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Late-Night TV Music | Oct. 1, 2018

Lindsey Buckingham, The National, Mean Girls, Sabrina Carpenter, Lauv and plenty more.

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If some is good, more is better. The late-night talk shows took that adage to heart on Monday, kicking off October with musical performances that went the extra mile. First and foremost: Fleetwood Mac singer-guitarist non grata Lindsey Buckingham, who beautifully resurrected not one but two solo oldies — the beloved Trouble and the lesser-known Soul Drifter — on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Meanwhile, on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, The National enlisted a pair of dancers to add visual elegance to their intimate number Dark Side of the Gym. (Fallon also crate-dug another slate of remarkably awful music in his latest Do Not Play segment.) Then Late Night with Seth Meyers upped the theatrical ante with the cast of Broadway’s Mean Girls, who crushed it with a colourful rendition of Stupid with Love. But nobody was more literally colourful than popster Sabrina Carpenter: She took fingerpainting to the max with her version of Almost Love on The Late Late Show with James Corden. There’s no way to compete with that — though mononymic singer Lauv (as if there wasn’t already enough love in the air) gave it his best shot by bringing Julia Michaels along for the aptly titled There’s No Way to close The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Finally, rootsy singer-songwriter William Elliott Whitmore proved that less really can be more with his solo performances of Trouble In Your Heart and Fear of Trains on Last Call With Carson Daly. What more could you want?