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It was a tumultuous year for late night laffs, with Jimmy Fallon joining the fray, Conan taking over Tonight only to find awful Leno sink the NBC ship at 10PM, and Letterman enjoying career-high ratings despite (or because of?) a sex scandal. It was, however, a solid year for late night music booking. We regularly… More »

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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
Tom Breihan | July 17, 2014 - 12:10 pm
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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…
Chris DeVille | July 15, 2014 - 10:19 am
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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
Tom Breihan | July 8, 2014 - 9:33 am
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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
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…
Chris DeVille | June 19, 2014 - 9:54 am
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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…
Tom Breihan | June 17, 2014 - 9:40 am
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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…
Tom Breihan | June 13, 2014 - 10:53 am
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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…
Tom Breihan | June 12, 2014 - 9:41 am
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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…
Tom Breihan | June 6, 2014 - 8:40 am
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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…
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…
Tom Breihan | June 4, 2014 - 12:27 pm
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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.
Chris DeVille | May 20, 2014 - 9:51 am

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.
Scott Lapatine | May 17, 2014 - 12:39 pm
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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…
Tom Breihan | May 13, 2014 - 11:46 am
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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,…
Tom Breihan | April 10, 2014 - 10:23 am
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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…
Tom Breihan | April 4, 2014 - 11:59 am

R.E.M.’s Mike Mills Announces David Letterman’s Retirement

Tonight, two former R.E.M. members, Mike Mills and Peter Buck, will be on the Late Show With David Letterman. They're backing up the night's musical…
Tom Breihan | April 3, 2014 - 5:22 pm
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Watch The Hold Steady Play “Spinners” On Letterman

Today, the Hold Steady release Teeth Dreams, the album on which they once again affirm their status as one of our greatest working rock bands.
Tom Breihan | March 25, 2014 - 9:48 am

Watch Le1f Play Letterman

Le1f, the New York rapper whose EP Hey is our reigning Album Of The Week, will be down in Austin tonight, just like almost everyone…
Tom Breihan | March 14, 2014 - 11:22 am
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Watch Bob Mould Play Letterman + Beauty & Ruin Details

Indie rock O.G. Bob Mould has "a compact epic" called Beauty & Ruin coming out on Merge this June, and he just reissued his 1989…
Chris DeVille | March 7, 2014 - 12:12 pm
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