Late-Night TV Music (Seriously Silly Edition) | June 23, 2020

Michael Stipe & co. bring the former; Phoebe Bridgers brings the latter. No really.


There’s a time to be serious. And a time to be silly. On Wednesday, the late-night talk show musicians made time to do both. Since I am fundamentally a silly person, there’s no place I’d rather start than with the wonderful Phoebe Bridgers, upending the dark sincerity of her new album Punisher with a kooky performance of the song I See You on The Late Late Show With James Corden. I’ll refrain from spoiling it further and just let you enjoy it for yourself. On the serious side of the coin: R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe and The National / Big Red Machine’s Aaron Dessner, presenting another version of their moving cut No Time For Love Right Now on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon; and Nasty C and T.I. hitting the studio to deliver a message of equality with They Don’t on Late Night With Seth Meyers. About time.