If you’ve never had the pleasure of seeing The National live, I’m sorry (run to New York City right away and pray that you manage to scalp a ticket to one of their sold out shows at the Beacon Theater). If you’ve never had the pleasure of seeing The National live and go over their curfew during their encore, only to have Matt Berninger implore you to sing along to their final song while the band plays a stripped-down version of “Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks” with only acoustic guitars and trumpets and no speakers (as they did this past summer at Merriweather Post Pavilion), then you are truly missing an epic and moving concert experience. Luckily for you, the Canadian Broadcasting Company had the band on Q to perform live and captured just such a moment – this time with Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon providing harmonizing vocals. It’s a beautiful thing indeed.
Also, be sure to check out the Q website for special performances of two new songs (“Rylan” and “I Need My Girl”) which may or may not make their next album. The National are currently performing every night at the Beacon Theater in New York City from now until December 17th with special guests, including Wye Oak and My Brightest Diamond. No word on a new album yet, but stay tuned to their website, Facebook, and Twitter for more information (and to see the band post funny pictures from on tour).