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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 guest, singer-songwriter Joseph Arthur. Letterman tapes his show early in the day, which means those guys were on hand for something of a landmark show-business moment: Apparently, David Letterman i… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 3, 2014

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. And last night, they were on the Late Show With David Letterman, knocking out "Spinners," one of that album's early singles. It's still a bit disorienting to see… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 25, 2014

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 else making music this minute. But last night, he was the musical guest on the Late Show With David Letterman, where he performed "Wut," the two-year-old viral hit that… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 14, 2014

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 solo debut Workbook under the name Workbook 25. No music from the new album just yet, but the former Hüsker Dü and Sugar frontman did take to the Late ShowMore »

By: Chris DeVille / March 7, 2014

Letterman’s Turned Future Islands’ Performance Into A Meme

Earlier this week, Future Islands performed for the first time on the Late Show With David Letterman, and they absolutely ripped shit, eliciting straight-up giggling glee from Letterman himself. And Letterman has not forgotten it. He called back to it during last night's monologue a couple of times, without context, just yelling "Let's dance!"… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 6, 2014

Watch Phantogram Play Letterman

Last month, Phantogram released their new album, Voices, which was preceded by singles "Black Out Days" and "Fall In Love." The band stopped by Letterman last night to play a song that wasn't released as a single, "The Day You Died," which is nonetheless incredibly catchy and worth your time. Watch it below. More »

By: Miles Bowe / March 5, 2014

Future Islands – “A Dream Of You And Me” Video & Letterman Peformance

Theatrical Baltimore new wave weirdos Future Islands are nearing the release of their 4AD debut Singles, and this morning they've got a new video and a Letterman performance to prove it. First, here's the video for "A Dream Of You And Me." Directors Elena Johnston & William Cashion have concocted an array of animated… More »

By: Chris DeVille / March 4, 2014

Watch Little Dragon Play Letterman

The inventive Gothenburg, Sweden pop group Little Dragon has been away for a little while, but they're back this spring with the new album Nabuma Rubberband. And last night, David Letterman -- who, it bears mentioning, does not seem very concerned about this whole Jimmy Fallon Tonight Show thing -- welcomed them to his LateMore »

By: Tom Breihan / February 20, 2014

Watch Lauryn Hill Cover The Beatles On Letterman

Last week The Late Show featured a diverse group of artists covering the Beatles in honor of the 50th anniversary of their performance on the Ed Sullivan Show. We got the Flaming Lips and Sean Lennon playing "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds," Sting and Ivy Levan doing "Drive My Car," LennyMore »

By: Miles Bowe / February 10, 2014

Watch The Flaming Lips & Sean Lennon Cover “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds” On Letterman

David Letterman continued his week-long tribute to the Fab Four with a performance from the Flaming Lips, who were joined by Sean Lennon to cover "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds." Throughout the week, Broken Bells, Sting, and Lenny Kravitz have also graced the Late Night stage to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the… More »

By: James Rettig / February 7, 2014

Watch Eagulls Play Letterman And Show Guest Bill Murray Their Bassist’s “Eagulls Bill Murray” Tattoo

Eagulls, the Leeds punk band we first heard three years ago, will release their self-titled debut LP next month. Its current single "Possessed" was one of our 5 Best Songs Of The Week recently, and the group took it to last night's Late Show, where Bill Murray was the guest. (The performance wa… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / February 1, 2014

Broken Bells, Flaming Lips, Sting To Play Letterman‘s Beatles Covers Week

Everybody's celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the Beatles' arrival in America, even us. But CBS is celebrating extra hard because they hosted the original Ed Sullivan Show broadcast that helped the Fab Four blow up stateside. Thus, the Grammys went double-Ringo, and the following night they filmed a Beatles tribute special called… More »

By: Chris DeVille / January 31, 2014

Watch Dum Dum Girls Play Letterman

This week, the young god Miles Bowe took over the Album Of The Week column because he wanted to write about Actress's experimental electronic swan song Ghettoville. Miles wrote about it very well, but if I were writing the column this week, my vote absolutely would've gone to Too True, the shivery new one… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 31, 2014

Watch Against Me! Play Letterman

Last week, Against Me! released Transgender Dysphoria Blues, the greatest and most purposeful rock album I'm heard in some time. Last night, the band played the Late Show With David Letterman, giving an absolutely driven rendition of the album track "Fuckmylife666" and giving many of us our first glimpse of the band's current… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 30, 2014

Watch Arctic Monkeys Play “Do I Wanna Know?” On Letterman

I have no idea how this is even possible, but Arctic Monkeys' collective swagger manages to grow deeper and stronger every time they appear on our computer screens. Last night, the Monkeys were musical guests on the Late Show With David Letterman, where they dressed like futuristic rockabilly greasers and played the hell out of… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 28, 2014

Watch No Age’s Kickass Letterman Performance, “I Won’t Be Your Generator” Video

It's hard for a DIY band to translate the urgency of its live show to a late-night TV setting, but credit L.A. art punks No Age with doing the best job I've seen any band do in a while. Last night on the Late Show With David Letterman, the band draped white sheets all over… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 24, 2014

Watch Cults Play Letterman

Cults have played their share of late-night shows since we met them, but for reasons I can't quite figure out, they seem more like a Letterman band than a Fallon or Leno one. And last night, they brought their smooth festival-pop to the Late Show, playing "Keep Your Head Up," a track from… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 23, 2014

Watch Sleigh Bells Play Letterman

Here's something you don't see everyday: Sleigh Bells noisemonger Derek Miller playing acoustic guitar. Last night, Sleigh Bells, in their full-band-plus-horn-section incarnation were on the Late Show With David Letterman to flog their 2013 album Bitter Rivals. They played the peppy "Young Legends" and sounded more like Gloria Estefan than I ever expected to… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 14, 2014

Watch John Grant Play Letterman

The former Czars frontman John Grant went to Iceland to record last year's Pale Green Ghosts, a sneakily powerful album about living with HIV. It flew a bit under the radar, though we did post the excellent disco-house track "Black Belt." But on last night's episode of the Late Show With David Letterman, Grant… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 9, 2014

Watch Washed Out Play Letterman

Washed Out's second album, Paracosm, came out last summer and since then the band (the days of it just being Ernest Greene and a laptop are long past) has been playing festivals and TV shows. They stopped by The Late Show With David Letterman last night to play album highlight "All I Know." You ca… More »

By: Miles Bowe / January 8, 2014
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