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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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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…
Tom Breihan | March 6, 2014 - 1:16 pm

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
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…
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
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
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…
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…
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
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 swa…
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…
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 o…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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 lapto…
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.
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
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…
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…
Miles Bowe | November 19, 2013 - 11:09 am
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