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Watch Laura Marling Play Letterman

Laura Marling recently stopped by The Late Show With David Letterman to play "Master Hunter." The performance is as forceful and simple as the studio version, and carries just as much charm and menace as its music video. Still it's especially nice to hear her play it in a live setting, where her personality and… More »

By: Miles Bowe / August 27, 2013 - 1:04 pm

Watch MGMT Play Letterman

MGMT took their great LP3 single "Your Life Is A Lie" to the Late Show last night. Dialing down the wackiness of the video just a bit, Andrew Van Wyngarden was dressed like a hipster Captain Caveman and lackadaisically smacked a giant cowbell throughout the performance. It was pretty amusing, but many on Twitter were… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / August 23, 2013 - 8:25 am

Watch Franz Ferdinand’s Live On Letterman Webcast

Scottish new wavers Franz Ferdinand have been quiet for more than four years, but they come back next month with their new album Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action. And last night, they rolled through the Late Show With David Letterman to perform "Right Action," their seriously fun new single. They also became the latest… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 23, 2013 - 10:16 am

Watch Japandroids Play Letterman

Last night, the great Vancouver duo Japandroids played a show in Charlottesville, about five minutes from my house. (I didn't go, couldn't bring myself to miss NBA Finals game seven, but skipping the show broke my heart a little.) Charlottesville isn't especially close to New York, so they must've hauled ass down after taping their… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 21, 2013 - 9:50 am

Watch Jim James Play Letterman

After a long weekend spent gracing multiple stages at Bonnaroo, My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James remained on his grind last night, serving as the musical guest on the Late Show With David Letterman. On the show, he sang "State Of The Art (A.E.I.O.U)," the opener from his recent solo album Regions Of Light AndMore »

By: Tom Breihan / June 20, 2013 - 9:56 am

Watch Haim Play Letterman

With "Falling" and now "Forever," sisterly act Haim are on some other shit, nailing a strain of soulful, syncopated, and clean LA studio pop with just the right touch of fashion, finesse, and familial alchemy, and their fanbase has grown by degrees wich each of those modifiers. This is a band we can get behind,… More »

By: Amrit Singh / June 11, 2013 - 9:45 am

Watch Queens Of The Stone’s Live On Letterman Webcast

Last night, Queens Of The Stone Age became the latest band to participate in the Late Show With David Letterman's Live On Letterman concert series, playing an entire hour-long show in Letterman's studio and webcasting the result. Josh Homme didn't bring any of the big-name guests from the band's new album ...Like Clockwork, but hi… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 6, 2013 - 8:58 am

Watch Local Natives Play Letterman

So many great late-night performances last night! We've already posted Savages on Fallon, Divine Fits on Conan, and Disclosure on Jools Holland. And now here's the footage of Local Natives, in all their be-mustached glory, stopping by the Late Show With David Letterman last night to energetically harmonize their way through the hard-charging Hummingbird single… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 5, 2013 - 10:11 am

Watch The National Play Letterman

The members of the National are gracefully-aging Midwestern-transplanted New Yorkers who wear suits a lot, and the same is also true of David Letterman. They're a natural fit for one another. Today, the National release their grand and confident new album Trouble Will Find Me. And last night, they came through Letterman's show, playing a… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 21, 2013 - 8:51 am

Watch Kurt Vile Play Letterman

Last month, Kurt Vile released his fifth studio album Wakin on A Pretty Daze via Matador. In support of its release, Vile and his band stopped by Late Show With David Letterman last night to play "Wakin On A Pretty Day." Head to to stream last night's episode of Letterman; the performance is at… More »

By: Liz Pelly / May 18, 2013 - 1:06 pm

Watch James Blake Play Letterman

James Blake is a marvel for his alchemical ability to make dour and skeletal, glum-electro music telegenic, though the real reason to watch any Letterman performance is for David's response at the end. It brings me great pleasure to say both men play their parts in this vignette admirably. A scene teaser: JB brought "Retrograde"… More »

By: Amrit Singh / May 7, 2013 - 9:39 am

Watch Phoenix’s Live On Letterman Webcast

When you put the words "Phoenix" and "Letterman" together, most people are automatically going to think of this. Last night, though, it meant something much less squirmy, as the elegantly whimsical French band served as guests on the Late Show With David Letterman, busting out the slick Bankrupt! album track "Trying To Be Cool." And… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 1, 2013 - 8:52 am

Snoop Lion – “No Regrets” (Feat. T.I. & Amber Coffman)

There are many questionable things about Snoop's fake patois-drenched reboot as roots-reggae uplifter Snoop Lion -- and perhaps, per the NYT, tapping fellow Caribbean appropriators Major Lazer to produce is chief amongst them. But since Snoop's already set down this path for a full album (Reincarnation), this bonus track here is at least a partial… More »

By: Amrit Singh / April 26, 2013 - 2:23 pm

Watch Tyler, The Creator, Earl Sweatshirt, And Domo Genesis Play Letterman

Last night, Tyler, The Creator served as the musical guest on the Late Show With David Letterman, and he brought Odd Future compadres Earl Sweatshirt and Domo Genesis with him to do the RZA-channeling Wolf track "Rusty." In an incredibly strange bit of stagecraft, these three guys (minus Domo, who actually seemed pretty into the… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 5, 2013 - 8:52 am

Watch The Flaming Lips Freak Out On Letterman

The Terror, the dark and anxious new album from the Flaming Lips, is already out overseas, and it arrives here in a couple of weeks. Last night, the band brought "Look... The Sun Is Rising" and their insane-looking new stage rig to the stage at the Late Show With David Letterman, bringing the nightmarish visio… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 4, 2013 - 8:51 am

Watch Wavves Play Letterman

Four takeaways from Wavves' performance of the Afraid Of Heights single "Demon To Lean On" on last night's episode of the Late Show With David Letterman, which marked the band's late-night TV debut: 1. Nathan Williams has a better live singing voice than most of us have given him credit for. 2. Some Letterman producer… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 28, 2013 - 9:34 am

Watch Killer Mike And El-P On Letterman

Killer Mike has always been an absolute animal of a live rapper, and he's usually done it with a minimal mic-plus-DJ setup. Last night on the Late Show With David Letterman, though, a full live band, including hook-singer Scar and Mike's buddy El-P on button-mashing duty, turned up to help turn the R.A.P. Music track… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 19, 2013 - 8:57 am

Watch Depeche Mode’s Live On Letterman Webcast

Last night, weathered synth-rock legends Depeche Mode did musical-guest honors on the Late Show With David Letterman, brooding their way through the new single "Heaven." And while they were on the premises, they also recorded a 48-minute concert for the Live On Letterman video series, playing a grip of songs from their new album DeltaMore »

By: Tom Breihan / March 12, 2013 - 9:12 am

Watch Solange Play Letterman

A couple of months ago, Solange put in one of the most memorable Fallon performances in recent memory, high-stepping her way through "Losing You" with Dev Hynes and an impressively choreographed backing band. And last night, she was back on TV with Hynes again, Letterman this time, singing another song from her excellent 2012 EP… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 28, 2013 - 9:09 am

Watch Kendrick Lamar Play Letterman

Last night's late-night TV landscape was awfully heavy on buzzy rap. Fallon, of course, had Tyler, The Creator's triumphant return. And over on the Late Show With David Letterman, the newly minted star Kendrick Lamar showed up to do a Drake-free version of "Poetic Justice," bringing a festival-ready smooth-jazzy live band and some leather pant… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 27, 2013 - 9:34 am
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