Yesterday was Tax Day. Some of the smart ones filed early and spent the evening with a rock band that dresses like lawyers and accountants. The dapper National have a sophisticated, mature sound to match their bourbon-and-GQ looks. In fact, we'll go so far as to say their urbane latest album, Trouble Will Find Me, is their greatest. The public seems to agree, as demand for the Brooklyn band mandated four nights at the capacious Chicago Theatre.
Jeff Daniels understudy Matt Berninger struck his mic-gripping pose in a dark suit on a dim stage slashed with solid beams of spotlight. Brothers Bryce and Aaron Dessner flanked the frontman, as the band worked through 24 songs, about a third of which came from Trouble, and just about all of them about women. You have a few more chances to catch the National in town. And then… Wouldn't this be a group, er, suited to back Stephen Colbert on CBS?