan. The part I'm from usually doesn't want anything to do with the part these guys are from, but we make an exception for them, Foxy and The Greenhornes.

The crowd: Put it this way, there were a lot of fixies parked out front.

Overheard: "It's so hot in here!" It was a little warm, but those words were obviously spoken by someone who hadn't been to Clubhouse for Sleigh Bells or Matt and Kim.

Random notebook dump: The encore was pretty rough. Ran onto the crowd scratching his head in the way only drunk people do slapping his side awkwardly

Setlist:
The Runaway
Anyone's Ghost
Brainy
Bloodbuzz Ohio
Slow Show
Squalor Victoria
Afraid Of Everyone
Baby, We 'll be Fine
Conversation 16
Apartment Story
Sorrow
Abel
Mistaken For Strangers
England
Fake Empire

Encore:
All The Wine
Mr. November
Terrible Love
Vanderlylle Cry Baby

mountmccabe
10-15-2010, 02:20 PM
Overheard walking back after on the Mill Bridge

"OK, think back on all the songs you didn't know... only like two of them were good."
"Yeah, I guess you are right."

That article is silly. The "floor foray" was fun and that song didn't need saving. "Mr November" was great and I liked that they tried for something different/special with "Vanderlyle..." and I think it closed things well, even with a somewhat rude crowd.

Also, shit, Matt was clearly drinking throughout the show.

downingthief
10-15-2010, 02:32 PM
Agreed. I thought the entire show, including the encore, was exceptional. Dude is off his rocker with that review.

faxman75
10-15-2010, 03:10 PM
Crazy review there. I wouldn't even say Matt was drunk, maybe buzzed a bit. I've seen him downright wasted and he was coherant throughout the night in my opinion. Vanderlyle was actually a highlight for me and calling Mr. November their best song is criminal.

Also regarding Matt and his drinking. It's way better than Matt sober and nervous. The BAM show that streamed earlier this year is a prime example. Matt didn't seem to drink at all and was so restrained it was one of the must stuffy and mediocre sets I have ever seen them perform.

westcoastpirate
10-15-2010, 03:23 PM
The article makes it seem like the writer was only there for the encore.

I wasn't there but from everyone's feedback it seems like it was a great show.

faxman75
10-15-2010, 03:29 PM
This guy is on the opposite end of the spectrum calling it the best show of his life lol.

http://cheerstokhaos.wordpress.com/2010/10/15/music-review-the-national/

It's an awful review. Matt did not enter the crowd during Mr. November. I'm not sure why he thought he would be able to predict the set list based on seeing them a long time ago either.

westcoastpirate
10-15-2010, 04:00 PM
...Matt did not enter the crowd during Mr. November...

Faxman's Facts right there.