Monday, October 14, 2013

Sights & Sounds: The National @Starlight Theatre, Kansas City, MO

The National's music catalog is filled with emotionally raw songs;  mostly about relationships--broken relationships, imperfect relationships, and broken and imperfect life.  Let me tell you, their concert on Friday was like a therapy session, a therapy session under the stars.

Matt Berninger completely embodies the genius of the songs as he sings them. He doesn't play any instruments, so when he isn't singing, he paces the stage, building up a not so much as nervous energy, but more of being so filled with emotions of both the songs themselves and the roots of all those songs and words, that standing still is impossible. At times his baritone is rich and clear, other times it is strained under those words that were not easily earned or penned.  Seeing bands such as The National makes you realize the music can be much, much more than just something to listen to as you run errands in your car. It can be art. It can be cathartic; a purification and purging of emotions both for the creator and the admirer. 

Also, thank you Starlight Theater for being a better venue than Sandstone in every single possible way.

Set List: The National, Starlight Theatre, Kansas City, MO, October 11, 2013
I Should Live in Salt
Don't Swallow the Cap
Bloodbuzz Ohio
Sea of Love
Afraid of Everyone
Conversation 16
Squalor Victoria
I Need My Girl
This Is the Last Time
Slow Show
Pink Rabbits
About Today
Fake Empire

Mr. November
Terrible Love
Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks (acoustic)

1 comment :

  1. What an amazing night that must have been! Hit me up for the next big concert. Seriously. I'm happy to make the drive.