2) The National have been a mainstay rock ‘n’ roll band for many years. The rock quintet’s fourth album, Boxer. is one of their best in a discography filled with capital-G Great albums is now over 10 years old. A lesser band’s career might have floundered, or at least plateaued, years after such a release. Not the National, who have steadily risen from their beginnings in Cincinnati through their seventh studio album, Sleep Well Beast, released in 2017, and their latest, 2019’s, I am Easy to Find. The group, now based in Brooklyn, consists of the brothers Devendorf, twin brothers Dessner, and frontman Matt Berninger. Lizzy Goodman chronicles the National and dozens of other indie groups in her book Meet Me in the Bathroom: Rebirth and Rock and Roll in New York 2001-2011. However, the National never forgot home with songs like “Bloodbuzz Ohio.” They play Heinz Hall this month. Special guest is Indigo Sparke. 600 Penn, Ave., Cultural District. (C.M., R.H.)
2) Craig Ferguson, former host of CBS TV’s Emmy-nominated “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson,” and of the syndicated show “Celebrity Name Game,” plays CHMH tonight. Most recently he hosted a trivia question show on ABC called “The Hustler.” Originally from Glasgow, Scotland, Ferguson is additionally known for his work as an actor (Drew Carey’s boss on “The Drew Carey Show“) and author. Ferguson has supplied the voice for Gobber in the How to Train Your Dragon movies and contributed voice acting to several other films too. He takes the stage at tonight at Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall. (No word on whether his former robot sidekick Geoff from “The Late Late Show” will be there.) Ferguson is on his Fancy Rascal Tour. 8 p.m. 510 E. 10th St., Munhall.