Late Night Music Roundup: Watch Alabama Shakes, Afghan Whigs & Bette Midler

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Brittany Howard, Heath Fogg, Steve Johnson and Zac Cockrell of Alabama Shakes perform on Saturday Night Live on Feb. 28, 2015.

Alabama Shakes used the bright lights and big stage of the Late Show with David Letterman to show-off "Don't Wanna Fight," a new track lifted from the band's forthcoming album, Sound & Color.

It wasn't the Athens, Alabama band's most commanding performance, but they'll get ample opportunity to shake off the rust when they hit the road for an extensive north America tour on March 11 in N.Y. 

The alternative rock outfit has just the one album to its credit, 2012's Boys & Girls, though it made all the right noises with the industry and fans. The set earned them a hattrick of Grammy nods, and peaked at No. 6 on the Billboard 200 and No. 3 in the U.K.

Sound & Color is due out this April. Watch the clip below. 

Meanwhile, the Afghan Whigs were warmly welcomed to Jimmy Kimmel Live, where the cult rockers performed the "The Lottery," a powerhouse track from the 2014 album release Do to the Beast.

The album, the group's seventh, was released through Sub Pop, the label that handled some of the group's most iconic recordings. 

Fans waited 16 years for Do to the Beast, which was the follow-up to 1998's 1965. Frontman Greg Dulli last year told Billboard of his affection for the road. "I love playing shows and now I get to play a bunch of them so I'm a happy guy," he said at the time. Watch the performance below.

Bette Midler also joined Kimmel to chat about her upbringing in Hawaii, her brilliant career, and to take the mic for an amusing performance of Kim Kardashian's tweets. The Divine Miss M explained she was keen to scale-down her performances, for the sake of the environment. 

"As the years have gone by, and I've become more and more of an environmentalist, I'm less and less inclined to take the gigantic shows out," she explained. "The big ones are 40 trucks and buses. It sends too much poison in the air. So I try to keep them down." Watch the interview below.


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