"Look, everybody, it's Phoenix!" David Letterman seemed pretty excited about the French band's performance last night in support of their new album Bankrupt!, and we were pretty psyched about their 45-minute set on the Live on Letterman webcast. Their synth rock sound is catchy as ever, with Thomas Mars' unmistakable shout at the forefront, and these performances remind us why they're a solid festival favorite.
Live on Letterman webcast:
On the other side of the pond, Vampire Weekend performed "Diane Young" and "Unbelievers" from their new release Modern Vampires of the City on BBC's Later...with Jools Holland. We're loving the summer-ready energy and rockabilly twist in their new songs.
But the award for best performance last night goes to the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' backup gospel choir in their live rendition of "Sacrilege." We're pretty sure that choir conductor can turn any performance into a religious experience. Unfortunately, the enormous belted notes coming from the choir ladies underscored Karen O's limited range, especially in this particular song, but with that choir conductor, we're willing to forgive a few flat notes.
Apparently, British people really like clapping to the beat.