The National's tour bus has finally rolled to a stop, with the band concluding their High Violet tour with a series of performances at the Beacon Theater in New York City last week. Their six-show grand finale featured The War on Drugs, So Percussion, Wye Oak, Sharon Van Etten, My Brightest Diamond, and This is the Kit as openers, with various other musical friends like Richard Reed Parry from Arcade Fire and Trey Anastasio from Phish joining the band throughout the week. Nico Muhly and Thomas Bartlett (aka Doveman) were both part of the on-stage party on Saturday.
The band sure has come a long way since we started out with them...and, in the spirit of feeling like proud parents, many congrats to Matt Berninger for his inclusion on Stereogum's 2011 Indie Crush List, and the whole band for making the Oscar shortlist for best original song in a motion picture, for their track on Win Win. These are the kind of honors even your mom who is still waiting for you to get a real job one day could get behind.
Finally, here are some photos taken at the Beacon, courtesy of Brooklyn Vegan.