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Watch Father John Misty And 50 Cent On Conan

Father John Misty appeared alongside 50 Cent on last night’s episode of Conan. Well, OK, not exactly alongside, but they did take a pretty sweet meme picture backstage (see above), and both of them were on at separate times doing interesting things. FJM performed the title track from his new album, I Love You, HoneybearMore »

By: James Rettig / July 16, 2015 - 1:27 pm

Watch Death Cab For Cutie Perform, Boy George & Jack Black Cover The Doors On Conan

Last night, Death Cab For Cutie were musical guests on Conan. They played “The Ghosts Of Beverly Drive,” the most recent single form their new album Kintsugi, and they sounded poised and pretty. It was a perfectly good late-night performance, but it couldn’t help but feel a bit anticlimactic after what came before. Both Jack… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 14, 2015 - 9:12 am

Watch Tove Lo Sing “Talking Body” On Conan

The Swedish pop singer Tove Lo only released her sharp-as-hell debut album Queen Of The Clouds last year, but she’s already visited Conan twice. The second of those came last night, when she served as musical guest and sang her flirty single “Talking Body.” She’s got a presence that not too many straight-up pop prospect… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 2, 2015 - 10:31 am

Watch Miguel Bring “Coffee” To Conan

Miguel’s sex-delirious new album Wildheart is out in the world now, and he’s in full promotional carpet-bombing mode. The night before last, he sang his great single “Coffeeon Kimmel. And last night, he brought the exact same song to the stage at Conan. Maybe it’s not cool to sing the same song on two… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 1, 2015 - 9:39 am

Watch My Morning Jacket Soar Through “Believe (Nobody Knows)” On Conan

Festival-wrecking beard-rock heroes My Morning Jacket released their new album The Waterfall a month ago, and last night, they were on Conan in a musical-guest capacity. On the show, they knocked out a rousing, majestic take on “Believe (Nobody Knows),” a big and inspirational number that sounds something like an “Eye Of The Tiger” for… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 5, 2015 - 8:21 am

Watch Spoon’s Absolutely Kickass Cramps Cover On Conan

Whoever had the idea to get Spoon to cover the Cramps’ oozing rockabilly classic “TV Set” for the new Poltergeist remake deserves some kind of medal — great song, great cover, thematically appropriate. Last night, noted rockabilly head Conan O’Brien had Spoon on his show to knock out their cover of the song. The member… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 4, 2015 - 7:29 am

Watch Courtney Barnett Rock Out “Dead Fox” On Conan

Last night, the newly minted Australian star and charming human being Courtney Barnett was the musical guest on Conan, and she pretty much knocked it out of the park. Playing with her touring power trio, Barnett banged out a ragged, wiry take on “Dead Fox,” one of many great songs from her new album SometimesMore »

By: Tom Breihan / June 2, 2015 - 9:43 am

Watch Best Coast’s Confident, Catchy-As-Hell Conan Performance

Best Coast are so deep into the Best Coast Zone on new album California Nights that it can be hard to hear the subtle adjustments that make their sound shine that much brighter. Their sound is cleaner and more confident than it’s ever been. And that was in evidence last night, when Bethany Cosentino and… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 6, 2015 - 9:08 am

Watch Mikal Cronin Debut “Turn Around” On Conan

Mikal Cronin’s new album MCIII is out today, and he went on Conan last night to debut “Turn Around” live for the first time. It’s a seriously impressive setup, with a full string section in addition to his full band, and he really manages to capture the intricacies of the new album while not getting… More »

By: James Rettig / May 5, 2015 - 8:37 am

Watch Tame Impala Play The Epic “Let It Happen” On Conan

Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker still seems to be getting used to the idea that he’s the man behind one of the world’s most exciting bands. At Coachella this past weekend, he kept talking about how nervous he was, playing the festival’s largest stage just before AC/DC. Fortunately, though, Parker’s music doesn’t lack for confidence, and… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 16, 2015 - 8:57 am

Watch Sturgill Simpson Bring Out The Big Guns For Conan

Sturgill Simpson brought out the big guns for his performance on Conan last night — in addition to his usual band members, he also added a string section and a keyboardist to the mix, making his second appearance on the late-night show a completely different affair from the first. Simpson is making his stop at… More »

By: James Rettig / April 14, 2015 - 8:57 am

Watch Tinashe Dance Hard In Her Conan Performance

Aquarius, the great major-label debut that Tinashe released last year, was almost entirely droning, spaced-out, fugue-state R&B. There were two big exceptions: The club hit “2 On” and the club-hit-in-waiting “All Hands On Deck,” which is just now becoming a single. Yesterday, Tinashe dropped the steamy shipyard video, which is the most Empire-esque real thing… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 7, 2015 - 9:00 am

Watch Calexico Perform “Falling From The Sky” On Conan

Calexico’s new album Edge Of The Sun came out this week, and to mark the occasion the Arizona band played the lead track on Conan. “Falling From The Sky” is more of their reliable, latin-infused Americana — and their trumpeters are some of the best in the game, period. On the album version, Ben Bridwell… More »

By: Caitlin White / April 3, 2015 - 10:52 am

Watch WATERS Make Their Energetic Late-Night TV Debut On Conan

The former Port O’Brien frontman Van Pierszalowski now leads the California power-pop band WATERS, and their new album What’s Real is set to drop next week. Last night, the band made their late-night TV debut on Conan, and the last time I saw a group of human beings who looked this ’90s, it may have… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 2, 2015 - 9:46 am

Watch Mac DeMarco Breeze Through “Let Her Go” On Conan

Mac DeMarco brought his goofy antics and trademark toothy grin to last night’s episode of Conan. He performed a high-energy rendition of his breezy Salad Days track “Let Her Go.” It also looks like the singer stumbled across a giant O’Brien head backstage, and was rightfully confused judging by the look on his face i… More »

By: James Rettig / March 31, 2015 - 8:24 am

Watch Tweedy Knock Out “World Away” On Conan

Tweedy started out looking like a sweet little lark of a side project, a veteran easygoing rock star starting a band with his son. But more than six months after they released their debut album Sukierae, Tweedy have gelled into a serious touring unit. Last night, the band played their deep cut “World Away” o… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 24, 2015 - 9:35 am

Watch Purity Ring And Their Glowing Crystals Play Conan

A couple of weeks ago, Purity Ring played Late Night With Seth Meyers and gave the world a glimpse of their new blinky-lights setup, which is entirely different from their old blinky-lights setup. And last night, we got to see more. The duo did musical-guest duties on Conan, where they played “Bodyache,” probably the best… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 20, 2015 - 8:56 am

Watch Tobias Jesso Jr. Play Conan With A Huge String Section & Danielle Haim

The Vancouver singer-songwriter Tobias Jesso Jr. drops his debut album Goon today, and his big Cinderella story marched on last night. A couple of weeks after Jesso played The Tonight Show with the Roots backing him up, he made his second late-night TV appearance on Conan. This time, he was singing “Without You,” the tender… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 17, 2015 - 9:06 am

Watch Rae Sremmurd Bring Ridiculous Catchiness, Constant Motion To Conan

This will not be an issue for many other people, but it is hard as hell to get a screengrab of Rae Sremmurd’s performance on Conan last night. They just move around too much. They’re always jumping, running, squatting, and the pictures always come out so blurry. You have to wait until Conan shows u… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 23, 2015 - 8:55 am

Watch Belle & Sebastian Bring The Charm On Conan

Back when many of us first fell in love with them, Belle And Sebastian live shows were rare and magical things, like unicorn sightings. And even though it’s nothing new, it’s still striking to see the band operating as a professional touring live act, the type who hits the late-night TV circuit when their new… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 22, 2015 - 8:50 am
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