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Late night TV is a great way to watch fascinating, often hilarious interviews with your favorite actors, comedians, and even politicians. The late-night shows on basic cable, hosted by household name comics such as Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel, and Jimmy Fallon, also include live musical performances at each episode’s end. These performances are great ways to discover artists you’re not as likely to hear on the radio. We’ve picked four recent late-night TV performances we think you might love:
Jorja Smith, “Don’t Watch Me Cry”
Jorja Smith is a 21-year-old British singer whom many know from Drake discovering her in 2016. Her recent Late Show With Stephen Colbert performance of “Don’t Watch Me Cry,” from her 2018 debut album Lost and Found, is simply flooring, an astonishing display of her gorgeous, soothing voice.
Mitski opened Lorde’s stadium tour last spring. Last fall, she appeared on The Daily Show to talk with Trevor Noah about her newest album, Be the Cowboy; late last year, she performed her disco-infused single “Nobody,” taken from that album, for a rapturous Jimmy Kimmel Live crowd.
Noname ft. Smino and Saba, “Ace”
LA-via-Chicago rapper Noname rose to prominence through her many features on Chance the Rapper’s fame-grabbing mixtapes. Earlier this month, on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, she and fellow Chance affiliates Smino and Saba performed a technically jaw-dropping rendition of their jazz-tinged collaboration “Ace,” from Noname’s debut album Room 25.
Sharon Van Etten, “Seventeen”
Sharon Van Etten is known to many for her role on Netflix’s hit show The OA, but she’s been a career musician for well over a decade. She stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live earlier this month for a vicious, bone-chilling rendition of “Seventeen,” a Bruce Springsteen-esque highlight from her widely acclaimed, just-released fifth album, Remind Me Tomorrow.
It turns out late night TV is just as good a source of musical discovery as your Spotify algorithm is. Hopefully, these performances lead you to check out even more by these talented artists!