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The National at the Pageant 

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Before a high violet curtain (not a metaphor) and a blacked-out stage, the National walked out to an overture, Neil Young's "On the Beach," readying their instruments precisely at the lines "I need a crowd of people, but I can't face them day to day." Often, vocalist Berninger didn't, turning instead to the drum riser to crouch and howl at a kick-drum microphone that refused to thump at his command. He ran on and off stage, either to give the sound crew a whipping or just to fill his glass. Continue reading Roy Kasten's review of The National at the Pageant. Photos by Jason Stoff.
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The National's merchandise, for sale at Suite 100.
Chris Weidner, Tyler Urish, Jackson Bettis, and Corey Hemann showed up early for The National, hoping to hear plenty of material from both Boxer and High Violet. (They weren't disappointed).
Owen Pallett, opening for The National at The Pageant.
Owen Pallett, opening for The National at The Pageant.
Owen Pallett, opening for The National at The Pageant.
Owen Pallett, opening for The National at The Pageant.
Owen Pallett, opening for The National at The Pageant.
Owen Pallett, opening for The National at The Pageant.
Owen Pallett, opening for The National at The Pageant.
Owen Pallett, opening for The National at The Pageant.
Philip Dearing, Keafon Armentrout, and Jack Welsh were front and center, thanks to early-admission wristbands from Suite 100.
Adam Rothbarth, Danielle Zeis, Devin Rojas, Tony Roberson, Andy Kohnhn, and Madison Flach. Adam drove in from Columbia, MO, and planned to be back for his 8am class the next day.
Ryan Beaty, Cody Jenkins, and Ben Douglass - with special guest photobomber, Andy Reitz - before The National took the stage.
Tyler Grober and Melissa Davidson, pre-show.
The National performing at The Pageant.
The National performing at The Pageant.
The National performing at The Pageant.
The National performing at The Pageant.
The National performing at The Pageant.
The National performing at The Pageant.
The National performing at The Pageant.
The National performing at The Pageant.
The National performing at The Pageant.
The National performing at The Pageant.
The National performing at The Pageant.
The National performing at The Pageant.
The National performing at The Pageant.
The National performing at The Pageant.
The National performing at The Pageant.
The National performing at The Pageant.
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Owen Pallett, opening for The National at The Pageant.

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