The National
The National; Credit: Josh Goleman

It may make some readers feel old, but the National have been a cornerstone indie rock band for more than 20 years now. Their self-titled debut, The National, came out 2001, and since then they’ve been a fixture of the scene across eight studio albums. Known for brooding lyrics, immaculate guitar riffs, and high production values, the National have retained their popularity into the 2020s, which is no easy feat. It’s been four years since band released an album, but they’ve been busy. The Dessner brothers (Aaron and Bryce) collaborated with Taylor Swift while the Devendorf brothers (Scott and Bryan) have worked on solo projects. The band and distinctive lead vocalist, Matt Berninger, will make a return to the alternative charts and touring circuit in April with their new LP, The First Two Pages of Frankenstein, which features appearances from Swift, Phoebe Bridgers, and Sufjan Stevens. They will share the stage in D.C. with singer-songwriter Soccer Mommy (Sophia Allison), who have been on a sold-out tour of their own in support of the 2022 LP, Sometimes, Forever. Soccer Mommy, one of the fixtures on the “sad girl starter pack” playlist on Spotify, have been widely acclaimed for their powerful lyrics and songwriting. Both artists are well worth seeing as solo acts—their dual appearance at the Anthem is a must for indie fans. The National play with Soccer Mommy at 8 p.m. on May 23 at the Anthem. $56–$96.