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RS Originals: The National Live in New York

November 19, 2007 12:29 PM ET

Fall is an excellent season for broody rockers the National: The RS Originals squad caught up with the Ohio-by-way-of-Brooklyn band last month at the Highline Ballroom in New York. Check out these clips of the highlights:

"Slow Show"

"Mistaken for Strangers"

"Fake Empire"

"Brainy"

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