Music on TV This Week: Interpol

Interpol hasn't had the best year so far, but things are finally looking to turn around this week with their first release in three years. Besides the eponymously titled Interpol hitting the shelves, the New York band also soon sets off for Europe, acting as the opening act for U2. While both of these events represent obvious high points, they're both are partially responsible for the low points in the band's year.Just as they were putting the final touches on Interpol in the studio, an album that sees the band returning to the roots of its gold standard setting debut (Turn on the Bright Lights), co-founding member and bassist Carlo D. announced he was leaving the group*. Then, U2's Bono had to undergo back surgery and their North American tour was put off until next year. The time off this summer has at least allowed the new lineup some time to gel, and they'll put their newfound synergy on display this Wednesday for viewers of Jimmy Kimmel Live when they'll likely play both "Lights" and "Barricade."*Interpol was able to pick up indie gun for hire David Pajo (Slint, Tortoise, Stereolab, Yeah Yeah Yeahs) to play bass in the band.Elsewhere, contrasting acts The Black Angels and Ray Lamontagne are on the tube promoting their latest releases this week. The Black Angels are bringing their psyche rock assault to Letterman Wednesday, playing "Telephone" in support of their third release, Phosphene Dream (out next week); while Ray Lamontagne plays twice (Wednesday on Leno and Thursday on Kimmel) with the Pariah Dogs for their collaborative debut, God Willin' & The Creek Don't Rise).Finally, this Sunday is time for MTV's twice-a-year-spectacle-event-posing-as-an-awards show. Like its sister event, the MTV Movie Awards, the MTV Video Awards always generates some water cooler "did you see that" talk, like last year's blood-splattering (an nightmare-inducing) performance by Lady Gaga. But with no Lady Gaga on the docket this year, it begs the question: Who will folks be talking about tomorrow morning? Kanye West? Well, probably, but not for his performance. Drake? Perhaps for the cleavage of his dancers on stage. Justin Bieber? Back-to-schoolgirls will be texting (Bieber) feverishly. I'm holding out hope Florence & the Machine's performance of "Kiss With a Fist" pulls out the stops, as it has all kinds of MTV awards-show-over-the-top-like potential:

Playlist: Picks for the week

Monday, September 6

CBS: Late Show With David Letterman: Jimmy Webb (REPEAT)

FUEL: The Daily Habit: We Were Promised Jetpacks (REPEAT)

IFC: Dinner With the Band: Men (REPEAT)

NBC: Late Night With Jimmy Fallon: JP, Chrissie and The Fairground Boys

NBC: Last Call With Carson Daly: She & Him (REPEAT)

TBS: Lopez Tonight: Flo Rida (REPEAT)

Tuesday,September 7

ABC: Jimmy Kimmel Live: Scissor Sisters

FUEL: The Daily Habit: The Soft Pack (REPEAT)

IFC: 360 Sessions: David Gray

IFC: Dinner With the Band: Kid Sister & Flosstradamus (REPEAT)

NBC: Late Night With Jimmy Fallon: Robert Randolph

NBC: Last Call With Carson Daly: The Morning Benders (REPEAT)

Wednesday, September 8

ABC: Jimmy Kimmel Live: Interpol

CBS: Late Show With David Letterman: The Black Angels

FUEL: The Daily Habit: Timmy Curran (REPEAT)

IFC: Dinner With the Band: YACHT (REPEAT)

NBC: The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Ray LaMontagne

NBC: Last Call With Carson Daly: OK Go (REPEAT)

SYNDICATION: Live With Regis and Kelly: Sara Bareilles

Thursday, September 9

ABC: Jimmy Kimmel Live: Ray Lamontagne

COMEDY CENTRAL: The Colbert Report: John Legend

FUEL: The Daily Habit: Cypress Hill (REPEAT)

IFC: Dinner With the Band: Rufus Wainwright (REPEAT)

NBC: The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: David Gray

NBC: Late Night With Jimmy Fallon: Jerry Lee Lewis

NBC: Last Call With Carson Daly: City and Colour (REPEAT)

Friday, September 10

ABC/CBS/FOX/NBC/E!/G4/VH1/HBO/SHOWTIME: Stand Up To Cancer: Stevie Wonder, Natasha Bedingfield, Aaron Neville, Queen Latifah

FUEL: The Daily Habit: Foxy Shazam (REPEAT)

IFC: Dinner With the Band: The Devil Makes Three (REPEAT)

NBC: Late Night With Jimmy Fallon: N.E.R.D.

NBC: Last Call With Carson Daly: Daniel Merriweather (REPEAT)

Saturday, September 11

BBCAMERICA: The Graham Norton Show: Scouting For Girls (REPEAT)

NBC: Saturday Night Live: Carrie Underwood (REPEAT)

Sunday, September 12

MTV: 2010 MTV Video Music Awards: Kanye West, Eminem, B.o.B, Drake, Florence and the Machine, Justin Bieberdrake lelane

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