Yesterday Arcade Fire stopped by Later… With Jools Holland to perform a few songs off of Reflektor. Naturall, they had to perform “You Already Know” so Jools himself could kick off the intro as he does on the song. That was pretty cool in itself. They also performed “Normal Person.”
Last week they warmed up for the tour with a performance on Conan, the first time the band’s original lineup has played together since 1996. They played “Seether” of course, and it hard. They seemed to have a lot of fun doing it, which is always good to see.
She played both “Digital Witness” and “Birth In Reverse” off of this year’s self-titled album. It was awesome to see her rocking the stage, doing her thing in front of a national audience. SNL alum Andy Samberg was the host.
The Walkmen’s frontman Hamilton Leithauser is releasing his debut album Black Hours on June 2 via Ribbon Music. Last week he stopped by Conan to perform a great rendition of it’s first single “Alexandra.”
Last week Parquet Courts stopped by Late Night With Seth Myers to play new track “Black and White” which is off their upcoming album Sunbathing Animal (hear the title track here).
I heard them play the track earlier this year when they played at The Acheron in Brooklyn and it sounded just as fierce as it does on the Myers performance, only they have Fred Armisen (Myers bandleader) help out on guitar towards the end, which was very cool.
To support it they stopped by Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show to perform “This Is The Last Time”, one of the many highlights off last year’s Trouble Will Find Me. They are supported by a string section, which only heightened the already mighty live version of the song.
That’s what I said out loud when I read that The National were booked as the musical guests on the March 8 episode of Saturday Night Live. Lena Dunham of Girls will be the host.
After all these years, it feels like a victory to see the band booked for SNL. They sure do deserve it. It will continue to push them towards a much bigger audience, something that they’ve been growing steadily with every year it seems.
No one deserves this more. Be sure to tune in or set your DVR’s. This is going to be awesome.
The other night Little Dragon stopped by the Late Show with David Letterman to perform their new single “Klapp Klapp.” It’s off their upcoming album Nabuma Ruberband. The performance was great, sounding just as awesome as the recorded version of the track.