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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

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 also… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 11, 2012 - 8:50 am

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. Watch it… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 7, 2012 - 9:06 am

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 - 10:20 am

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 - 9:24 am

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 - 9:07 am

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 radiating… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 6, 2012 - 9:04 am

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 from… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 30, 2012 - 9:27 am

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 minimal… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 23, 2012 - 9:08 am

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 - 9:16 am

M. Ward – “Me And My Shadow” Video

M. Ward’s new video for “Me And My Shadow” features a poisonous relationship between a manager and a teen star, which in turn paves the way for a rogue rescue operation from a (braces-adorning) fan. Conan O’Brien also stops by to play himself, which he has done in the past. Watch it below. More »

By: Corban Goble / October 11, 2012 - 3:17 pm

Watch Tegan & Sara Play Conan

Last night, Tegan & Sara went on Conan to air out their latest single, the dance-y jam “Closer.” They last played on Conan’s program in 2009; some things have changed since then! Watch their performance below. More »

By: Corban Goble / October 4, 2012 - 9:07 am

Watch The Shins On Conan

The Shins served as musical guests on last’s night’s episode of Conan, turning in a sparkling rendition of the percussive Port Of Morrow album track “No Way Down.” And as an online bonus, they also did “The Rifle’s Spiral.” One nice thing about Conan: The sound in the studio is always so clean you could… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 2, 2012 - 10:09 am

Watch Band Of Horses On Conan

Band Of Horses aren’t exactly the type of band to play different songs when they show up on different late-night TV shows, even ones within a week of each other. Last week, they were on Letterman, playing “Knock Knock,” the pretty good first single from their new LP Mirage Rock. And last night, they showed… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 26, 2012 - 10:23 am
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