Video of the Day: Future Islands on Letterman

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A band that doesn’t normally float your boat can still have its moments of undeniable genius. And so it is with Baltimore’s guitar-less Future Islands, performing “Seasons” on the Late Show with David Letterman. The band itself doesn’t do much beyond providing competent musicianship, backing their frontman ably. But it’s Samuel T. Herring‘s vocal range and seemingly authentic emotivity that make this performance memorable. It’s an intense performance; Herring is an unconventional frontman, but his delivery rises to the occasion and is searing and memorable. Future Islands is currently making its way to SXSW before a string of tour dates that also includes the Coachella Music Festival.


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Behrnsie has a love for music that dare not speak its name. He attends many shows and can often be found counting out the beats for no discernible reason. He played alto saxophone in his middle school jazz band, where he was best known for infuriating his instructor when it was revealed that he played everything by ear, and could not in fact read music. He takes great pride that this is the same talent/affliction that got Tori Amos kicked out of the Peabody Academy. He does not live in his parents’ basement….except during the holidays.