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Watch Broken Bells Play Fallon

James Mercer and Danger Mouse stopped by Fallon last night to perform a shimmering, low-key version of “Holding On For Life,” the lead single their second album as Broken Bells. Watch below. More »

By: James Rettig / March 8, 2014 - 4:15 pm

Watch Rick Ross Play The Tonight Show With The Roots

The Devil Is A Lie,” Rick Ross’s new Jay Z collab, is a harder and more anthemic song than either Ross or Jay has any business making at this late-career date. And last night, appearing on Jimmy Fallon’s newly reinvisioned Tonight Show, Ross really did look like the biggest rap star in the world (eve… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 25, 2014 - 9:00 am

How The Roots Got Over

Questlove remembers the exact moment when the Roots became passé. In Mo’ Meta Blues, the memoir he published last year, the renowned drummer, bandleader, producer, DJ, and all-around music geek flashes back to the filming of Michel Gondry’s concert film Dave Chappelle’s Block Party in 2004:… More »

By: Chris DeVille / February 21, 2014 - 4:13 pm

Watch Arcade Fire On The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

Jimmy Fallon’s first week as host of The Tonight Show has been stacked with stars of the rock (U2), pop (Lady Gaga), and country (Tim McGraw) variety. And although some might say they’re “punching above their weight,” Arcade Fire — the festival-headlining possessors of two #1 albums and one Grammy for Album Of The Year… More »

By: Chris DeVille / February 21, 2014 - 7:43 am

Watch U2 Play Jimmy Fallon’s First Tonight Show

Last night was the night Jimmy Fallon finally wrested control of The Tonight Show from Jay Leno’s fierce, demonic clutches. And Fallon’s first musical guest on the show was a big one: U2, there to hype up their forthcoming as-yet-untitled album. The band played two songs, and they did both in notable fashion. For their… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 18, 2014 - 8:51 am

U2, Arcade Fire, Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake Booked For Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon’s First Week

We, as a society, have finally shaken off the grim specter of Jay Leno, who hosted his last Tonight Show last week. Jimmy Fallon will take over the institution and move it back to its original home in New York next week, and The Hollywood Reporter has just pointed out the ridiculously stacked first-week guest… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 10, 2014 - 12:58 pm

Watch Justin Vernon & The Roots Play “Holocene” On Fallon

On Friday night, Justin Vernon sat in with the Roots on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, doing a short and funkily reworked version of Bon Iver’s “Woods” on the show. But as a treat for the live crowd, and for those of us currently watching stuff on the internet, the band also did a full… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 4, 2014 - 4:53 pm

Watch Justin Vernon Sit In With The Roots On Fallon

On Friday night, the guests on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon were David Beckham, Inside Comedy host David Steinberg, Busta Rhymes, and a whole mess of NFL players. But for many of us, the coolest guest on the show was the one quietly blending in with the Roots: Bon Iver frontman Justin Vernon, who i… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 3, 2014 - 10:46 am

Watch ScHoolboy Q Play Fallon

ScHoolboy Q landed on our latest Best Songs Of The Week with “Break The Bank,” but it was another Oxymoron cut, the Chromatics-sampling “Man Of The Year,” that the Black Hippy rapper took to Late Night last night. Watch Q make his network television debut backed by the Roots below. More »

By: Scott Lapatine / January 25, 2014 - 5:48 pm

Watch Disclosure Play Fallon With Sam Smith

Last night, the groups behind two of last year’s best albums showed up on American late-night TV. First, there was Vampire Weekend on Kimmel. Then, there was the two Lawrence brothers of Disclosure, whose LP Settle persistently refuses to get old, making their U.S. TV debut on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. The duo brought… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 21, 2014 - 9:26 am

Watch Drake Play Beer Hockey On Fallon

Last night, Drake was on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, but he wasn’t the musical guest. (That was Neon Trees, which yergh.) He was there for other reasons. Drake is hosting SNL tomorrow night, and so he was skulking around NBC’s Rockefeller Center headquarters anyway, and he’s got a history as a fun Fallon guest. More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 17, 2014 - 9:31 am

Watch Bruce Springsteen Sing “Gov. Christie Traffic Jam” And Talk Horse-Sized Ducks On Fallon

At this point, the best reason to look forward to a new Bruce Springsteen album might be the Springsteen-themed episodes of Late Night With Jimmy Fallon that will inevitably follow. Last time around, Springsteen got a whole week on the show, and it included the famous moment where Springsteen and Fallon’s Neil Young impression duetted… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 15, 2014 - 8:46 am

Watch London Grammar Play Fallon

The silky, restrained British trio London Grammar walks a line between synthpop and R&B that suggests, say, the xx if they spent a year straight listening to nothing but Sade. (They also collaborated with Disclosure on “Help Me Lose My Mind,” which is reason enough to pay attention to them.) And as Americans learned last… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 14, 2014 - 8:47 am

Watch Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings Play Fallon

Just like in last week’s video for “Stranger To Happiness,” Sharon Jones, in the wake of beating cancer, delivered a fantastic performance on Fallon last Friday. You can watch her play the previously released single “Retreat,” which also had this animated video. Watch below. More »

By: Miles Bowe / January 13, 2014 - 10:48 am

Watch Parquet Courts Play Fallon

More than a year ago, the New York-via-Texas DIY band Parquet Courts self-released Light Up Gold, their excellent debut album. It’s a long way from there to a network-television late-night spot, but Parquet Courts have made the journey. Last night, the band made their network-TV debut on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, where they played… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 10, 2014 - 9:02 am

Watch Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks Play Fallon

Today, Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks release Wig Out At Jagbag’s, the first big, important indie rock album of the new years. And last night, they appeared on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon to perform their memory-lane single “Lariat.” Malkmus rocked multiple necklaces and looked elegantly rumpled, his drummer wore a Frasier T-shirt, and the… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 7, 2014 - 9:28 am

Here Are The Musical Sketches From Jimmy Fallon & Justin Timberlake’s Christmas SNL

Christmastime has given us some classic Saturday Night Live episodes over the years. This past weekend’s show, hosted by ex-cast member and future Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon, was not one of the them. Joining Fallon was the dangerously overexposed triple threat Justin Timberlake. It was the highest rated SNL in years, though, and there… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / December 23, 2013 - 12:00 pm

Watch Iron & Wine, Calexico, Kathleen Edwards & Glen Hansard Cover “Fairytale Of New York” On Fallon

Fairytale Of New York,” the 1987 duet from the Pogues and Kirsty MacColl, is the best Christmas song ever recorded, and I will not hear any arguments to the contrary. Last night, a roots-music all-star crew got together on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon to cover the song. Iron And Wine’s Sam Beam sang the… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 12, 2013 - 10:27 am

Watch Mazzy Star Play Fallon

The beloved West Coast psych-goth-folkies Mazzy Star made their grand return this year with Seasons Of Your Day, their first album in 17 years. In turn, last night on Fallon they made their first TV appearance since the ’90s, performing “California” under appropriately moody lighting. Watch it below. More »

By: Chris DeVille / November 26, 2013 - 10:50 am

Watch Sleigh Bells Play Fallon

Sleigh Bells came into this world as a two-piece and played amazing shows for a couple of years as a two-piece, so it’ll always be weird to see them expanding that roster further and further. On Late Night With Jimmy Fallon last night, as on Kimmel last month, the band played with an almost comically… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 22, 2013 - 9:06 am
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