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The National, Frightened Rabbit 

When: Sat., Sept. 21, 6:30 p.m. 2013
Price: $39
If rock 'n' roll is typically a teenager's medium—soda pop and bubblegum—then the National are scotch and cigars, about as adult as popular music can get. Their sixth full-length, this year's stately and stunning Trouble Will Find Me, is a perfectly tailored three-piece suit of an album, bearing a mien of aloof, authoritative cool. But underneath the crisp façade is all the turmoil and anguish of what it's actually like to be a grownup—the money worries, the cutthroat competition of careerism, the raw romantic angst, the questionable drinking decisions, the family problems that never quite recede into the rearview. It's a beautiful, terrifying album, reaching its apex on the masterful "I Need My Girl." Frightened Rabbit also navigate the waters of being a grownup, with all its attendant dread and desperation, but also with a sense of humor and ecstatic release. The four B-sides on their new single "Late March, Death March" are just as good as the tracks on their sterling Pedestrian Verse. This outstanding double-bill sold out weeks ago, because of course it did. These two bands are among the best in the game. NED LANNAMANN

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