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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 to perform… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 11, 2014 - 9:09 am

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 The RageMore »

By: Tom Breihan / September 10, 2014 - 9:04 am

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 was in fine… More »

By: Chris DeVille / September 9, 2014 - 11:26 am

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 - 9:49 am

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 night,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 4, 2014 - 4:33 pm

Watch A Very Intense EMA Make Her TV Debut On Letterman

At this point, we're used to seeing indie bands catapult from relative obscurity to national TV exposure. But if you've every been lucky enough to see Erika Anderson stalking the stage of a tiny club, with her old band Gowns or on her own as EMA, then you know what an unlikely triumph it i… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 27, 2014 - 10:12 am

Watch Conor Oberst Play “Hundreds Of Ways” On Letterman

Conor Oberst's greatest gift as a performer might be his ability to come off like an angry 15-year-old screaming in his room in just about any situation. Case in point: Oberst was the musical guest on last night's episode of the Late Show With David Letterman. He had a massive 10-piece backing band with him,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 29, 2014 - 1:04 pm

Watch Sharon Van Etten’s Stunning Letterman Performance

It's always a bit obnoxious when indie bands roll into their late-night TV debuts looking like they just rolled out of bed, so I'm weirdly delighted to note that Sharon Van Etten and her entire backing band seemed to be rocking their very best outfits when they appeared on the Late Show With David LettermanMore »

By: Tom Breihan / July 25, 2014 - 8:22 am

Watch St. Vincent Explode David Letterman’s Brain

Two nights ago, St. Vincent gave a pretty incredible hour-long performance on the Live With Letterman webcast, but her appearance for the proper Letterman show didn't air until last night. Clark gave a generally brain-shattering performance of "Bring Me Your Loves," from the recent St. Vincent self-titled album, complete with stiff robotic choreography and casually… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 18, 2014 - 9:27 am

Watch St. Vincent’s Live On Letterman Webcast

St. Vincent is one of the most ferocious and compelling live acts operating right now, and that means she's an ideal choice for the Late Show With David Letterman's Live On Letterman webcast series, in which bands play full sets in Letterman's Ed Sullivan Theater. Last night, she played on that stage for nearly a… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 17, 2014 - 12:10 pm

Watch Sturgill Simpson Rip Through “Life Of Sin” On Letterman

Sturgill Simpson's Metamodern Sounds In Country Music cracked our list of the best albums of 2014 so far, and we're not the only ones transfixed by Simpson's forward-thinking take on traditional country. Apparently, so are the talent bookers at The Late Show With David Letterman. Simpson stopped by the show last night to rip through… More »

By: Chris DeVille / July 15, 2014 - 10:19 am

Watch The War On Drugs Absolutely Slay On Letterman

The War On Drugs are continuing to improve at a scary rate. Their new album Lost In The Dream is one of the year's very best. And while I remember thinking they were slightly listless onstage when I saw them at SXSW a couple of years ago, their performance on last night's episode of the… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 8, 2014 - 9:33 am

Watch Broken Bells Live On Letterman Webcast

James Mercer may have reactivated the Shins long enough to record "So Now What," their song for the soundtrack to Zach Braff's Wish I Was Here, but he's still keeping busy with Broken Bells, his duo with Danger Mouse. Last night, they were the musical guests on the Late Show With David Letterman, where they… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 24, 2014 - 11:53 am

Watch Sam Smith Make Letterman Say “Oh My God”

Sam Smith's whole life is essentially a whirlwind press tour these days, but it's especially so this week in conjunction with the North American release of his debut album In The Lonely Hour. Wednesday, the night after he wowed the Apollo with Mary J. Blige, he stopped by The Late Show to do the same… More »

By: Chris DeVille / June 19, 2014 - 9:54 am

Watch Angel Olsen Sing “Hi-Five” On Letterman

Angel Olsen's stormy, Hank Williams-quoting, ultimately triumphant "Hi-Five," from her new album Burn Your Fire For No Witness, is one of my favorite indie rock songs of the year; it's a total masterclass in slow-burn dynamics and evocative vocal control. Last night, she and her band played the song on the Late Show With DavidMore »

By: Tom Breihan / June 17, 2014 - 9:40 am

Watch First Aid Kit Play Letterman

This week, the Swedish sister act First Aid Kit released their album Stay Gold, a bright interpretation of Americana from two gifted outsiders. And last night, they were on the Late Show With David Letterman, performing their shimmering, ethereal single "My Silver Lining," with a full band and a string quartet backing them up. Watch… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 13, 2014 - 10:53 am

Watch Janelle Monáe Cover David Bowie On Letterman

The World Cup starts today, and so it makes sense that Janelle Monáe was on Letterman last night, performing her Pepsi-sponsored, World Cup-themed cover of David Bowie's "Heroes." It can be easy to get cynical about corporate involvement in both sports and music, and Monáe's tinnily celebratory version of the song has none of Bowie'… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 12, 2014 - 9:41 am

Watch Elvis Costello Debut “The Last Year of My Youth” On Letterman

Lana Del Rey was supposed to be the musical guest on last night's episode of the Late Show With David Letterman, but thanks to a last-minute cancellation, Elvis Costello filled in for her. Playing entirely solo, with just a fuzzed-out electric guitar, Costello played a new song called "The Last Year Of My Youth," which… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 6, 2014 - 8:40 am

Watch The Afghan Whigs Return To Letterman After 18 Years

Afghan Whigs released their reunion album, Do The Beast, earlier this year, and they played the track "Matamoros" on Letterman last night. The last time the band performed on the show, it was in 1996, around the time of their album Black Love. What have we learned from this new video? Afghan Whigs are still… More »

By: Miles Bowe / June 5, 2014 - 11:39 am

Watch Spanish Gold Play Letterman

Hacienda's Dante Schwebel leads Spanish Gold, a new band that also features My Morning Jacket's Patrick Hallahan and former Grupo Fantasma member Adrian Quesada. Last month, we debuted their "Out On The Street" video. And last night, they were on the Late Show With David Letterman, turning in a slow-burning performance of the slick '70s-style… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 4, 2014 - 12:27 pm
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