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Elvis Costello Teams With Jon Batiste For Intimate ‘Hey Clockface’ Performances on ‘Colbert’: Watch

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Time’s just about up. Elvis Costello drops his new album Hey Clockface this Friday (Oct. 30), his first full-length release since 2018’s Look Now.

Recorded partly during lockdown, the LP features the previously released numbers “We Are All Cowards,” “No Flag,” “Hetty O’Hara Confidential” and “Party Girl,” which the British legend performed Wednesday night (Oct. 28) on Stephen Colbert’s The Late Show.

The Grammy-winning Rock and Roll Hall of Famer was joined with Jon Batiste for a rendition that was both vivid, loud, jagged, intimate and beautiful, all those elements Costello says he injected into the new album.

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Costello and Batiste also performed the jazzy title track, “Hey Clockface, and “How Can You Face Me”.

The veteran British artist also stuck around for a chat with his good pal Colbert for an insight into his life during lockdown. He’s thrilled to see more of his family. And he’s done a lot of writing, a lot of recording. “I’ve tried to make best use of the time”.

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Polo G: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

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The Tiny Desk is working from home for the foreseeable future. Introducing NPR Music’s Tiny Desk (home) concerts, bringing you performances from across the country and the world. It’s the same spirit — stripped-down sets, an intimate setting — just a different space.

By Bobby Carter | November 4, 2020

The backdrop for Polo G’s Tiny Desk (home) concert is a nod to his deep love for the game of basketball. He and his band perform in Los Angeles Lakers jerseys on an outside court in California, with Polo G repping one of the greatest Lakers, Magic Johnson.

The man born Taurus Bartlett has achieved quite a bit for a relative newcomer in hip-hop. This summer he was selected for XXL’s popular Freshman Class cover. His second LP, The Goat, debuted at No. 2 on Billboard’s Hot 200 and spawned two platinum-certified singles, including the braggadocious "Flex" that kicks off his Tiny Desk.

Polo G’s eyes are hidden behind his hair for the majority of his performance, but as he sings "I’m so sick of farewells and RIPs" on his latest single, "Epidemic," it becomes clear that this 21-year-old Chicago emcee is going through a lot. I found it refreshing to hear a rapper normally backed by beats bare his "heart and soul" with a live band.

SET LIST
"Flex"
"Epidemic"
"Wishing For A Hero"

MUSICIANS
Polo G: vocals
Lamar Edwards: keys
Vasjon Hill: drums
Austin Cain: bass
Chris McCorkle: guitar
Shaunise Harris: vocals
Candice Boyd: vocals
Nava Morris: vocals

CREDITS
Director: Bella Mazzola & Sami Wideberg
Audio: Irvin Picott and Anthony Jerome Culpepper Jr.
Video: Mike Lev
Producer: Bobby Carter
Video Producer: Morgan Noelle Smith
Audio Mastering: Josh Rogosin
Executive Producer: Lauren Onkey
Senior VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann

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From Mississippi to Music Row, Jameson Rodgers Reaches the Top

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Read our interview with Jameson Rodgers, who reached No. 1 with his debut single, "Some Girls."

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Kane Brown Covers Randy Travis, Adds Wife and Daughter to “Worship You”

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Kane Brown has released new videos for "Worship You" and covered Randy Travis’ "Three Wooden Crosses."

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