Friday, June 22, 2007

Boxing Nationalists

Just a quick check-in today as I don't have a whole lot of time to write much. Got to finish up what's left in the Inbox this Friday, and then head out to see The National at the Middle East. They are the hip band du jour these days, and are quietly selling out venues left and right.

It should be a fun show. I expect to see lots of twenty-somethings in dark, thick-rimmed glasses and corduroy pants who "strongly oppose" lots of cultural and political norms they feel are being forced upon them, and who are deeply moved by the profundity of the artistic display to which they are witness.

Musically, I don't really know what to expect. I've listened to their newest album, The Boxer, only once, and enjoyed it very much in that one listen, but am not all that familiar with the rest of their work. But, I'm always up for new music, and since I've liked what I've heard thus far, I predict a thoroughly enjoyable set. Call me an optimist. And if it isn't? It'll still have been worth the $14 dollars spent. I just like seeing live music.

Anyway, if you're interested, the first link above points to the NPR live concert series page where they are featured. You can hear their performance in Washington D.C. from a couple of days ago (I think it's the whole set - I'm not sure as I haven't listened) and it looks like there's an interview with the band as well. Enjoy and Happy Friday!

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