The National are finally coming home. The Brooklyn-based band of Cincinnati natives — guitarists Aaron and Bryce Dessner, bassist Scott Devendorf, drummer Bryan Devendorf and singer Matt Berninger — are headlining this year's MusicNOW festival, which, like The National's slow, steady rise to prominence, has evolved into one of the more unique and anticipated musical events in the Midwest.
Now in his sixth year of presenting adventurous artists of various styles and musical approaches (see this year's lineup info in Sound Advice here), festival curator Bryce Dessner thought it was the right time to ask his longtime bandmates to play MusicNOW.
“It feels like a homecoming in a way,” Dessner says by phone from Brooklyn
The National plays closing night of the MusicNOW festival Sunday at Music Hall. Go here to read Jason Gargano's full interview.