Late-night shows tend to be on past our bed times, but we can’t help being glued to our television sets for the “music” section of talk shows. These performances usually lean toward the civilized, but sometimes you will get a gem of weirdness, like the Odd Future on Jimmy Fallon type of weird. Check out our list of who to watch this week on the boob tube.
Mon., May 7 – Spiritualized on The Late Show With David Letterman
Upon the recent release of Sweet Heart Sweet Light, Jason Spaceman and Spiritualized are returning to the Late Show. In 2008, the British band played the late-night show in support of its album Songs In A&E and performed “You Lie You Cheat.” We expect to hear “Hey Jane,” the first single off of Sweet Heart Sweet Light—and unlike the video for the song, it will be safe to watch around the kids.
Tues., May 8 – Ed Sheeran on Conan
The acoustic folk singer will be performing on Conan in support of his latest album, +-. We would love to hear him perform his single “Drunk,” while simultaneously taking shots, but alas it probably won’t happen. Last month on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, Sheeran performed a very heartfelt rendition of his single “A-Team,” which you can watch below.
Wed., May 9 – Florence And The Machine on The Late Show With David Letterman
Way back in 2010, Florence and the Machine performed multiple songs on David Letterman from their album Lungs. The songs performed included megahit “Dog Days Are Over,” “Howl,” “Kiss With A Fist” and “Cosmic Love.” We don’t know how many songs Florence Welch and band will be playing this time, but they’ll most likely be tracks from the band’s recent Ceremonials.
Thurs., May 10 – Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeros on The Late Show With David Letterman
In 2009, Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeros made their network television debut on David Letterman, and with the band’s upcoming sophomore release, Here, it was only fitting that the group return to the late-night stage. In the 2009 performance there was a lot of jumping, and we are expecting to see the same happen on this Thursday’s performance.
Fri., May 11 – M. Ward on The Late Show With David Letterman
The guitarist and the “Him” of cutesy duo She And Him will be performing solo in support of his seventh studio album, A Wasteland Companion. Back in 2008 the folk singer performed on the show and did a version of “Chinese Translation.” Check it out below.
More late-night performances (and one daytime gig):
May 7 – B.O.B on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Snow Patrol on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, Norah Jones on The View
May 10 – Carrie Underwood on Jimmy Kimmel Live