With Heartland roots and a Brooklyn home base, local rockers The National are lighting up the indie scene with fervent concerts that resemble a thing of soaring beauty.

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  1. Drawing on literate and poetic lyrical influences, dramatic crescendos and a rousing spirit best displayed in their fiery performances, The National is creating a legion of constituents that will follow the group wherever it goes. Ohio normally brings to mind the Rust Belt and that Bowling For Soup song, so it's interesting that one of indie rock's biggest bands is an export from the Buckeye State. With Heartland roots and a Brooklyn home base, childhood friends Bryan Devendorf, Bryce Dessner and Aaron Dessner recruited Bryan's brother Scott and Matt Berninger in 1999 to form The National. Since then it's been a measured but fascinating-to-listen-to ascent to the top of the indie-rock food chain. After five full-length... More»

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