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The National stopped by Colbert for an emotional, cacophonous performance

Sleep Well Beast, the new album from stately indie rock veterans The National, is out today, and the group stopped by The Late Show With Stephen Colbert last night to deliver a performance of one of the record’s most emotional tracks, “Day I Die.”In his glowing review of the album, the band’s seventh in 18 years, our own Josh Modell called the song “immediate, harrowing,” and “spectacularly catchy.” This Late Show rendition deserves to have “pleasantly cacophonous” added to that list of descriptors, as the band’s drummer, Bryan Devendorf, is joined by an army of auxiliary percussionists who bring a constant urgency to the rhythms below Matt Berninger’s pained crooning and the Dessner twins’ soaring guitar licks.


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