Van Noord Arena, Calvin College, Grand Rapids
April 12, 8 p.m.
$15 for students with ID, $40 for general public
calvin.edu, (616) 526-6282
The National is a band that, like our nation itself, embrace diversity alongside a wicked rebelliousness streak. But wait, diversity? We mean of sound, silly. Yeah, OK, it’s seven white dudes jamming together on an indie rock label, but don’t let what’s on top fool you: The National’s cred actually stretches well beyond the length of the Mississippi. Combining the best elements of standard lo-fi, chamber rock and of course, sadcore, the Cincinnati-originated group has been busting out spoonfuls of indie rock perfection since 1999, and even found themselves nominated for a Grammy this year. (Which just goes to show: hard work and persistence will eventually land you on the same playing field as Justin Bieber.) Closing out the Festival of Faith and Writing, this show is likely to provide one anthem we don’t mind mind pledging allegiance to. As long as The National keeps at it, consider us eager and willing patriots.