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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

Watch Sleater-Kinney Blaze Through “Surface Envy” On Conan

Sleater-Kinney haven't yet started their first tour since getting back together, but they've already played two late-night talk shows. Last night, Carrie Brownstein led them through "A New Wave" on Letterman. And last night, the band blasted through "Surface Envy," an early track from the triumphant new album No Cities To Love, on Conan. Thi… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 21, 2015 - 7:20 am

Watch Run The Jewels Blaze Through “Lie, Cheat, Steal” On Conan

Goddam, what a great night for music on late-night TV last night was. We already posted the glorious vision that was the reactivated Sleater-Kinney on Letterman. That should be enough! But we also got Run The Jewels, the group who made our favorite album of last year, on Conan. In a casually intense performance, Killer… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 16, 2015 - 8:36 am

Watch King Tuff Rock Ridiculous Winter Clothes On Conan

Conan O'Brien, with his pompadour and his longtime Jack White homeboy status, has always come across as something of a garage rock head. So I imagine he was amped when garage snot-lord King Tuff was the musical guest on his show last night. On the show, King Tuff and his band blazed their way through… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 18, 2014 - 9:01 am

Watch Interpol Perform “My Desire” On Conan

Still lightly frostbitten from their brief affair with a Buffalo snowstorm, Interpol made an appearance on Conan last night to perform El Pintor track "My Desire." This is their fourth late-night appearance over the past few months after playing Letterman, Seth Meyers, and Jools Holland. Watch below. More »

By: James Rettig / December 16, 2014 - 9:22 am

Watch tUnE-yArDs Kill It On Conan

For tUnE-yArDs, "Water Fountain" isn't just the stickiest song from the 2014 album Nikki Nack. It's also the name of Merrill Garbus' group's new nonprofit fund, which raises money to assist with water shortages around the world. You can learn more about that here. But "Water Fountain" is still a hell of a song, too,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 10, 2014 - 8:43 am

Watch The Decemberists Perform “Make You Better” On Conan

The Decemberists stopped by Conan last night to perform "Make You Better," the lead single from their forthcoming new album What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World. The last time the band appeared on a late-night show was back in 2011 when they performed two The King Is Dead tracks on Kimmel. Watch their… More »

By: James Rettig / December 4, 2014 - 8:31 am

20 Covers Of Radiohead’s “Creep,” Rated

In the never-ending curious case of Radiohead, you have a slew of their most iconic songs out there -- beloved, covered, cited. Songs that have little to nothing to do with them now, whether they're off The Bends or even something like "No Surprises." First and foremost of those, of course, is "Creep," from their… More »

By: Ryan Leas / November 26, 2014 - 2:37 pm

Watch Real Estate Play A Lovely Version Of “Crime” On Conan

Real Estate's remarkably pleasant album Atlas is something like eight months old now. But that thing has legs, and it makes sense that they're still in the late-night musical-guest roundtable. Last night, the band rolled through Conan playing a lovely and twinkly version of their single "Crime." The band's guitar interplay has always been a… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 18, 2014 - 9:36 am

Watch Sylvan Esso Light Up Conan With “Coffee” And “Hey Mami”

Sylvan Esso were the musical guest on last night's episode of Conan. The duo's airy and tip-toeing synth arrangements were a good fit for the small Conan stage, backed by a simple but elegant lighting setup. They performed "Coffee" and "Hey Mami" from their recent self-titled debut. You can watch below. More »

By: James Rettig / November 14, 2014 - 8:29 am
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