Late-Night TV Music (Three Good Things Edition) | April 9, 2020

Dave Matthews, Phoebe Bridgers and Sting make for an entertaining evening.

Good things really do come in threes occasionally. Thursday’s late-night TV offerings are a fine example. First and foremost, you had Dave Matthews delivering the latest tribute to singer-songwriter John Prine with his tender acoustic rendition of Speed of the Sound of Loneliness on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert. Then, on the lighter side of the street, you had singer-songwriter Phoebe Bridgers performing her shimmery single Kyoto with the help of a toy microphone and an electric autoharp — while sporting pyjamas and sitting in her bathtub, no less (though if I’m being honest, that grout could use a good scrubbing). Finally, to close the night on a playful note, you had Sting, The Roots and Jimmy Fallon joining forces on The Tonight Show for a social-distancing remix of The Police’s newly timely hit Don’t Stand So Close to Me, played on an array of makeshift instruments found at home while in quarantine. And you thought you were going stir crazy. At least you’re not hijacking your kids’ toys for online jam sessions.

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