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Feb 24, 2020

Conan O’Brien’s TBS show Conan has launched a new fake behind the scenes web series, Meet the Conan Staff, and in one episode Conor Oberst and Phoebe Bridgers play production assistants on the show. The duo performed on Conan last year with their side-project Better Oblivion Community Center. More

Watch Phoebe Bridgers Make Her Late Night TV Debut Performing “Motion Sickness” on “Conan”

Stranger in the Alps Deluxe Edition Due Out October 2 via Dead Oceans

Sep 19, 2018

Los Angeles singer/songwriter Phoebe Bridgers released her debut album, Stranger in the Alps, back in September 2017 via Dead Oceans. Now, a year later, she has stopped by Conan to make her late night TV debut and perform the album’s “Motion Sickness.” More

Jun 07, 2018

Neko Case released a new album, Hell-On, last Friday via ANTI-. Last night she stopped by Conan to perform one of the album’s singles, “Bad Luck.” More

Watch Johnny Marr Perform New Song “Bug” on “Conan”

Call the Comet Due Out June 15 via New Voodoo

Jun 05, 2018

Johnny Marr is releasing a new album, Call the Comet, on June 15 via New Voodoo. Last night he stopped by Conan to perform a new song from the album, “Bug.” The song seems to be about an infectious disease. More

Mar 29, 2018

The Breeders released a new album, All Nerve, earlier this month via 4AD. All Nerve is the band’s first album in a decade and the first to feature the band’s classic lineup since their beloved 1993 album, Last Splash. Last night the band stopped by Conan perform “Wait in the Car.” More

Watch Natalie Prass Perform “Short Court Style” on “Conan”

The Future and the Past Due Out June 1 via ATO

Mar 21, 2018

Natalie Prass is releasing a new album, The Future and the Past, on June 1 via ATO. Previously she shared a video for its first single, “Short Court Style” (which was one of our Songs of the Week). Last night she stopped by Conan to perform the song with her backing band. Watch the joyful performance below, followed by her upcoming tour dates. More

Mar 08, 2018

Old school country-rocker Margo Price released her sophomore album, All American Made, last October via Third Man. Last night she stopped by Conan to perform “Pay Gap.” More

Feb 02, 2018

The Strokes’ guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. has announced a new solo album, Francis Trouble, and shared its first single, “Muted Beatings.” More

Jan 19, 2018

Grizzly Bear released a new album, Painted Ruins, last August via RCA. It was our Album of the Week and the band was on the cover of our summer print issue. It was also one of our Top 100 Albums of 2017. Last night the band stopped by Conan to perform “Losing All Sense.” More

Watch alt-J Perform “In Cold Blood” on “Conan”

Relaxer Out Now via Canvasback Music

Jun 06, 2017

Alt-J released their third album, Relaxer, last Friday via Canvasback Music. Last night the band stopped by Conan to perform In Cold Blood. Watch the performance below. More

Apr 25, 2017

Real Estate released a new album, In Mind, last month via Domino. Last night the band stopped by Conan to perform relaxed cut “Darling.” They were backed by a harpist. Conan O’Brien was into it, declaring at the performance’s finish: “That’s a great sound.” More

Apr 19, 2017

Car Seat Headrest (aka Will Toledo and band), released their new album, Teens of Denial, last year via Matador. Last night, in between performing at Coachella’s two weekends, Car Seat Headrest stopped by Conan to perform “Unforgiving Girl (She’s Not An).” More

Apr 18, 2017

Prolific Melbourne psych-rock adventurers King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard have already stated their intentions to release five albums this year and they already released one, Flying Microtonal Banana, back in February via ATO. More

Apr 13, 2017

Future Islands released a new album, The Far Field, last week via 4AD. Previously the band shared its first single “Ran” (which they also shared a video for and performed on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon) and a lyric video for “Cave” that featured the album’s lyrics in sign language. More

Mar 30, 2017

Strand of Oaks released their new album, Hard Love, last month on Dead Oceans. Last night Tim Showalter and band stopped by Conan to perform “Rest of It” on the broadcast show. More

Feb 14, 2017

In 2016 Angel Olsen released a fantastic new album, MY WOMAN, via Jagjaguwar. It made it to #3 on Under the Radar’s Top 100 Albums of 2016 list. Last night she stopped by Conan to perform MY WOMAN track “Give It Up. More

Watch: Dinosaur Jr. Perform “Goin Down” on “Conan”

Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not Out Now via Jagjaguwar

Dec 07, 2016

Dinosaur Jr. released a new album, Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not, earlier this year via Jagjaguwar. Last night J Mascis and band stopped by Conan to perform “Goni Down.” Watch the energetic performance below. More

Nov 17, 2016

Moby recently released a new album, These Systems Are Failing, credited to Moby and the Void Pacific Choir. Last night he stopped by Conan to perform “Are You Lost in the World Like Me?” More

Aug 26, 2016

After being on hiatus for five years, Wolf Parade announced earlier this year that they were back and have since been playing some new shows. Sub Pop released a deluxe 3-LP reissue of the band’s 2005-released debut album,Apologies to the Queen Mary, and in May the band released a brand new EP, simply entitled EP 4, More

Aug 24, 2016

Blood Orange (aka Devonté Hynes) released an acclaimed new album, Freetown Sound, back in June via Domino. Last night he stopped by Conan to perform both “Augustine” and “Thank You.” For the former he was seated at the piano, with two backing dancers behind him. For the latter he stood up to perform. Throughout framed photos of police shooting victims Terrance Mack, Philando Castile, and Hande Kader sat in front of his piano. More

Watch Local Natives Perform “Fountains of Youth” on “Conan”

Sunlit Youth Due Out September 9 via Loma Vista/Infectious Music

Jul 28, 2016

Local Natives are releasing their third album, Sunlit Youth, on September 9 via Loma Vista and Infectious Music. Previously the band had shared “Past Lives” and lyric videos for “Villainy” and “Fountains of Youth.” More

Jul 12, 2016

M. Ward opened for Brian Wilson on Sunday at the Hollywood Bowl and during his performance he brought out his old friends and collaborators Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes and Jim James of My Morning Jacket. More

Jun 15, 2016

New Zealand singer/songwriter/guitarist Marlon Williams released his self-titled debut album in America on Dead Oceans back in February. With his old school Americana vibe and powerful voice, he was one of the highlights of SXSW 2016. More

Jun 07, 2016

The Kills (Alison Mosshart and Jamie Hince) just released a new album, Ash & Ice, via Domino. Last night the duo stopped by Conan to perform the album’s “Heart of a Dog.” Watch below. More

May 06, 2016

Forever the jokester, Mac DeMarco has taken part in the Conan web segment “I Like to Watch.” In the video below, DeMarco picks out some of his favorite weird YouTube clips, including a man in a full suit submersing himself in a bath filled with water and another man in a thong wading through mud, and provides commentary on each clip. Watch below. More

Watch Parquet Courts Perform “Berlin Got Blurry” on “Conan”

Human Performance Due Out April 8 via Rough Trade

Mar 03, 2016

Parquet Courts are releasing their new album, Human Performance, on April 8 via Rough Trade. Previously they had shared the videos for “Dust,” the album’s opening track, and “Berlin Got Blurry.” Last night they performed the latter on Conan. Conan O’Brien approved, telling the band at the end, “That was great, I like that hook.” More

Bonnaroo 2016 Lineup Announced: LCD Soundsystem, M83, Tame Impala, CHVRCHES, etc.

Father John Misty, HAIM, Death Cab For Cutie, Kurt Vile, Natalie Prass, Purity Ring, Pearl Jam, and Others

Jan 20, 2016

Bonnaroo have announced their 2016 lineup. The festival goes down in Manchester, Tennessee from June 9-12 and this year, their 15th year, the lineup includes LCD Soundsystem, M83, Tame Impala, CHVRCHES, Father John Misty, HAIM, Death Cab For Cutie, Kurt Vile, Natalie Prass, Purity Ring, Pearl Jam, and many others. More

Jan 20, 2016

Canadian electro-pop duo Purity Ring were on Conan last night. They performed “Repetition.” The band performed in fog, surrounded by foliage. The song is taken from Purity Ring’s second album, Another Eternity, which is out now via 4AD. More

Watch Beach House Perform “Somewhere Tonight” on “Conan”

Thank Your Lucky Stars Out Now via Sub Pop

Dec 16, 2015

Baltimore duo Beach House (Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally) performed on Conan last night. They did “Somewhere Tonight,” which can be found on the band’s second album to be released in 2015, Thank Your Lucky Stars. Check out the video below. More

Oct 09, 2015

Beirut (aka Zach Condon and his band) released their fourth album, No No No, last month via 4AD. Last night they stopped by Conan to perform “So Allowed.” More

Oct 01, 2015

The National’s frontman Matt Berninger has teamed up with former Menomena member Brent Knopf (who also records as Ramona Falls) for the new project EL VY. The duo will be releasing their debut album as EL VY, Return to the Moon, on October 30 via 4AD. More

Sep 25, 2015

Kurt Vile‘s new studio album, b’lieve i’m goin down…, is out today via Matador. On the eve of its release Vile stopped by Conan last night to perform “Pretty Pimpin’.” More

Aug 26, 2015

Unknown Mortal Orchestra performed on Conan last night, doing “Can’t Keep Checking My Phone” from the New Zealand band’s excellent recent album Multi-Love (out now via Jagjaguwar). More

Watch Bully Perform “Trying” on “Conan”

Feels Like Out Now via StarTime International

Aug 19, 2015

Bully, the Nashville-based band fronted by Alicia Bognanno, stopped by Conan last night. More

Jul 16, 2015

Father John Misty was on Conan last night. He performed “I Love You, Honeybear,” the title track to his acclaimed second album from earlier this year. Although it’ll be hard for him to match the brilliance of his Late Show with David Letterman performance of “Bored in the USA” last November, Josh Tillman still delivered a spirited rendition for Mr. O’Brien, singing while standing on top of the drum kit at one point and getting down on his knees at another. More

Jul 14, 2015

Death Cab for Cutie performed Kintsugi cut “The Ghosts of Beverly Drive” on Conan last night. More

Jul 09, 2015

Conan O’Brien has taken his show on the road, the Fury Road that is. Starting last night and through Saturday, More

Jun 05, 2015

Last night My Morning Jacket stopped by Conan to perform “Believe (Nobody Knows),” taken from their acclaimed new album, The Waterfall. More

Watch Spoon Perform Cramps Cover “TV Set” on “Conan”

Cover Included on Poltergeist Soundtrack

Jun 04, 2015

Last night Spoon stopped by Conan, but instead of performing a song from last year’s They Want My Soul album, they did a cover of The Cramps’ “TV Set.” More

Watch Courtney Barnett Perform “Dead Fox” on “Conan”

Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit Out Now

Jun 02, 2015

Australian singer/songwriter/guitarist Courtney Barnett stopped by Conan last night to perform “Dead Fox.” “Dead Fox” can be found on Barnett’s debut full-length album, Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit, which is out now. More

May 19, 2015

Last night Lord Huron made an appearance on Conan, performing “Fool For Love.” Dressed in matching blue and black suits and with slick-backed or quaffed hair, they looked like some 1950s band who could’ve played with Elvis. More

Oct 11, 2012

The new video for M. Ward’s “Me and My Shadow” features a Justin Bieber-esque teen pop star who is controlled by his evil manager who shoots lasers out of her eyes. Laser eyes we tell you! Also, a certain tall, redheaded late night talk show host (aka Conan O’Brien) has a cameo. More

Tig Notaro Performs on Conan

Debut Album Good One Released in August

Dec 07, 2011

Tig Notaro has been taking the comedy world by storm. Check out the video of her performing on Conan last night here. More

Nov 16, 2010

Last night, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings continued their never-ending victory lap with a stop on Conan. There, Jones and the Kings rocked the red-haired late night host with their rendition of “If You Call” a cut from stand out soul album, I Learned the Hard Way. More

Conan Kicks Off With a Visit From Jack White

White and O’Brien performed a track off Live at Third Man.

Nov 09, 2010

Last night, Conan O’Brien’s newest late-night venture, Conan, began on a high note with a little help from White Strips/Raconteurs/Dead Weather frontman Jack White. More

Conan O’Brien Confirms Jack White as First Guest

Seth Rogen, Tom Hanks and Jon Hamm Also to Join

Oct 21, 2010

Today. Conan O’Brien announced his first music guest on new show Conan would be none other than near-ubiquitous Jack White—who helped close out his stint on Late Night. More

Conan Launches Coco Cam

Most Mesmerizing Hallway EVER

Oct 20, 2010

Conan O’Brien isn’t quite ready to be funny on television (you’ll have to wait for November 8th for that) yet, but that doesn’t mean the orange-haired one isn’t busy bring his hilarity to the internet. The newest weapon of his arsenal? The 24 hour a day “Coco cam” capturing all the activity leading up to his big debut. More

Conan O’Brien Announces New Show Name

"Spoiler alert: The words "Tonight" and "Show" Aren't in it"

Sep 01, 2010

Today, after months of hot anticipation, the first redhead of late night Conan O’Brien announced the name of his new TBS show. We’ve got the video announcement. More

Third Man Records Announces Conan O’Brien 7-Inch and 12-Inch

Jack White Interviews O’Brien as a B-side

Aug 19, 2010

Jack White’s label, Third Man Records, has released two new recordings by Conan O’Brien on the “Green Series” of their Spoken Word/Instructional records. The second is a 7”, titled “And They Call Me Mad?,” that features O’Brien’s perspectives on the Frankenstein tale (or “Conan’s hilarious improvised take on the Frankenstein legend” as the Third Man website says). The B-side features an interview conducted by White. More

Photos from Bonnaroo Music Festival 2010 - She & Him, The National, Conan O’Brien, and more

Plus: Local Natives, The Dodos, The Dead Weather, The Flaming Lips, Steve Martin, Phoenix, Mumford & Sons, and much more

Jun 16, 2010

Last weekend (June 11th - 13th), Bonnaroo was the place to be with performances from She & Him, The National, Local Natives, Fanfarlo, The Dodos, Here We Go Magic, Phoenix, Mumford & Sons, Conan O’Brien, Dr. Dog, The Dead Weather, Steve Martin, The Flaming Lips, The Dead Weather, Local Natives, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, and many more. We sent photographer Matt Jones down to cover the action. Check out the full galleries of each day. More

Jun 11, 2010

After an the teaser video and an obtuse Twitter promise of an “event” at Third Man Records, Conan O’Brien delivered the goods, playing a straight up rock show with buddy Jack White. We have a fan video from the evening. More

Jun 09, 2010

Tomorrow night in Nashville, Conan O’Brien and jack-of-all-trades Jack White are planning…an event. We have the known details and a video. More

Vampire Weekend is With Coco

Band Made Surprise Appearance At Conan O’Brien’s New York Tour Date

Jun 02, 2010

Last night, Conan O’Brien visited his old stomping grounds as “The Legally Prohibited From Being Funny On Television Tour” rolled into New York for a date at Radio City Music Hall. Joining him was Vampire Weekend. We have the fan video of O’Brien playing with the band, plus video of Conan O’Brien’s Dance-Off with Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart. More

Videos of Conan O’Brien and Jim Carrey Dueting Live Dressed as Superheroes

As Kick-Ass and Superman on O’Brien’s LA Tour Stop

Apr 27, 2010

Conan O’Brien is currently on his Legally Prohibited From Being Funny on Television Tour. This past weekend he had two LA stops at the Gibson Amphitheatre, which is in the same studio complex where O’Brien was tapping his Tonight Show before being canned by NBC. His LA shows boasted special guests galore. Sunday’s show alone featured Aziz Ansari, Seth Green, Jonah Hill, 30 Rock‘s Jack McBrayer, and Sarah Silverman. And Saturday’s show included all of those (minus Green and Silverman), plus Mad Men‘s Jon Hamm. But the highlight of both shows was Jim Carrey, who sang a duet with O’Brien, a cover of Five For Fighting’s “Superman (It’s Not Easy).” We have the videos. More

Conan O’Brien Covers Radiohead’s “Creep”

He's a Loser Baby! He's a Creep!

Apr 14, 2010

He may not legally be allowed to be funny on television, but that’s not stopping Conan O’Brien from being funny on Youtube. We have the video of his Radiohead cover “Creep.” More

Conan O’Brien’s New Show to Air on TBS

Set to Air Monday to Thursday at 11 PM in November

Apr 12, 2010

After months of speculation following O’Brien’s departure from NBC’s Tonight Show, he will host a new late-night talk show on TBS, expected to debut in November. The currently untitled show is expected to air Monday through Thursday at 11 PM, with the George Lopez show moving to midnight. More

Conan O’Brien Goes On Tour

The Legally Prohibited From Being Funny On Television Tour!

Mar 11, 2010

Still bummed you can’t get your nightly Conan O’Brien fix? 140 characters of funny just not enough funny for you? You’re in luck, the first redhead of late night is heading out on tour for what the Team Coco website describes as, “a night of music, comedy, hugging, and the occasional awkward silence.” Oh, and Conan is also taking his show to Bonnaroo, where he will be MCing the What Stage (the main stage) Friday and Saturday. We have the dates. More

Video of Kimmel’s Faux Ken Burns-style Documentary on the Late Night Wars

Live! Host Presents a Retrospective on the NBC Fiasco as if it's The Civil War

Jan 22, 2010

Check out a video of a faux-documentary on the “Late Night Wars” aired on Jimmy Kimmel Live! last night. In the Ken Burns style, the documentary was set in the future, looking back on the “Late Night Wars” of 2010 as if they were The Civil War. More

Jan 21, 2010

It’s official. After a week of rallies and fans praying for a miracle…it just isn’t happening. Conan O’Brien is officially leaving the Tonight Show and his last show will be this Friday, as expected. His last show will feature Tom Hanks, Will Ferrell, and Neil Young. More

The Coco Report: Conan O’Brien Watch 2010

Quentin Tarantino, David Letterman, and Chinese News Animations Are With Coco!

Jan 20, 2010

Despite an outpouring of support from fans, and Monday’s rallies in New York, Boston, and Los Angeles, things look bleak for Conan O’Brien’s future at the Tonight Show.The only silver lining—if one can call it that—is this increasingly twisted dustup has resulted in strong comedy, and perversely, strong ratings for the nearly ousted host. Newest supporters include Quentin Tarantino, David Letterman, and…the Chinese. More

Video of Rally Street Fight: Asian Conan O’Brien vs. Asian Jay Leno

Funny or Die Clip Shot at "I'm With Coco" Rally

Jan 19, 2010

There’s a video posted on the website Funny or Die that was shot at yesterday’s “I’m With Coco” Conan O’Brien rally outside the Univeral lot in Hollywood where The Tonight Show is taped. The video features a mock fight between an Asian Conan O’Brien and an Asian Jay Leno and also includes other footage from the rally. Check out our coverage of the rally. We have the Funny or Die video. More

Fans Rally for Conan O’Brien in Los Angeles

"I'm With Coco" Rally Included Appearances from O'Brien, Andy Richter, La Bamba, and Max Weinberg

Jan 18, 2010

Hundreds of Conan O’Brien fans braved heavy rain for the “I’m With Coco” rally outside of the Universal Studios lot in Hollywood where O’Brien currently tapes The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien. Fans were protesting NBC’s decision to return Jay Leno to The Tonight Show after Leno’s 10 pm show flopped and O’Brien refused to move to a later time slot to accommodate Leno’s return to late night TV. Conan O’Brien, Andy Richter, Max Weinberg, LaBamba, and others all made appearances. We have the photos. More

Jan 13, 2010

After the ratings disaster that was Jay Leno’s move to 10p.m., NBC is looking to give him back his 11:30 time slot-moving Conan O’Brien’s Tonight Show to 12:05a.m. Host, fans, and the Internet at large are not amused. More