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Tuned In: Hanson Tell Kimmel Audience To “Give a Little”

“Give a Little” may have already conquered VH1′s Top 20 Countdown over a month ago, but Hanson proved the single still has life to it when they took to the outdoor stage on last night’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! For those who missed the boat on this catchy single, the trio’s poppy performance was the perfect primer. Fresh off their video cameo in Katy Perry‘s “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.),” they jammed not with Kenny G, but with Kimmel’s house band, the Cletones, who provided the horns for “Give a Little”?another 2011 single, lest we forget, with a sax solo (though well past-due for Song Of The Summer).

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Tuned In: Lauryn Hill Speeds Up “Doo Wop” on Fallon

Last month Lauryn Hill made her first late night appearance in years for Bob Marley Week on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and she must have had a great experience with the show, because she was back last night to play her classic single “Doo Wop (That Thing).” The very pregnant Hill showed no signs of flagging energy as she and her band (without any need of help from The Roots, even) blasted through a slightly sped-up version of the song. We don’t want to add more weight to the expectations many had (and still have) for Hill as an artist, but we can’t help but note that she remains an extraordinarily talented MC, and her band was right in the pocket.

In January, Hill reportedly arrived hours late for several shows and played her songs faster than usual, though if this was the speed, we’d hardly complain. (Hill would later issued an apology, in connection with the announcement of her sixth pregnancy, for the tour difficulties.) She is scheduled to perform 1998′s The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill in its entirety at Rock the Bells shows on four consecutive weekends later this summer.

Update: Rap Radar points out that this performance was actually pre-recorded last month on the same day as her Marley tribute. That makes more sense, considering how far into her pregnancy she now is.

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Tuned In: Givers Soar Through “Up Up Up” On Fallon

Recent Glassnote signees and Dirty Projectors tourmates Givers made their television debut on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon yesterday, and they picked the perfect song to play. Granted, “Up Up Up” is their single, but it’s such a bright combination of multilayered rhythm and Afro-pop-tinged indie-rock guitar that it suited the band’s own excited energy at appearing on Fallon. Guitarist and co-lead singer Taylor Guarisco couldn’t stand still for a second, bouncing and chicken-walking all over the small amount of stage space he had available to him. The smiles on the rest of the band’s faces spoke almost as loudly as his dancing.

The band’s Southern jam-pop is in the vein of Annuals‘s “Brother,” the over-hype of which may have caused more harm than help to that North Carolina sextet. But the Louisiana-based Givers have Daniel Glass on their side, so we’re not too worried about their future?and we expect to hear another single from their debut In Light (released last week) soon. Our only complaint about the performance is that we would’ve liked to have seen more of what equipment the keyboardist was working with.

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