Once again, we’re bringing you our roundup of the best live music on television for the week. The first week of March is typically when a lot of late night shows follow suit of colleges and take their post-February sweeps spring break. This week is definitely slim pickings compared to most, but I’ve still picked out a pretty solid list for you.
Here are the best performances I think you should set your DVR (or check Hulu the next day) for:
DON’T MISS: Sean Rowe on Jimmy Kimmel Live! [ABC; 11:35PM/10:35c]: Singer-songwriter Sean Rowe spent years releasing small albums and playing open mics and bars, before landing an opening spot for Noah and the Whale in the UK and subsequently signing to ANTI- Records. His latest, The Salesman in the Shark, is fantastically crafted, stripped-down exploration of acoustic alt-folk. He’s got a unique gravely voice and a subdued performance style that will immediately draw you in.
Check out Sean Rowe’s live performance of “American” from last year’s SXSW festival:
DON’T MISS: Frightened Rabbit on Conan [TBS; 11PM/10c]: Scottish indie rockers Frightened Rabbit have had an impressive few years. After their third album, The Winter of Mixed Drinks, earned them mainstream attention, the band made the jump to a major label for their brand new record Pedestrian Verse. It’s possibly the band’s best yet, and their high-energy live show makes them a performance not to miss!
Frightened Rabbit will be performing at 3rd and Lindsley in Nashville on 3/24/13. You can find more info here. Here’s the official video for the band’s new single, “The Woodpile:”
Bonus: The Sound City Players on Jimmy Kimmel Live! [ABC; 11:35PM/10:35c]: The Sound City Players are a supergroup assembled by Dave Grohl during the filming of his new documentary, Sound City. The lineup changes for each performance, but has, so far, included members of Nirvana and Stevie Nicks for its live sets. It’s unclear who will be joining Grohl for the latest promotional stop, but it’s going to be live and outside in Hollywood!
DON’T MISS: ZZ Ward on Good Morning America [ABC; check local listings]: At only 24, singer and multi-instrumentalist ZZ Ward has been generating a ton of buzz since the fall release of her debut album, Til the Casket Drops. Her sound is rooted in blues, with a bit of pop and hip hop sensibilities, and she’s got the edgy attitude to match her far-from-cookie cutter style.
ZZ Ward will be performing at 3rd and Lindsley in Nashville on 3/10/13. You can find more info here. Check out Ward’s debut television performance on ‘Leno’ below:
DON’T MISS: Jamie N Commons on Conan [TBS; 11PM/10c]: British singer-songwriter Jamie N Commons is one part Nick Cave, one part Tom Waits with a gravely understated, blues for the modern era, type vocal sensibility and delivery. His style sounds simultaneously old and worldly, while staying modern and timelessly emotionally-charged. He’s one of my favorite under the radar artists around, and definitely one worth getting to know!
Jamie N Commons will be performing at 3rd and Lindsley in Nashville with Lianne La Havas on 4/14/13. You can find more info here. Check out his official music video for “The Preacher:”
Bonus: Rival Sons on Jimmy Kimmel Live! [ABC; 11:35PM/10:35c]: Rival Sons are very much a throwback hard rock and roll band in the vein of AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, and Alice Cooper. While they bring very little of anything new to the genere, they do a solid impression of their influences. This sometimes falls short (and bar band-y), but, more often than not, they’re solidly entertaining. They also put on a really fun performance.
There’s nothing worth recommending for Friday. Perhaps you can spend it catching up on last week’s performances on Hulu and YouTube.
DON’T MISS: Justin Timberlake on Saturday Night Live [NBC; 11:30PM/10:30c]: It’s no secret that we’re big fans of Justin Timberlake around these parts. I’m eagerly anticipating the right-around-the-corner release of his new album, and I can’t stop jamming his Jay-Z-featuring comeback single “Suit & Tie” (or the crazy good David Fincher-directed video that accompanied it). JT’s performing AND hosting SNL, so you know it’ll be a good one! Now if we could just get him to add a Nashville date to that summer arena tour with Jay-Z…
Check out Timberlake’s recent Brit Awards performance of his new single “Mirrors” below: