Tuned In: Mat Kearney Takes A Cue From Hanson On Leno


Last night, we were all about the Explosions in the Sky performance on the Late Show with David Letterman?not necessarily because we’re the biggest fans of their sweeping-guitar post-rock (which is not bad) but because for four precious minutes we could close our eyes and pretend that Friday Night Lights was still on the air. (We miss you, Coach Taylor!) As a result, we underrated the unassuming performance taking place simultaneously on the Tonight Show: Mat Kearney‘s “Hey Mama.” Back in 2006 Kearney was a You Oughta Know artist whose songwriting (and vocals) reminded us of parts of what we like about Coldplay.

In the intervening years, he’s added not-inconsiderable pep, and a full horn section, to his band, which pushes yet another set of our pop-music buttons. Think Chris Martin fronting Hanson on a “Give a Little” b-side. In fact, it was so catchy that we’re willing to forgive the lyric “Met her at Anthropologie.” Check it out!

Elsewhere on late night…

Conan: Seether, “Tonight”
The Late Show with David Letterman: Explosions in the Sky, “Postcard from 1942″
Jimmy Kimmel Live!: The Lonely Forest, “We Sing in Time”
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon: The Sheepdogs, “I Don’t Know”

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