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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

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

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

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… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 18, 2014

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

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 ri… More »

By: Chris DeVille / July 15, 2014

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… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 8, 2014

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… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 24, 2014

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… More »

By: Chris DeVille / June 19, 2014

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 ShowMore »

By: Tom Breihan / June 17, 2014

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. More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 13, 2014

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… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 12, 2014

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

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… More »

By: Miles Bowe / June 5, 2014

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… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 4, 2014

Watch Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks Play Letterman

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks released Wig Out At Jagbags on the very first week of 2014, but they just now made it to Letterman. Weird how these promotional cycles work sometimes -- or maybe not that weird because now you're thinking about the Jicks again for the first time in a while. Anyhow,… More »

By: Chris DeVille / May 20, 2014

Watch Chromeo Bring “Jealous” To Letterman

Chromeo's White Women is now out and yesterday the Canadian synth-pop duo hit The Late Show in advance of two shows at NYC's Terminal 5. Dave 1 and P-Thugg did their spring jam "Jealous (I Ain't With It)" with a female choir and a fog machine, and it looked and sounded like this:… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / May 17, 2014

Watch The Black Keys’ Live On Letterman Webcast

David Letterman doesn't usually make a big deal about his musical guests, even the really famous ones. But last night, he gave actual literal marquee treatment to the Black Keys. The band didn't play in his usual studio; instead, they set up outside, on the marquee of the Ed Sullivan Theatre. On the show, they… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 13, 2014

Watch Real Estate Play Letterman

Somehow, Real Estate made it three albums into their career without once performing on a network late-night talk show. They corrected that oversight last night, when they served as musical guests on the Late Show With David Letterman. On the show, they amiably jangled their way through "Talking Backwards," the lush and pretty first… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 10, 2014

Watch Joseph Arthur, Peter Buck, And Mike Mills Cover Lou Reed On Letterman

Last night, on his Late Show, David Letterman announced his impending retirement, and the former R.E.M. bassist Mike Mills, randomly enough, was the one who broke the news via Twitter. Mills was there because he and his former bandmate Peter Buck were working in the backing band of the singer-songwriter Joseph Arthur, last night'… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 4, 2014
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