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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 CBS This Morning. More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 19, 2014 - 9:55 am

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 album… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 14, 2014 - 9:10 am

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 and… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 25, 2014 - 9:54 am

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 - 11:17 am

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 an inspired performance… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 18, 2014 - 8:59 am

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 - 11:27 am

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 “No… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 19, 2014 - 1:31 pm

Watch Jack White Talk “Seven Nation Army” And Cell Phones, Perform Lazaretto Songs On Conan

I’ve been lucky enough to see Jack White and Conan O’Brien in the same room together (I was basically an extra in this video), and the dynamic between those two is an awesome thing to witness. They really are friends, but there’s a big brother/little brother thing going on, too, where White is antsy and… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 12, 2014 - 9:07 am

Watch Bob Mould Play “I Don’t Know You Anymore” On Conan

My favorite song on Bob Mould’s excellent new Beauty & Ruin is “I Don’t Know You Anymore,” which just got a humorous video starring Colin Meloy. But there’s nothing quite like watching Mould, Jon Wurster, and Jason Narducy rip into one of his tunes, and their performance of “I Don’t Know You Anymore” on ConanMore »

By: Chris DeVille / June 5, 2014 - 11:00 am

Watch Twin Shadow Take “To The Top” To Conan

A few weeks ago, Twin Shadow shared an absolutely incredible new song called “To The Top,” a towering mass of triumphant early-’80s-style pop craftsmanship, and then nothing; we don’t know if they have an album coming out or what. But last night on Conan, George Lewis, Jr. and his band sang a huge and life-affirming… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 4, 2014 - 8:47 am

Watch The Reunited Veruca Salt Play Conan

After a 17-year absence, the short-lived ’90s alt-rock greats Veruca Salt got the original lineup back together earlier this year and released the shockingly kickass new song “Museum Of Broken Relationships” as a Record Store Day single. But before last night, they hadn’t shared a stage since reuniting. Last night, they were musical guests o… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 22, 2014 - 8:57 am

Watch Hamilton Leithauser Play Conan

Hamilton Leithauser, the golden-voiced frontman of the possibly-defunct Walkmen, is about to go solo on Black Hours, the first album he’s recorded on his own, and “Alexandra,” the Rotsam Batmanglij-produced first single, has grown on me like nuts since we first posted it. Last night, Leithauser showed up on TV as a solo artist for… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 7, 2014 - 8:50 am

Watch Kelis Play Conan

Kelis has come a long way since her milkshake was bringing all the boys to the yard. Her new album, Food, is less hip-hop than a form of sometimes jazzy, sometimes folksy, indie pop. There’s less hyper-sexualization, and her sound has, well, matured. It makes sense, given that she’s gone through a divorce, birthed a… More »

By: Sam Behrens / May 2, 2014 - 11:23 am

Watch Broken Bells Take “Control” To Conan

Broken Bells are in California and between Coachella weekends, and amazingly enough, Danger Mouse is not using the moment to produce another kinda-flat album for another arena-rock band. Instead, he and James Mercer appeared on last night’s episode of Conan, performing “Control,” an icy early-’80s-style rocker from their new album After The Disco. Their stage… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 18, 2014 - 8:49 am

Watch MGMT Take “Cool Song No. 2″ To Conan

We are now in the week between Coachella weekends, and that means Southern California is now crawling with bands with relatively open schedules, and at least a few of them will spend their time showing up on L.A.-based late-night talk shows. Last night, that meant MGMT showed up on Conan to do a relatively straightforward… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 15, 2014 - 8:53 am

Watch Eminem & Rihanna Peform, Jack White Cameo With Conan At The MTV Movie Awards

If you missed last night’s MTV Movie Awards, you have plenty of valid excuses — Game Of Thrones, Mad Men, Coachella, watching people talk about Coachella on Twitter, literally one million other better things you could’ve been doing. So here are a couple of the things you missed. 8 Mile star Eminem and Battleship star… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 14, 2014 - 8:28 am

Watch Warpaint Play Conan

Warpaint soundtracked the beginning of 2014 for many with their self-titled album and its lead single “Love Is To Die.” That single was strong enough to push Warpaint into the top 50 of our 100 Most Anticipated Albums Of 2014. Last night they stopped by Conan to perform it live, which you can watch below. More »

By: Miles Bowe / March 11, 2014 - 11:55 am

Watch Schoolboy Q Play Conan & NPR’s First Listen Live Concert In NYC

Yesterday, the L.A. rapper Schoolboy Q released his long-awaited new album Oxymoron, and it earned our Album Of The Week designation, over the objections of a few St. Vincent fans. And on the night of his release date, he served as musical guest on Conan, enlisting a full live band and the great young soul… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 26, 2014 - 11:37 am

Watch Neko Case And Calexico Play Conan

On Conan last night, Neko Case wore leggings with skeleton bones on them. I don’t know what that means, and it’s definitely not the most notable thing about her performance on the show, but it’s further clear evidence, if we needed it, that this lady gives no fucks whatsoever. On the show, she teamed u… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 4, 2014 - 10:13 am

Watch Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings Play Conan

Last night on Conan, retro-soul wailer Sharon Jones followed up her Fallon appearance and continued her post-cancer return to the stage. Jones is still bald from chemotherapy treatments, but her onstage energy has not dipped at all, and her Dap-Kings still sound as tight as ever. On the show, the band played “Retreat!,” the lead… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 17, 2014 - 12:19 pm
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