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Watch The New Pornographers Play Conan

The New Pornographers were the musical guests on Conan last night. They performed Brill Bruisers single "Dancehall Dominae," which they recently put out a great video for. This was the band's first TV appearance without founding drummer Kurt Dahle, who left the band last month. Watch below. More »

By: James Rettig / October 17, 2014

Watch Ryan Adams Sing A Stripped-Down, Haunting “My Wrecking Ball” On Conan

Ryan Adams has been touring with a full band lately, and nobody has been complaining. But the man does some of his best work when he's full-on solo acoustic, and that's basically the version of him we got on Conan last night. On the show, Adams sang the softly devastating "My Wrecking Ball," probably… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 3, 2014

Watch Brian Wilson, Weird Al, Brandon Flowers, Conan O’Brien, & More Cover George Harrison At George Fest

Last night, an all-star cast of artists piled into L.A.'s Fonda Theatre to pay tribute to the late Beatle George Harrison. The event, George Fest, was a benefit for the Jameson Neighborhood Fund and proceeds for this particular show went to Sweet Relief and helping out L.A. area musicians. George Fest featured (deep breath)… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 29, 2014

Watch Tweedy’s Star-Studded “Low Key” Video, Directed By Nick Offerman

Here's an incomplete list of famous people who appear in Tweedy's new video for "Low Key," a song from their new album Sukierae: Michael Shannon, John Hodgman, Conan O'Brien and Andy Richter, Chance The Rapper, Mavis Staples, Steve Albini. That is an extremely random group of people! There are probably other notable Chicagoans i… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 26, 2014

Watch Norah Jones Cover George Harrison On Conan

George Harrison Week on Conan is coming to an end today, and all week, people like Beck and Paul Simon have stopped by the show to cover songs from the late Beatle. Last night, Norah Jones was the show's musical guest, and she did a tasteful and pretty version of "Behind ThatMore »

By: Tom Breihan / September 26, 2014

Watch Paul Simon Cover “Here Comes The Sun” And Remember George Harrison On Conan

After Beck's performance of "Wah-Wah" last night, Conan continued the George Harrison tribute week with Paul Simon doing "Here Comes The Sun." Simon performed the same song with Harrison on an episode of Saturday Night Live in 1976. In an interview segment, Simon reminisces about that SNL appearance, Harrison's ukelele collection, and pranking Ringo… More »

By: James Rettig / September 23, 2014

Watch Beck Kick Off Conan‘s George Harrison Week

Conan's George Harrison tribute week kicked off tonight and the first musical guest was Beck, who performed "Wah-Wah" from Harrison's 1970 triple album All Things Must Pass. This rest of the week will feature performances from Paul Simon, Norah Jones, and Dhani Harrison. Watch Beck's performance below. More »

By: James Rettig / September 22, 2014

Watch Tegan And Sara Play Conan With An Adorable Kids’ Choir

Tegan And Sara's ascent to genuine pop stardom has been one of the most feelgood stories in music in the past few years, partly because they're great and partly because they seem like lovely human beings. Case in point: When they sang their heartbreak ballad "I Was A Fool" on Conan last night, they… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 19, 2014

Watch Conan Spoof Apple’s U2 Removal Service

People are still mad about the way Apple handled the delivery of U2's surprise new album Songs Of Innoncence, which makes it ripe for parody. Conan did just that last night in the form of a commercial in Apple's characteristically minimal style. An Apple exec sings the praises of the Irish band while two innocent… More »

By: James Rettig / September 19, 2014

Conan Plans George Harrison Tribute Week With Beck, Norah Jones, Dhani Harrison

It seems September has become the month of George Harrison. In the next couple weeks we'll witness the release of a massive retrospective box set of Harrison's post-Beatles solo work, along with a star-studded concert in his honor, and now Conan O'Brien has announced further festivities on his show next week. Starting 9/22 ConanMore »

By: Miles Bowe / September 15, 2014

Watch Awesome Performances From The Simpsons Take The Bowl By Weird Al, Conan O’Brien, & The Los Angeles Gay Men’s Chorus

The Simpsons took over the Hollywood Bowl last night to celebrate their 25th anniversary and highlight some of the show's best musical moments. Weird Al was there to perform a song about Homer and Marge set to the tune of John Mellencamp's "Jack And Diane," Conan O'Brien did "The Monorail Song" from the famous SimpsonsMore »

By: James Rettig / September 13, 2014

Watch Sturgill Simpson Make A Fan Out Of Conan O’Brien

One of 2014's great under-the-radar critical favorites has been Metamodern Sounds In Country Music, a collection of beautifully weathered old-school country from the Kentucky singer-songwriter Sturgill Simpson. And it's been fun watching Simpson get more shine as more and more people hear the record. Last night, he and his band were on Conan, where… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 11, 2014

Watch Alt-J Work Up A Serious Groove On Conan

When British trio Alt-J played "Left Hand Free," the blooz-rocking half-joke from their new album This Is All Yours on Letterman last week, they looked bored and listless. But doing the layered, intricate "Every Other Freckle" on Conan last night, they brought a sense of presence and energy that they didn't have… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 9, 2014

Jenny Lewis Sounded Great Last Night, Singing “Just One Of The Guys” On Conan

Last month, the former Rilo Kiley leader Jenny Lewis released a ridiculously strong solo album The Voyager, and its lead-single lament "Just One Of The Guys" is slowly emerging as one of the most durable, likable alt-pop singles in recent memory. Lewis has already sung the song on The Tonight Show and… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 19, 2014

Watch Ty Segall Absolutely Destroy On Conan, Playing New Song “Feel”

Later this month, Ty Segall will give the world the sparkling, psychedelic, absolutely kickass new album Manipulator and we've only heard the studio version of one of its songs, the fiery "Susie Thumb." Last night, Segall was the musical guest on Conan, where he (and his backing band, which includes Mikal Cronin) debuted another… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 14, 2014

Watch Tori Amos Play “Wild Way” On Conan

We have a couple of decades of evidence that good things happen when you point TV cameras at Tori Amos; witness, for instance, this video of Amos playing "Winter" on The Tonight Show is 1993 and reducing Jay Leno to a stuttering mess. Last night, she did it again, performing entirely solo (just her… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 25, 2014

Watch The Hold Steady Play Conan

Since approximately 2008, Craig Finn's been sounding less and less like the crazy drunk guy accosting you on the street and more and more like the singer of an actual rock band (and a huge one at that). But that doesn't mean he can't still bring the whole madman-poet thing, as anyone who's seen the… More »

By: Peter Helman / July 23, 2014

Watch “Weird Al” Yankovic Bring An Incredible “Tacky” Performance To Conan

Great American "Weird Al" Yankovic released his new album Mandatory Fun this week, and he's been blitzing us with new videos since Monday. The first of those was also the best: "Tacky," Yankovic's celeb-heavy take on Pharrell's "Happy." And when Yankovic appeared on Conan last night to perform the song, he gave a… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 18, 2014

Watch Atmosphere Knock Out A Bare-Bones Rendition Of “Kanye West” On Conan

For many years, the long-running Minneapolis duo Atmopshere was one of the most reliable touring groups on the rap internet, though I thought they lost a step when they added a live band to their stage show. So it was cool to see that they reverted to a one-rapper/two-DJs setup when they served as musical… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 20, 2014

Watch The Both Play Conan

Earlier this year, the longtime smart-rock friends Aimee Mann and Ted Leo teamed up to form a duo called the Both and to release an underrated, deeply likable power-pop debut album. They performed their single "Milwaukee" on The Tonight Show last month, and last night, they stopped by Conan to play their excellent ballad… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 19, 2014
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