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Watch Kings Of Leon Play SNL

Over the weekend, the Southern-rock megastar yarlers Kings Of Leon served as musical guests on Saturday Night Live, where they dutifully banged out “Temple” and “Wait For Me,” two of the songs from their new album Mechanical Bull, without looking especially excited about either of them. As it turns out, performing amidst Christmas decorations i… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 16, 2013 - 10:15 am

Watch HAIM (And An Epic Outfield Tribute) On SNL

The sisters HAIM rocked SNL last night, proving Este Haim’s dream-crushing teacher wrong forever. They performed Days Are Gone jams “The Wire” and “Don’t Save Me” on an episode hosted by Hunger Games star Josh Hutcherson. The band’s appearances weren’t limited to that, though. They also guested in a sketch that paid tribute — i… More »

By: Chris DeVille / November 24, 2013 - 10:13 am

SNL Books Justin Timberlake, Kings Of Leon For December

While last week’s Gagathon was hit or miss, Saturday Night Live should get back on track with a trio of comedic actors returning to host the show’s final episodes of 2013. Paul Rudd’s up 12/7 with musical guest One Direction, John Goodman’s on 12/14 with Kings Of Leon, and cast alum/future Tonight Show host Jimmy… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / November 21, 2013 - 1:02 pm

Watch SNL’s Kim & Kanye Talk Show, The Worst Cover Songs Of All Time, And Lady Gaga & R. Kelly Performance

Tonight’s Saturday Night Live gave us Waking Up With Kimye, a talk show in which Jay Pharaoh and Nasim Pedrad reprised their familiar impressions of shouty Kanye West and whiny Kim Kardashian. Pharoah’s West (which we last saw in his “I Am A Dog” parody) is pretty strong and included some “Black Skinhead”-y yelps to… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / November 17, 2013 - 1:19 am

Watch Eminem Play SNL

Three days before The Marshall Mathers LP 2 officially drops (like a turd, unfortunately), Eminem descended upon SNL to perform lead single “Berzerk” (with Rick Rubin as DJ) and Call Of Duty anthem “Survival” with an assist from Skylar Grey. It was … really something. Check it out below. More »

By: Chris DeVille / November 3, 2013 - 10:18 am

Eminem Loves Cupcakes

Eminem’s last TV appearance was awkward, but he can redeem himself this weekend when he performs on Saturday Night Live. In these promos for the episode, the rapper gets some laughs playing on his tough-guy persona, opposite host Kerry Washington and cast member Nasim Pedrad. Spoiler alert: he loves cupcakes. More »

By: Scott Lapatine / October 31, 2013 - 7:17 pm

HAIM To Play SNL Next Month

Pop-rock sister act HAIM, the heroes of 2013’s festival season and the band behind our Album Of The Week at the start of this month, have been announced as the musical guests on Saturday Night Live 11/23, with Hunger Games: Catching Fire’s Josh Hutcherson as host. Lady Gaga will be the host and musical guest… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / October 31, 2013 - 4:52 pm

Watch Janelle Monáe Play SNL

Janelle Monáe made her Saturday Night Live debut last night, performing “Dance Apocalyptic” as well as the title track from her latest album, The Electric Lady. Watch both performances below. And in case you missed it, check out the new video for “PrimeTime” (featuring Miguel) that Monáe released earlier this month. More »

By: Liz Pelly / October 27, 2013 - 6:01 am

Watch Arcade Fire On SNL: “Reflektor,” “Afterlife,” And “New Cast Member Or Arcade Fire?”

Arcade Fire’s James Murphy-produced double LP Reflektor is just one month away, and tonight the band returned to SNL for their first television appearance (and first live gig outside of those secret Salsathèque shows) in support of the album. Before performing the monstrous new single “Reflektor” with Colin Stetson and Owen Pallett, they appeared i… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / September 29, 2013 - 12:40 am

Watch Tina Fey And Arcade Fire In SNL’s Season Premiere Promos

This weekend’s 39th season premiere of Saturday Night Live will mark Tina Fey’s fourth time hosting and Arcade Fire’s fourth time as musical guests. We’ve only heard one song from Reflektor so that means we’ll hear an Arcade Fire song for the first time on the broadcast. SNL will have some firsts, too: Cecily Strong… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / September 27, 2013 - 9:37 am

NBC Airing Arcade Fire Concert Special After SNL Premiere

We learned last week that Arcade Fire has a penchant for lingering — here’s a new song, oh and here’s an interactive video for the song, and, hey, here’s the actual clip we made for the song. The band will be the musical guests on the season premiere of Saturday Night Live on 9/28, and… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / September 16, 2013 - 1:06 pm

Arcade Fire To Play SNL Premiere

In the most straight-forward Arcade Fire news we’ve received recently, it’s been announced that the band will perform on this season’s premiere of Saturday Night Live. The episode will be broadcast on 9/28 and will be hosted by Tina Fey. Future hosts and musical guests include Miley Cyrus, who will perform both duties on 10/5,… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / September 9, 2013 - 11:45 am

Watch Fred Armisen’s SNL Farewell With Carrie Brownstein, Kim Gordon, J Mascis, Aimee Mann

It seems Fred Armisen is leaving Saturday Night Live. In addition to two epic Kanye West performances, last night’s episode featured a super-group of indie rock stars joining Armisen on stage for what appeared to be a send-off. Armisen played his punk character Ian Rubbish, leading a band featuring two other departing SNL players Bill… More »

By: Liz Pelly / May 19, 2013 - 11:55 am

Watch Kanye West Do “Black Skinhead” & “New Slaves” On SNL

Kanye West took the stage at Saturday Night Live last night to debut an aggressive new track, “Black Skinhead.” He also performed “New Slaves,” a song West debuted on Friday. The songs will appear on his next record, Yeezus. More »

By: Liz Pelly / May 19, 2013 - 11:24 am

Watch Vampire Weekend Return To SNL

Modern Vampires Of The City is out 5/14 on XL. Last night in advance of its release, the band returned to Saturday Night Live to perform “Diane Young” and “Unbelievers.” Watch it below. And in case you missed it, check out this week’s Premature Evaluation of the album. More »

By: Liz Pelly / May 12, 2013 - 10:39 am

Download The Best Of Ian Rubbish & The Bizarros

A couple weeks back, soon after the passing of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, we were introduced to Ian Rubbish & The Bizarros, via the SNL sketch History Of Punk. The fictional band featured Fred Armisen as a Johnny Rotten-esque punk rocker with one crucial difference: Where Rotten was a public opponent of Thatcher,… More »

By: Michael Nelson / April 30, 2013 - 3:21 pm

Kanye West, Vampire Weekend Booked For SNL Next Month

Steve Buscemi besties Vampire Weekend and daddy-to-be Kanye West have been announced as the last two musical guests for this season of Saturday Night Live. The Vamps will appear on the show on 5/11 with host Kristin Wiig, who only left her post as cast member last season. West will perform on the following week’… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / April 26, 2013 - 1:50 pm

Watch SNL’s Pro-Thatcher Punk History Sketch

In real life, the Sex Pistols were no fans of Margaret Thatcher, but in the wake of the former prime minister’s passing, this weekend’s SNL re-imagined a world in which Johnny Rotten (or a thinly veiled composite) had a great big soft spot for the Iron Lady. In the SNL sketch, a mockumentary series called… More »

By: Michael Nelson / April 15, 2013 - 1:09 pm

Watch Miguel Kick Ass On SNL

Saturday night marked Miguel’s ascendance to SNL musical-guest status, and if this had happened a year ago, he would’ve sung a hook for the Lonely Island, guaranteed. Instead, he rocked a rockabilly-pimp look that very few human beings could pull off, he sang a slickly jazzy version of “Adorn” and an unpredictably Princely psych-rock renditio… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 15, 2013 - 9:34 am

Watch Phoenix Return To SNL

In advance of Bankrupt!‘s release, Phoenix are spending the weekend in NY. On Friday they played Music Hall of Williamsburg, and last night they returned to Saturday Night Live, where they played three songs back in ’09. The band recently discussed how that came about with EW:… More »

By: Liz Pelly / April 7, 2013 - 9:01 am
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