Like President Obama, who invited them to open for him at his Democratic National Convention, we dig North Carolina’s Delta Rae. We love that they are a family — Ian Hölljes (vocals and guitar), Eric Hölljes (vocals, guitar, piano and keys) and Brittany Hölljes (vocals) being actual siblings, and Elizabeth Hopkins (vocals), Mike McKee (percussion) and Grant Emerson (bass guitar) being close enough — and the way the incorporate sounds from across all genres — folk, blues, rock — into their sound. Most of all we love watching them perform, feet stomping and sounds flying as all six come together as one great big band.
That’s exactly what they did last night on Conan, where they broke-in their new trash can while performing a drawn out and dramatic rendition of “Bottom of the River,” the new single off of their album Carry The Fire. Leaving most of their instruments aside for this one, they stomped out the song instead, singing a capella and adding the violent clanking of chains in the aforementioned trash can when necessary. “Bottom of the River” is dramatic as is, but performed like they did last night it is straight chilling. Check it out above, and keep an eye on these gals and guys — we’ll have plenty more to say when we celebrate them as our You Oughta Know artist in October!
This season of America’s Got Talent went out with a great big and certainly talented bang last night, with Canadian Justin Bieber and Big Sean hitting the stage for a monstrous performance of their “As Long As You Love Me” and Ne-Yo battling lasers to show us why he should “Let Me Love You.”
Owl City and Carly Rae Jepsen have been making rounds together in support of his recently released album and ahead of hers. Earlier this week, they “Good Time”-ed together on America’s Got Talent and The Today Show, and last night, they did it again on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. He looking daper in a dress vest and she cute in a sparkling gold dress, the Carly and Adam looked like they were having a “Good Time” performing their Song Of The Summer contender, made extra-rocking by a full band behind them. We had a good time watching, did you?
Last night on late night, pop-rockers Neon Trees swung by Late Show with David Letterman to play their charged new single, “Everybody Talks.” The night was all about frontman Tyler Glenn, who, in silver lame pants and a big bow tie, and with his hair died bottle blonde, spent the entirety of the performance working out his inner Elvis — hips and wail and mic stand swinging and all. Neon Trees may have started with a whisper, but there’s nothing hushed about them. And with “Everybody Talks” charging up the charts, like their first single “Animal” did last year, we suspect we’ll be hearing lots more from Glenn and company real soon.
Last night on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, the Smashing Pumpkins stopping in to play “The Celestials,” a slow simmering cut off of Oceania. This is the first live glimpse of the Pumpkins most of us have had since Oceania‘s release last June, and they proved that it’s for good reason that they are still running the late night circuit and selling albums after all these years — they still know how to really rock.
Smashing Pumpkins also announced yesterday that they will head out on a North American tour this fall. Billy Corgan says that they’ll lead their set with Oceania, “sixty minutes, as it was written, front to back,” and then they’ll dip into the classics. “The fact of the matter is that I’ve written more hit songs than just about anybody in my generation. So if I feel like playing ‘em, I’ll f***ing play ‘em,” he’s said. But be warned, dear Pumpkin fans, when Corgan says he’ll “f***ing play ‘em,” he really means he’ll f***ing play ‘em: “My mentality has always been, ‘Okay, you want it? We’re going to shove it down your throat.’” So there’s that! Read more…
The world still buzzing about her Olympicshowings, last night You Oughta Know artist Emeli Sandé stopped in to lift the The Tonight Show with Jay Leno with a performance of her triumphant new single, “Wonder.” The stage was set with bubbles — maybe because of that “we ain’t falling under” line? — and she was joined by a full band and a snapping lineup of backup singers. Like this, the song feels almost like gospel, soaring and inspirational. “This song is for you, and you are full of wonder,” she insists at the songs climax, her hands held as a “W” over her head, and you really believe her. If only every night ended and each morning began with a performance like this, the world could probably be a better place.
Sandé takes the stage in the above video around 42 minutes — watch, feel the wonder!
Last night, Train pulled into the Late Show with David Letterman to perform “50 Ways To Say Goodbye,” the newest single off of California 37. And “50 Ways To Say Goodbye,” it turns out, is more or less the opposite Paul Simon‘s “50 Ways To Leave A Lover,” a cool list of ways to end a relationship. Rather, “50 Ways To Say Goodbye” is a goofy and mariachi-tinged catalog of lies to tell your friends after you’ve been dumped.
“That’s cool, but if my friends as where you are I am going to say,” goes the refrain, which is followed by a long list of excuses that range from maybe reasonable (“danced to death at an east side night club”) to Final Destination cribbed (“fried getting suntanned”) to hilarious (“How could you leave on Yom Kippur?”) to probably sponsored by the Nissan Cube (“Got run over by a crappy purple Scion”). It’s silly but fun, especially when the big chorus hits. Train performed it last night with a full brass and plenty of flare, and Pat Monhan stayed cool and confident, even while he sang things like, “She’ll think I’m Superman, not super minivan.” Recently heartbroken? You might want to take notes. Read more…
Yesterday was the first-ever World Humanitarian Day, how did you celebrate? As previously announced, Beyonce teamed up with the United Nations and humanitarian aid organizations to launch a global campaign to celebrate the day and to encourage people worldwide to get involved. For her part, she released this video of her powerful performance of “I Was Here,” as filmed live last month at the United Nations’ General Assembly Hall.
Looking glamorous in a glittering white gown, she sang the 4 track like the whole world might vibrate with her declarations of “I did”‘s and “I done”‘s. Even she was dwarfed, though, by a montage of recent humanitarian efforts playing on the towering, IMAX-proportion screen behind her, because the day was not meant to be hers alone.
Speaking with Anderson Cooper last week, she explained that, “I feel like we all have our purpose and we all have our strengths; and I don’t know if it’s selfish or unselfish, but it feels so wonderful to do something for someone else. And I think for the UN to want to include the whole world was something important, and that’s what I represent.” Did you do something to leave a foot print?
Neon Hitch made her television debut as a solo artist on Jimmy Fallon, where she performed her new single, “Gold.” Co-written by Claude Kelly, Bruno Mars and Hitch herself, “Gold” is a equal parts club banger and lush pop anthem, aggressive beat and pretty vocals. Whomever she’s singing about may shine like gold, but last night Neon shined quite literally neon. In a glowing bra and with a set of glowing phoenix wings to match, she bounced around the stage while her neon-tibal painted back-up dancers pulsed around her. We find that artists generally keep things simple when they perform on late night, but no, not Hitch — she goes Lady Gaga-lite. The raunch may have been toned down a bit by her standards, but neon never fades and Hitch was as provocative as ever.
Stephen Colbert has been celebrating his “StePhest Colbchella ’012 — Rocktaugustfest” all week. Last night he brought VH1 stapleSantigold aboard for a perplexing “gut mouth” versus “face mouth” discussion (Santigold, for what it’s worth, figures she sings from both: “the impulse is from the gut, there’s no thought in it at all.”), and then a three song set on the USS Intrepid stage. She was joined on stage by a troupe of dancers, who Colbert thought might have been raised by wolves. “I feel like they give physical life to the song, and the songs have a little bit of aggression,” she told him, assuring him otherwise. And so, all on stage together, they “gave physical life” to “The Keepers,” the funky and confident new single off of Master Of My Make-Believe. “One tough move, throw your hands up,” she sings, “Say I don’t make no rules, No one even knows I am here.” Santigold’s boat rocks to her own tune, and last night her tune surely rocked Colbert’s boat.