Wild Flag "Romance" Letterman

Why has 2011 been so good for Wild Flag? Check out this Late Show With David Letterman performance of their single "Romance" (check out the video here) and you'll see what all the fuss has been about. Some argue that their self-titled debut lacks a certain raw immediacy, but their live show more than makes up for that, packing in much guitar-fueled, aggressive wallop into compact riffs. Pro tip: Hone in on Mary Timony's guitar solo at the 3:00 mark and Carrie Brownstein's subtle windmills. Real rock, folks.

Wild Flag's self-titled debut is out now via Merge.