HOMETOWN ADVANTAGE

Brooklyn indie rockers get BAMmed

There’s a certain depth to how Brooklyn indie rockers The National texture their songs that other bands lack. For all the comparisons to equally moody forefathers like Leonard Cohen, Tindersticks, and Nick Cave, the National have mastered the intangible quality that makes those performers great: restraint. For instance, despite having two guitarists, vocalist Matt Berninger sounds comfortable crooning dark poetry over only a drumbeat on 2005’s “Secret Meeting,” and 2007’s “Mistaken for Strangers” has nearly as sparse an arrangement despite sounding incredibly lush. It’s this savoir faire that will make them fit in well at BAM’s opera house—perhaps even better than at a dingy club. Last year’s Boxer topped many critics’ year-end lists and came in at No. 10 on Pazz & Jop, so the middlebrow group has really earned its place among New York’s highbrow—even if only for a night. With My Brightest Diamond
Sat., Feb. 23, 8 p.m., 2008

 
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