Watch Noname Make Her Absolutely Charming Solo TV Debut On Colbert

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Noname-on-ColbertNoname has been on late-night TV before. Two years ago, when her friend and collaborator Chance The Rapper was a musical guest on Saturday Night Live, he brought Noname to the stage, and they performed “Finish Line/Drown” together. Noname’s entrance — giddy and self-conscious and embarrassed, grinning huge while doing a little two-step … More »

Watch Lady Gaga Talk About Brett Kavanaugh’s Looming Supreme Court Confirmation On Colbert

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Lady-Gaga-on-ColbertRight now, two things seem to be dominating conversation in this country, at least in the online circles in which I move. The happier one of those is the release of A Star Is Born, the new Bradley Cooper movie that’s poised to be the rare populist Oscar contender. The other is the … More »

Watch Cat Power Sing “Woman” On Colbert

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Cat-Power-on-ColbertWe’re so used to seeing musicians do the late-night promo rounds that it almost gets robotic. Host interviews band, band plays song, host comes out to shake hands with band and say the name of the album. It’s rare for the musician to have any kind of human moment in the midst of all that. More »

Watch Flight Of The Conchords Play A New Song On Colbert

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Flight Of The ConchordsThe great New Zealand comedy duo Flight Of The Conchords — the self-proclaimed “fourth most popular folk duo in New Zealand,” although you’d think they’d be at least the third most popular by now? — have a new HBO special, Flight Of The Conchords: Live At The London Apollo, coming up. They went … More »

Watch Stephen Colbert break down Chance the Rapper’s ‘Favorite Song’

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Watch Stephen Colbert break down Chance the Rapper’s ‘Favorite Song’Stephen Colbert Chance The Rapper

Stephen Colbert recently broke down the rhyme and rhythm scheme of a Chance the Rapper verse for Rolling Stone. Being a Lord of the Rings enthusiast, Colbert compares Chance the Rapper’s “Favorite Song” featuring Childish Gambino, with JRR Tolkien, as well as the Victorian-era theatrical team Gilbert and Sullivan. With Colbert’s authentic enthusiasm and clear explanation of thought, the video gracefully places Chance’s poetic artistry with some of the most notable storytellers in history.

The specific verse the Late Night host discussed is “Bang bang bang [sic], skeet skeet skeet // She do that thing for three retweets // the album feel like ’92, now that take ball ‘fore he three-peat // Chance on acid, cruising on that LSD // Asked Joseph about my deal; he turned and said, ‘Hell yeah, let’s eat!’”

Colbert discusses the rare staccato flow and internal rhyme scheme, racking his brain for where he’s heard that before. “I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General,” from Gilbert and Sullivan’s 1879 opera The Pirates of Penzance was the first comparison. The second was the rare rhyme and rhythm scheme that influenced the rest of  Tolkien’s iconic Lord of the Rings series.

H/T: Rolling Stone

Watch Nicki Minaj Add A Verse About Stephen Colbert To “Barbie Dreams”

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Nicki Minaj’s new album, Queen, dropped on Friday and one of its stand-out songs is called “Barbie Dreams.” On the track, Minaj raps about various male entertainers, among them Drake, Young Thug, Desiigner, DJ Khaled, and more. Notoriously absent from the list is … Stephen Colbert, who brought that to Minaj’s attention this … More »

Watch Arctic Monkeys Debut New Look, Play “The Ultracheese” On Colbert

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Arctic-Monkeys-on-ColbertOne of the most fun parts of every Arctic Monkeys album cycle is seeing frontman Alex Turner, a reliably foxy human being, debut his new look. He busts out a new one every time. And during this album cycle, he’s busted out two. More »

Watch Janelle Monáe Perform “Americans” On Colbert

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Janelle MonaeJanelle Monáe released her new album Dirty Computer, one of the very best albums of the year so far, a few months back. And today, she went on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert to promote it, chatting with Stephen about Barack Obama’s 50th birthday party at the White House, her love of … More »

Watch Beck Perform “Colors” and “Wow” on Colbert

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Beck-on-ColbertOn last night’s episode of his Late Show, by way of introducing his musical guest, Stephen Colbert claimed that Beck “used to crash on my couch in LA.” I have questions. Like: Isn’t Beck from LA? And hasn’t he been famous since long before Colbert was on Strangers With Candy? Was Beck just having trouble … More »

Watch Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood Play With Junun On Colbert

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JununJonny Greenwood is pulling double duty during Radiohead’s current North American tour. Not only is he holding it down for two-plus hours with the headliners every night, he’s also opening the gig as part of Junun, his project with Israeli composer Shye Ben Tzur and the traditional Indian band the Rajasthan Express. In 2015, the … More »