The band behind one of the most thrilling albums of the young 2015 shared the airwaves last night with the duo behind one of the best albums of 2014 as Sleater-Kinney and Run the Jewels stormed the late-night circuit.
Sleater-Kinney will release the cult-beloved indie rockers’ first album in 10 years, No Cities to Love, on January 20 via Sub Pop, and until then it’s streaming over at NPR. Already this week, guitarist/vocalist Carrie Brownstein has, sans instrument, stopped for chats on Conan and Late Night with Seth Meyers. She and fellow singing guitarist Corin Tucker were in ferocious form last night on Late Show with David Letterman, powering through the new album’s “A New Wave” with characteristic aplomb that included mid-guitar-lick leg kicks from Brownstein. See our feature by Nick Marino, Icon: Sleater-Kinney.
The rap duo of Killer Mike and El-P will play Coachella this spring, and their Run the Jewels 2 was just the burst of righteously anarchic cacocophony 2014 needed. They performed the album’s “Lie, Cheat, Steal” last night on Conan, though their host sadly declined to accompany them in their end-of-song hand sign.
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon hosted the singer/songwriter who’s likely to have next week’s No. 1 album, bumping Taylor Swift from the top spot: Meghan Trainor, with Title‘s “Lips Are Movin.” Watch her perform the album’s below and read our end-of-year essay, In 2014, Pop’s Social Gate-Crashers Were Already Inside.