If you're a big fan of the Deschanel sisters (and who isn't?), then Thursday night (December 9) was a fantastic evening of television for you. Were you so inclined, you could have started your evening watching Emily Deschanel on a brand new — and wholly devastating — episode of "Bones," the hit procedural now in its sixth season. And then you could have stayed up late (killing time by watching the increasingly-creepy "Fringe" or catching the Boston Celtics' last-second heroics against the Philadelphia 76ers) to see the latest episode of "Conan," which not only featured a visit from Sarah Silverman (who had a message for all women about vaginal deodorant) but also ended with a performance by She & Him, the musical project consisting of M. Ward and Zooey Deschanel.
She & Him formed in 2006 after Deschanel and Ward worked together on a little-seen film called "The Go-Getter." Having heard the actress sing in the film "Elf," Ward struck up a friendship with Deschanel over their shared interest in music (particularly the work of Brian Wilson, Phil Spector, Dusty Springfield and the Carter Family). Their first album Volume 1 debuted in 2008 to much critical acclaim, and they became known as a delightfully charming live act. Their latest album Volume 2 came out earlier this year and represented a huge leap forward in their sound, which borrows from Byrds-ian folk rock, '60s Wall of Sound pop and flashes of country and bluegrass.
The band ripped through a slow-burning cover of Screamin' Jay Hawkins' "I Put a Spell on You" for the audience of "Conan," but they really should have busted out "Thieves," a dreamy little shuffle that represents Deschanel's best vocal performance yet.