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For the most part, the pandemic era of late-night musical performances is over. We’re getting used to the sight of bands playing in front of studio audiences again. But everything isn’t fully back to normal, and if you’re an Australian band with a record to promote, you might not get to cross an ocean to play in an American TV studio. Last night, Stephen Colbert’s Late Show spotlighted Gang Of Youths, the earnest and majestic Sydney band. Gang Of Youths had to film themselves playing in a practice studio somewhere, but at least we got to see it.

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Back in 2018, we learned that the National’s Bryce and Aaron Dessner were working on songs from a stage-musical version of Edmond Rostand’s 1897 play Cyrano De Bergerac. That version of Cyrano had an off-Broadway run in 2019, with Peter Dinklage starring. Later this month, we’ll get to see the new Cyrano movie that Joe Wright directed. The Dessners have had a whole lot of major moments lately, but soundtracking a whole movie musical feels like another one.

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A couple of weeks ago, Stephen Colbert dedicated an entire episode of his Late Show to Bruce Springsteen. Colbert and Springsteen talked about a lot of things on that episode, and Springsteen also played a solo-acoustic version of “The River.” But Colbert also recorded more material with Springsteen, and he didn’t share one of the show’s segments until last night.

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Astral-plane bass wizard Thundercat and future Red Hot Chili Peppers opening act Thundercat released his nerded-out seduction anthem “Dragonball Durag” way back in February of 2020, and conditions are only now returning to the point where he gets to go out and play that song in front of people. Last night, that’s what he did. Thundercat was the musical guest on Stephen Colbert’s Late Show. While Thundercat’s music has gone in a lot of different directions over the years, it’s based in jazz. For last night’s performance, he joined forces with another young jazz master, the Oscar-winning Late Show bandleader Jon Batiste.

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David Byrne’s Broadway show American Utopia remains some kind of ongoing artistic miracle. Byrne’s Broadway show opened in October of 2019, and it became an immediate sensation. Spike Lee directed a film version of the show, and it came out a year ago, in the depths of the pandemic, giving a much-needed dose of live-performance euphoria. In September, American Utopia opened on Broadway once again, and the show won a special Tony Award, which takes Byrne three quarters of the way to EGOT status. And now Byrne is once again out on the late-night circuit, letting people see the kinds of performances that he’s doing now.

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My Morning Jacket just released their new self-titled album last week. And today, they went on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert to play early single “Love, Love, Love,” a fuzzy rock vamp of a rocker that builds into a blazing guitar solo. Watch and listen to their performance below.

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Bruce Springsteen has had a whole lot going on lately. His Broadway show came back. He made a podcast and a book with Barack Obama. He’s made recent collaborations with the Killers and John Mellencamp and Dion. He’s getting ready to release The Legendary 1979 No Nukes Concert, a live film and album recorded 42 years ago at Madison Square Garden. His daughter just won a damn silver medal at the Olympics. And last night, Springsteen sat down with Stephen Colbert for the better part of an hour to talk about a whole lot of it.

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Lana Del Rey just released her new album Blue Banisters yesterday. And to celebrate the release, she went on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert to perform album single “Arcadia,” crooning directly into the camera accompanied only by a piano. Watch and listen below.

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Last month, Kacey Musgraves released her new album star-crossed. The night before the LP came out, Musgraves was on Stephen Colbert’s Late Show to give a charmingly loopy interview about going through psychedelic therapy and about the time her grandfather played poker with Willie Nelson. Last night, Musgraves was back on Colbert, and for that appearance, she was there to perform the iciest song from star-crossed.

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Today, Lindsey Buckingham releases his new self-titled album, his first solo album in a decade — and his first since being kicked out of Fleetwood Mac and all of the ensuing drama. Last night, he went on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert to celebrate the release, where he played “On The Wrong Side,” which is just one of the LP’s shockingly good early singles. Watch Buckingham’s performance of the propulsive folk-rocker, complete with transcendent vocal harmonies and ripping guitar solos, below.

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