Late-Night TV Music (Pop Star-Free Edition) | June 21/22, 2021

The bands take centre stage again — at least for one evening.

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My two cents: There are too many pop stars these days and too few bands. So it’s nice to see the Late-Night TV Music gods righting the imbalance — at least for an evening.

First and foremost: The long-overdue return of Isaac Brock and Modest Mouse, who showcased their spry, lightly funky pop-rocker We Are Between on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Not far behind: Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real, offering their latest shaggy, hippiefied folk-rocker Perennial Bloom (Back To You) on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Better late than never: Black Pumas, converting their vastly overworked hit Colors into surprisingly satisfying NOLA-style brass band fare on Monday’s edition of The Late Late Show With James Corden. Bringing up the rear: Singer-songwriter Lucy Dacus — whose videos and live performances always seem to impress me far more than her studio recordings — delivering her number Brando on Monday’s episode of Kimmel. Good stuff all around. And not a pop star or a dance move in sight. If only it could always be this way.