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Watch Cults Play Leno

Last month, the New York indie-not-indie pop duo Cults released Static, their sophomore album. And last night, they were Jay Leno’s musical guests on The Tonight Show. Performing the single “High Road” on a stage strewn with staticky TV sets, they pulled off the near-impossible feat of bringing some semblance of atmosphere to that antiseptic… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 13, 2013 - 9:34 am

Watch Empire Of The Sun Play Leno

Empire Of The Sun have made a name for themselves with their absurdly theatrical live shows. They brought that huge performance by The Tonight Show on Friday, and you can stream it now. You’ll have to click through to the last section of the video (and sit through a couple ads) which is roughly 36:30. More »

By: Miles Bowe / November 4, 2013 - 10:35 am

Watch She & Him Play Leno

She & Him write some pretty simple songs, but when they rolled through The Tonight Show last night, they had a whole lot of help in playing one of them. Playing “I’ve Got Your Number, Son,” one of the songs from their new Volume 3, Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward had help from five backu… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 7, 2013 - 11:19 am

Watch Shout Out Louds Play Leno

Sweden’s Shout Out Louds performed on last night’s Leno to promote their album Optica. Following interviews with guests Tyler Perry and Isla Fischer, the band performed album cut “Walking In Your Footsteps.” Check it out below. More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / May 24, 2013 - 12:04 pm

Watch The-Dream & Kelly Rowland Play Leno

The-Dream’s new album IV Play is now a week away from release, and on its latest single, the slippery but heartfelt “Where Have You Been,” he teams up with the former Destiny’s Child singer Kelly Rowland. Both singers showed up on The Tonight Show last night to perform the song and to show surprising level… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 21, 2013 - 11:08 am

Watch Tegan And Sara Play Leno

On last night’s Tonight Show, Tegan And Sara showed up to give a spirited rendition of “Closer,” the dance-pop hit from their very good new album Heartthrob. On the show, Tegan, Sara, and their backing band all made a clear and noise-free visual statement in favor of marriage equality, wearing pink stage clothes and displaying… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 12, 2013 - 3:54 pm

Watch Father John Misty Play Leno

Last night, The Tonight Show had a rather unlikely musical guest: The debonair and dark-hearted self-made singer-songwriter Father John Misty, who should probably never appear anywhere that well-lit. In his FJM alter-ego, J. Tillman cranked out a rollicking version of “I’m Writing A Novel,” one of the many highlights from his Fear Fun album. Give… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 28, 2013 - 11:01 am

Watch Diamond Rings On Leno

Last night, Canadian synth-glam sprite Diamond Rings followed up his appearance on Letterman by visiting The Tonight Show, once again playing recent single “I’m Just Me.” John O’Regan’s whole future-pop visage fit in surprisingly well with all the pink neon in Jay Leno’s set. Watch it below. More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 8, 2012 - 11:37 am

Watch Grizzly Bear Play The Tonight Show

Jay Leno isn’t especially known for his support of ornately composed indie-folk, so it was a bit weird to see him hosting Grizzly Bear on last night’s episode of The Tonight Show. But that’s the world we live in now, and the band stepped up, playing the beautifully tangled Shields cut “Speak In Rounds” with… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 12, 2012 - 8:52 am

Watch The Gaslight Anthem Play Leno

On last night’s episode of The Tonight Show, a particularly rumpled-looking Gaslight Anthem invaded Jay Leno’s bright neon-pastel set to growl out “Here Comes My Man,” one of the highlights from their strong new album Handwritten. Leno, who I’m starting to sort of like after his Louie story arc, was awfully personable. Watch it below. More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 3, 2012 - 10:17 am

Watch The Smashing Pumpkins Play Leno

Last night on The Tonight Show, the Smashing Pumpkins came through and played “The Celestials,” the stately and slow-building alt-rock ballad from their new album Oceania. This being my first glimpse of the live reconstituted Pumpkins in a while, I have to say that they sounded like a pretty kickass arena band. Watch the performance… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 24, 2012 - 9:23 am

Watch Beirut On The Tonight Show

If anyone tuned in early to see Barack Obama on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon last night, they got a nice little surprise: Beirut ending The Tonight Show with a floating-above-trees rendition of “Santa Fe.” You can say many things about Jay Leno, and most of them will be true, but give the man this:… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 25, 2012 - 10:13 am

Watch Feist Play Leno

Feist stopped by The Tonight Show With Jay Leno last night to play Metals cut “The Bad In Each Other.” Watch it below. More »

By: Corban Goble / April 13, 2012 - 11:16 am

Watch Tennis Play Leno

Last night, Denver indie duo Tennis played Young & Old standout “Origins” on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno. Watch the performance below. More »

By: Corban Goble / March 22, 2012 - 9:26 am

Watch Iron & Wine On The Tonight Show

Last night, Iron & Wine’s Sam Beam brought his voluminous beard and his expansive backing band to the stage of The Tonight Show to perform “Flightless Bird, American Mouth (Wedding Version),” his contribution to the new Twilight movie soundtrack. Weirdly enough, it’s actually Beam’s second time doing a version of that song for Jay Leno… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 1, 2011 - 5:14 pm

She & Him Do “Christmas Waltz” For Leno

Desperate to one-up Das Racist — just kidding, though I would love to work on a She & Him/Das Racist post for Where’s The Beef at some point — She & Him took “The Christmas Waltz” to The Tonight Show With Jay Leno last night. Watch the performance after the jump. More »

By: Corban Goble / November 29, 2011 - 9:45 am

Fountains Of Wayne Hit The Tonight Show

Yesterday, we premiered the video for “Someone’s Gonna Break Your Heart,” the new single from power-pop lifers Fountains Of Wayne. And last night, the band appeared on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno to perform the song. Watch it below. More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 13, 2011 - 10:43 am

TVOTR Bring “Second Song” To Leno

Always-torchbearing Brooklyn rockers TVOTR returned to TV to hit up “Second Song” on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno. This is where about a year ago there’d be a Jay Leno joke, but now those just make me sad. Nice performance, though! More »

By: Corban Goble / October 3, 2011 - 1:57 pm

Lykke Li Does “Youth Knows No Pain” On Leno

Tomorrow night she’s in Chicago for Li-lapalooza (tried to resist that and failed), last night Lykke did Leno. Here’s her take on Wounded Rhymes’ “Youth Knows No Pain” on Leno, with many similarly dressed people onstage. More »

By: Amrit Singh / August 5, 2011 - 1:35 pm

The Antlers Do “Every Night My Teeth Are Falling Out” On Leno

The Antlers made their national television debut on Jay Leno last night with a stylish tree-lined version of Burst Apart’s “Every Night My Teeth Are Falling Out.” It may very well be the only time you see them on stage with Justin Timberlake. More »

By: brandon / June 24, 2011 - 12:58 pm
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