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The National, originally native Ohioans, are Brooklyn’s favorite alt-rock sons now, and they reveled in it last night, playing the second of three concerts at the Prospect Park Bandshell, in benefit for and as part of the Celebrate Brooklyn summer concert series. The last show is tonight.
A 2014 “Best Alternative Album” Grammy nomination for their sixth album, Trouble Will Find Me (4AD), has the band long out of the scrappy local-boys-done-good phase, and this show lifted up and out of the hot summer night as such, with huge riffs, a heaving light show, and leader Matt Berninger commanding the wide stage and expanding his dramatic bellow to the stars.
Lord Huron was a suitably tasteful, melodically beautiful, organically epic opener, making the dramatic bandshell an indie rock Valhalla for the NPR artisan hot dog set.
Photos by Adela Loconte.