The National @ 9:30 Club, Washington, DC [9/5/07]
One word, kids... wow. That's about all I can say about tonight's National show at the 9:30 Club. This was the 4th (maybe 5th) time I've seen them this year, and they haven't once disappointed. You can ask me again after I see Wilco next month, but it's a hard call for me right now to figure out who the best live American band is right now. Right now, I'm strongly leaning toward The National.
We also got good sets from The Rosebuds (how haven't they broken out yet?) and, surprisingly, Doveman. I say surprisingly because, as talented as I know he is, every time I've seen him before he's bored me to tears. Especially that opening set he did for the Frames at Town Hall earlier this year. But tonight was much better, in large part because he was backed by 60% of the National (Aaron, Bryce and Bryan).