As of recently, we’ve noticed an influx of wonderfully iconic musicians showing up on late-night TV. But knowing how late into the day some of these shows air, tons of these performances slip our minds. We got you covered though.
From The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon women, non-binary and LGBTQ+ folk have dominated the late-night screen this past month—which is exactly why we will not allow such performances to fall under the rug. Here are eight late-night performances you don’t want to say you missed.
The Late Late Show with James Corden
MUNA Featuring Phoebe Bridgers – ‘Silk Chiffon’
The sheer panic and violent screaming that ensued within the queer community after this collaboration is ridiculous but also warranted. Phoebe Bridgers signed the self-proclaimed “greatest band in the world,” MUNA, to her indie record label, and took off running with the serene yet sweet, ‘Silk Chiffon.’ The song saw a strong emotional response. MUNA and Bridgers have cultivated a fan base accustomed to depressive acoustics and dark-synth pop so there was a breath of fresh air for women/nbs within the LGBTQ+ community as this record—so upbeat and bashful in its queerness—allowed them the opportunity to smile rather than sulk.
Jade Bird – ‘Prototype’
The gatekeepers of the folklorian woods have withheld Jade Bird for quite some time now, keeping her hidden until she’s materialized. And with her release comes a sophomore album, Different Kinds of Light, equipped with a voice that strikes you in the face, and harmonies that chill the wound. ‘Prototype’ is a Bob Dylan-reminiscent, folk-rock song that dreams are made of.
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Snail Mail – ‘Valentine’
Lindsey of Snail Mail is a virtuoso of clever guitar and charm. This performance finds her voice maturing off her debut record; rasps, cracks, and all used at her disposal to pull feelings from her listeners. With television-debut nerves, when she asks “Why’d you wanna erase me?” you feel it in your chest.
Brandi Carlile – ‘This Time Tomorrow’
Brandi Carlile has had a fruitful career, swinging effortlessly from subgenre to subgenre with the class and grace of someone born to be a musician. She bores her sweet soul into ‘This Time Tomorrow’ on Colbert while only weeks ago making her Saturday Night Live debut. There, she performed ‘Broken Horses‘ (one of our favorites) where she received an outpour of love from viewers who’ve never even heard of her prior to her appearance. Many proclaimed her to be “one of the best musical guests” in the show’s history; all signs pointing to a masterful legend in her own right.
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
Lucy Dacus – ‘VBS’
Lucy Dacus is in a league of her own, one that she shimmied up to alongside friends, Phoebe Bridgers and Julien Baker of boygenius. She broods a soft “cross your heart and hope to die” type of emotion in VBS, armor-clad in childhood innocence. Her performance (and the song itself) is bound to foster tears of nostalgia in listeners, only for you to wipe them away with a frustrating realization: I’m older now and it sucks.
Jimmy Kimmel Live!
St. Vincent – ‘The Nowhere Inn’
Escaping from an imaginary penitentiary where we can only assume badass musicians are created, we have St. Vincent. With captivating guitar riffs and leave-you-on-the-edge vocals, she’s an artist whose musicality cannot be predicted. Especially while listening to a new song of hers, it’s simply impossible to guess what direction she’ll take next. In this performance notice how she seemingly conjures up a guitar slide out of thin air, only to chuck it off after a twangy guitar solo.
Maisie Peters – ‘Psycho’
Maisie Peters is sweet like candy and writes pop music for the shameless. Her ability to produce a slick chorus is a remarkable one; lyrics that stick to you like glue with the intention of an unknowing passerby. Plus she’s pretty adorable so we’re confused as to who exactly has been calling her a ‘Psycho’ all this time. Nevertheless, they’re being blasted on a late-night TV show so this performance is simply a win for everybody.
Olivia Rodrigo – ‘traitor’
Lastly, and in all her glory comes Olivia Rodrigo. The young artist received criticism lately for shaky vocal performances at the VMAs and SNL, unfortunately eliciting some to believe that she’s not a good performer, or worse, that her records are concealed in auto-tune. What viewers forget is that she’s a teenager making big appearances for the first time. Sometimes nerves get the best of you. She returned to defend her musicality with cleaner vocals on Kimmel. This performance is an important one for Rodrigo. It proves she’s working on her breath support and indeed deserving of all the praise she gets.
With women, non-binary, and LGBTQ+ folk absolutely dominating late-night show TV and performances, it’s clear we need to make sure that everybody and their mother are paying attention. Are there any performances from this last month that you think deserve a spot on this list? We’d love to hear it! Tweet us @TheHoneyPop or let us know in the comments!
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