A Closer Look At Music On Television This Week

Fine Tuning - Weekly column highlighting music on TV (July 19-25, 2004).

Maybe it's the heat... or it could be the humidity. Nonetheless, big event programming becomes scarce at times during the summer. Of course, that doesn't mean there isn't anything to watch. Well, considering the vast wealth of channels and programming available and the relatively few great things television offers at any given point, there really isn't much to watch... of course, that's a debate for another forum.

NIGHT TIME IS THE RIGHT TIME: The late night hours bring respite from the heat as well as ample opportunities to catch some great musical performances Did you happen to catch Sonic Youth on Conan last week? If you missed the NBC broadcast of the next day rerun on Comedy Central, you can see the group on Kilborn (CBS) on Monday night.

Leno's (NBC) got the Dead on Tuesday, the same night the raucous Ozomatli appears on Kilborn. Letterman's (CBS) got the Yeah Yeah Yeahs on Wednesday, when Leno presents Big & Rich and Kimmel's (ABC) got the immortal George Benson.

On Thursday, Letterman's entertaining the new guard of modern rock with the Hives, while Kilborn's got the first of two performances by Morrissey (he'll be back again on Friday).

Friday will find hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons on the couch with Leno and Five For Fighting performing on his stage.

WHAT ELSE? Believe it or not, there's a whole lot more music on television to see and hear this week:

Monday: Hot newcomer JoJo drops in on "Live With Regis & Kelly" (Syndicated).

Tuesday: Since he pre-taped his interview, Prince doesn't have to get up for his appearance on CBS' "The Early Show."

Wednesday: Hard rock act Trapt is the focus of MTV's "Hard Rock Live" concert.

Thursday: Kevin Lyttle will entertain Regis & Kelly today.

Friday: Internationally uber-popular Irish act the Corrs will rock NBC's "Today," while elsewhere in Manhattan Lionel Richie will presumably perform and not try to explain his daughter/reality television star Nicole's cluelessness on ABC's "Good Morning America."

Saturday: You just can't beat the lineup of the Jayhawks and Gillian Welch on PBS' "Austin City Limits" (check local listings).

Sunday: While ABC has "America's Funniest Home Videos," country music has "CMT's Funniest Videos." I hope they've got footage of an unfortuante Dixie Chicks piñata incident or Dolly Parton losing her wig in a windstorm... although my guess is that they don't.