Late-night TV was abuzz last night with artists who in just a couple of years have risen from much smaller stages. The War on Drugs — whose Adam Granduciel, when Wondering Sound hit in a batting cage with him, our contributor Michael Tedder described as coming off “like Jimmy Fallon impersonating David Gilmour” — stopped by Late Show With David Letterman. But the Philly heartland-rock deconstructionists’ performance of “Red Eyes,” a highlight from this year’s breakout LP Lost in the Dream, was galvanizing enough in its lacquered world-weariness that Fallon’s music booker sent out a congratulatory tweet (via CoS) while The Tonight Show was still on the air. “No one sees me when I’m out here,” Granduciel sang, but, well, he was on national TV.
When our sibling site eMusic interviewed Charli XCX in 2012, she was still almost a year away from her 2013 debut album, True Romance. Now, the “I Love It” songwriter is just about everywhere, to the point that she made her presence felt on both of NBC’s late-night shows this past evening. On Late Night With Seth Meyers, the British pop singer performed love-rattling “Boom Clap,” from The Fault in Our Stars soundtrack, with an all-female band. Over on Tonight, meanwhile, Fallon revived his Neil Young impression alongside Crosby, Stills & Nash to cover “Fancy,” Charli’s chart-topper with the more divisive Iggy Azalea.