Meanwhile, Gang of Four was playing in other room

by Accidental Bear

Sometimes the best songs happen on the b-side or the best performance happens in the back room (no thats not a pun for butt sex). Check out The Nationals

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photos by David Andrako

The National

VIA http://www.brooklynvegan.com

There was quite the lineup of shows at Webster Hall last night (2/8). While Gang of Fourwas tearing up the main stage, a band that could easily fill that room (and much more) was in a smaller one in the same building, The Studio at Webster Hall. That band wasThe Nationalwhose surprise performance in the tiny space was part of an MTV ‘Live in NYC’ taping that will be available to watch on MTV.com on 2/21

As I expected, the band plays their heart out no matter what the circumstances are or the size of the stage. Berninger is much a exciting performer now, then he was back in the day. He screams, he jumps on things, he rocks back and forth and even tried doing a little crowd surfing. Can you blame him? That band has progressed nicely into one of the premiere American rock bands…

Despite the rather cramped settings, this was great show to witness. They picked all crowd pleasing tracks from High VioletThe Boxer andAlligator. Lucky You from Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers was a nice surprise… When Matt mentioned the taping for MTV, he insisted that all the songs were inspired by Jersey Shore. -[Music Snobbery]

It kicked off at 9pm, and the band left the stage around 10:20. Check out the setlist (all bolded titles were taped for MTV), and more pictures from the show below.

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