This Week In Late Night TV: Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Tyler, the Creator & Demi Lovato

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It’s a tradition as old as the Johnny Carson show: Most nights, since 1966, bands big and small play on the national stage of late night television. Sometimes good things happen, sometimes bad things happen, but the performances are always worth watching. They’re captivating mostly because they offer the raw sound of a live band and the professional video and audio recording of a late night television show.

This week, April 1-5, that tradition continues with a couple of indie heavyweights returning after a few years off, as well as a few tried-and-true standbys. We’ve even included a few clips of last week’s standouts, just in case you missed ‘em.

Late Show With David Letterman

Monday, April 1 – The Band Perry 

Wednesday, April 3 – The Flaming Lips

The Flaming Lips are nothing if not entertaining, though their past late night performances haven’t had the panache of their usual live shows. Their new album, The Terror, is scheduled for an April 16 release, and this will be a good preview of what to expect of their headlining gigs at this summer’s festivals.

Thursday, April 4 – Tyler, The Creator 

Tyler, The Creator solidified his place as an artist-to-watch on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, and now, two years later, he’s bringing a song from his new album Wolf (out April 2) to the Late Show stage. Expect lots of jumping around and several seconds straight of bleeped out, network television-inappropriate swear words.

Friday, April 5 – Yeah Yeah Yeahs

The Yeah Yeah Yeahs are releasing Mosquito April 16, and it only makes sense they’d return to Letterman, who has a gnarly crush on YYY front woman Karen O. (See evidence at the end of this performance of “Down Boy” off their 2007 EP Is Is)

Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Monday, April 1 – Demi Lovato

X Factor judge Demi Lovato is performing in anticipation for a massive media blitz in support of her fourth album, DEMI, out May 4.

Tuesday, April 2 – Cold War Kids

Wednesday, April 3 – Gary Allan 

Thursday, April 4 – Seth Sentry

The Tonight Show With Jay Leno

Monday, April 1 – The Goo Goo Dolls

Tuesday, April 2 – Blake Shelton

Wednesday, April 3 – Gloriana

Friday, April 5 – Gin Wigmore

Late Night With Jimmy Fallon

Monday, April 1 – Janelle Monae

Tuesday, April 2 – Deerhunter 

Deerhunter’s odd mix of shoegazy gauze and ’50s and ’60s pop chops make for always compelling listening, and the songs are only complemented by frontman Bradford Cox’s unmatched strange presence (and sometimes penchant for wearing dresses). Deerhunter’s new album, Monomania, is set for a May 7 release.

Wednesday, April 3 – Gordon Lightfoot 

Thursday, April 4 – Ryan Bingham 

Friday, April 5 – Cat Power 


Tuesday, April 2 – von Grey

Wednesday, April 3 – Darius Rucker 

Thursday, April 4 – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis 

Here are a few of the best performances from last week, just for good measure.

Kendrick Lamar on Jimmy Kimmel Live!


Divine Fits on Jimmy Kimmel Live!


Langhorne Slim on Conan

-Shane Barnes,

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