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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 - 3:14 pm

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 patter… More »

By: Chris DeVille / March 4, 2014 - 10:51 am

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 - 9:39 am

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,” Lenny Kravitz singing “GetMore »

By: Miles Bowe / February 10, 2014 - 11:34 am

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 Beatles’… More »

By: James Rettig / February 7, 2014 - 12:08 pm

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 was taped Thursday… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / February 1, 2014 - 3:45 pm

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 The Night ThatMore »

By: Chris DeVille / January 31, 2014 - 4:52 pm

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 from… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 31, 2014 - 9:30 am

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 touring lineup. More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 30, 2014 - 8:54 am

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 - 9:46 am

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 - 9:53 am

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 their sophomore… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 23, 2014 - 10:44 am

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 hear… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 14, 2014 - 9:16 am

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 served… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 9, 2014 - 10:52 am

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 - 10:05 am

Watch Alt-J Play Letterman

Alt-J stopped by Letterman last night to play “Fitzpleasure,” a track off their 2012 Mercury Music Prize-winning debut An Awesome Wave. Watch below. More »

By: Miles Bowe / December 18, 2013 - 10:40 am

Watch Chvrches Play Letterman

Chvrches are one of this year’s best new bands — definitively — and they proved it once again last night by performing The Bones Of What You Believe track “We Sink” on The Late Show With David Letterman. Watch below. More »

By: Chris DeVille / December 10, 2013 - 12:13 pm

Watch Sky Ferreira On Letterman

Last night, Sky Ferreira was David Letterman’s musical guest. She wore what I’d have to call an ’80s-style new-wave power-suit and belted out the ’80s-style new-wave power anthem “You’re Not The One” — which, I should add, is a very good song and also maybe the seventh-best track on her ridiculously good debut album NightMore »

By: Tom Breihan / November 26, 2013 - 10:07 am

Watch Luscious Jackson Play Letterman

Luscious Jackson are back this year with Magic Hour (plus a self-released children’s album) and they stopped by Letterman to perform last night. They played the single “Show Us What You Got,” and you can watch it now. Just head here and click to the last section of the video. And yes, Letterman does the… More »

By: Miles Bowe / November 19, 2013 - 11:09 am

Watch Lorde’s Live On Letterman Webcast

Last night, the teenage New Zealand pop phenom Lorde was the musical guest on Late Night With David Letterman. There, she sang “Team,” her follow-up to the world-conquering “Royals,” and gave an awesomely disgusted reaction when Letterman went in to kiss her hand. And she also became the latest act to play a full set… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 13, 2013 - 9:20 am
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