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Watch Johnny Marr Play Conan

He might not have an autobiography out there igniting internet discussion, but former Smiths guitar wizard Johnny Marr is still out there, bringing gooily moody virtuosic guitar textures to the people. Last night, he was the musical guest on Conan, where he cranked through "The Right Thing Right," one of the songs on his recent… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 6, 2013 - 8:37 am

Watch King Krule Play Conan

Last night, Conan O'Brien welcomed a fellow redhead beanpole to his stage: The mercurial London youngster King Krule. Krule had made his late-night TV debut on Letterman last week, but he did something a bit different for his Conan performance, inviting the horn section from Conan's band for a full collaboration. Performing the space-jazz beat-poetry… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 5, 2013 - 9:02 am

Watch Queens Of The Stone Age Play Conan

Obviously, if you're going to pick any one day to listen to a song called "The Vampyr Of Time And Memory," it's going to be today. So we're all lucky that Queens Of The Stone Age were the musical guests on Conan last night, where they looked surprisingly dapper knocking out the ...Like Clockwork slow-burner. More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 31, 2013 - 11:12 am

Watch Okkervil River Play Conan

Conan O'Brien and Will Sheff, frontman for Austin rockers Okkervil River, are two men with New England roots who seem like they've read a few books in their lives. So maybe it was a meeting of the minds when Okkervil River served as musical guests on last night's episode of Conan. Or maybe it wa… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 24, 2013 - 11:53 am

Watch Moby Play Conan

Moby took to Conan last night to perform "The Perfect Life" off his latest album Innocents, which is out today. While Wayne Coyne doesn't lend a hand like he does in the album version or in the absurd video for the song, the singer is assisted by a decently sized choir. Watch that performance and… More »

By: James Rettig / October 1, 2013 - 11:16 am

Watch Wavves Debut “Nine Is God” On Conan

Historically, the in-game radio stations have always been the best reason to play the Grand Theft Auto games; driving around and blowing stuff up is way more fun if you have a well-curated selection of music and jokey fake ads pushing you on. In the forthcoming rabidly anticipated Grand Theft Auto V, Wavves will have… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 13, 2013 - 10:29 am

Watch Local Natives Play Conan

Local Natives were the musical guest on last night's episode of Conan. The band performed Hummingbird cut "Ceilings" against a starry backdrop. Check it out below. More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / September 11, 2013 - 10:57 am

Watch The National Play Conan

The night before last, the National played on the big outdoor stage at Jimmy Kimmel Live, and one of the two songs they played was "This Is The Last Time," a slow simmer from their new album Trouble Will Find Me. Last night, the band kept their late-night TV streak going, once again playing "Thi… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 15, 2013 - 10:36 am

Watch Franz Ferdinand Play Conan

Merely typing this takes me back about nine years: Franz Ferdinand were Conan O'Brien's musical guests last night. They played a rough, trebly version of "Right Action," their supremely catchy new single, and they looked elegant and poised doing it. That's the same song that the band played on Letterman last week, but it's low-key… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 30, 2013 - 8:47 am

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, and… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 17, 2013 - 8:44 am

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 TV… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 14, 2013 - 10:33 am

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 EP… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 12, 2013 - 9:41 am

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 - 9:35 am

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 - 10:50 am

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 - 9:31 am

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. Watch… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 6, 2013 - 11:43 am

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, a… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 26, 2013 - 9:31 am

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 they rocked… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 7, 2013 - 8:49 am

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 Fold… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 31, 2013 - 9:04 am

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 be… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 21, 2012 - 10:05 am
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