Theres 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 2005s Secret Meeting, and 2007s Mistaken for Strangers has nearly as sparse an arrangement despite sounding incredibly lush. Its this savoir faire that will make them fit in well at BAMs opera houseperhaps even better than at a dingy club. Last years 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 Yorks highbroweven if only for a night. With My Brightest Diamond
Sat., Feb. 23, 8 p.m., 2008
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