In an effort to keep you connected to not just the local scene, but also a way to experience music all over, we’ve put together weekly roundup of the best televised performances to look out for. And, with so many local acts making late night rounds, national artists with upcoming dates in town, and bands we’re just genuinely fans of set to appear on TV, you’ll often have a chance to see these artists live in Nashville or nearby cities in the coming months.
Below, you’ll find our top picks for musical performances throughout the week, plus a few bonus sets, as well as tour dates for the artists set to play nearby in the near future. Set those DVRs, or remember to look online the next day for:
MONDAY | 1.11
DON’T MISS: EL VY
on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
A brand new side project made up of The National’s Matt Berninger and Menomena’s Brent Knopf, EL VY seem like an indie music fan’s fantasy lineup: and they sort of are. A collaboration long in the making, the duo put out their quirky debut, Return to the Moon, just last year, and even completed a fall run of shows in support. With their baked-in pedigree and similar, but unique from their main projects’, sound they’re a must-watch for fans of the sum of their parts.
TUESDAY | 1.12
DON’T MISS: LEON BRIDGES
on Jimmy Kimmel Live!
We don’t have to tell you about the unprecedented success story that is Leon Bridges. He’s passed through Music City multiple times in the last year, selling out every room at rapid speed, and managed to sell out his headlining Ryman debut months in advance, making summer festival outings perhaps your best upcoming chance to see him live this year. Leon’s heartfelt, nostalgic sound and style and soulful voice make him a unique artist that defies his own time, and last year’s debut effort, Coming Home, is one of our favorite first albums in recent memory.
[Live | 3.2.16 | The Ryman Auditorium, Nashville | Info]
Bonus: James Bay
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert | CBS; 11:35PM/10:35c
WEDNESDAY | 1.13
DON’T MISS: HIGHLY SUSPECT
Recently announced to play The Basement East, Brooklyn hard rock trio Highly Suspect just commanded the attention of the general public when they nabbed two Grammy nominations- Best Rock Album, against acts like Muse and Death Cab for Cutie, and Best Rock Song, in the company of Alabama Shakes, Florence + the Machine, and more. Needless to say, you should go back and give their latest effort, Mister Asylum, a spin if you’re just getting hip to Highly Suspect, and come catch their Basement East show to see what all of the fuss is about.
[Live | 2.23.16 | The Basement East, Nashville | Info]
THURSDAY | 1.14
DON’T MISS: FATHER JOHN MISTY
on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
We named his latest, I Love You, Honeybear, the best album of 2015, and were absolutely floored by his return to Marathon Music Works. Naturally, a TV appearance from Father John Misty, whose snark and self-parady is never not enjoyable, should be a real gem to behold. The indie rocker is lining up festival dates all summer, and word on the street is that one of them may be Bonnaroo; if you’re late to the party, you may still get another shot to see him!
[Live | 4.29.16 | The Tabernacle, Atlanta | Info]
Bonus: JR JR
The Late Late Show with James Corden | CBS; 12:35AM/11:35c
Bonus: Oh Wonder
Conan | TBS; 11PM/10c
FRIDAY | 1.15
DON’T MISS: BRANDI CARLILE
on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
Friday’s not a busy a night for televised music, but folky, alt-country songstress Brandi Carlile will be stopping by Fallon to make sure that the beginning of your weekend is not all dull. Brandi’s latest effort, last year’s The Firewatcher’s Daughter, didn’t seem to attract nearly as much mainstream attention as it deserved, but did snag a Grammy nod, and tons of critical praise.
SATURDAY | 1.16
DON’T MISS: CHRIS STAPLETON
on Saturday Night Live
Following a CMA sweep, viral duet with Justin Timberlake, Grammy nods, festival outings, an upcoming trio of Ryman dates that sold out instantly, a downtown New Year’s Eve set, and near unanimous, crossover media praise, it’s been a well-deserved whirlwind of accomplishments for local country-revivalist Chris Stapleton, whose next movie is a debut set on Saturday Night Live. Stapleton’s Traveller, which we called one of the year’s best albums, is what country music should be, and we couldn’t be more excited that he, along with artists like Jason Isbell and Sturgill Simpson, are making the genre cool again.
[Live | 2.18 – 2.20.16 | The Ryman Auditorium, Nashville | Info]