Watch Five Fantastic Sean Lennon Live Performances

Sean Lennon and Charlotte Kemp Muhl in Paris, October 2011. Photo: Kristy Sparrow/Getty Images

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Sean Lennon has more sides to his musical personality than a Rubik’s Cube in a hall of mirrors. From his solo singer/songwriter outings to his art-folk duo with Charlotte Kemp Muhl, Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, he bears as restless an artistic spirit as you’d expect from someone of his lineage. That fact is borne out even further by this week’s release of Lennon’s latest project, Mystical Weapons, the debut album by his duo of the same name with Deerhoof’s Greg Saunier. The pair’s mostly instrumental, giddily eccentric collaboration is as lovably left-field in its own way as John and Yoko’s late-‘60s avant-garde explorations (Two Virgins, Life With The Lions), illuminating yet another aspect of Lennon’s ever-evolving aesthetic. The best barometer for gauging a performer’s artistic ecosystem, however, often turns out to be the stage, so here are five clips of Sean Lennon at his best in a broad array of sonic settings.

1. “Dead Meat”

Lennon finally followed up his 1996 solo debut in 2006 with the nakedly emotional Friendly Fire. For his first big TV appearance in years, on the record’s release date, he took the stage of the Late Show with David Letterman flanked by an elegant orchestral-pop ensemble as he plowed through the album’s compelling opening cut.

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