Most new music you’ll listen to this year is about innovating – putting something out that hasn’t been done before. But the National Reserve from Brooklyn nails a different, paradoxical kind of innovation – one that finds an authentic new way to honor the
bedrock of much of today’s music. And when you see it happening live, you see the
sound of that foundation lending its power to the present with a straight face, dressed in a jean vest with a peace sign on the back, pouring out of a jovial long-haired man who somehow took the L train to the show from 1968.