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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

Watch Mastodon Tear Shit Up On Letterman

Last night, Atlanta metal monsters Mastodon were the musical guests on the Late Show With David Letterman, and it is still weird to see these grimy motherfuckers on network TV. They played "The Motherload," the single from their recent album Once More 'Round The Sun, and nobody showed up to twerk. Brent Hinds did,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 28, 2014

Watch Foo Fighters Perform “Something From Nothing” And Make Their Own Top Ten List On Letterman

The Foo Fighters finished their week-long residency on Letterman last night by playing their new single "Something From Nothing." The performance coincided with the premiere of their HBO series Sonic Highways. The band also took over Letterman's Top Ten list to count down the "Top Ten Things Foo Fighters Would Like To Say After… More »

By: James Rettig / October 18, 2014

Watch Foo Fighters Cover Cheap Trick With Rick Nielsen On Letterman

Yesterday, Foo Fighters shared "Something From Nothing," the first single from their new album Sonic Highways. Of the album's eight city-themed songs, that's the Chicago one; they recorded it in Steve Albini's studio, with Cheap Trick axe-master Rick Nielsen playing a guitar solo. You might think they'd take the chance to bust the song… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 17, 2014

Watch The Foo Fighters Get Personal With David Letterman, Duet With Tony Joe White

The Late Show With David Letterman doesn't do too many online exclusives; it's not that kind of show. But last night, in the third night of the Foo Fighters' five-night stand on the show, Letterman got them to stick around for one more song and then threw that one up on YouTube. Before they… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 16, 2014

Watch Foo Fighters Play With Heart On Letterman

Foo Fighters continued their week-long Late Show residency last night with Heart's Ann and Nancy Wilson, who will also appear in the Seattle-centric episode of their upcoming Sonic Highways series. They performed "Kick It Out" from their 1977 album Little Queen. The Foo Fighters took a backseat during the performance and let the Wilsons do… More »

By: James Rettig / October 15, 2014

Watch Foo Fighters Cover Black Sabbath’s “War Pigs” With Zac Brown On Letterman

When the Foo Fighters announced a five-day residency on the Late Show With David Letterman as they're getting ready to drop both an album and a TV show, it seemed likely that they'd debut five of the songs from that album. One night in, though, and that's not what's happening. Instead, they brought a… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 14, 2014

A Japanese Hologram Played Letterman Last Night

A holographic anime pop star by the name of Hatsune Miku performed on Letterman last night, and it was strange. Developed in Saporro, Japan, Hatsune Miku uses vocaloid software, or singing synthesizer applications, and a moving holographic image to create what people are calling a "humanoid" pop star, or a pop star who only exist… More »

By: Ethan Jacobs / October 9, 2014

Foo Fighters Announce 5-Day Letterman Residence With Special Guests

The Foo Fighters' new album Sonic Highways has a grand concept: Eight songs recorded in eight different cities, with guests from each of those cities playing on every song, and an HBO series attached. Next week, they'll give that album a suitably grand rollout by spending the whole week playing on the LateMore »

By: Tom Breihan / October 6, 2014

Watch Aretha Franklin Cover Adele’s “Rolling In The Deep” On Letterman

Aretha Franklin was the guest on last night's David Letterman, where she performed her cover of Adele's "Rolling In The Deep" that was released yesterday (which also contains a bit of "Ain't No Mountain High Enough"). For the performance, she was joined by a choir (which included Cissy Houston) and a decent-sized backing band. More »

By: James Rettig / September 30, 2014

Watch David Letterman Taunt The Eagles’ Lawyers

After talking up tonight's Eagles/Jim Dolan concert at Madison Square Garden on yesterday's Late Show, David Letterman asked bandleader Paul Shaffer to play some Eagles music to celebrate. But after he was told they wouldn't allow it, he decided to mess with the notoriously litigious classic rockers and make a big deal out… More »

By: James Rettig / September 13, 2014

Watch David Letterman Bring Ryan Adams Back For An Encore

Here's something I've never seen on a late-night show before: A host who likes the musical guest so much that he forces said guest to play the exact same song a second time, like he was hitting repeat on his iTunes. That happened last night. Ryan Adams was on the Late Show With David LettermanMore »

By: Tom Breihan / September 12, 2014

Watch Death From Above 1979 Bring The Wreckage To Letterman

"Trainwreck 1979," the first single from Death From Above 1979's seething reunion album The Physical World, is an absolute drooling monster of a song, a piece of music so hard that it's hard to believe two dudes made it. And when the band appeared on the Late Show With David Letterman last night… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 11, 2014

Watch Interpol Brood Elegantly On Letterman

It's always a bit weird when bands show up on late-night shows in T-shirts and dirty sneakers while all the other guests dress to impress. That was never going to be a problem with Interpol. Last night, the band showed up on the Late Show With David Letterman, churning their way through "All TheMore »

By: Tom Breihan / September 10, 2014

Watch Spoon Get Up Close And Personal On Letterman

Spoon brought their They Want My Soul tour to the Ed Sullivan Theater last night to perform the excellent "Inside Out" on The Late Show With David Letterman. Britt Daniel took full advantage of singing without a guitar, seizing the opportunity to get all up in your grill on national TV. Letterman wa… More »

By: Chris DeVille / September 9, 2014

Watch Alt-J Play “Left Hand Free” On Letterman

The British trio Alt-J are a massively successful band with a much-anticipated album about to come out, but for many of us, even those of us in the music press (ahem), it's been entirely possible to move through life without even knowing what those guys look like. Mystery solved: They look like some dudes. Last… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 5, 2014

Watch New Pornographers Play The Hell Out Of “Brill Bruisers” On Letterman

"Brill Bruisers," the giddy firehose-blast title track from the new New Pornographers album, is about as huge and overwhelming as a power-pop song can possibly be. It's so towering and elaborate, in fact, that it's weirdly inspiring to see actual people banging it out in a real-time situation. But that's what we got last… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 4, 2014
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