Late-Night TV Music (More Or Less Edition) | Oct. 6, 2020

Tuesday's lineup left me wanting more. And not necessarily in a good way.


If less really is more, does that mean more is less? It’s something to think about, I guess. At least, those are the words that popped into my noggin — and out through my fingertips — as I watched Tuesday’s contributions to today’s Late-Night TV Music roundup.

It was one of those rare days when all five five of the major late-night shows included a musical performance. Even better: Female acts dominated the proceedings. But somehow it all still left me wanting more. And not necessarily in a good way. New Zealand pixie-pop phenom Benee’s arcade-set performance of Supalonely for Late Night with Seth Meyers didn’t do much to convince me she’ll be anything but a brief flash in the pan. The Highwomen’s socially distanced version of Crowded Table for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon felt like something that should have happened months ago. Ella Mai’s rendition of Not Another Love Song for The Late Show With Stephen Colbert felt like, well, just another love song. Bishop Briggs’ let’s-just-do-whatever take on Higher for The Late Late Show With James Corden seemed to have been thrown together on the fly. And Jaden Smith’s performance of his well-meaning but eye-rollingly earnest children-are-the-future number Boys And Girls on Jimmy Kimmel Live did nothing to alter my belief that he would not have a career if he had different parents. Need I say more?