"Young Folks") are about to unleash a new set of songs to burrow through your skull. After spending an album trying to distance themselves from the ubiquitous of their hit song, Peter, Bjorn & John are back to writing to infectious songs, like the advance single "Second Chance," which the band will perform on Conan Tuesday.
Ditching the electronic experimentation of 2009's Living Thing, PB&J stripped down to the basics of guitar, bass and drums to achieve something as close to punk as the poppy Swedes could get. The band name checks favorite bands R.E.M., the Damned, and the Buzzcocks as their biggest influences for the upcoming release, and it shows if only in the album's midpoint "(Don't Let Them) Cool Off," which is like the perfect marriage of the aforementioned alternative icons. Their appearance on Conan will have to hold us over, as Gimme Some isn't due to hit shelves until March 29, 2011.
Like veterans of rock and roll, Philadelphia songwriting legend Todd Rundgren has been on a nostalgia kick of late. Taking a break from tainting our memory of the band Cars, Rundgren of late has been revisiting two of his most misunderstood releases in 1974's prog-rock entry Todd and 1981's experimental and concept album *Healing, playing them live for the first time ever. And this past weekend, the original lineup of Todd Rundgren's Utopia played together for the first time in over 35 years as a benefit for keyboardist Mark "Moogy" Klingman, who was recently diagnosed with cancer. With that in mind, who knows what Rundgren ends up playing Tuesday night when he appears on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon? You can bet when fellow Philly native Questlove booked 'Runt' on the show, that "Hello It's Me," Rundgren's biggest hit, had to be on the table.
*I have fond memories of the latter, with "Time Heals" being one of the first videos I remember seeing on MTV as a child.
Elsewhere, Best Coast pals around with Justin Bieber tonight on Letterman, The Thermals spice up the often bland Lopez Tonight on Tuesday, and the punk supergroup Off! (featuring members of Black Flag, Circle Jerks, Red Kross, Rocket From the Crypt and Burning Brides) set fire to the stage on Carson Daly Thursday night.
Picks for the week
Monday, January 31
ABC: Jimmy Kimmel Live: The JaneDear Girls
FUEL: The Daily Habit: A Skylit Drive
NBC: The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Esperanza Spalding
NBC: Late Night With Jimmy Fallon: Edie Brickell
NBC: Last Call With Carson Daly: Delta Spirit, Lemmy
TBS: Conan: Tim Heidecker & Eric Wareheim, Randy Rogers Band
Tuesday, February 1
CBS: Late Show With David Letterman: The National
CBS: Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson: George Clinton
FUEL: The Daily Habit: Grouplove
NBC: The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: One eskimO
NBC: Late Night With Jimmy Fallon: Todd Rundgren
NBC: Last Call With Carson Daly: Interpol
TBS: Lopez Tonight: The Thermals
TBS: Conan: Peter, Bjorn & John
Wednesday, February 2
CBS: Late Show With David Letterman: The Boxer Rebellion
FUEL: The Daily Habit: Cage the Elephant
NBC: The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Ryan Bingham
NBC: Late Night With Jimmy Fallon: Phantogram
NBC: Last Call With Carson Daly: Screaming Females
Thursday, February 3
CBS: Late Show With David Letterman: Naughty By Nature
FUEL: The Daily Habit: Cold War Kids
NBC: The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Bobby Long
NBC: Late Night With Jimmy Fallon: Yngwie Malmsteen (sitting in with The Roots), Ricky Martin
NBC: Last Call With Carson Daly: Off!
PALLADIA: Alice In Chains: Live at Sonisphere 2010: Alice In Chains
TBS: Lopez Tonight: OK Go
TBS: Conan: Interpol
Friday, February 4
CBS: Late Show With David Letterman: Robert Plant
FUEL: The Daily Habit: Cage the Elephant (REPEAT)
NBC: Last Call With Carson Daly: A Perfect Circle
Saturday, February 5
BBCAMERICA: The Graham Norton Show: Tinie Tempah
NBC: Saturday Night Live: Linkin Park
PALLADIA: Beyonce: I Am...Yours at Wynn Las Vegas: Beyonce
PBS: Austin City Limits: Dave Matthews Band (REPEAT)
Sunday, February 6
FOX: Super Bowl XLV: Black Eyed Peas
HDNET: Black Eyed Peas in Australia: Black Eyed Peas