Music on TV this week: Franz Ferdinand; Lake Street Dive; the Kills; Jim James

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Jim James performs on 'The Late Show with Stephen Colbert'
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and Jim James during Wednesday's May 23, 2018 show. (Scott Kowalchyk/CBS)

Artists heard on The Current are frequently featured on TV programs, and we've gathered the listings in one convenient place for you. We'll also post videos of performances as the week progresses.

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This week's schedule

It's another packed week for music on TV, with many notable appearances. Highlights include Franz Ferdinand, the Kills, Jim James, and Lake Street Dive.

Here's the complete rundown. Check your local listings for broadcast times.*

Monday, May 21


Donald Glover (likely a non-music-related appearance), The Ellen DeGeneres Show (network varies; check your local listings) | Donald Glover's 'This Is America' holds ugly truths to be self-evident feature, May 7, 2018
Bishop Briggs, Live with Kelly and Ryan (network varies; check your local listings) | in studio at The Current, October 2016

Superorganism, Last Call with Carson Daly (NBC) | in studio at The Current, March 2018

Tuesday, May 22


Franz Ferdinand, Jimmy Kimmel Live! (ABC) | Alex Kapranos talks about 'Always Ascending,' the new album from Franz Ferdinand, interview with David Safar, Dec. 19, 2017

The Kills, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (CBS) | The Kills interview with Jade, June 2016

Foster the People, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (NBC) | in studio at The Current, April 2011

Ziggy Marley, The Late Late Show with James Corden (CBS)

Wednesday, May 23


Lake Street Dive, Conan (TBS) | in studio at The Current, May 18, 2018

Jim James, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (CBS) | Jim James hosts a Theft of the Dial, December 2016

Blink 182, Jimmy Kimmel Live (ABC) | Tom DeLonge uses Tron Guy to say he never left Blink-182, January 2015

Hot Snakes, Last Call with Carson Daly (NBC) | in studio at The Current, March 18, 2018

Thursday, May 24


Anderson.Paak, Jimmy Kimmel Live (ABC) |

Sting & Shaggy, Desus & Mero (Viceland) | Sting and Shaggy recorded part of their new album in Minneapolis, Feb. 20, 2018
Billy Joel, Harry (network varies; check your local listings) | Billy Joel's "Scenes from an Italian Restaurant" and "Piano Man" at Nos. 493 and 257, respectively, in the 893 Essential Songs list, as voted by you

Friday, May 25

- none to report -

Saturday, May 26


Sturgill Simpson; Asleep at the Wheel with guests The Avett Brothers, Austin City Limits; note: encore episode (PBS) |
Album Review: Sturgill Simpson, A Sailor's Guide to Earth, by Mac Wilson, May 2016
The Avett Brothers in studio at The Current, June 2016

*Schedule subject to change.

Watch again: See last week's highlights.

External Links

Live with Kelly and Ryan - network varies; check your local listings
The Ellen DeGeneres Show - network varies; check your local listings
Last Call with Carson Daly - NBC
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert - CBS
Jimmy Kimmel Live - ABC
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon - NBC
The Late Late Show with James Corden - CBS
Conan - TBS
Desus & Mero - Viceland
Harry - network varies; check your local listings
Austin City Limits - PBS

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16 Photos

  • Bishop Briggs at The Current
    Sarah Grace McLaughlin, known by her artist moniker Bishop Briggs, performs in The Current studio. (Nate Ryan | MPR)
  • Superorganism perform in The Current studio
    Superorganism perform in The Current studio (Jules Ameel for MPR)
  • Childish Gambino aka Donald Glover performing
    Childish Gambino performs on February 17, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for adidas)
  • Franz Ferdinand on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!'
    JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE! - The guests for Tuesday, May 22 included Johnny Knoxville ("Action Point"), Jenna Dewan ("World of Dance"), and musical guests Franz Ferdinand. (Randy Holmes/ABC)
  • The Kills perform on 'The Late Show with Stephen Colbert'
    The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and guest The Kills during Tuesday's May 22, 2018 show. (Scott Kowalchyk/CBS)
  • Ziggy Marley on 'The Late Late Show with James Corden'
    Ziggy Marley performs during "The Late Late Show with James Corden," Tuesday, May 22, 2018 on the CBS Television Network. (Terence Patrick/CBS)
  • Foster the People perform on 'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon'
    THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0877 -- Pictured: Musical Guest Foster the People perform "Sit Next to Me" on May 22, 2018. (Andrew Lipovsky/NBC)
  • Lake Street Dive in The Current studio
    Rachael Price of Lake Street Dive performs in The Current studio (Nate Ryan | MPR)
  • Hot Snakes perform in The Current studio
    Hot Snakes perform in The Current studio (Jules Ameel for MPR)
  • Blink 182
    (L-R) Matt Skiba, Travis Barker, and Mark Hoppus of the band Blink 182 perform on ABC's "Good Morning America" in Central Park on July 1, 2016 in New York City. (Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
  • Anderson .Paak
    Anderson .Paak performs during day 3 of the 2016 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival Weekend 1 at the Empire Polo Club on April 17, 2016, in Indio, Calif. (Mike Windle | Getty Images for Coachella file)
  • Sting and Shaggy
    Sting & Shaggy's island-influenced, collaborative album '44/876' releases April 20, 2018, on Interscope Records. (Salvador Ochoa)
  • Billy Joel
    Billy Joel performs onstage at the ASCAP Centennial Awards at Waldorf Astoria Hotel on Nov. 17, 2014, in New York City. (Brian Ach / Getty Images for ASCAP file)
  • Sturgill Simpson performs on 'Austin City Limits'
    Sturgill Simpson performs on 'Austin City Limits' on PBS (courtesy KLRU-TV/Austin City Limits. Photo by Scott Newton)
  • Asleep at the Wheel perform on 'Austin City Limits'
    Asleep at the Wheel perform on 'Austin City Limits' with special guests the Avett Brothers. (courtesy KLRU-TV/Austin City Limits. Photo by Scott Newton)
  • Anderson.Paak on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!'
    JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE! - The guests for Thursday, May 24 included Samantha Bee ("Full Frontal with Samantha Bee"), Dylan Minnette ("13 Reasons Why"), and musical guest Anderson .Paak. (Randy Holmes/ABC)