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Philadelphia darlings The Roots teamed up with Miley Cyrus last night on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon to rework her hit single “We Can’t Stop” into an a capella affair coupled with a Brady Bunch inspired visual display of all nine performers (Jimmy included). The band managed to tame the twerk anthem with vocal percussion and impressive harmonies. Is there anything that The Roots can’t groove to? You decide below.
Elvis Costello stopped by Late Night with Jimmy Fallon to put his collaboration with house band The Roots on T.V. for the first time. The Philly R&B / soul band and their English power-pop counterpart performed “Walk Us Uptown,” the single from the recently released Wise Up Ghost LP. There are no announced plans for a Philadelphia show right now, but you can read XPN host Mike Vasilikos’s review of the record for its Album of the Week spotlight here.
English electronic-pop act Alt-J stopped by Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last Thursday. The band performed “Tesselate” off of their 2012 Mercury Prize-winning debut An Awesome Wave; watch the live video of the downtempo, smoldering track below. Alt-J play the Electric Factory with Lord Huron tomorrow; tickets and information can be found here.
Because the only predictable thing about Kanye is that he is unpredictable, the rapper made a surprise visit to Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last night to perform “Bound 2” off of Yeezus. West was backed by Fallon’s house band The Roots and joined by R&B superstar Charlie Wilson (who appeared on the album track as well). Bouyed by a soulful children’s choir and Wilson’s expert scatting, West’s first-ever performance on Fallon’s show is nothing short of stellar. He’ll bring his Yeezus tour to the Wells Fargo Center on November 16th; ticket on-sale information is still forthcoming but more information will be available here. Watch the video of West performing “Bound 2” below.
After dazzling Union Transfer on Sunday night (and the Firefly Festival the night before), Glasgow snythpop three-piece Chvrches wrapped up their debut U.S. tour and announced their return. They’ll be back at Union Transfer on September 18th, and tickets go on sale this Friday. Next time, they’ll (almost) have their full album in tow; The Bones of What You Believe is out September 24th. Maybe they’ll have early copies to sell at the merch table. The band appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last week, performing “The Mother We Share.” Check out the video below.
Folk-stormers The Lumineers made a late night appearance on Jimmy Fallon last night, covering Talking Head’s “This Must Be the Place (Naïve Melody)” from their 1983 album Speaking in Tongues. The Denver-based outfit make the classic song their own with jangly tamborine accents and their staccato bass drum pounding away. The Lumineers headline the XPoNential Music Festival at Susquehanna Bank Center on Saturday evening, July 27th; tickets and information can be found here. Watch the live video below, followed by the Talking Heads’ original version.
Phosphorescent (real name Matthew Houck) appeared on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon last night, backed by a small choir, string section and of course members of The Roots. He performed “Song for Zula” off of his latest LP Muchacho. Phosphorescent will be at the XPoNential Music Festival this summer, happening July 26-28 at Wiggins Park and the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, NJ. Watch the clip below.
This must have been something like a dream come true. Dave Hartley, bassist for The War on Drugs and frontman for Nightlands, joined his keyboard-playing WoD compatriot Robbie Bennett to sit with John Cale‘s backing band on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. They played a song from Cale’s recent LP Shifty Adventures in the Nookie Wood, “I Wanna Talk 2 U” (which was not written by Prince, far as we can tell), and they dusted off the Velvet Underground classic “Venus in Furs.” Watch “Venus” below, see “I Wanna Talk To U” here. Nightlands is releasing its sophomore album Oak Island this month, and celebrating with a show at Kung Fu Necktie on Saturday, January 26. Tickets and information on it can be found at the WXPN concert calendar.