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Watch Twin Shadow Amaze With “Turn Me Up” Performance On Letterman

Twin Shadow brought their new pumped up sound to their Letterman debut last night with a performance of Eclipse single "Turn Me Up." George Lewis Jr. spent most of the performance with only a spotlight illuminating him as his backing band lingered in the shadows. The stage lit up entirely towards the end, just… More »

By: James Rettig / February 18, 2015

Watch Sturgill Simpson’s Triumphant Return To Letterman

A lot has changed for Sturgill Simpson since the last time he was on Letterman in July. His new album Metamodern Sounds In Country Music was a hit, he was nominated (and lost out on) a Grammy, and, most recently, he made the jump from the world of self-releases to the major… More »

By: James Rettig / February 13, 2015

Watch Courtney Love Talk Montage Of Heck, Drugs, & Dave Grohl On Letterman

Courtney Love guested on Letterman last night to chat about her debut appearance on the show Empire, which will air tonight. Of course, talking to Courtney Love about starring on a television show is like asking someone to tell you about their work day in great detail. It's boring, and no one really cares. More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / February 11, 2015

Watch Hundred Waters’ Luminous Letterman Performance

Hundred Waters were supposed to make their network TV debut on the Late Show With David Letterman last year, but a massive snowstorm kept both them and tourmates Interpol stranded in Buffalo. Last night, the band got a chance to make it up, and they took that chance and ran with it. Playing "More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 10, 2015

Watch Bob Mould (Literally) Bring Down The House On Letterman

Bob Mould performed on The Late Show With David Letterman last night in support of his latest album Beauty & Ruin, which came out last summer. He played two tracks from it -- "Tomorrow Morning" and "Kid With A Crooked Face" -- along with his backing band, and Letterman seemed pretty impressed. Jason Narducy, the… More »

By: James Rettig / February 7, 2015

Watch Death Cab 2.0 Play “Black Sun” On Letterman

Death Cab For Cutie are on the brink of releasing their new album Kintsugi, and last night, they were on the Late Show With David Letterman to play their lush and synthy new single "Black Sun." For most of us, this is our first chance to get a good look at the post-Chri… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 30, 2015

Watch Sleater-Kinney’s High-Kicking Letterman Reunion

Sleater-Kinney returned to David Letterman's Late Show last night for their first public performance since reuniting, and hoo boy was it good. In his review of No Cities To Love, Tom mentioned that Corin Tucker handles almost all the lead vocals on the album, but they opted to perform the Carrie Brownstein-sung "A New… More »

By: Chris DeVille / January 16, 2015

Watch Ryn Weaver Make Her TV Debut On Letterman

Artist To Watch Ryn Weaver made her television debut on Letterman last night. She performed "OctaHate," the song that put her on the map, wearing an outfit reminiscent of the video. The hard-to-define "OctaHate" is a pop song at its core, but Weaver's band rocked it out a bit. Weaver herself gave… More »

By: Chris DeVille / January 15, 2015

Watch Foxygen Impress The Hell Out Of David Letterman

Ask Future Islands: When you can get a real reaction out of David Letterman, a jaded and sarcastic old motherfucker who's seen everything, that's something you can hang your hat on. Whatever happens for the rest of their careers, the members of Foxygen can say that they did that. Last night, the L.A. psych-popper… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 9, 2015

Watch Parquet Courts Perform “Bodies Made Of” On Letterman

The holiday season has passed, which means it's time for the late-night shows to get back to their regularly scheduled musical performances. Parquet Courts graced the Late Show With David Letterman stage last night to do their Sunbathing Animal track "Bodies Made Of." It's clear Letterman likes these guys: at the end of the song,… More »

By: James Rettig / January 7, 2015

Watch Darlene Love’s Last Christmastime Letterman Performance

Darlene Love has been singing "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" on David Letterman's late-night shows for almost 30 years. She originally recorded the track for Phil Spector's 1963 album A Christmas Gift For You, first performed the track for Letterman in 1986, and she's done it during the holidays without fail ever since. Last… More »

By: James Rettig / December 20, 2014

Watch Charli XCX Perform “Need Ur Love” With Vampire Weekend’s Rostam Batmanglij On Letterman

Charli XCX continued her Sucker promotional tour with a stop by David Letterman where she played album closer "Need Ur Love." She was joined by Vampire Weekend's Rostam Batmanglij, who she wrote the track with, and a few backup singers. Charli dances around on top of the piano for most of the performance, wearing… More »

By: James Rettig / December 17, 2014

Watch A Supercut Of Darlene Love Singing “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” On Letterman Over The Last 28 Years

Every year since 1986, David Letterman has invited Darlene Love to perform on the last show of the year before Christmas. Every year, she sings "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)," her Phil Spector-produced 1963 Christmas classic. Every year, Paul Shaffer and a sprawling cast of musicians backs her up. Next May, Letterman will retire from… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 16, 2014

Watch Most Of Wu-Tang Clan Reassemble On Letterman

Anytime you go to a Wu-Tang Clan show, it's always interesting to see how many of the crew's nine members will actually show up. (The most I've ever seen is eight; the least is four.) This apparently holds true even for the group's late-night TV appearances. While the entire group managed to come through for… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 26, 2014

Watch TV On The Radio Perform “Happy Idiot” on Letterman

TV On The Radio just put out their new album Seeds -- which we think is pretty good -- and they stopped by Letterman to perform "Happy Idiot" for the show. Tunde Adebimpe looks stylish in what appears to be a one-piece jumpsuit and the rockers give it their all for the performance. More »

By: James Rettig / November 22, 2014

Watch Hiss Golden Messenger’s Swaggering, Muscular Letterman Performance

Hiss Golden Messenger's winding, scraggly roots-rocker Lateness Of Dancers is one of those 2014 albums you should really make sure not to overlook. The North Carolina moaner M.C. Taylor did musical-guest duties on the Late Show With David Letterman last night, bringing a full band with a horn section and backup singers and everything. More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 19, 2014

Watch Damien Rice Play Letterman With A Full String Section

The Irish balladeer Damien Rice just made his big return with My Beautiful Faded Fantasy, his first album in eight years. And last night on Letterman, Rice served as musical guest, playing his grand confessional "I Don't Want To Change You." The show took opportunity of late-night TV's potential for unique moments. Instead of… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 18, 2014

Watch Father John Misty Play “Bored In The USA” From New Album I Love You, Honeybear On Letterman

Father John Misty is the musical guest on Letterman tonight, and his performance has turned up a little early. The folk-rocker sings a new song called "Bored In The USA," which he's been performing live since last year. The track will show up on I Love You, Honeybear, Josh Tillman's followup to 2012's Fear Fun,… More »

By: James Rettig / November 3, 2014

Watch Run The Jewels Pour Their Hearts Into “Early” On Letterman

Run The Jewels capped off a very busy week with their network television debut, performing RTJ2 standout "Early" on Letterman with Boots, DJ Trackstar, and skeleton-faced backup singers in tow. It was as powerful as you'd expect, the rowdiest rap duo in the land turning down to detail some ugly experience… More »

By: Chris DeVille / November 1, 2014

Watch Perfume Genius Give A Stunning Performance On Letterman

Perfume Genius brought "Queen" to Letterman last night. Rocking an all-white suit with a collar around his neck, Mike Hadreas gave a stunning performance for his late-night TV debut. His voice sounds a little shot, but he's been on tour non-stop since the end of August so that's understandable. What he lacks in vocals,… More »

By: James Rettig / October 31, 2014
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