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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 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

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, they… More »

By: 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. 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 - 12:39 pm

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 - 11:46 am

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 single… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 10, 2014 - 10:23 am

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’s musical… More »

By: 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 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 - 5:22 pm

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 Craig Fi… More »

By: 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 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 reappear… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 14, 2014 - 11:22 am

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 - 12:12 pm

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!” And… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 6, 2014 - 1:16 pm
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