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The National @ The Wiltern 05/21/10

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It would be disingenuous to describe the The National as new or up-and-coming. The Cincinnati-based band has been around for a good decade and has a solid body of five albums in their arsenal. Yet their current - which included stop at the Wiltern May 21 - felt like an unveiling for The National as they begin to embrace widespread recognition on the strength of their recent release.

Showcasing much of their latest album, High Violet, The National spent most of the set throwing everything they had at the sold out audience. Trumpets blared, drummer Bryan Devendorf exemplified why he is one of the best in the business and Lead singer Matt Berninger showed how far he has taken his band, while also prooving how much more they need to travel before reaching greatness.

After three albums of near anonymity, The National first brushed fame with 2007's The Boxer, a stroke of genius lauded by critics the world over. But the band never quite took off as they have of late, with their latest album on many of the Very Important Charts.