Late Night With Jimmy Fallon had more than its share of memorable music moments in 2010, so it should be no surprise that Fallon and the Roots are starting off 2011 in full sprint mode. Best Coast, Local Natives, Sean Lennon's The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, and Iron & Wine will all be performing this first week of the new year on Late Night.
It's been fun to watch the slow transition that Sam Beam, aka Iron & Wine, has made over the years, expanding his recordings from lo-fi beginnings to a more lush studio environment. From the plaintive whisper of The Creek Drank The Cradle (2002) to the full band sound of The Shepherd's Dog (2007), the transformation seemed complete, but we've had to wait nearly four years for a proper follow-up to come. On Thursday, Beam and his beard will preview some of what's in store on the highly anticipated Kiss Each Other Clean (out January 25). Is it too much to ask again for a battle of the beards between Beam and Questlove?.
The rest of the lineup for the week is just as tasty, starting off with the sun-dried honey-soaked pop of UK's Best Coast. Singer/guitarist Bethany Cosentino writes hits by keeping it simple, mixing the girl group and bubblegum of the past with the fuzzed out indie production of the now for a debut (Crazy For You) that made many year-end lists. The rest of the week shapes up with another year-end list favorite in Local Natives playing Fallon Tuesday; and then Wednesday night with Sean Lennon's acoustic project with model/girlfriend Charlotte Kemp Muhl, The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger.
Finally, The Black Keys also made more than a few year-end lists with their latest (and, possibly greatest) Brothers. Songs from the album seemed to be everywhere on TV and in film during 2010, and the blues rock duo have cashed in on the ubiquity with four Grammy nominations and this week's gig as musical guest on Saturday Night Live. It may be a new year, but we won't complain if we hear 2010 staple "Tighten Up" just one more time.
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