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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 Spending… More »

By: James Rettig / October 18, 2014 - 11:42 am

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 out… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 17, 2014 - 8:47 am

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 played… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 16, 2014 - 9:09 am

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 - 9:26 am

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 country… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 14, 2014 - 9:02 am

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 - 2:30 pm

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 Late Show WithMore »

By: Tom Breihan / October 6, 2014 - 12:02 pm

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. She… More »

By: James Rettig / September 30, 2014 - 9:22 am

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 of it. More »

By: James Rettig / September 13, 2014 - 6:06 pm

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 - 8:44 am

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
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