Alanis Morissette filled in for Green Day on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night, after they were forced to cancel their scheduled appearance after the weekend’s incidents. Although she could have used the time to do something off of her new album Havoc And Bright Lights, Morrissette opted instead to pay tribute to the great pop-punk band by performing an intriguing cover of Green Day’s 1994 classic, “Basket Case,” and by dedicating it to the currently struggling Billie Joe Armstrong.
Only a woman who has boasted about wearing her sweater backwards and inside out, as Morissette does in “All I Really Want,” can turn an agitated pop punk classic case into a piano and guitar ballad and make it sound so natural. Like Green Day in angst but not much more, she sang “I am one of those melodramatic fools/ neurotic to the bone, no doubt about it” like the line was written for her. So odd as the job may have been, she made for a great Green Day. And then when she was done, she very sweetly said “We love you Billie Joe.” Indeed.
Having proven too tempting last week for Frank Ocean, producers seem to have removed all those cool vintage video games from the Saturday Night Live sound stage. And so instead, in line together at the front of the stage, Mumford & Sons played their performance without any of the skit show’s gimmick and earnest like they’re wont to be. They galloped first through a brass-backed version of “I Will Wait,” and then they returned for “Below My Feet,” something new off of their long awaited sophomore album Babel, which is out tomorrow. Mumford frontman Marcus mostly led the later, looking tired but dapper in his neck-tie and suit vest combo, playing his guitar and the kick drum simultaneously as he wailed along: “Let me learn from where I’ve been, keep my eyes to serve, my hands to learn.” Those tuned-in who weren’t already on board with Mumfordmania were surely won over. Read more…
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!
Live over the weekend (and again last night for those tuning in from home), .fun treated the much deserved do-gooders at the Do Something! Awards to a performance of their smash hit and Song of the Summer contender “Some Nights.” fun. is always fun to watch, because Nate Ruess tends to bounce around like the stage is charged. This performance was extra thrilling, though, because they they are straight allies for gay rights, and so they stripped the song’s usual effects and distortion and brought in the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles to help instead. We have to imagine that the Do Something! Awards was not one of those “some nights” where they have to ask, “What do I stand for? What do I stand for?”
Also that night, Flo Rida returned to the stage for a second time to perform his seductive and chart toppingotherSong of the Summer bid, “Whistle.” He wore the same community service ready cargo pants, with him the same dancers behind him, the same blinged out mic in hand, and most importantly, with all the same good energy. Watch that performance below, and if you missed “Wild Ones,” you should check that out here!Read more…
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…