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Watch: Phantogram performs on Late Show, Letterman doesn’t flip out

on March 05, 2014, 8:58am

At the fresh young age of 66, David Letterman is quickly becoming the music Internet’s favorite meme. In recent months, he’s flipped out not once, not twice, not thrice, but four different times following musical performances on the Late Show. But how much weight do Letterman’s reactions hold? And what’s it say about performances like the one delivered by Phantogram last night, which was met with a few nice adjectives and little else? The electro-pop duo’s dusky, synth-heavy rendition of “The Day You Died” was as solid to be expected, but unless Letterman did cartwheels following the performance, it had no chance of making a blip amongst all the noise generated from Future Islands’ appearance and freakout the previous night. Does this mean there’s now a downside to playing Letterman? At the very least, it’s become a high risk, high reward platform for aspiring young bands.

Watch the replay of Phantogram’s performance below:


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Julian Leal
March 29, 2014 at 1:58 pm

Maybe I’m missing something but I didn’t see Letterman freaking out in these clips, he thanked the band and plugged the band and cd’s names and yes it’s probably not his cup of tea but it seems like they save the acts for the end of the show to hold the younger audience through the show, it’s all about demographics, Dave’s alright and produces the show and if really didn’t want you on, to give you a break, you wouldn’t be on HIS show, just saying….

March 6, 2014 at 12:51 pm

love this. Dave’s tired of the bullshit coming out ^_^


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