The night before Halloween belonged to stubborn auteurs who’ve made some of the year’s finest albums. Mike Hadreas’s Perfume Genius project made its network-TV debut on Late Show with David Letterman; performing the booming, defiant “Queen,” from this year’s outstanding Too Bright, Hadreas, in red lipstick and a black collar, ruled the stage like the strutting royal of his song (read our senior editor Jayson Greene’s feature, Perfume Genius: “I Don’t Really Know What ‘Normal’ Feels Like”). Also hitting the late-night circuit were Spoon, gracing The Daily Show with “Inside Out,” “Do You” and “Rent I Pay,” all from new album They Want My Soul. Meanwhile, the War on Drugs — in a welcome reprieve from their recent indie-rock feud — rolled through “Burning,” from this year’s Lost in the Dream (read contributor Michael Tedder’s account of hitting the batting cage with the band, The War on Drugs: Dream World).
Watch Perfume Genius’s performance below, catch Spoon on The Daily Show‘s site and scroll down for the War on Drugs, followed by two Jimmy Kimmel Live! performances by Aloe Blacc, who has come a long way since our sister site eMusic interviewed him around the time of 2010′s Good Things. Country group Little Big Town, who played The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, close out the post.