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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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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'…
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…
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…
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
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…
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 appropriator…
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…
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.
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
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 o…
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."…
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…
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
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…
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 a…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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"…
Amrit Singh | December 13, 2012 - 9:46 am
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