Posted in music | pictures on May 14, 2010

photos by David Andrako

The National - High Violet Annex

The Antlers, Phosphorescent, and Sharon Van Etten each played 20-25 minute sets at the High Violet Annex last night (5/13). That was followed by members of The National improvising over projected movies by Margarita Jimeno, Sufjan Stevens, Jonathan Dueck, Deborah Johnson, Ryan Irvin, and Justin Anderson.

The first National-related group was Bryan & Scott Devendorf, trumpet player Kyle Resnick and guitarist/trombonist/Beirut member Ben Lanz (both who also played on Letterman with the National yesterday). The second group was The Dessner Brothers who played along with an 11 minute experimental film that Sufjan Stevens made "using a digital camera while I had insomnia." Sufjan was in attendance (if you haven't figured that out yet) and introduced the song.

It was the third night of the National's temporary venue next door to Other Music. Even more people played live on the second night. It continues for a fourth night tonight/Friday (and ends Saturday) (lineups for those are both TBA, but expect some actual National songs to be played at at least one of them). More pictures from Thursday, below...

Phosphorescent

Phosphorescent

Phosphorescent

Phosphorescent

Phosphorescent

Phosphorescent

Phosphorescent

Phosphorescent

Phosphorescent

Phosphorescent

Phosphorescent

Phosphorescent

Phosphorescent

Phosphorescent

Sharon Van Etten

Sharon Van Etten

Sharon Van Etten

Sharon Van Etten

Sharon Van Etten

Sharon Van Etten

The Antlers

The Antlers

The Antlers

The Antlers

The Antlers

The Antlers

The Antlers

The Antlers

The Antlers

The Antlers

The National and friends...

The National - High Violet Annex

The National - High Violet Annex

The National - High Violet Annex

The National - High Violet Annex

The National - High Violet Annex

The National - High Violet Annex

The National - High Violet Annex

The National - High Violet Annex

The National - High Violet Annex

The National - High Violet Annex

The National - High Violet Annex

The National - High Violet Annex

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Comments (23)

was actually seriously awesome.

Posted by voo | May 14, 2010 1:33 PM

What time did you need to get there to get in?

Posted by Anonymous | May 14, 2010 1:41 PM

3

Posted by Anonymous | May 14, 2010 1:54 PM

yea last night was amazing. maybe they'll play tonight?!

Posted by Anonymous | May 14, 2010 2:26 PM

I think it's saturday

Posted by Anonymous | May 14, 2010 2:31 PM

National not playing tonight at Other Music. It is more dj's. It's tomorrow night at 6 sharp that they are playing.

Posted by Anonymous | May 14, 2010 2:57 PM

that's funny i heard the exact opposite. I heard they're playing tonight.
why would they play Saturday if they're playing at BAM?

Posted by Anonymous | May 14, 2010 3:20 PM

Well 3:20, you are mistaken. You heard wrong. That is why it says 6 sharp on the flyer for tomorrow. They are playing a short set before they head out to BAM.

No National tonight, sorry

Posted by Anonymous | May 14, 2010 3:29 PM

maybe you're just saying that so no one else shows up and you're front row?

Posted by Anonymous | May 14, 2010 3:45 PM

And No once again.

Posted by Anonymous | May 14, 2010 3:49 PM

Maybe you should stop believing everything is a conspiracy and not someone giving helpful info.

But hey show up tonight and stand front row and be dissapointed when they don't play.

Posted by Anonymous | May 14, 2010 3:50 PM

^^^ conspiracy

Posted by Anonymous | May 14, 2010 3:55 PM

there's nothing to be disappointed over. this whole week has been awesome at this annex. i'm sure they have something cool planned for tonight, whatever it is.

Posted by Anonymous | May 14, 2010 3:58 PM

Information disseminated by people named Anonymous generally can not be trusted.

Posted by Anonymous | May 14, 2010 4:03 PM

I thought Bryce (or Aaron, not good at telling the difference) said they will be doing "something" tonight, though not playing a regular gig...maybe something like last night.

So if you're just going for the mainstream stuff, stay away and make everyone happy.

Posted by Anonymous | May 14, 2010 4:05 PM

Information disseminated by people named Anonymous generally can not be trusted.
-- posted by "anonymous"

Posted by Anonymous | May 14, 2010 4:08 PM

I'll bet you two tickets to BAM that they're playing tonight.

Posted by Anonymous | May 14, 2010 4:17 PM

did you see all the fucking gear in there?
they're not playing an acoustic set with that massive PA.

Posted by Anonymous | May 14, 2010 4:26 PM

the national played eight songs. buke and gass opened, followed by doveman. the sound was a little disappointing.

Posted by Anonymous | May 14, 2010 11:48 PM

disappointing? Are you out of your fucking mind? It was FREE and fucking brilliant. Get over yourself.

Posted by Anonymous | May 15, 2010 4:28 AM

It's funny how on Brooklyn Vegan, the rebuttals to the complaints are far more pompous and idiotic than the complaints themselves. I'd probably agree with 4:28, but boy oh boy.

Posted by Anonymous | May 15, 2010 8:43 AM

seriously.. it was a vacant space that one of the biggest bands in the indie world played for free.
it was amazing.

Posted by Anonymous | May 15, 2010 1:55 PM

what brand are those headphones? i need them.

Posted by ppr | May 16, 2010 11:55 AM

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