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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 CBS.com 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

Watch Sound City Players And Stevie Nicks On Letterman

Dave Grohl’s Sound City documentary is about to drop, and for its soundtrack, he formed a new band called the Sound City Players and played a bunch of songs with famous friends. Grohl and fellow Nirvana survivors Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear famously debuted their song “Cut Me Some Slack” with Paul McCartney at the… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 15, 2013 - 9:48 am

Watch A$AP Rocky On Letterman With A-Trak, AraabMuzik, DJ Clark Kent

Last night, on the release date of his major label debut Long.Live.A$AP, A$AP Rocky debuted on the Late Show With David Letterman stage in as grand a fashion as possible. Rocky started out his performance perched on a throne, rapping the album’s title track. But after the first chorus, the throne disappeared and revealed a… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 16, 2013 - 9:41 am

Watch Morrissey Play Letterman

Morrissey’s song “Action Is My Middle Name” is a couple of years old now, but he hasn’t gotten around to releasing it yet, since he hasn’t found the right label for whatever new album he might have. Last night, though, Moz sang the song on the Late Show With David Letterman, by way of promoting… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 9, 2013 - 9:55 am

Watch Big Boi On Letterman

Last night, Big Boi played musical guest on the Late Show With David Letterman, surging through “Apple Of My Eye,” a rippling funk track from his new solo album Vicious Lies And Dangerous Rumors. Big Boi brought a full backing band, including the visibly delighted producer Jake Troth, who played gawky, incongruous backup singer. It’… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 3, 2013 - 9:37 am

Watch MNDR On Letterman

Last night, downtown future-popper MNDR was David Letterman’s musical guest. She brought a full string quintet along with her, as well as a percussionist and an electronic-gizmologist. Tom Cruise, also a guest on the show, apparently said nice things about MNDR, and MNDR sang “Feed Me Diamonds,” the title track from her 2012 debut. Watch… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 18, 2012 - 9:56 am

Watch DIIV Do “Doused” On Letterman

Fresh off of walking away with this year’s Best New Artist Gummy Award, DIIV made their network television debut last night with a “Doused.” Dave gives DIIV a “Fantastic.” Watch it below. More »

By: Amrit Singh / December 14, 2012 - 9:56 am

Watch Grizzly Bear Play Letterman

As they did for Colbert and Jools, Grizzly Bear used their opportunity to interface directly with a nation’s insomniacs/next-morning-video-embed-watchers with a performance of “Yet Again” from Shields. This is a logical move; this is the song album’s most ready, able pop moment. Dan’s wearing a comfy looking jacket and Bear’s wearing a very bear-friendly beard. More »

By: Amrit Singh / December 13, 2012 - 9:46 am

Watch Divine Fits Play Letterman

A couple of months ago, the new Britt Daniel/Dan Boeckner/Sam Brown supergroup Divine Fits made their triumphant late-night debut, playing the everliving shit out of the Daniel-sung single “Would That Not Be Nice” on Fallon. On Friday night, they showed up on broadcast television again, and this time Boeckner got to take a turn o… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 19, 2012 - 8:53 am
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