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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. More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 3, 2013

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. More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 18, 2012

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

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… More »

By: Amrit Singh / December 13, 2012

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 tur… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 19, 2012

Watch Dirty Projectors Play Letterman

Last night, Dirty Projectors brought their endlessly tricky chamber-pop to the stage at the Late Show With David Letterman, playing the Swing Lo Magellan single "About To Die" while the classical combo yMusic backed them up. Their intricate, virtuosic live show is, as always, deeply impressive, and I'm pretty sure Letterman's introduction i… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 15, 2012

Watch Soundgarden On Letterman

Soundgarden release their reunion album King Animal today, and they celebrated release date eve by appearing on the Late Show With David Letterman, stomping their way through the single "Been Away Too Long." On the show, they sounded and looked snarly and unkempt in a good way, like the forest-ape grunge band that they… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 13, 2012

Watch Ty Segall On Letterman

Messy San Franciscan garage punk Ty Segall is an unlikely recent entrant into the late-night musical-guest roundtable, and his thrashed-out tantrums will always look pretty incongruous on soundstages. Last night, he had David Letterman grinning with amusement when he and his band bashed out a raucous version of his Twins song "You're The Doctor," which… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 6, 2012

Watch Andrew Bird & Tift Merritt On Letterman

Last night, Andrew Bird stopped by the eerily silent, hurricane-stricken studio at the Late Show With David Letterman, bringing Tift Merritt, his peer in singer-songwriterdom, with him. Bird played fiddle, Merritt played guitar, stand-up bass player Alan Hampton played stand-up bass, and all three of them crowded around a single mic bluegrass-style. They covered Towne… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 31, 2012

Watch Paul Banks On Letterman

New York is, more or less, a terrifying underwater mess right now, but David Letterman still did his show as scheduled last night, and another New Yorker came through as his musical guest. Interpol frontman Paul Banks, who released his solo album Banks last week, performed a dour version of his song "Young Again,"… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 30, 2012

Watch Diamond Rings On Letterman

On Friday night's episode of the Late Show With David Letterman, the glammed-out Toronto synthpopper Diamond Rings made an appearance, performing the anthemic recent single "I'm Just Me." John O'Regan, you will probably not be shocked to learn, has stage presence to burn. Letterman: "Don't look at them lasers!" Watch it below. More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 29, 2012

Watch Miguel On Letterman

Miguel hit The Late Show With David Letterman last night to perform "Adorn," a characteristically solid performance that finds the Letterman camera operators getting a little creative with their filters. Watch it below. More »

By: Corban Goble / October 10, 2012

Watch The Raveonettes Play Letterman

The Raveonettes are evidently so confident in their luxuriant zonked-out glamor that they don't see any reason to stand up when they're on TV. Last night, the band rolled out their Observator single "She Owns The Streets" on the Late Show With David Letterman, and they spent their entire onstage time perched on their… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 5, 2012

Watch The Killers On Letterman

Last night, David Letterman hosted the Killers, who brought "Runaways," their synthed-up Springsteenian juggernaut of a new single, to life in all its absurd, larger-than-life glory. Brandon Flowers brought a new look, one that involved prominent usage of leather jacket and extra waxiness of the face. Drummer Ronnie Vannucci, Jr. deserves extra props for… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 21, 2012

Watch Band Of Horses Play Letterman

Earlier this week, Band Of Horses taped a 45-minute set for the Live On Letterman webcast. And last night, they came through the Late Show itself, playing their surging and relentlessly pleasant new single "Knock Knock." Watch the performance below. More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 20, 2012

Watch Band Of Horses Live From Letterman Webcast

Today, Band Of Horses release their new album Mirage Rock, a satisfyingly fuzzy sunset-rock full-length that moves them back toward the road-trip dependability of their first two albums. And last night, the band taped a 45-minute Live On Letterman webcast. They opened with new single "Knock Knock" and banged out a bunch of… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 18, 2012

Watch Bob Mould Kick Ass On Letterman

If you're a younger guy in a band and you want to feel like a worthless chump, you'd do well to watch underground lifer Bob Mould blaze his way through his recent single "The Descent" on last night's episode of the Late Show With David Letterman. Mould's been at this forever, but he's still… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 5, 2012

Watch The Walkmen On Letterman

I can't think of any good reasons why the Walkmen aren't on TV every week, but when they do show up, I'll take it. Last night, they were on the Late Show With David Letterman, getting all elegantly wry on their great single "Heartbreaker." And, surprise surprise, they were great. Let's see if theseMore »

By: Tom Breihan / August 22, 2012

Watch JEFF The Brotherhood Play Letterman

Last night, Nashville rock outfit JEFF The Brotherhood hit the stage at The Late Show With David Letterman to perform "Sixpack." Jake Orrall wears a dress, among other notable things. Watch it below. More »

By: Corban Goble / July 18, 2012

Watch Nas On Letterman

If you catch Nasir Jones on the right day, he's still pretty much the best-dressed man in rap. Last night on Letterman, the man looked particularly dapper in a Sinatra-on-vacation sort of way, as he led a full band and horn section through "Daughters," the maudlin-but-nice confused-father lament from his new album Life IsMore »

By: Tom Breihan / July 17, 2012
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