photos by David Andrako

The National

There was quite the lineup of shows at Webster Hall last night (2/8). While Gang of Four was tearing up the main stage, a band that could easily fill that room (and much more) was in a smaller one in the same building, The Studio at Webster Hall. That band was The National, whose surprise performance in the tiny space was part of an MTV 'Live in NYC' taping that will be available to watch on MTV.com on 2/21...

As I expected, the band plays their heart out no matter what the circumstances are or the size of the stage. Berninger is much a exciting performer now, then he was back in the day. He screams, he jumps on things, he rocks back and forth and even tried doing a little crowd surfing. Can you blame him? That band has progressed nicely into one of the premiere American rock bands...

Despite the rather cramped settings, this was great show to witness. They picked all crowd pleasing tracks from High Violet, The Boxer and Alligator. Lucky You from Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers was a nice surprise... When Matt mentioned the taping for MTV, he insisted that all the songs were inspired by Jersey Shore. -[Music Snobbery]

It kicked off at 9pm, and the band left the stage around 10:20. Check out the setlist (all bolded titles were taped for MTV), and more pictures from the show below.

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(the National play again somewhere in NYC tonight)

setlist
Runaway
Anyone's Ghost
Bloodbuzz Ohio
Slow Show
Squalor Victoria
Afraid of Everyone
Conversation 16
Lucky You
Able
England
Fake Empire
Mr. November
Terrible Love