Beck, Jenny Lewis & Conor Oberst: Watch Their Late Night Performances
Beck puts his comedy skills to the test with Stephen Colbert
A trio of indie rock standbys gave their fans reason to flip through the channels Monday night just before bedtime.
Grabbing the biggest spotlight was Beck, who appeared on Colbert Report for an interview and a two-song performance. In case you ever wondered about Beck's comedic timing, here is your chance to see him riff with one of the masters. Topics include his "Amish rabbi" look, music genres with too many hyphens and whether Jack White and Jeff Tweedy could perform his own music better than him.
Once Beck hugged it out with Colbert, the 2014 Billboard cover star kicked into some songs from his recent album Morning Phase. First was "Heart Is a Drum," with all its eerie vocal melodies and delicate acoustic arrangements.
Finally, Beck switched over to his Song Reader album (out today) -- the same one which was originally released as sheet music. He went with "Heaven's Ladder," an upbeat song with a dreamy, late-60s Beatles vibe. Of the 20 tracks on Song Reader, "Heaven's Ladder" is the only one Beck himself performs on the album; the rest have been taken on by collaborators ranging from Norah Jones to Jarvis Cocker to Jack White to… Jack Black.
Over on The Tonight Show, bangs and Lisa Frank vibes were plentiful as Jenny Lewis performed a sampling of her new solo album The Voyager (out today on Warner Bros.). Anne Hathaway, Kristen Stewart, and Brie Larson were sadly not on hand to dance along (as they did in the recent music video), though Lewis was joined by tracksuit gang nonetheless.
Armed with a big ol' backing band (nine people, to be exact) Conor Oberst brought his uptempo Upside Down Mountain folk track "Hundreds of Ways" to Late Show with David Letterman. In fact, watch until the end to see Letterman comment on the size of the band: "Look at everybody here! Are you paying these guys?"