Preview: The National, Cat Power and Phoebe Bridgers at Merriweather Post Pavilion
Throughout the summer, The National has been on the festival train and has been supplementing its routes with several headliner shows, one notable stop at Merriweather Post Pavilion on Friday, September 28. The National was last in the DMV in December of 2017 while debuting their most recent album, “Sleep Well Beast.” Since then, their album won a Grammy for “Best Alternative Album,” beating out legendary rock artists like Father John Misty, LCD Soundsystem and Arcade Fire.
This was the band’s first Grammy win in their two-decade spanning career, after spending nearly four years experimenting, crafting and glossing this incredible record. This fall may be your last chance to see them for a long while before they take a well-deserved break. We can anticipate they’ll perform tracks from “Sleep Well Beast,” but also play tributes from their previous eras. If you haven’t seen The National before, you can expect sounds that stir components of alternative country-rock and post-punk, while maintaining an element of foot-tapping pop.
The “Queen of Sadcore,” Cat Power will be supporting The National during this leg of their tour. Cat Power is the stage name of artist Chan Marshall, who is known for her indie-rock and blues inspired sound. You can expect her performance to transport you through her songs using hypnotic vocals, melancholy keys and tender guitar strings. This recital will be particularly special because Marshall has been on the outskirts for the last couple years and is now stepping back into the light in support of this national tour. She recently announced her tenth album, “Wanderer,” that will drop this October, which is five years since her last release. You’ll want to be in the audience while she experiments with songs that have yet to be released on stage.
Pheobe Bridgers is a Los Angeles-based indie-rock artist that will also be supporting The National during their tour. Pheobe kicked-off her career on Ryan Adams label, PAX AM, back in 2015. Since then she released her sophomore record, “Stranger in the Alps,” in 2017 and has been featured on numerous television shows including 13 Reasons Why with Lord Huron. You’ll definitely want to be there to catch this blossoming artist opening up this crisp, fall evening show.
Skip the #FOMO and get your tickets to this incredibly stacked show here. We’ll see you at Merriweather!