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Tuned In: Mumford & Sons Rile Up Late Show With David Letterman

Two years ago Mumford & Sons made their network television debut on the Late Show With David Letterman, giving a rousing performance of Sigh No More‘s “Little Lion Man,” and notably swapping the “f***ed it up” line for a more FCC friendly “messed it up.”  Last night the fire and brimstone boys returned to New York, this time to perform “I Will Wait,” from their new album Babel, with all the same banjos and vests and close knit vocal harmonizing, but also with a horn section and — Marcus Mumford‘s toe tapping dialed up to Earth Rattling Stomp — even more bombast than their sprightly first go.

For nostalgia sake, check out Mumford & Sons’ network television debut below.

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Tuned In: Neon Trees Get Everybody Talking On David Letterman

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.

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Tuned In: Train Find “50 Ways To Say Goodbye” On Letterman


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.
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