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Tom Hanks on Dave's final 'Late Night' show in 1993
Tom Hanks

David Letterman's final night as host of The Late Show is May 20 and EW points out the show has announced many of its big final guests, which include a rare performance and interview with Tom Waits on May 14. Elvis Costello, who's about to tour with Steely Dan, will be stopping by at some point too, as will Bill Murray (who was Letterman's first guest on both his NBC and CBS shows), Jerry Seinfeld, Steve Martin, Alec Baldwin, Robert Downey Jr., Will Ferrell, Don Rickles, Tina Fey, George Clooney, Oprah Winfrey, Howard Stern, and Tom Hanks who was Dave's guest on the final night of NBC's Late Night With David Letterman. That show also featured a surprise appearance by Bruce Springsteen doing "Glory Days." Springsteen has not been announced in the list of final performances, but maybe he'll do it again? More still to be announced.

Letterman, who used to do on-the-street interviews all the time in the early days of his NBC shows, recently appeared on Billy on the Street to ask New Yorkers what his next move should be. You can watch that, and a vintage Letterman "Tour of 46th St" bit, below...

Continue reading "David Letterman's last show is May 20; guests for final month include Tom Waits, Bill Murray, Jerry Seinfeld & lots more"

Fat White Family on Letterman
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Fat White Family were in NYC this week, playing a sold-out late show on Tuesday (3/31) at Mercury Lounge (how was that show?), and then made their network television debut on The Late Show with David Letterman on Thursday (4/2). "You don't see that every night!" chuckled Dave after their performance of "Is It Raining in Your Mouth?" which was fairly restrained for the Fat Whites, but probably crazier that what you normally see on Letterman. Check out the video below.

Fat White Family will be touring North America again in about a month, including another NYC show: April 30 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets are still available. That's right before they head to Austin's Levitation Festival. Updated dates are listed, along with the Letterman video, below...

Continue reading "Fat White Family played Mercury Lounge & performed "Is It Raining in Your Mouth?" on 'Letterman' (watch)"

words and photo by Melissa Presti

Death Cab

Death Cab for Cutie have an upcoming tour with The Antlers in support of their forthcoming album Kintsugi, but ahead of all that they squeezed in a last-minute, intimate one-off at NYC's Music Hall of Williamsburg on Wednesday (1/28) with Say Hi.

The 90 minute set was a showcase of all the Death Cab hits and favorites, and a peek at a few impressive sounding tracks from Kintsugi. "Black Sun", "The Ghosts of Beverly Drive", and "No Room in Frame" (all three of which were debuted in Seattle a week earlier) gave the impression that even for an eighth studio album, Death Cab is still reinventing themselves, this time with more electronic textures and synths in the mix.
Ben Gibbard apologized for the album delay, citing "we had a lot of shit going on" -- perhaps referring to personal relationships, his solo release, his reunion tour with The Postal Service, or most likely the departure of Chris Walla. Ben made the round of introductions between songs, making sure the crowd knew Dave Depper (on guitar/keyboards) and Zac Rae (keyboards) were more than qualified to step in and keep the band's nostalgic sound intact.

Before the night ended, Ben announced the next time they would play in New York would be at Madison Square Garden - encouraging everyone to tell their friends. "Seriously, tell your friends...it's a huge place." Stay tuned for more info on that.

The following night, Death Cab appeared on Letterman to perform "Black Sun." Watch that, plus videos and the setlist from MHOW, below...

Continue reading "Death Cab for Cutie played MHOW and 'Letterman' (videos and setlist); next NYC show will be Madison Square Garden"

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I guess I didn't have to cancel the show at MSG tonight. I don't blame the mayor. That storm was a monster. We got lucky. When you consider the action taken by the government of entire north east, they got it right. To expect accuracy from each individual mayor is just too much. For us in New York and us in my house and us at MSG it was overblown. But if you expand that 'us' to everyone in the path is the storm, they were spot on. My family in Boston is part of us for me. So that's how I look at it.
While Winter Storm Juno wasn't quite the blizzard in New York City as predicted, tonight's Louis CK show is still canceled. You can fill that void, though, with Louis' new comedy special, Live at the Comedy Store, which was filmed last month at the famous LA spot, and just went up on his website:
I developed and prepared this material over the last year or so, mostly in comedy clubs. This special kind of goes back to when I used to just make noises and be funny for no particular reason. It felt right to shoot this special in a club to give it that live immediate intimate feeling. The show is about an hour long. The opening act, who is seen at the beginning (good place for an opening act) is Jay London. One of my favorite club comics going way back to the late 80s when I first started in working in New York.

I hope you like it.

Louis CK Live at the Comedy Store is available now for five bucks.

Louis talked about his new special, the blizzard, doing big shows like his MSG run, and other stuff on The Late Show with David Letterman last night. Video of that, below...

Continue reading "Louis CK talked blizzard and MSG on 'Letterman' (watch), released new comedy special on his website"

photo: Shakey Graves in Prospect Park in 2014 (more by Chris La Putt)
Shakey Graves

Austin folk singer Shakey Graves will be doing some extensive touring this year, hitting multiple festivals including Bonnaroo and Mountain Jam. The tour begins with a show in his hometown on January 31 with an amazing lineup of Jenny Lewis and tUnE-yArDs, and includes a run with South Carolina country singer Nikki Lane that hits NYC on March 26 at Irving Plaza. TIckets for that show go on sale at 10 AM today (1/16). All dates are listed below.

Shakey Graves also confirmed that he'll make one of the final musical guest appearances on Letterman, on February 13. Hist most recent album, And The War Came, came out last year on Dualtone Records, and he put out the video for its song "Dearly Departed" (dir. CJ Vinson) earlier this month. Watch that, with a stream of the record, and the list of dates, below...

Continue reading "Shakey Graves touring w/ Nikki Lane before Bonnaroo and other fests (dates & video)"

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Sleater-Kinney's new album No Cities to Love comes out next week (1/20) via Sub Pop, and they're currently in NYC doing some promotion for it. Last night they played The Late Show with David Letterman, performing "A New Wave" off the new album. If you're wondering who the fourth member of the band is, that's Katie Harkin of UK band Sky Larkin who will be playing guitars and keyboards for their upcoming tour. Watch the video of that performance below.

They'll be hanging around tonight (1/16) to be interviewed by Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson of Broad City on NPR. If you missed it, yesterday a video came out of Andy Samberg, Gerard Way, Ellen Page, Sarah Silverman, Miranda July, J Mascis and other famous people singing the title track of their new album. Check that out here.

Letterman video below...

Continue reading "Sleater-Kinney played "A New Wave" on 'Letterman' (watch); Katie from Sky Larkin is the band's fourth member for the tour"

Darlene Love

Darlene Love gave her annual performance of "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" on the Late Show on Thursday (12/18). She's been doing it since 1986, but says with David Letterman retiring from the Late Show it would be her last for television. She told him, "I would never sing it again on another show. This is where it began. But I will sing the song again." Watch Darlene's performance and her interview with Letterman below.

Darlene also played one of her annual Christmas shows at BB King's the following night (12/19), and as discussed, she has three more coming up. She'll return to the NYC venue on December 26, 27 and January 2. Tickets for all three shows are still available.

She has a few dates in other cities in early 2015 too, including West Point, NY and Englewood, NJ. All of those are listed, with the Letterman videos, below...

Continue reading "Darlene Love played "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" on 'Late Show' for the last time; 3 BB King's shows coming up"

Wu-Tang

RZA, who wants you to go vegan, posted to his Facebook this afternoon:

In enlightenment of what is going on in our country and around the world, Wu Tang Clan realize the voice of hip hop must be heard. Today on this Wu Wednesday, a special world priemere of the title track off our new album "A Better Tomrrow" will be released at 3:36p EST."
The song's arrived a little earlier than planned and you can listen to it over at Pitchfork.

A Better Tomorrow is due out next week (12/2) via Warner Bros. Meanwhile, their other new album, Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, doesn't have an exact release date, though you might never hear it anyway.

Wu-Tang also played "Ruckus In B Minor" from A Better Tomorrow on Letterman last night. You can watch that performance below...

Continue reading "Wu-Tang Clan streaming "A Better Tomorrow" (listen), played 'Letterman' (watch)"

FJM

Former Fleet Fox Josh Tillman has announced his second Father John Misty album, following his 2012 debut, Fear Fun. It's called I Love You, Honeybear and will be out on February 10 via Sub Pop. It was produced by Josh himself along with Jonathan Wilson, mixed by Phil Ek, and mastered by Greg Calbi, all of whom also worked on Fear Fun. Last night (11/3) he debuted its song "Bored in the USA" on the "Late Show with David Letterman," backed by an orchestra. You can watch that video and check out the LP tracklist below. Album artwork above.

FJM will support the new album on a tour with a 7-piece band around its release. That includes a run with The Entrance Band's Guy Blakeslee that hits NYC on February 12 at Rough Trade NYC and February 14 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for those shows will be on sale soon via Ticketmaster.

All dates are listed, with the 'Letterman' video and LP tracklist, below...

Continue reading "Father John Misty announces new LP, 'I Love You, Honeybear,' played a new song on 'Letterman,' announces tour"

Killer

Rock n' roll founding father Jerry Lee Lewis just turned 79 but is still going strong, having just released a new album, Rock & Roll Time, this week (10/27). The record features a bevy of guest stars, including Stones guitarists Keith Richards and Ron Wood, Neil Young, Robbie Robertson, Shelby Lynne, and songs include covers of Johnny Cash ("Folsom Prison Blues"), Bob Dylan ("Stepchild"), Lynyrd Skynyrd ("Mississippi Kid"), Chuck Berry ("Little Queenie," "Promised Land"), Jimmie Rodgers ("Blues Like Midnight") and more. You can stream the whole thing via Rdio below.

There's also a new biography on Killer, titled Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story, out this week as well. He's in NYC as we speak, celebrating the release of both tonight (10/29) at BB King Blues Club. Tickets are still available. You may have seen Jerry sitting in with Paul Schaffer on Letterman this past Monday (10/27).

Jerry Lee Lewis has a couple other select dates on his calendar. All are listed, along with the new album stream, below...

Continue reading "Jerry Lee Lewis released new album (listen) and book, playing BB King's tonight & other dates"

RTJ at Lollapalooza 2014 (more by James Richards IV)
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Run the Jewels, aka El-P and Killer Mike, gave away downloads of their new album for free last week. Now it's officially released physically and as a deluxe version on iTunes which includes the bonus track "Blockbuster Night Pt. 2" which features Despot and Wiki of Ratking. You can stream that below.

RTJ are celebrating the new release on Wednesday (10/29) at Rough Trade with a big event that begins at 6:30 PM and includes "an album play-through, a meet and greet, poster giveaways, and more." The first 20 people to get in will also gain entry to a private event happening afterwards that includes "a brief Q&A session with the group and Mass Appeal's Sacha Jenkins," followed by a screening of NYC classic The Warriors at nearby Nitehawk Cinema. Another way to get into that screening/Q&A is by entering our contest to win a pair of tickets. Details below.

They'll also be performing "Early" on the 'Late Show With David Letterman' this week with Boots, who also appears on the album version of the track. That airs on Halloween.

Halloween is also when their tour begins in Philly. It then hits Fun Fun Fun Fest, which goes down in Austin from November 7-9. Check out the schedule.

After FFF, they play NYC on November 29 at Stage 48 with Ratking and Despot. Tickets for that show are still available and we're also giving away a pair. Details below.

Continue reading "Run the Jewels release LP bonus track, celebrating at Rough Trade (win tix to afterparty Q&A/screening & Stage 48 show)"

photos by David Andrako

Danny Clinch / Perry Farrell @ McKittrick Hotel -- 10/13/2014
Danny Clinch Book Release Party - McKittrick Hotel
Danny Clinch Book Release Party - McKittrick Hotel

Famous music photographer Danny Clinch celebrated the release of his new photo book Still Moving with a star-studded, John Varvatos-hosted party and show at Sleep No More home McKittrick Hotel last night (10/13). The private event featured Danny's band Tangiers Blues Band as a house band, and they were joined by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band for most of the set. Special guest performers included Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins (in town promoting the new Foo Fighters stuff), Perry Farrell (in town doing Jane's Addiction stuff as part of CBGB Festival), Zac Brown (playing with the Foo Fighters on Letterman this week), Roy Bittan (E Street Band), Jesse Malin, and Jon Herrington. Courtney Love and Michael Stipe were in the crowd, but didn't perform. Pictures from the event and a video teaser Danny made for the book are in this post.

Foo Fighters also began their week-long residency on The Late Show with David Letterman last night, playing a cover of Black Sabbath's "War Pigs" with Zac Brown (who appears on their new album). You can watch the video of that below. While they're in town, they've got a secret late-night thing going on tonight (10/14) which they ran a contest for last week. Anyone win a ticket? Anyone know what/where it will be?

More pictures and those videos, below...

Continue reading "Danny Clinch celebrated his new book @ McKittrick w/ Dave Grohl, Perry Farrell, more; Foo Fighters covered Sabbath"

A little Depp'll do ya: Ryan & Johnny in London last night (via)
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Ryan Adams has added a couple NYC shows to his upcoming fall tour, playing solo acoustic at Carnegie Hall on November 15 & 17. Tickets for both Carnegie shows go on sale Wednesday (9/24) at 11 AM with a fan presale beginning Monday (9/22) at 11 AM with the password GIM20459. Both those shows are with Butch Walker who is also playing Ryan's two full-band shows at Hammerstein Ballroom on November 22 (sold out) and November 23 (tickets) and most of the tour. Updated dates are listed below.

Currently on tour in the UK, Ryan played London's Shepherd's Bush Empire last night (9/18) and brought out celebrity guest guitarist Johnny Depp for "Kim" and a cover of Danzig's "Mother." You can watch video of both those below.

Last week, Ryan was in NYC for an appearance on The Late Show with Davd Letterman, performing "Gimme Something Good" from his new eponymous album. Video of that is below as well. He also joined Bob Mould on stage a day earlier.

Continue reading "Ryan Adams had Johnny Depp onstage in London, covered Danzig (watch); adds 2 solo Carnegie Hall shows to tour"

Ryan Adams

Ryan Adams will release his fourteenth solo album this week (9/10). You can stream it at NPR. He's in NYC this week and will play The Late Show with David Letterman on Thursday (9/11). Ryan's on tour this fall, which will wrap up with two nights at NYC's Hammerstein Ballroom on November 22 & 23. Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday (9/12) at noon with a Citi Cardmember presale starting Tuesday (9/9) at 11 AM.

All dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Ryan Adams releasing new LP, playing 'Letterman' this week, touring this fall, including 2 nights at Hammerstein (dates)"

photos by Mimi Hong

Conor Oberst, Dawes & Larkin Poe @ Summerstage -- 7/29/14
Conor Oberst
Conor Oberst

"Each stage of Oberst's career is intentionally different than previous iterations (we are talking about the guy that released an electronic and acoustic album on the same day), but Dawes and the others had no problems keeping true to their spirit. The organ from "If The Brakeman Turns My Way" was spot on, and the strings and brass nicely accompanied their respective songs. Once again, Goldsmith deserves a special mention for his guitar playing that at times was reminiscent of Mark Knopfler's during the 80s.

The encore consisted of two of the five tracks from I'm Wide Awake played that night, and both were smart choices. First was "Lua", played with minimal backing and ended with another trumpet on solo by Walcott, a performance that I will certainly not forget, it was moving and sweet; a beautiful coda on an already beautiful song. And lastly there was "Another Travelin' Song," a song that speaks for itself."
[Pancakes and Whiskey]

Conor Oberst (now past fake rape accusations) and Dawes are no strangers to supergroups and collaborations. In addition to Bright Eyes and the Mystic Valley Band, Oberst has been known to team up with M. Ward, Mike Mogis and My Morning Jacket's Jim James as Monsters of Folk. John McCauley of Deer Tick and Matthew Vasquez of Delta Spirit joined Taylor and Griffin Goldsmith of Dawes to play as Middle Brother. Pretty cool to now see another variation of all this folk and country tinged rock n' roll with the joining of Conor and Dawes on this current tour, where Dawes is both opening and backing Conor.

Last week that tour hit Central Park Summerstage (a venue that Dawes have also headlined) for a big NYC show one day after the boys (and sister duo Larkin Poe who were are also in Conor's band) hit Letterman to perform "Hundreds of Ways" off Conor's new album Upside Down Mountain (out now via Nonesuch). A day before that they were all at Newport Folk Fest for a 12 song set that you can listen to at NPR.

Letterman video and more pictures from Central Park, along with setlists, are below...

Continue reading "Conor Oberst & Dawes played Letterman, Newport Folk Fest & Central Park Summerstage (pics, video, stream, setlist)"

photos by Chris La Putt and P Squared Photography; words by Chris La Putt

Sturgil Simpsons @ Joe's Pub 7/15/2015 (by Chris); backstage w/ Byrne
Sturgill Simpson
Sturgill Simpson

While listening to Sturgill Simpson sing about Buddha, turtles, and DMT at the first of his first two sold-out shows at Joe's pub last night, I was reminded of a song by another Texas country band -- Eleven Hundred Springs -- called "Long haired hippies freaks." Looking at Sturgill's new album, Metamodern Sounds In Country Music, that description is not far off. Yet, this is what the outlaw country of Billie Joe Shaver, Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson eschewed in their songs. Sturgill's album is not the typical one you hear coming out of Nashville these days, and he makes no qualms about that. He hasn't gotten praise from that music scene but rather from the likes of Daytrotter, NPR, Fader, and even Rolling Stone (though Joseph Hudak was once managing editor Country Weekly magazine). Even the ubiquitous New Yorker, David Byrne, is a fan and was seen tapping his foot at Joe's Pub after meeting with Sturgill at his show. Sturgill said, "I almost pooped myself" (or something to that effect) when he saw the onetime Talking Heads singer backstage.

Yet, his songs transcend the generic outlaw country themes, particularly "Just Let Go" in which he croons out about how he's going to "transmigrate" to some otherworldy destination that's inexplicably beautiful. Maybe he was high on ayahuasca in the backwoods of New Mexico while writing this or maybe he's just writing what comes from his heart -- like on his song about his grandfather, "Hero," from his first full length album High Top Mountain that he released last year. Who the hell knows, but he just finished three sold-out NYC shows, topped off with a Letterman performance. (Video of that below.) Not bad in a city that has no country radio station.

His four-piece band sounded impressive playing above the rumblings of the downtown 6 Train, particularly Laur Joamets whose electric guitar prowess provided a tight loop that pulled the band together and also complements Sturgill's twang. The set alternated between his two albums, from a bluegrassy "Sitting Here Without You" to the whispers of Waylon's ghost reverberating through "Life of Sin" to a cover of Lefty Frizzel's "I Never Go Around Mirrors" which Sturgill totally makes into his own.

So is Sturgill Simpson a country saviour? I like his songs but it's too early to tell. The Nashville scene that has scorned him in the past is now clamoring to be a part of this outlaw wonder. No matter what, I hope he still keeps on playing.

Check out photos from both Joe's Pub sets (including ones of early show openers the DuPont Brothers), the setlist and Letterman video, below...

Continue reading "Sturgill Simpson played two shows and met David Byrne at Joe's Pub (pics, setlist), played 'Letterman' (video)"

St. Vincent at Terminal 5 in February (more by Amanda Hatfield)
St. Vincent

This month, the CBS Live on Letterman concert series will be bringing in St. Vincent for a web-broadcasted live performance following her taping on the show on July 16. (The webcast series' July lineup will also showcase David Gray on July 30.) This is one of many notable dates that St. Vincent coming up as she continues to tour in support of this year's St. Vincent, including a free Celebrate Brooklyn set on August 9, a show with Queens of the Stone Age in Maryland, and a prime spot at Pitchfork Fest. Later in the Summer she'll head out on overseas before heading back to the U.S., and then back to Europe again, then back to the U.S. again for some dates with The Black Keys. There's no letup in sight.

In other noteworthy Letterman performance news, Dave brought in Angel Olsen on June 16 and Sam Smith on June 18. Olsen played "Hi-Five" from Burn Your Fire for No Witness, and Smith continued his fast rise with a rousing, large-band rendition of "Stay With Me." Even more recently, The War on Drugs and Kiesza both played in the last week. Flanked by a dance crew and a graffiti-covered set, the Canadian pop songwriter, who will play her first US show at Santos Party House, stopping by last night (July 10) to perform "Hideaway" from her recent EP of the same name. Though she ends her set inside, part of it happens on the street. The War on Drugs were around on July 7 for a rendition of their standout "Red Eyes" from Lost in the Dream replete with ripping guitar work.

And in non-Letterman late night highlights, Sylvan Esso made their network TV debut on Fallon on Wednesday (7/9), where they were joined by Questlove himself, who just can't resist.

All the performances can be seen below, as well as a complete list of St. Vincent's many tour dates.

Continue reading "St. Vincent doing 'Live on Letterman' webcast ++ watch recent TV appearances from War on Drugs, Sylvan Esso & more"

The Orwells at Lincoln Hall Chicago in 2014 (more by James Richards IV)
The Orwells

The Orwells get shut down: So many people packed in to see the Illinois rock band at the Miller Lite's New Music on Tap Lounge that about 20 kids climbed onto the top of the tent in hopes of getting a better view. Security stopped the show to get them down, prompting chants of "(Expletive) Miller Lite!" Once the show restarted, the crowd surged against the barricades, forcing security to cut the power again and end the set. [USA Today at BONNAROO]
Chicago's The Orwells have been on a roll lately. They released their new album Disgraceland on June 6, which they followed up by playing two NYC shows in one day on June 9, including an in-store performance at Rough Trade and a sweaty and rowdy BV-presented late show at Shea Stadium with Shark?. The next day they appeared on "The Late Show with David Letterman" AGAIN (their first appearance was a notable one), and then capped off their week by appearing at Bonnaroo last weekend (see review of their short set above).

They'll play their third free Chicago show in a row tomorrow (6/19) at Schubas before heading out on tour in August and September with Skaters. As mentioned, that tour brings them back to NYC for a date on October 15 at Irving Plaza, They also play October 17 at Asbury Lanes in Asbury Park. All dates are all listed, along with video from Bonnaroo, Shea Stadium and Letterman, below...

Continue reading "The Orwells played 2 Brooklyn shows in a night, returned to Letterman, got shut down at Bonnaroo (video)"

photos by Ryan Barkan

The Black Keys @ 'Live on Letterman' 5/12/2014
The Black Keys
The Black Keys
The Black Keys

The Black Keys' new album, Turn Blue, is out today (5/13) and the band celebrated its release with an appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman. A little different than most Letterman live performances, The Black Keys played outside the Ed Sullivan Theatre, digging into "It's Up to You Now" and "Fever." The band then did a 35-minute set for the outdoor crowd as part of their "Live on Letterman" web series. Video of both the televised songs and pictures and video of the "Live on Letterman" set are in this post.

This followed another high-profile appearance for the band, having played Saturday Night Live over the weekend. The band will be back in NYC when their tour hits Brooklyn's Barclays Center on September 24 with Cage the Elephant. Tickets for that show are still available.

Video and more pics from "Live on Letterman" below...

Continue reading "The Black Keys released 'Turn Blue,' played 'Live on Letterman' outside Ed Sullivan Theatre (pics, full set video)"

Black Keys

The Black Keys played two tracks off their upcoming album Turn Blue on SNL last night (5/10): "Fever" and "Bullet in the Brain". Watch both NBC performances below. and stay tuned for even more Black Keys TV this Monday:

CBS Interactive's award-winning webcast concert series, LIVE ON LETTERMAN, will feature six-time GRAMMY® Award winning rockers The Black Keys performing live from the world-famous Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City and webcast on CBS.com, Monday, May 12, after 7:30 PM, ET.

The Black Keys' LIVE ON LETTERMAN webcast will feature songs off of their latest album, Turn Blue, including the hit single "Fever." The new album will be released Tuesday, May 13, just hours after their LIVE ON LETTERMAN performance. The webcast will also feature some of the band's other hit songs, such as "Lonely Boy" and "Tighten Up."

Fans can watch The Black Keys' performance live and on-demand on CBS.com. Additionally, the webcast is available on-demand through CBS properties and the CBS App for iOS, Android, Windows 8 and BlackBerry.

Additionally, The Black Keys will perform two songs on the LATE SHOW with DAVID LETTERMAN, to be broadcast that same evening, Monday, May 12 (11:35 PM-12:37 AM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

The Black Keys return to NYC on 9/24 to headline the Barclays Center as part of a bigger tour (that also includes 3 TX shows and Glastonbury). Next weekend they play Hangout Fest.

St. Vincent, who is opening some of the Black Keys' tour, plays SNL next weekend. Watch the Black Keys' videos below...

Continue reading "The Black Keys played SNL (video), playing 'Live on Letterman'"

by Jonathan Dick

Future Islands in Austin (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
Future Islands

2014 has been kind to North Carolina's Future Islands, but be sure to recognize where credit is due for the band's success. Few would argue that in the viral age that often gives musicians a shelf life of "until the next distraction", that an otherwise unassuming band might buckle under the pressure. But this is nothing new for Future Islands, whose members have been writing together, touring together, and working together to simply make the music they want in the way that they want for the audience they need. Their fourth full-length, Singles, has seen the band appear on just about everyone's radar, and while their hugely popular performance on Letterman certainly helped in every possible, it simply spotlighted what fans have known for the past decade about Future Islands and their proclivity for creating the simple but no less invaluable joy that comes from pop.

Tonight (5/1) you can stream the band's performance from the 9:30 Club in Washington, DC live via NPR. Last night Future Islands headlined and sold out their biggest NYC show to date at Webster Hall. We recently caught them in Austin, at Coachella, in Portland, in Chicago, and at the start of the tour in NYC at Bowery Ballroom.

We caught up with the band ---Gerrit Welmers, William Cashion, and frontman Samuel Herring---for an interview before their show last week at the Bottletree Café in Birmingham, Alabama, to talk about the shockwaves of going viral, the new album, and where the music started.

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You guys are mid tour. What's been the response from audiences so far with where you guys are currently?

SH: We're in the middle of about ten weeks of straight touring. We've got six shows left on this run, and then we have a couple of days off back in Baltimore. Then we fly to the West Coast to do Jimmy Kimmel, and then immediately fly from there to London to start a month and a half Euro and UK tour. Things have been good. Most of all these shows have sold out. I think we would have had a lot of sellouts in the big cities we've been playing for in years, but being able to play a lot of smaller cities and see huge turnout has been really awesome. A lot of people are being turned on to our music for the first time and coming out, and that's always been the hope with the new record. It's been two and a half years since we put out our last album, and then we took all of last year off, so we were kind of hoping this record would explode out on people. We were able to work with 4AD for the first time, and they've been amazing, so yeah, everything's been going really good.

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Continue reading "an interview w/ Future Islands (who played Webster Hall last night, streaming DC show tonight) -- on going viral, making pop music, how they got started & more"

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David Letterman announced last week that he'd be retiring in 2015, and today CBS has announced his replacement: Stephen Colbert! Said Colbert in an official statement:

Simply being a guest on David Letterman's show has been a highlight of my career. I never dreamed that I would follow in his footsteps, though everyone in late night follows Dave's lead. I'm thrilled and grateful that CBS chose me. Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to go grind a gap in my front teeth.
No other news has been announced yet, but tonight's The Colbert Report -- with guest Sting -- should now be interesting.

New question: what will replace The Colbert Report on Comedy Central?

Dead

As Dead Heads likely know, original Grateful Dead member Phil Lesh has an ongoing residency at Port Chester, NY's Capitol Theatre with his band Phil Lesh & Friends. The residency has already had him at the venue multiple times, and will continue to do so, including a run this week with shows tonight (4/10) through Saturday (4/12). The band for these particular shows is Phil Lesh, John Kadlecik, Jackie Greene, Marco Benevento and Joe Russo. Friday and Saturday are sold out, but you can still get tickets for tonight and Thursday.

After this week's run, Phil & Friends (this time Phil Lesh, Warren Haynes, Jackie Greene, John Medeski, and Joe Russo), who play mostly Grateful Dead songs, will head to NYC for two nights at BAM, April 14 and 15. Tickets for those shows are on sale now, and we're also giving away a pair for each night. Details on how to enter to win, below.

The Cap is owned by Peter Shapiro, who is presenting the BAM shows and also owns the Brooklyn Bowl, which has since opened locations in Las Vegas and London. Phil Lesh will play three nights at the Vegas one leading up to 4/20 (tickets), and he also plays two nights at the London one in July (tix on sale Friday, 4/11 at 10 AM).

There's other upcoming Dead-related shows at the Capitol Theatre too. Renowned tribute band Dark Star Orchestra does a two-night stand on May 16 & 17. Tickets for night 1 and night 2 are on sale.

And on a semi-related note, Hot Tuna, the blues band of Jefferson Airplane members Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady who come from the same San Francisco scene that birthed the Grateful Dead and their members have collaborated, play the Cap on June 16. That's one of four NYC-area shows on their electric tour with Leon Russell which also hits NYCB Theatre at Westbury on 6/20, Bergen PAC on 6/21 and Pine Belt Arena on 6/22. Tickets for the Cap show and the other three are on sale now.

In more Dead news, Phil Lesh's former Grateful Dead/Further partner Bob Weir is playing with his band RatDog at upstate NY jam band festival Mountain Jam, which takes place from June 5 - 8 on Hunter Mountain. Other artists playing include Gov't Mule, Dark Star Orchestra, Jeff Tweedy, Jonathan Wilson, Valerie June, Blitzen Trapper and many more. Since we last spoke, The Allman Brothers (who recently had to postpone the rest of their March Beacon Theatre run due to Gregg's illness) were added as the Sunday headliner and will be performing their first two albums in full. Tickets for the fest are still available.

Also not long after those Phil Lesh NYC shows, John Kadlecik, who has played in Further, Phil Lesh & Friends (including this week at the Cap) and Dark Star Orchestra, brings his John K. Band to NYC's Highline Ballroom on April 18 with opener Adam Ezra. John will be previewing new material at the show. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

In more related news, the Dead's pals New Riders of the Purple Sage (whose earliest incarnation featured Jerry Garcia, Phil Lesh and Dead drummer Mickey Hart) will headline the "Psychedelix Americana": Music of The Deli and Relix show at Brooklyn's Bell House on Saturday (4/12). The rest of that lineup includes Andy Statman, Scott Metzger's WOLF!, Diamond Eye Jack Super Jam, Your Ex-Girlfriends, Union Street Preservation Society, and King Stork. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

There's also a Dead tribute band called Half Step playing Brooklyn Bowl on July 1. Tickets for that are on sale now.

And lastly, this isn't exactly "news" but in lieu of Letterman's retirement, Jambase.com posted a video of an old Jerry Garcia & Bob Weir rehearsal on Letterman. You can watch that, plus revisit other Dead/Letterman memories including Jerry & David Grisman playing "Friend of the Devil" in '93 and Jerry and Weir on the show in '82, below.

Any other Dead-related events coming up in NYC that we missed?

Videos and Phil Lesh contest details below...

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Real Estate @ Webster Hall 4/5/2014 (photo via Eric Farkas)

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Real Estate just wrapped up their tour with Pure X, finishing with a show on Saturday (4/5) at Webster Hall. The band are following that up with an appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman on Wednesday (4/9) where they'll perform single "Talking Backwards." Late Show appearances will soon be hard to come by.

The Webster Hall show was their biggest NYC appearance to date, but they have now announced their next show here will be at Terminal 5 on October 2. Tickets to the T5 show go on sale Friday (4/11) at noon with an AmEx presale beginning Wednesday (4/9) at noon.

That show is Real Estate's only scheduled fall date at the moment but they have announced West Coast dates in August around the 2014 Woodist Festival in Big Sur, CA. (Info on that was just announced.) Dates are listed below.

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by Bill Pearis

Letterman w/ Future Islands
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It's the end of an era, or soon will be. NYC icon David Letterman will announce his retirement from The Late Show on this evening's show (4/3). His last show will be sometime in 2015. The news broke, of all places, from former R.E.M. bassist Mike Mills' Twitter, who is performing tonight with his old bandmate Peter Buck who are both backing Joseph Arthur. (The Late Show tapes in the afternoon.) He told the audience (via Hitfix):

The man who owns this network, Leslie Moonves, he and I have had a relationship for years and years and years, and we have had this conversation in the past, and we agreed that we would work together on this circumstance and the timing of this circumstance. And I phoned him just before the program, and I said 'Leslie, it's been great, you've been great, and the network has been great, but I'm retiring.'

I just want to reiterate my thanks for the support from the network, all of the people who have worked here, all of the people in the theater, all the people on the staff, everybody at home, thank you very much. What this means now, is that Paul and I can be married.

We don't have the timetable for this precisely down - I think it will be at least a year or so, but sometime in the not too distant future, 2015 for the love of God, in fact, Paul and I will be wrapping things up.

By next year, Letterman will have hosted The Late Show for 22 years, and he did 11 seasons of Late Night with David Letterman before that.

For those who only know him from The Late Show autumn years, Late Night with David Letterman changed not only the face of late night television but comedy in general. When the show began, the 12:30 AM time-slot was a wasteland and Letterman was a hilarious, often subversive presence, openly mocking NBC (and its parent corporation, G.E.) and occasionally even the guests. Like Monty Python's Flying Circus and The Simpsons, Letterman's impact on comedy cannot be overestimated.

Of course, Letterman's shows were also responsible for a lot of cool bands making their network debut, from R.E.M. (where they played "South Central Rain" a year before Reckoning was released) to Sonic Youth, to more recent bands like Dum Dum Girls and Future Islands, whose appearance from a couple weeks ago turned into an internet meme.

You deserve a break, Dave, but we'll miss your gaptoothed mug when you're gone. Video clips (including Bill Murray on Late Night's first-ever show) below...

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