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House Bands Have It Out

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Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Now in their second season on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, The Roots are poised to become the biggest band on late night TV. But they've got the old guard to contend with: Paul Shaffer of the Letterman show is still going strong after three decades. On today's Soundcheck Smackdown: the battle of the late night bands. Plus, opera soprano Renée Fleming talks about her controversial new indie rock album.

Guests:

Eric Deggans, Renée Fleming, Emily Rems and Christopher Rosen

Smackdown: Late-Night TV Bands

Last month, Kevin Eubanks left The Tonight Show after 15 years as Jay Leno's bandleader and music director. Now, the stage is set for a new challenger to assert dominance as the hottest late-night band in the land.

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Renée Fleming Goes Rock

Soprano Renée Fleming  has a new album titled Dark Hope, on which she covers indie rock acts like Muse, Arcade Fire, Duffy and the Mars Volta.

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Battle of the Late Night Bands

Why The Roots are the best thing on the late night talk shows.

Light Pollution

Gig Alerts: Light Pollution

The Chicago-based rock quartet release their debut album today, and they'll be in town tonight to play the Knitting Factory. Download their echoey track "Good Feelings."

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Nellie McKay

Gig Alerts: Nellie McKay

The eclectic pop chanteuse plays Feinstein's at Loews Regency tonight. Download her sweet, intimate take on the show tune "Wonderful Guy."

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Dirty Dozen Brass Band

Gig Alerts: Dirty Dozen Brass Band

The legendary Dirty Dozen Brass Band roll into town tonight to play B.B. King Blues Club. Download their classic tune "My Feet Can't Fail Me Now."

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