Prince on Saturday Night Live
Still breaking the rules, Prince slayed one monster eight-minute medley instead of SNL‘s typical two songs. Backed by all-female band 3rdEyeGirl, he shifted from keyboards to guitar, creamy soul to crunchtastic rock.
Mastodon on Late Show With David Letterman
Metal band Mastodon ripped “The Motherload” with drummer Brann Dailor and bassist Troy Sanders sharing vocals. But the ‘Don to watch was Afro-wigged Brent Hinds, who played a mother of a guitar solo.
Jessie Ware on Late Night With Seth Meyers
British soul-pop singer Jessie Ware — whose second LP,Tough Love, is my latest obsession — did not disappoint with the slow-burning desire of “Say You Love Me,” letting you feel the ache in every nuanced note.
She & Him on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
Previewing their upcoming covers LP Classics, a wooden She & Him (Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward) played a lifeless revival of Dusty Springfield’s “Stay Awhile” that likely had many viewers doing the opposite.
Perfume Genius on Late Show With David Letterman
Perfume Genius (aka Mike Hadreas) made a glam style statement, but musically, the indie artist stunk up the joint with a woozy performance of “Queen” that surely left Letterman scratching his head.
Blood Orange on Jimmy Kimmel Live!
With leotard-wearing dancers and awkward choreography, British singer-songwriter-producer Blood Orange (aka Dev Hynes) made his normally awesome avant R&B look like amateur hour.