The week in music videos, late night TV and online performances, featuring clips of President Obama x Jimmy Fallon x The Roots, Jack White, Alabama Shakes, Grimes, Bon Iver, Thom Yorke, Miike Snow, The Very Best and Nicolas Jaar. (Use the arrow buttons to navigate through the videos)
President Obama Slow Jams the News with Jimmy Fallon and The Roots (1of7)
Perhaps the most legendary late-night clip of 2012, after Lana Del Rey's infamous SNL blunder, of course.
Jools Holland's hosts Jack White, Alabama Shakes & Grimes (2of7)
On an incredible episode this week, UK late night staple and national treasure, Jools Holland hosted some of America's most talented musicians: the inimitable Jack White, rising Southern rockers Alabama Shakes and "pussy" enthusiast/weirdo-pop princess Grimes. Here are the highlights:
Bon Iver Pays Tribute to Fallen Legend Levon Helm (3of7)
At their April 19th show in San Francisco, Bon Iver paid tribute to fallen legend, The Band'sLevon Helm by covering "Ophelia" from Northern Lights – Southern Cross. Also this week, the band stopped by Ellen and performed two Bon Iver cuts "Towers" and "Michicant."
Nicolas Jaar / Darkside Perform "Variations" (4of7)
MTV Hive and Yours Truly bring us this fascinating clip of Nicolas Jaar and his band Darkside performing Space is Only Noise cut "Variations." We never thought eight minutes of watching four dudes make throbbing, mininimalist dance music would be so cool, but it is.
Thom Yorke Debuts New Music (5of7)
While DJing at Beastie Boy Mike D's "Transmission LA: AV Club" festival at MOCA in Los Angeles, Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke and Radiohead/Beck producer Nigel Godrich debuted new Atoms For Peace material. No word if it will actually end up on the AFP full length album (supposedly due this year?), but you can listen to over 15 minutes of new music; so far it sounds like the first half of The King of Limbs having an extremely fitful epileptic seizure.
The Very Best Return! (6of7)
"Yoshua Alikuti" is the first taste we've received from The Very Best's upcoming album. As good as the song is, it's hard not to like the clip even more. Directed by Village Beat, the video is a play on Lil Wayne's clip for "A Milli."
Miike Snow on Letterman (7of7)
Miike Snow performed earworm Happy To You highlight "Paddling Out" on Letterman last night.