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

Jimmy Kimmel Live

Monday, May 6 – Rod Stewart 
Tuesday, May 7 – Goo Goo Dolls 
Wednesday, May 8 – Fitz & The Tantrums
Thursday, May 9 – 

The Tonight Show With Jay Leno

Monday, May 6 – Fall Out Boy 
Tuesday, May 7 – Patty Griffin
Wednesday, May 8 – Emeli Sandé 

Singer-songwriter Emeli Sandé has been busy making big, big waves in Europe, but so far has struggled to make much of a splash in the U.S. That’s set to change, though, with Glee featuring one of her songs and a strong touring effort in the upcoming months. Get hip to her now, before your grandparents are singing “Next to Me” at the breakfast table.

Thursday, May 9 – Tom Jones
Friday, May 10 – 98 Degrees

For the full list of musical guests head to


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