It’s a tradition as old as the Johnny Carson show: Most nights, since 1966, bands big and small play on the national stage of late night television. Sometimes good things happen, sometimes bad things happen, but the performances are always worth watching. They’re captivating mostly because they offer the raw sound of a live band and the professional video and audio recording of a late night television show.

This week, May 6 – 11, some exciting prospects with UK acts James Blake and Emeli Sandé. Blake is mostly known for his earbud-appropriate albums, but puts on an intriguing live show. And Sandé, well, she’s the biggest thing in the UK right now, all thanks to her impressive pipes and radio-friendly jams. 98 Degrees is also taking the late night stage again, in support of their first album in ten years.

Late Show With David Letterman

Monday, May 6 – James Blake 

With his eponymous 2011 album, James Blake became known as the go-to guy for introspective, intelligent dubstep. With his latest, Overgrown, Blake takes step to pare down the production and build up his voice, resulting in something a little less bedroom-y and a lot more exciting. His live shows are something to witness, too, if only to see how his often meticulous beats are reconstructed in real-time.

Tuesday, May 7 – Pistol Annies 
Wednesday, May 8 – Natalie Maines
Friday, May 10 – She & Him

Check out the rest of this week’s Late Night lineup on


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