Last Week On Late Night: The Five Best Musical Performances on US Late Night TV (12th-16th October)

US late night talk shows are a showcase of all-things celebrity, politics, humor, comedy and music. They are often treated as the final thing we see before we go to sleep. With The Late Show with Stephen Colbert debuting in the same 11:30pm slot opposite Kimmel and Fallon – all shows were keen to pull out the big guns in the hope of attracting/retaining viewers.

Our own talk show fiend Lachlan scours the masses of The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Late Late Show with James Corden, Late Night with Seth Meyers, Conan and now The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and brings us the list of the top 5 standout music performances from US late night talk shows of last week!

Craig Finn “Maggie I’ve Been Searching For Our Son” – Late Night with Seth Meyers (Tuesday)

Alongside his brother Josh, Seth Meyers hosted The Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn. His new album, Faith In The Future is out now.

Neon Indian “Annie”- The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon (Tuesday)

For of their new album VEGA INTL. Night School’s release last week, Neon Indian dropped by Fallon to play the funky, heavily visual track “Annie”.

FFS “Police Encounters” – The Late Late Show with James Corden (Thursday)

FFS is the pop driven collaboration between Franz Ferdinand and Sparks. Their self titled debut album was released in early June and whilst in LA they swung by The Late Late Show.

Raury “Friends”– The Late Late Show with James Corden (Friday)

Raury’s debut album, All We Need came out last week and to celebrate he brought along a stack of friends who play brass, drums and guitars and turned Corden’s studio in LA into a campfire. Thick with echo and ambience, Raury played the closing track off his new album which features Tom Morello on the LP.

Darlene Love “Forbidden Nights” – The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (Wednesday)

Ah we still really, really miss Letterman and if there is one tradition of Dave’s I will forever miss it will be having Darlene Love on the last show before Christmas each year to sing her mega-hit “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)”. In her first time back in the Ed Sullivan Theatre since last December with Dave, she brought along a few friends – Elvis Costello & Steven Van Zandt (of the E Street Band) to play a track off her new album Introducing Darlene Love. C’mon Stephen, some traditions are meant to be kept!

Where to watch what Australia receives:
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert – weeknights at 11:30pm on Channel Eleven
The Late Late Show with James Corden – weeknights at 12:30am on Channel Eleven (follows Colbert)
The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon – weeknights at 10:30pm on E!
Jimmy Kimmel Live! – (Tuesdays to Fridays) at 6:30pm on The Comedy Channel
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah – starts Tuesday September 29th on The Comedy Channel