Tuned In: Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings Wow Lopez Tonight Crowd


Yesterday was surprisingly strong for late night music on a Monday. Bon Iver kicked off “StePhest Colbchella ‘011: Rock You Like a Thirst-icane” on The Colbert Report and Mint Condition slayed the Late Night with Jimmy Fallon crowd as Weird Al Yankovic, sitting in with the Roots, looked on. (Panic! at the Disco weren’t bad on Kimmel either.)

The best performance of the night, though, belonged to Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, who burned up the Lopez Tonight stage. The whole crowd clapped along with the punchy throwback-soul number “Without a Heart,” thanks in no small part to the Dap-Kings’ sharp playing. Were Sharon Jones a James Brown-style bandleader, she wouldn’t have needed to fine any of the Dap-Kings a cent. As it is, Jones is a much less harsh figurehead than Brown ever was, though her gruff vocals hardly have less power for it (though she definitely leads the way?the band stops on a dime on the line “I could be cold as ice”). Of course, the band nods to their roots by ending the song with a mini-riff of Brown’s soul classic “I Don’t Mind.”

Elsewhere on late night?

The Colbert Report: Bon Iver, “Calgary”
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: LMFAO, “Party Rock Anthem”
The Late Show with David Letterman: Eddie Vedder, “Without You”
Jimmy Kimmel Live!: Panic! at the Disco, “Ready to Go”
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon: Mint Condition, “Walk On”
Last Call with Carson Daly: Mini Mansions (rerun from May 5)

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