Once again, we’re bringing you our roundup of the best live music on television for the week. The amount of great performances can be hard to keep track of, so every Monday I’ll recap the best and most interesting of what’s coming up. I’ll be sure to give you one essential pick for each night, as well as a runner up or two when a lot of great bands are playing. Also, lots of artists performing on TV have upcoming shows in Nashville, so I’ve added ticket links and dates below.
Here are the best performances I think you should set your DVR (or check Hulu the next day) for:
DON’T MISS: Tame Impala on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon [NBC; 12:35AM/11:35c]: Psychedelic dream pop group Tame Impala’s Lonerism was one of our favorite albums of 2012. They’re always a thrilling live band to watch, they’ve been getting bigger and bigger in recent months, and I have a pretty good feeling they’ll be showing up at Bonnaroo this summer [Update: Yep, they’ll be at ‘Roo].
Tame Impala will be performing at The Tabernacle in Atlanta on 6/17/13. You can find more info here. You can check out the video for the group’s single “Mind Mischief,” below:
Bonus: Blitzen Trapper on Last Call with Carson Daly [NBC; 1:35AM/12:35c]: It’s been a couple of years since we last got a release from Blitzen Trapper, which means we’re due for a new record in the near future. The alt-country/ folk rockers are incredible performers and always fun to watch. It’ll be interesting to see what they play between release cycles!
DON’T MISS: Atlas Genius on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon [NBC; 12:35AM/11:35c]: Ever since Australian indie rockers Atlas Genius released their debut EP, Through the Glass, last summer they’ve been gaining more and more hype. And rightfully so, because they’re a breath of fresh air in a scene that’s starting to feel stale. Their brand new debut full-length is already a best of 2013 contendor!
Atlas Genius will be performing at 3rd and Lindsley in Nashville on 6/9/13. You can find more info here. Check out the group’s network television debut, a couple of months ago on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live:’
Bonus: Lisa Loeb on Conan [TBS; 11PM/10c]: If you missed Lisa Loeb on Leno a few weeks ago, you’ve got another shot this week to catch her on Conan. The “Stay” singer has come along way since her ’90s alt pop days, gravitating towards children’s music then recently returning closer to her roots. She’s got a fun new album out and is always great to watch!
Lisa Loeb will be performing at The Variety Playhouse at the Atlanta Jewish Music Festival on 3/16/13. You can find more info here.
DON’T MISS: Ke$ha on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon [NBC; 12:35AM/11:35c]: It’s no secret that I love Nashville’s own Wild Child’s latest album. Ke$ha’s weird and rock and roll and, perhaps accidentally, prolific and she’s shown a lot of growth and even more sincere energy lately. She might not even be the best pop star of the moment, but she’s damn near having the most fun.
Here’s Ke$ha’s recent X Factor performance of “C’Mon:”
DON’T MISS: White Arrows on Last Call with Carson Daly [NBC; 1:35AM/12:35c]: For all intents and purposes, White Arrows should be a way bigger band than they currently are. Their debut, Dry Land Is Not a Myth, is amazing, their single “Roll Forever” is simultaneously catchy and unlike anything else happening right now in indie rock, and their stage presence is fantastic. You have to check these guys out!
Check out the band performing “Roll Forever” at The Troubadour in LA:
Bonus: The Mowgli’s on Jimmy Kimmel Live! [ABC; 11:35PM/10:35c]: The Mowgli’s describe themselves as “rock and roll with Southern California soul.” I couldn’t have said it better myself. They’re sunny, they’re fun, they’re diverse, they’re soulful, and their dense yet poppy instrumentation sucks you in immediately.
The Mowgli’s will be performing at 3rd and Lindsley in Nashville on 3/27/13 with Family of the Year. You can find more info here.
Bonus: Family of the Year on Conan [TBS; 11PM/10c]: Family of the Year were my Monday pick for last week. If you missed the sunny indie pop group’s fantastic stop on Kimmel, you got another chance to catch them on Conan. Don’t sleep on this band!
Family of the Year will be performing at 3rd and Lindsley in Nashville on 3/27/13 with The Mowgli’s. You can find more info here.
DON’T MISS: thenewno2 on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno [NBC; 11:35PM/10:35c]: Dhani Harrison is perhaps the least well-known of The Beatles’ musical offspring. His eerie resemble to his father, both in looks, voice, and his ear for composition is undeniable, though. Harrison’s band thenewno2 have a few years, a few records, and some festival spots under their belt, but they’ve always sailed just below the mainstream radar. Their brand new score for the upcoming film Beautiful Creatures might just be the breakthrough they deserve.
Here’s the band’s previous ‘Conan’ performance:
Bonus: Imagine Dragons on Late Show with David Letterman [CBS; 11:35PM/10:35c]: I know, I know, indie rockers Imagine Dragons’ infectious breakout single “It’s Time” definitely joined the ranks of “catchiest but most overplayed of 2012.” I’ve even highlighted them in this feature already. Nonetheless, they’re a fun band and always put on a good show!