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The National: Boxer

I've recently been listening to Boxer (to be released on May 22) somewhat obsessively, and thought I'd step out of my late slump to make the effort to post on it.
My first encounter with the National was a quiet one, the kind you leave behind until something truly great puts it in an entirely different context. I was a sophomore in high school with the biggest crush on a guy four years older than me. He had returned from college on break, and gave me a mix CD, which I proceeded to listen to obsessively, looking for some small speckle of hope in my general lack thereof. Somewhere in there was a song called "Murder Me Rachael" - a flicker of light in the distance, if a dim one. I remembered the cd, but forgot about the band - until recently.

Now, listening to Boxer, I'd like to think I'm a bit older and wiser, but some things about The National haven't changed: the self-deprecating lyrics, the quiet joy hidden beneath Matt Berninger's deep, sad voice.

The National - Apartment Story

The National - Murder Me Rachael

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The National, in their great knowledge of the important cities to visit when they tour, will be coming to DC on May 4 and June 20; Cincinnati, OH on June 15; Columbus, OH on June 16; and Cleveland, OH on June 18. For the rest of their tour dates, look here.

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