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Watch Holy Ghost! Play Letterman

Holy Ghost! performed “Dumb Disco Ideas” from their new album Dynamics with a full band on last night’s Letterman. Golf claps, Dave, for having an appropriately-named band as the musical guest on your Halloween show. Check out their appearance below. More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / November 1, 2013 - 5:09 pm

Watch King Krule Play Letterman

Last night, Late Show With David Letterman bandleader Paul Shaffer paid tribute to Lou Reed (you can hear a bit of “Walk On The Wild Side” in the video below). And it makes sense that the night’s musical guest was another gnarled, mercurial sing-speaker with a thousand-yard stare and a preference for skronky guitar tunings. More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 29, 2013 - 9:12 am

White Denim – “Looking For A Place To Start”

Austin retro-rockers White Denim deliver psych-funk on “Looking For Place To Start.” It’s a new b-side from the band who will soon release the LP Corsicana Lemonade, featuring previously heard tracks “At Night In Dreams” and the Jeff Tweedy-produced “Pretty Green.” Fans of watery reverb, step right up. Get into the track below. More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / October 21, 2013 - 2:23 pm

Watch Deltron 3030 Play Letterman

Del The Funky Homosapien, Dan The Automator, and Kid Koala’s project Deltron 3030 released their second LP (and first after 13 years) Event II earlier this month, to much rap nerd fanfare. The trio is promoting the record now and appeared on Letterman last night to perform “City Rising From The Ashes” accompanied by a… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / October 16, 2013 - 10:59 am

Watch The Weeknd Play Letterman

You can envy Abel Tesfaye for a lot of reasons, but not for this one: He was trying to make some kind of impact on late-night TV last night, but he was up against Kanye on Kimmel. Still, performing on last night’s episode of the Late Show With David Letterman, Tesfaye made a good go… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 10, 2013 - 9:34 am

Watch Albert Hammond Jr. Play Letterman

Albert Hammond Jr.’s upcoming AHJ EP is out this Tuesday on Cult Records, the label run by Julian Casablancas. The entire EP is now available to stream. In anticipation of the EP’s release as well as an upcoming tour, Albert Hammond Jr. stopped by Letterman last night to play “St. Justice.” Check it out below. More »

By: Liz Pelly / October 5, 2013 - 3:50 am

Watch The Flaming Lips Join Yoko Ono And Plastic Ono Band On Letterman

The Flaming Lips collaborate so widely and so frequently that it’s easy to shrug and move along without investigating when you see their name attached to some new partnership. Well, don’t skip this one. Oklahoma’s foremost psychedelic provocateurs sat in with Yoko Ono And Plastic Ono Band last night on Letterman to perform a versio… More »

By: Chris DeVille / October 3, 2013 - 10:28 am

Watch Kings Of Leon’s Live On Letterman Webcast

Last night, returning Southern rock all-stars Kings Of Leon were musical guests on the Late Show With David Letterman, where they charged through “Don’t Matter,” a meat-and-potatoes rocker from their new album Mechanical Bull. They also played a 46-minute set for the show’s Live On Letterman webcast, playing a bunch of new songs, as well… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 27, 2013 - 10:25 am

Watch Icona Pop Play Letterman

Icona Pop put out their debut album This Is… earlier this week and they stopped by Letterman to perform “All Night,” which also had a music video come out a few weeks ago. The Swedish duo definitely charmed everyone, including Letterman, by the end of the song. It’s clear why — they have musical cho… More »

By: Miles Bowe / September 26, 2013 - 5:35 pm

Watch Janelle Monáe Play Letterman

Janelle Monáe celebrated the release of her sophomore album The Electric Lady by performing her stand-out track “Dance Apocalyptic” on Letterman last night. Monáe’s 8-piece band, all clad in white, accompanied her frenzied performance. In his introduction, Letterman told the audience to, “Get ready, and get ready again” for the spectacle — which included sauntering… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / September 10, 2013 - 11:01 am

Watch TV On The Radio Play Letterman

Late-night TV hosts see hundreds of musical guests come through their studios, so it’s always fun to see when one of them really gets stoked about a band he just saw. (I am not counting Jimmy Fallon in this. Jimmy Fallon is always stoked.) For a prime example of a stoked TV host, watch David… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 6, 2013 - 8:43 am

Watch Passion Pit’s Live On Letterman Webcast

This past weekend, a huge thunderstorm hit Chicago’s North Coast Music Festival, fucking up a bunch of Passion Pit’s gear and forcing the band to turn a few Canadian shows into DJ sets instead. But they got everything working or replaced in time to play their “Constant Conversations” on the Late Show With David LettermanMore »

By: Tom Breihan / September 5, 2013 - 8:53 am

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
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