Two local acts play a pretty big venue. Both The National and Yeasayer have the sort of ambition commensurate to the task of entertaining thousands of people in Americas most famous urban idyll; the sonics differ, but the dynamicse.g., constant swellingdo not. The National earned a lot of goodwill from their last two records, 2005s Alligator and 2007s Boxer, which both put frontman Matt Berningers too-grave-for-indie baritone up front, a savvy decision for a band pitching itself to dudes whove run out of Springsteen records to buy. Theyre suited to making the moment theirs, like it or not. Meanwhile, Yeasayer are four extremely dopey-looking guys who nod at both new age and African pop on their way to becoming what this publication once called the Rusted Root its okay to like. Come for the drum circles; stay for the catharsis. With Plants and Animals.
Mon., Aug. 4, 6:30 p.m., 2008