Judging from the band’s current popularity, it’s hard to believe that it took a bit of time for Ohio indie rock band The National to find their audience. They had moderate success with their self-titled, alt-country debut album in 2001, but after years of honing their Americana indie rock sound to perfection, they released the the albums Alligator (2006) and The Boxer (2007) – and these works would catapult The National to international fame. Their melancholy, often politically-themed songs coincided with the social unrest surrounding the 2008 U.S. presidential election, amplifying their music’s resonance with indie music fans worldwide. Since then, demand for The National concert tickets remains high, as devotees regularly flock to see them perform songs like “Fake Empire, “ “Mistaken For Strangers,” “Mr. November,” “Secret Meeting,” “Slow Show,” “Bloodbuzz Ohio” and “Terrible Love“ LIVE in concert. Frontman Matt Berninger’s moody baritone vocals pack an emotional punch while rhythmic guitarwork and steady mid-tempo drum beats mesmerize audiences into a spiritual yet toe-tapping dream state. The National have also collaborated with a host of acclaimed artists including Sufjan Stevens, St. Vincent and Richard Reed from Arcade fire, while critics have compared the National’s music to Wilco, Leonard Cohen and The Antlers.