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Watch Mikal Cronin Play Conan

Last night, Mikal Cronin served as musical guest on Conan. That means Cronin is now a big enough deal to command late-night airtime, which is good news for the Bay Area garage-pop master and good news for us. Cronin played "Change," one of the many ridiculously catchy road-trip songs on his new album MCII,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 17, 2013

Watch She & Him Play Conan

On last night's episode of Conan, the twee trad-pop megastars She & Him served as musical guests, bringing a supporting cast that looked nothing like the one they brought to The Tonight Show last week. This time around they had a full standing-up string section rather than the choreographed backing singers of their last… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 14, 2013

Watch Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. Play Conan

On last night's episode of Conan, the goofy Michigan new wavers Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. came through, bringing a set of lit-up letters and a mindboggling top-ponytail situation with them. When they were on the show, they played "If You Didn't See Me (Then You Weren't On The Dancefloor)," the single from their new… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 12, 2013

Watch Divine Fits Play Conan

The Janus-faced indie-rock juggernaut Divine Fits are a wiry beast in a live setting, largely because they have an abundance of indie rock's most wiry and charismatic frontmen amongst them. That fact's laid bare on this here performance for Conan, where Britt & Boeckner bring both sides of their summer 12" Chained To Love"More »

By: Amrit Singh / June 5, 2013

Watch Iron And Wine Play Conan

When Sam Beam visited Conan as the show's musical guest last night, he brought plenty of help with him. In this case, Beam's Iron And Wine project was a total mob: A string quartet, a trio of background singers, and another trio of horn players, as well as the standard guitar/bass/drums/keyboard configuration. On the show… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 8, 2013

Watch ALT-J Play Conan

Last weekend, Brit-rock up-and-comers ALT-J made their Coachella debut. And last night, they came through Conan to do musical-guest duty, playing an especially muttery rendition of the twangy and sideways "Breezeblocks" and sounding like the second coming of Gomez. Watch it below. More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 19, 2013

Watch Frightened Rabbit Play Conan

On last night's episode of Conan, the Scottish band Frightened Rabbit did musical-guest duty, playing their sad-bastard anthem "The Woodpile" about as hard as a song like that can be played. The band brought so many guitars with them and, in the process, did admirable work translating the song's cathartic grandeur to the stage. More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 6, 2013

Watch Japandroids Play Conan

Last night, Japandroids, one of our finest rock bands currently working, brought their thunderous simplicity to the stage at Conan, blasting through the Celebration Rock opener "The Nights Of Wine And Roses." It's not substitute for being there, obviously, but I'm pretty impressed at how the band has managed to translate their live intensity,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 26, 2013

Watch Dirty Projectors Play Conan

Last night on Conan, Dirty Projectors came through to play the fiery Swing Lo Magellan opener "Offspring Are Blank," giving the world a rare opportunity to hear Dave Longstreth when he's maybe just a tiny bit hoarse. The band's whole itchy-perfectionist dynamic is always a powerful thing to witness in real time, and… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 7, 2013

Watch Ben Folds Five Play Conan

Last night, the reunited Ben Folds Five brought their driving nerd-pop to the stage at Conan. On the show proper, the band played "Draw A Crowd," a song from last year's comeback album The Sound Of The Life Of The Mind. And as an online bonus, they also did the tender "Erase Me," while… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 31, 2013

Watch Ben Gibbard Play Conan

Last night, Death Cab For Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard was Conan's musical guest. He sang "Something's Rattling (Cowpoke)," a song from his solo album Former Lives, and the Los Angeles mariachi troupe Trio Ellas backed him up. This was a fun, different way of doing the late-night thing, even if it revealed Gibbard to… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 21, 2012

Watch Jack White Play Conan

Jack White and Conan O'Brien have a long history together. During the peak of their meteoric rise, the White Stripes played a week-long residency at Late Night With Conan O'Brien. Then, Conan showed up in the Stripes' video for "The Denial Twist," in which Michel Gondry recreated a fantastical version of that residency. (I'm… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 11, 2012

Watch The Gaslight Anthem On Conan

The Gaslight Anthem, who are fast becoming a late-night TV staple, served as musical guests on last night's episode of Conan. There, they trotted out the recent single "Here Comes My Man," one of the standouts from the pretty great new album Handwritten. Brian Fallon's voice is getting better all the time, seriously. More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 7, 2012

Watch Nas On Conan

On last night's episode of Conan, Nas served as musical guest. He brought a live band and soul singer Anthony Hamilton with him for the sincere and intense song "World's An Addiction" and further solidified the fact that he's become one of our more dependable late-night TV performers. Watch it below. More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 30, 2012

Watch JEFF The Brotherhood Play Conan

Last night, Conan played host to Nashville's fired-up fraternal fuzz-rock duo JEFF The Brotherhood. The band bashed their way through "Staring At The Wall," an admirably choogling track from their new album Hypnotic Nights, as singer/guitarist Jeff Orrall modeled an amazingly dirtbaggy mustache/humping-reindeer cap/Pentagram shirt ensemble and a friend came through to play a flute… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 16, 2012

Watch Cat Power On Conan

Though some health and financial woes may keep Cat Power from continuing her tour, that didn't stop Chan Marshall from hitting Conan last night. She performed Sun standout "Cherokee" and you can watch her performance below. More »

By: Corban Goble / November 8, 2012

Watch Father John Misty on Conan

On last night's episode of Conan, the former Fleet Foxes percussionist J. Tillman, in his Father John Misty guise, acted as musical guest. In singing his Fear Fun single "Nancy From Now On," Tillman took his whole debauched '70s California studio-rock steez to its logical conclusion, enlisting a small army of backup musicians and… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 6, 2012

Watch Bob Mould On Conan

Last month, we saw former Hüsker Dü/Sugar frontman and general all-around indie-punk deity Bob Mould utterly wrecking shit on Letterman. Last night, we got an encore of sorts, and Mould once again laid waste to a late-night TV stage. This time, he was on Conan, just blazing his way through "Keep Believing," a song… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 30, 2012

Watch Kendrick Lamar On Conan

This is Kendrick Lamar's coronation week, with his simply staggering new album Good Kid, m.A.A.d. City on a fast train into the public consciousness. And last night -- the night after the album hit online retailers -- Kendrick appeared as the musical guest on Conan, performing the single "Swimming Pools (Drank)." He had a… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 23, 2012

Watch Ty Segall Play Conan

Last night Ty Segall took to Conan to shred through Twins cut "Thank God For Sinners" for his late night television debut (he's already mastered the local morning news circuit). Watch it below. More »

By: Corban Goble / October 17, 2012
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