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, July 29 – August 2, Robin Thicke sings about naughty parts, Backstreet show they’ve still got it and the Kopecky Family Band represent Nashville’s indie scene.
The Backstreet Boys will always be thought of as the white suit wearing, Thriller-aping boy band that, along with a few others, ruled the charts in the late Nineties. Thanks to a few surprisingly strong sequels and an odd (but very, very welcome) appearance in this summer’s bro-comedy, This Is the End, Backstreet is now really, officially back, and bringing mean choreography to the late night game.
The Kopecky Family Band is a pleasant surprise in this week’s preview. The Nashville group has long been a mainstay in that city’s indie rock underground (yes—it exists), but has failed to make too much of a name on a national scale. Granted, Nashville is known for country – and for good reason – but these folks know how to make a great country rock song, with all of the pop melodies you’d expect out of Music City, USA, with none of the affectations one would expect of a “family” band.
Friday, August 2 – Charlie Worsham
In case you haven’t heard, Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” is the song of the summer (and certainly has the most controversial video of the summer.) Thicke’s latest single, “Give It 2 U,” which is about gift giving, sort of, features rap wunderkind Kendrick Lamar, so if we’re lucky we’ll see a saucy duet. Either way, prepare for some sassy double-entendres.
– Shane Barnes, Radio.com