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Rock out with alternative darlings The National at Roadrunner

The band is set to play the new venue this September.

The National. Graham MacIndoe

Celebrated alternative rock band The National haven’t toured North America since fall 2019, but that’s about to change.

The band, known for its quirky, intelligent lyrics and baritone voice of singer Matt Berninger, are set to return to Boston on Tuesday, Sept. 22, at Roadrunner.

Famously dubbed “the white-collar E Street Band” by Paste magazine upon the release of their moody breakthrough album “Boxer” in 2007, the band remains a potent, vibe-y chronicler of modern ennui 15 years later.

“The last couple years have given us ample time for reflection and rejuvenation,” the band said in a press release. “Summer 2022 is a time for reunion. We look forward to gathering with friends, old and new. United in music and light, suspended in time.”


“The Cincinnati band’s deeply moving set balanced the singer’s intimacy with the group’s towering sound, the product of two guitarists, a brass duo, synth and piano, bass, and two drummers ,” a reviewer with The Columbus Dispatch wrote when the band played there in June 2019. “Berninger was often partnered by singer Zoe Randall, subbing for the many women singers on the new album [2019’s “I Am Easy to Find].”

And the band is working on yet another new album, according to NME, but the details of it are minimal. The band’s Bryce Dessner said earlier in March that he wasn’t sure when new music would be released.

Openers for this tour include indie-pop singer Japanese Breakfast, indie singer-songwriter Lucy Dacus, and indie rock artist Bartees Strange, the release said (although the band has yet to announce which will accompany them in Boston).

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