Music on TV This Week

It's only fitting that I follow up last week's CSN profile with Seattle's own Fleet Foxes. Fresh off the summer festival circuit, where they entertained captive audiences with their CSN-like lofty baroque harmonies, the band makes its national television debut Monday night on Letterman. Frontman Robin Pecknold may sit down for the entirety of the performance, but it doesn't reflect on the music's power to lift the audience out of their seats. While you're at it, though, you should also check out drummer J. Tillman's solo catalogue, which has recently been graciously reissued. Tillman's stuff is also worthy of all the adulation that Fleet Foxes are currently receiving.

Elsewhere this week, Bright Eyes' Conor Oberst releases his first solo album ( in name anyway, as Bright Eyes is essentially just Oberst) and hits the talk show circuit to help promote the occasion. Oberst is also kind of a throwback to 1960s protest singing (see "The President Talks to God"), and while he's mostly shed the weighty "new Bob Dylan" tag, his biting wit and nervous energy still evoke the time period. Oberst peddles his wares on Leno (Wednesday) and Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson (Thursday).

Picks for the week

Monday, August 4

ABC: Jimmy Kimmel Live: Does It Offend You, Yeah? (REPEAT)

CBS: Late Show With David Letterman: Fleet Foxes

CBS: Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson: Jamie Lidell

FUEL: The Daily Habit: The Night Marchers

NBC: Last Call With Carson Daly: The Flobots (REPEAT)

Tuesday, August 5

ABC: Jimmy Kimmel Live: Tyga

CBS: Late Show With David Letterman: Spiritualized

NBC: Late Night With Conan O'Brien: N.E.R.D.

NBC: Last Call With Carson Daly: Tristan Prettyman (REPEAT)

OVATION: Imagine: John Lennon: John Lennon

Wednesday, August 6

ABC: Jimmy Kimmel Live: Rev Theory

CBS: Late Show With David Letterman: Randy Newman

FUEL: The Daily Habit: Lucero

NBC: The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Conor Oberst

NBC: Late Night With Conan O'Brien: The B-52's

NBC: Last Call With Carson Daly: Brett Dennen (REPEAT)

PBS: Tavis Smiley: Joe Cocker

Thursday, August 7

CBS: Late Show With David Letterman: Alejandro Escovedo

CBS: Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson: Conor Oberst

FUEL: The Daily Habit: The Warlocks

NBC: The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Solomon Burke

NBC: Late Night With Conan O'Brien: Al Green

NBC: Last Call With Carson Daly: Shooter Jennings (REPEAT)

SUNDANCE: Live From Abbey Road: Elbow , MGMT , Alanis Morissette

Friday, August 8

ABC: Jimmy Kimmel Live: Airbourne

CBS: The Early Show: Duffy

NBC: The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Chris Cornell

NBC: Late Night With Conan O'Brien: Mason Jennings

Saturday, August 9

BBCAMERICA: The Graham Norton Show: Stereophonics (REPEAT)

PBS: Austin City Limits: Sufjan Stevens, Calexico, Iron & Wine (REPEAT)

Sunday, August 10

A&E: Private Sessions: LL Cool J (REPEAT)

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