The National

Music, Rock and indie
The National
Photograph: Courtesy the artist

Armed with a surplus of achingly melancholy songs, two pairs of brothers and the haunting baritone of singer Matt Berninger, Brooklyn-via-Ohio rockers the National are somehow one of the biggest rock bands in the world. As if to demonstrate how far it's come, the group brings the larger-than-life arrangements of its recent Sleep Well Beast to one of the city’s best outdoor venues for a one-night stand.