Posted: May 21, 2015
Swedish act The Tallest Man on Earth visited Conan last night for a terrific performance “Sagres” off recently released album Dark Bird is Home.
Earlier in the episode, O’Brien actually encouraged viewers to switch the channel to watch David Letterman’s final show.
“I haven’t done that in all my years on the air, but tonight, this is a worthwhile thing to do,” said O’Brien. “It’s 11:35. Record us, but switch to Dave!”
So for those who followed his instructions and missed the Kristian Matsson-led band, check it out below to see O’Brien also give some props to Matsson’s 12-string Gretsch Chet Atkins Country Gentlemen.
Posted: April 28, 2015
New York-based band Interpol rocked the main stage during back-to-back weekends at Coachella earlier this month. The festival has posted a few of those clips in “Everything is Wrong” and “All the Rage Back Home.”
Watch both below.
Posted: April 21, 2015
But as Whitehorse, they have been rightfully gaining buzz this year with the February release of third album Leave No Bridge Unburned.
And to support the release, the husband-and-wife duo recently recorded a First Play Live session for CBC Music.
The intimate set took place in a brewery in downtown Toronto, and it was perfect to capture Whitehorse’s folksy blues. With Doucet and McClelland utilizing drums, bass, guitar, percussion and a looper, it was impressive how big the sound could get in a live environment.
For a look at the sessions, watch clips of Whitehorse playing “Tame as the Wild Ones” and “You Get Older” below.
Posted: April 12, 2015
It was no surprise that Irish singer/songwriter Hozier played his Grammy-nominated single “Take Me to Church” during his phenomenal set at Coachella on Saturday.
But he did have one big surprise up his sleeve. After he got the massive crowd in front of the festival’s main stage to sing “Happy Birthday” to bassist Alex Ryan, Hozier then called out Haim bassist Este Haim to join him for a spirited rendition of “Jungle Love” from the Time.
Haim – the woman, not her sisterly band – not only pitched in on vocals, but she also gamely executed the signature dance Time frontman Morris Day made famous in the movie Purple Rain.
But Hozier’s evening was also filled with gems from his own catalog. Yes, there was a rousing rendition of the aforementioned “Take Me to Church” that had nearly everybody in the audience singing along, but he also showed his R&B, soul and rock roots with an eclectic mix of songs.
Backed by a five-piece band and two backup singers, Hozier treated fans to a little R&B early on, kicking off his show with “Angel of Small Death and the Codeine Scene” and “Jackie and Wilson.”
Hozier adopted a bluegrass vibe with “Like Real People Do,” pulling out a resonator and performing the first part of the song solo before he was joined by his fellow musicians.
He even got the sun-baked audience to noodle in the grassy grounds of the Empire Polo Club with an extra-danceable version of “Someone New,” giving the hit a refreshing breath of life in a live environment.
When it was time for “Take Me to Church,” tons of fans had their smartphones primed to film what is always a spiritual moment. The song reached the heavens during the chorus, which had the help of not only Hozier’s backup vocalists, but also the thousands of people adding to the beautiful song.
It was truly a moment to appreciate.
Posted: April 6, 2015
Alternative country and indie rock recently came together when Houndmouth stopped by The Late Show with David Letterman, as the New Albany, Ind., quartet put on a raucous performance of new single “Sedona.”
The track, which comes off latest album Kintsugi, starts out with a little twang from frontman Matt Myers and his Gretsch White Falcon, but soon the entire group comes together with crashing cymbals and soaring four-part harmonies.
Watch Houndmouth’s late-night appearance in the clip below and click here for a list of the band’s upcoming tour dates.
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