Late Night Music Roundup: Chet Faker, Natalie La Rose, Dawes
Australia's Chet Faker has been turning heads with his sublime mix of electronica and soul. Viewers who stayed up to watch Jimmy Kimmel Live got a first-hand look at Faker and his artistry -- not once but twice.
Faker (his real name is Nicholas Murphy) is a rising star in his homeland, where he took out the best male artist award at last year’s ARIA Awards, won Triple J's J Award for Australian album of the year and earlier this year topped Triple J’s Hottest 100 poll, the biggest fan-voted competition of its kind. He's released through Future Classic in Australia, and Downtown Records in North America.
For Kimmel, he performed "1998" from his debut album Built On Glass, which opened at No. 1 Down Under (and No. 158 in the U.S.) following its release in 2014. Check it out below.
Chet also performed the album track “Gold”. Although those on hand to see the performance wouldn’t have known. The show’s host erred by introducing the song title as “Chet Faker.” There was no such mistake with the performance that followed. Check it out below.
New Republic signee Natalie La Rose was the musical guest on The Late Late Show with James Corden where she, naturally, performed her hit debut "Somebody". The Amsterdam-born La Rose recently cracked the top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100 with her song, which reworks Whitney Houston's 1987 Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 "I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)". Watch the clip below.
David Letterman is a huge fan of Dawes. He said as much as he introduced the band for its slot on his long-running (and soon to end) Late Show.
“Dawes is pretty much all you need in a rock ‘n’ roll band,” Letterman announced. No pressure then? The California folk rock quartet dished up "Things Happen" from their forthcoming fourth album, All your Favorite Bands, due in June.