The National – June 20th – Thompson’s Point – Portland

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Indie rock darlings, The National took to a rain-addled stage on Thursday, June 20 at Thompson’s Point in Portland. The weather, which actually improved to a mild but constant misting from the outright downpours of earlier in the day, didn’t keep fans away. Hearty Mainers donned their parkas and muck boots to take in all that the band and opener Courtney Barnett had to toss their way.

Barnett kicked the night off with a smattering of her more well known songs over the course of a 30 minute set. She took fans and newcomers to her music through a short tour of her discography opening with the crowd-pleaser Avant Gardener from her debut EP and closing with Pedestrian At Best from her first, and critically-acclaimed, LP Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit. She came to the stage with a fierce energy which carried through her seven song set.

Courtney Barnett Setlist:

  1. Avant Gardener
  2. Need a Little Time
  3. Nameless, Faceless
  4. I’m Not Your Mother, I’m Not Your Bitch
  5. Small Poppies
  6. Depreston
  7. Pedestrian at Best

The National took the stage after a brief intermission between acts and kicked the night off with “You Had Your Soul With You,” the opening track from their latest album, I Am Easy to Find. This album saw the band take a bit of a departure from songs centered around singer Matt Berringer’s signature vocal musings by introducing a slew of guest female vocalists throughout the album. This tied in perfectly with the band’s short film which accompanied the album’s release. The film, which the band worked on together with Mike Mills, follows the life of a woman from birth to death and takes a very artistic look at the cyclical foundation of life.

Across twenty two songs, about half of which were from the new album, the band played a good mixture of hits and lesser known tracks from most of their previous albums.

The National Setlist:

  1. You Had Your Soul With You
  2. Quiet Light
  3. Hey Rosey
  4. Don’t Swallow the Cap
  5. Bloodbuzz Ohio
  6. The Pull of You
  7. Oblivions
  8. So Far, So Fast
  9. Where Is Her Head
  10. I Need My Girl
  11. Brainy
  12. Day I Die
  13. I Am Easy to Find
  14. The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness
  15. Graceless
  16. Fake Empire
  17. Rylan

Encore:

  1. Lemonworld
  2. Mr. November
  3. Terrible Love
  4. Light Years
  5. Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks
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