Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings stopped by both Comedy Central and NBC this week for performances of “She Ain’t a Child No More” and “Better Things,” respectively. Not only do I have added respect for a band that opts to avoid late-night TV performance redundancy by playing two completely different songs, but Jones also pulled off a wonderfully endearing interview with Stephen Colbert, joking about her past jobs as a corrections officer on Rikers Island (“How many of the Dap-Kings have been tased?” Colbert asks) and wedding singer (“Which song from wedding singing makes you wake up screaming?”). None of that Damon Albarn awkwardness here.
Check out both performances of instant classic tunes from their new album, I Learned the Hard Way, as well as the Colbert Q&A, below:
Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings on the Colbert Report (via Prefix)
Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (also via Prefix)