Entries tagged with: Barclays Center
Jay Z at Yankee Stadium in July (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
It was recently reported that Jay Z would be selling his stake in the Brooklyn Nets to Jason Kidd, and now he'll apparently be selling his stake in Brooklyn's Barclays Center too. Forbes reports:
Jay-Z has to unload his ownership interests in the Brooklyn Nets and the Barclays BCS +2.1% Center due to his new sports agency, Roc Nation Sports. Roc Nation Sports' roster includes Robinson Cano of the New York Yankees, Skylar Diggins of the WNBA, the Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant, and Victor Cruz of the New York Giants.Jay's tour comes to Barclays Center on January 12 and 13. Tickets for those shows are still available.
Jay-Z owns slightly less than one-fifth of one percent of the Barclay Center. New York City recently appraised the Barclays Center-based on its potential income-to be worth $741 million. That works out to about $1.5 million for Jay-Z's stake.
MGMT at Firefly 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
MGMT just released their psychedelic self titled album today (9/17), and along with the album's official release, they've announced a North American tour in support of it. The new album's weird sounds aren't really built for the arenas that "Kids," "Time to Pretend" and "Electric Feel" are, but lo and behold, the NYC date on this tour is on December 13 at Barclays Center. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday, September 27 at 11 AM. All dates (many venues TBA) are listed below.
The band also just made a video for album track "Cool song No. 2" that stars Michael K. Williams aka Omar from The Wire (and Chalky White of Boardwalk Empire). Check it out, along with the list of dates, below...
Kanye West at Governors Ball 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Tickets for the NYC stops on Kanye West's tour at Barclays Center (11/19) and Madison Square Garden (11/23) went on sale this morning, and Kanye immediately added second dates for each venue (Barclays on 11/20, MSG on 11/24). Tickets for all four are on sale now.
Kendrick Lamar opens most of the tour, but hasn't been announced for the NYC shows (neither has anyone else). Updated dates are listed below...
Kanye, Charlie Wilson, The Roots & a choir on 'Fallon'
Kanye West recently announced a tour with Kendrick Lamar, and following that announcement he appeared on Late NIght with Jimmy Fallon to perform the closing track on Yeezus, "Bound 2." Kanye performed with backing from Fallon's house band The Roots, a choir doing the "bound to fall in love" vocal and Charlie Wilson joining him to sing his hook on the song. Check out the video of that performance below.
As discussed, Kanye's tour hits NYC on November 19 at Barclays Center and November 23 at Madison Square Garden. Tickets for both shows go on AEG/Venue/Radio/TM/Twitter/AmEx presales Thursday (9/12) at 10 AM (password: "YEEZUS"). General on-sale begins Friday (9/13) at 9 AM.
Kendrick, who we just caught at Williamsburg Park, hasn't been announced for the NYC shows (neither has anyone else).
Fallon video, and the list of all 'Yeezus' tour dates, below...
photos by P Squared Photography
Depeche Mode @ Barclays Center, 9/6/2013
Hearing tracks such as "Policy of Truth," "Walking In My Shoes," "Personal Jesus," and "Enjoy The Silence," pretty much made the crowd go completely ballistic and even though at times, one would rather hear really obscure songs instead of the obvious hits, being in a stadium full of people reaching out to touch faith still gives me chills every time! Another major highlight was the not very often played "Black Celebration," which was a stadium sing-a-long and is such a welcomed fuck you to mainstream radio! - [According2G]As mentioned, Depeche Mode were in the NYC area over the weekend for two shows. We already posted pictures from Sunday's Jones Beach show, but here's a set from Friday night at Barclays Center. Comparing the setlists between the two shows, Jones Beach got more "classics," but Barclays Center was treated to deep cut "Black Celebration," the title track to their 1985 LP and gloomy lifestyle anthem. Full Barclays setlist is below.
Like at Jones Beach and other dates on this leg of the tour, Bat for Lashes opened at Barclays and we also caught her headlining show at Webster Hall the week before. More pics from Friday's Barclays Center show below...
Jay Z at Yankee Stadium in July (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
At Jay Z's Made In America Festival last weekend (8/31-9/1), he announced that he'd be doing a world tour in support of this year's Magna Carta Holy Grail, and that North American dates would be announced soon. Well, on the same day that Kanye announces his tour, Jay decided to confirm his as well.
The tour comes to NYC for two shows at Jay's own stomping grounds, Barclays Center on January 12 and 13, and other area dates include Mohegan Sun on January 17, Nassau Coliseum on January 19, and Prudential Center on January 22. A Citi cardmember presale begins Monday (9/9) at 10 AM, and Live Nation Mobile App and Facebook presales start Wednesday (9/11). More info on the Facebook presale at the tour's Facebook event (yeah, Jay Z's world tour has a Facebook event). General on-sales begin Thursday, September 12 at 10 AM via Ticketmaster.
Jay Z meanwhile is reportedly selling part or all of his stake in the Brooklyn Nets to Jason Kidd.
All Jay Z dates are listed, along with the video for "Holy Grail," below...
Kanye West has made recent festival appearances like NYC's Governors Ball and has gone on a collaborative tour with Jay Z, but the man behind two of rap's most acclaimed albums of the current decade hasn't actually gone on a solo headlining tour in five years. That will change this year though, as he's just announced North American dates spanning from October through December. Stacking the deck even more, another very exciting figure in today's rap world, Kendrick Lamar (who also played Governors Ball), will be opening.
The tour hits NYC for arena shows on November 19 at Barclays Center and November 23 at Madison Square Garden. Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday, September 13. All dates are listed below.
Kendrick isn't actually currently listed on either of the two NYC shows, but he will be in NYC to play Williamsburg Park on September 10 with Ab-Soul, Jay Rock, and Bishop Nehru. Tickets for that show are still available.
Jay Z just announced a tour too, including two nights at Barclays Center.
Meanwhile, there's a bunch of other great upcoming hip hop shows happening in NYC.
All Kanye dates are listed, along with the video for "Black Skinhead," below...
Jay Z at Yankee Stadium in July (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Earlier this year, Jay Z announced he'd be selling his 'miniscule stake in the Brooklyn Nets,' and it's now being reported that part or all of that stake will be sold to Nets coach Jason Kidd. Reports NY Post:
We're told Kidd will take over Jay's .067 percent (1/15th of a percent) stake in the team for about $500,000.Jay is still the director of Barclays Center though (where the Nets play). Upcoming shows there include Phoenix, Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age, Beyonce (all four of whom just played the Jay Z-curated Made In America fest), Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Justin Timberlake, Drake, Vampire Weekend, and more.
The move comes as Jay was forced to sell his Nets shares over a conflict of interest after he started a sports agency, Roc Nation, signing clients including Yankee Robinson Cano and Oklahoma City star Kevin Durant.
A source told us, "Other owners want to give Jason a part ownership of the team, and urged Jay to sell his shares to him."
Amazingly, Jay was introduced to the team in 2003 by Drew Katz, the son of one of the Nets' principal owners, after Kidd, then the Nets' marquee point guard, suggested the music mogul buy the team.
According to reports, Jay helped design the team logos and choose the Nets' stark black-and-white color scheme, and personally appealed to National Basketball Association officials to drop their objections to it.
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Queens of the Stone Age at Made In America - 9/1/13
Queens of The Stone Age just played the Jay Z-curated Made In America festival in Philly on Sunday (9/1), and like some of the other big names on that festival, they're coming to NYC later this year for a show at the Jay Z-affiliated Barclays Center (12/14). Since we last spoke, it's been announced that The Kills will be opening that show, making for an excellent double bill. Tickets for that show go on sale Thursday (9/5) at 10 AM.
Like we just said, QOTSA played the second day of Made In America over the weekend. For their 13-song set, they played mainly off of 2002's Songs for the Deaf and this year's ...Like Clockwork, in addition to a few others. Their full setlist and pictures from their set at the festival are in this post. Stay tuned for more day 2 coverage, and check out pictures of day 1 (part 1) and day 1 (part 2).
Meanwhile, both Queens of the Stone Age and The Kills have members in Jack White's supergroup, The Dead Weather (Dean Fertita and Alison Mosshart, respectively). Jack's label, Third Man Records, tweeted last week (8/29) that The Dead Weather were "working on new songs in the studio yesterday... (and searching for bodies)." The TBA third album follows 2009's Horehound and 2010's Sea of Cowards.
More pictures of QOTSA at Made In America and their setlist, below...
Har Mar Superstar in Austin in 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
Brooklyn's very entertaining Har Mar Superstar will be touring in September/October, and one of those tour stops is in his hometown opening for fellow locals Yeah Yeah Yeahs at their huge Barclays Center (9/19) show. Tickets for that show are still available. Har Mar just filled in to do Dr. Octagon's guest verse on YYYs' "Buried Alive" at their recent Santa Cruz show (8/15). Check out a video of that below.
Meanwhile, you won't have to wait that long to catch Har Mar, because he plays another Brooklyn show at Knitting Factory TONIGHT (8/30) at midnight with Rewards and Son of Stan. It's part of his "Last Fridays with Har Mar Superstar" series (he plays at midnight the last Friday of every month at the Knit, the next one is 9/27). Tickets for tonight's show are still available.
All dates are listed, along with a video, below...
QOTSA at Lollapalooza 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Queens of the Stone Age are back in action with a new album under their belts and an ongoing tour they've been on for months. They came to Brooklyn back in June for a "secret" intimate show at Brooklyn Masonic Temple, and they've just announced they'll be returning this fall for something much larger. QOTSA will headline Barclays Center on December 14. Tickets for that show go on pre-sale Wednesday (8/28) at 10 AM (password: "Ocean"). All upcoming dates are listed below.
Another major rock band who are reunited this year (and like QOTSA, play Philly's Made In America fest), Nine Inch Nails, headline the same venue in October. They also just made their new album available for streaming.
All dates are listed, along with the video for "My God Is The Sun," below...
Grimes and 2 Chainz
Taylor Swift realizing *NSYNC appeared on stage
From many points in Brooklyn, one could look up and see the lit up blimp in the air hovering over the Barclays Center yesterday (8/25). It was where the overhead shots were being filmed during the pre-show which included the big crowds outside around the Brooklyn streets that MTV got closed down to create the red carpet for the VMAs....
A red carpet, set up on Dean Street near Flatbush Avenue, was completely invisible to many non-ticketed fans and the general public who were mainly cordoned in a pen at the Best Buy on Atlantic Avenue between Fort Greene Place and Sixth Avenue.Meanwhile, during the ceremony, we got performances from Kanye West (playing "Blood on the Leaves," not "Black Skinhead"), Justin Timberlake (on-stage *NSYNC reunion included), Drake, Kendrick Lamar (joining Robin Thicke, who, um, palled around with Miley Cyrus on stage), Lady Gaga (playing her new EDM-inspired single), and more.
Another penned area, at Sixth Avenue and Bergen Street, gave a small group of fans a distant peek at the carpet, but it was still a full city block away.
"Obviously they can't let everyone in for security reasons, but we can't see anything at all," said Donna Hall, 28, who came from Queens. "I've been out here with my friends since 3 p.m. and we've been trying to find the best vantage point possible, but we settled here because at least we could see a glimpse of the red carpet. [DNA Info]
Daft Punk didn't perform, but they did walk the red carpet and sit in the audience in their masks which they also wore to present 'Best Female Music Video' with Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers. They also debuted part of the video for "Lose Yourself to Dance."
Vampire Weekend, who are headlining the Barclays Center in September, presented an award to One Direction.
Jay-Z and Beyonce were strangely nowhere to be found.
Eminem also pulled a Jay Z and announced his new album, MMLP2 (the sequel to 2000's Marshall Mathers LP), in a commercial that aired during the VMAs. The album was executive produced by Dr. Dre and Rick Rubin, and it's due out November 5. Meanwhile, the single, "Berserk," will drop this Tuesday (8/27).
If you watched, what did you think? Should Miley Cyrus stop being so trashy? Should Robin Thicke stop being so creepy? Should Kanye stop being so serious? Does Justin Timberlake have really long arms? Does anyone really care that *NSYNC showed up (for a minute and a half)? If you didn't watch, or need a refresher, some videos from the night are below...
Grimes at Coachella 2013 (more by Wei Shi)
Traffic hasn't been as bad around the Barclays Center as opponents thought it would be when the Brooklyn arena was first announced. We think that may not be true this Sunday (8/25) though as MTV takes over the room to film the live telecast of the VMAs. Everyone from Kanye West to Katy Perry to Daft Punk to Robin Thicke are going to be there or are rumored to be there. Prince is in town. So is Perez Hilton.
The 2013 Video Music Awards are near, and to herald their arrival on Sunday, August 25, MTV is launching the VMA All Access Experience, 5 days of livestreamed performances and VMA moments starting NOW! And, get this, Grimes will be making a special appearance!Meanwhile, Justin Timberlake will be receiving the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award during the VMAs, and it's been announced that his 'History of Rap' partner Jimmy Fallon will be the one presenting it to him. Justin is also rumored to be reuniting on stage at the VMAs with his old boy band *NSYNC. Maybe you've heard of them.
Show day, however, has got MTV Hive pumped -- not only because the 2013 Video Music Awards features the likes of Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake and Kanye West, but because Grimes, along with designer Rachel Antonoff, will co-host MTV Style's Red Carpet Report (6 p.m. ET Sunday). Perhaps she'll wear one of her pussy rings? One can dream.
You can watch the broadcast on vma.mtv.com.
Later this year (and more South), Grimes will be playing some festivals, including Austin's ACL Fest in October, Mexico City's Corona Capital Fest in October, and a Young Turks party in Mexico on New Year's Eve.
Daft Punk were supposed to appear on The Colbert Report last night (8/6), but anyone who watched knows they didn't, and Robin Thicke did instead.
Apparently the reason they didn't, as Pitchfork points out, is that they are set to make a "surprise" appearance at MTV's VMAs, which happen in Brooklyn at Barclays Center on August 25 with Kanye, Lady Gaga, and more also performing. Free pit tickets went on sale the other day, and not-free tickets also just went on sale.
Meanwhile, on The Colbert Report, Stephen (and friends) did dance to "Get Lucky." You can watch the video of that below...
by Andrew Sacher
Beyonce at Barclays Center - 8/5/13 (via Shawn Paul Mazur)
Beyonce, who you might call one of the greatest live acts right now, just wrapped up a three-night run at Barclays Center, as part of her ongoing world tour. Fans in attendance got treated to Bey's new single, "Grown Woman," tons of career-spanning hits ("Single Ladies," "Survivor," "Love On Top," "Baby Boy," etc), and at yesterday's show (8/5), she played her excellently weird soundcloud offering from earlier this year, "Bow Down," which transitioned into Jay Z coming out to perform Magna Carta Holy Grail track, "Tom Ford." Videos of that, and those other mentioned tracks, below.
Beyonce's tour continues, and it brings her back to Barclays Center on December 19. Tickets for that show are still available (though Ticketmaster is saying "not many left"), and she's also just added yet another date happening at Barclays Center on December 22. Tickets for the 12/22 date go on sale Monday (8/12) at 10 AM, with a MasterCard presale starting Thursday (8/8) at 10 AM, and a Live Nation/LN Mobile App presale starting Friday (8/9) at 10 AM.
Updated dates are listed, along with those live videos, below...
Kanye West at Governors Ball 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
As previously mentioned, this year, MTV's Video Music Awards will be taking place in Brooklyn at the Barclays Center on August 25. It was just announced that Kanye West will appearing at this year's VMAs to perform "Black Skinhead" off his recently released Yeezus. Lady Gaga will be performing as well, debuting her new single, "Applause" off her upcoming ARTPOP album, due out November 11. Admission to the VMAs is free, but do you need tickets. You can currently get free Pit tickets, though the other ticket options are all TBA. There's a Ticketmaster page for the event too, but no on-sale date is listed at the moment.
Nominees for this year's VMAs include Kendrick Lamar, Drake, A$AP Rocky, J. Cole, Beyonce, Miguel, Janelle Monae, Erykah Badu, The Weeknd, Justin Timberlake, Snoop Lion, Mumford & Sons, Vampire Weekend, Alt-J, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Flying Lotus, and more. Full list below.
Also, watch the video for "Black Skinhead," which uses similar elements to the visual that accompanies Kanye's live performances of the song, below...
Barclays Center (more by Greg Cristman)
Barclays Center, the arena in Brooklyn that has challenged Madison Square Garden in the New York City market, sold more tickets than any other arena in the United States for the first six months of the year, and led the country in gross ticket sales for concerts and family shows as well, according to tallies published this week in Billboard and Pollstar magazines.Raise their numbers even highter by buying even more tickets at Ticketmaster. Cirque do Soleil is there through Sunday, and then comes Bieber followed by Beyonce. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs play there in September.
The numbers were a remarkable showing for the rust-colored arena on Atlantic Avenue, which opened in late September last year with a string of concerts by Jay Z. Overall, Barclays ranked No. 2 worldwide in ticket sales with $46.9 million, second to the O2 Arena in London, with $119 million, Billboard reported. Madison Square Garden was fourth with $39 million. [NY Times]
Justin Timberlake at Yankee Stadium last Friday (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Justin Timberlake just brought his tour with Jay Z to NYC for two Yankee Stadium shows over the weekend, and he's since added many of his own dates to happen this fall without Jay Z, including two more in the NYC-area. The first is at Brooklyn's newest arena, Barclays Center on November 6, and the second is on November 9 at IZOD Center in East Rutherford, NJ. Tickets for those shows go on MasterCard/Fan CLub presales today (7/24) at 10 AM, Live Nation/LN Mobile App presale Friady (7/26) at 10 AM, and on sale to the general public Monday (7/29) at 10 AM.
JT is set to release the second part of The 20/20 Experience on September 30. He recently released its single, "Take Back the Night," which you can listen to, along with an updated list of tour dates, below.
by Andrew Sacher
Yeah Yeah Yeahs at Webster Hall in April (more by Amanda Hatfield)
NYC indie rock mainstays Yeah Yeah Yeahs are still on the heels of an awesomely weird new album, Mosquito, for which they played a relatively intimate release show at Webster Hall, which followed two far more intimate benefit shows in the year or so prior at Union Pool and Brooklyn Bowl. (They also had a set at this year's Brooklyn festival GoogaMooga.) And they're now set to do the exact opposite of that.
Like NYC bands The National and Vampire Weekend before them, YYYs have announced that they'll headline new Brooklyn arena Barclays Center on September 19! Tickets for their largest hometown show yet
are not on sale yet go on sale Friday (7/19) at 11 AM with a presale starting Wednesday (7/17) at 11 AM.
In related news, TV on the Radio's Dave Sitek just remixed Mosquito track, "Despair," which you can listen to at Pitchfork.
All upcoming YYYs dates are listed, along with the video for the original version of "Despair," below...
by Andrew Sacher
Beyonce's previously announced tour dates already included an Izod Center (7/31) show and three Barclays Center (8/3-5) shows (which were once sold out, but now back on sale), and she's now announced another leg of dates happening in late fall, including another stop at Barclays Center on December 19. Tickets for the newly-added Barclays Center date go on sale Monday, July 1 at 10 AM with a MasterCard presale starting Thursday (6/27) at 10 AM and Live Nation/LN Mobile App presales starting Friday (6/28) at 10 AM. Updated dates, including Philly's Made In America festival, are listed below.
Beyonce recently joined her former Destiny's Child members Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams for the track "You've Changed" on Kelly's new album, Talk A Good Game. It's a much better track than that new Destiny's Child song, and in fact, the whole album is pretty solid. You can listen to it on Spotify.
Still not much word on Beyonce's own new album, but you can check out a live video of her performing new track, "Grown Woman," along with the updated list of tour dates, below...
Rapper J Cole released his new album, Born Sinner, this week, and on Wednesday (6/19), he brought his tour in support of it to NYC for a show at Irving Plaza. During Cole's set, Drake came out to perform his verse on "In The Morning," after which Cole said to Drake, "You got classic records... could you please do some shit I guarantee they all will know?" Drake then stuck around to perform his song "Say What's Real" and his huge recent single, "Started From the Bottom." Check out a video of Drake's whole appearance at J Cole's show below.
Meanwhile, as mentioned, Drake is kicking off a tour of his own this year with support from Miguel and Future. That tour comes to the NYC-area on October 26 at XL Center in Hartford, October 27 at Prudential Center in Newark, and October 28 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. TIckets for those shows go on sale today (6/21) at 10 AM.
by Andrew Sacher
Drake at Made In America 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Drake has been talking for a few months about releasing a new album called Nothing Was the Same this year (though still no release date), and he's already revealed some pretty great singles, "Started from the Bottom" and "5AM in Toronto." Still no more word on that album, but he did just announce a tour with R&B crooner Miguel following Miguel's appearance at Jay-Z's Philly festival Made In America (which Drake played last year). The tour hits the NYC-area on October 26 at XL Center in Hartford, October 27 at Prudential Center in Newark and October 28 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Auto-tune dude Future is on the tour as well (after dropping off the Lil Wayne/T.I. tour). Tickets for the Prudential Center show go on sale Friday (6/21) at 10 AM and tickets for Barclays Center/XL Center (same link) have no on-sale date announced yet. All tour dates are listed below.
UPDATE: There were rumors that Drake is also playing this year's Made In America fest, though he's not listed on the festival's site and there's no confirmation that he will be there.
It's still been wayyy too long since Miguel played a proper headlining gig in NYC, and dropping off Governors Ball didn't help that matter, but even though he's only opening on this run, it's still a much better way to see him than opening for Alicia Keys.
Meanwhile, speaking of Jay-Z, following the leak of Kanye West's Yeezus, he announced a new album of his own via a commercial that aired during game give of the NBA finals. The album's called Magna Carta Holy Grail and we only have to wait a few weeks to get it (due July 4). The commercial makes it look like it's going to feature contributions from Pharrell, Timbaland, Swizz Beatz, and Yeezus producer Rick Rubin. And what's more: it's already gone Platinum. Samsung has already purchased 1 million copies of the album to release to Samsung Galaxy users for free 72 hours ahead of the release date. Now that's what I call marketing!
UPDATE: It didn't already go platinum. The Samsung sales won't count.
All Drake/Miguel/Future dates are listed, along with the videos for "Started From the Bottom" and "5AM in Toronto," and the Jay-Z album commercial, below...
Paul McCartney at Barclays Center last Saturday (more by Greg Cristman)
Paul McCartney has been on a tour that just hit Brooklyn for two shows at the Barclays Centre (night 1 pics & setlist), and included him sticking around to appear on a full hour-long episode of The Colbert Report. You can watch the full episode at Colbert's site and a few clips, including the web exclusive of Paul performing "Birthday," which he dedicated to "anyone with a birthday," below.
Videos and the setlist of night 2 at Barclays Center below...
Photos by Greg Cristman
Sir Paul McCartney, who we also recently caught in Austin, came to Brooklyn for the first of his two shows at the new Barclays Center on Saturday night (5/8). The three hour gig, which will be repeated Monday night, included a plethora of Beatles hits and two encores. The full setlist and picture from the first of two NYC show are in this post.
The Nation will experience a special one-hour episode of "The Colbert Report" as Stephen Colbert welcomes Paul McCartney. The super-sized show will feature an interview as well as performances of songs featured on McCartney's current Out There tour, the new 2013 reissue of "Wings Over America" and more with one song to be exclusively available at www.ColbertNation.com. Tune-in to "The Colbert Report" on Wednesday, June 12 from 11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. ET/PT to watch this epic episode.Set your DVRs.
More pictures and the setlist from Brooklyn below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin; words by Bill Pearis
The National @ Barclays Center, 6/5/2013
"We've played probably 35 different venues in New York over the years. Tonight we just wanted to go back to our roots, where it all began," joked Matt Berninger from the stage last night (6/5) of the still brand-new and massive Barclays Center arena. Having played a handful of surprise shows at tiny NYC venues on the day of their new album's release, The National were here for their their big league moment, playing their largest hometown show to date. While it wasn't sold-out, it was pretty full. The band definitely have the scope for an arena show like this, making the sort of anthemic, widescreen rock that fills a huge, boomy room.
While I didn't have the worst seats in the house, I was pretty far away from the stage so I can't comment so much on performances, but I thought it sounded pretty good, even from the nosebleeds. They definitely had an impressive light show, with a giant LCD screen behind them that combined pre-made films with the band's live performance. Really well-done.
Including the four-song encore, The National, with a string and brass section in tow, played 24 songs. Annie Clark (aka St. Vincent), fresh off the plane, apparently, came out to sing on "This is the Last Time" from the new Trouble Will Find Me. The band also did "Sorrow," which Berninger said was "probably the most rehearsed song on the tour."
The National's tour rolls on, playing Merriweather Post Pavillion in Baltimore tonight (6/6). The setlist and more pictures from Barclays -- including openers Youth Lagoon (who I missed) -- below...