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While election results coverage took centre stage on Tuesday night and such expections for the result, Arcade Fire made an appearance as the musical guests on Stephen Colbert’s special Election Night 2020: Democracy’s Last Stand: Building Back America Great Again Better 2020, debuting their new song “Generation A.” Colbert introduced the anthemic track as being “inspired by the current climate of the country.  An exhausted and dispirited-looking Colbert described “Generation A” as being “inspired by the current climate of the country, with a hopeful message to the youths.” Really, though, the new Arcade Fire song is less hopeful than urgent.

Arcade Fire played “Generation A” live-in-studio, with most of the members of the band masked and with Win Butler giving his new bleach-blonde haircut its TV debut. An adorable little masked kid — presumably Butler and Régine Chassagne’s son — gave the song a rousing, echoed-out intro, and the band played the song, summoning much of the euphoric intensity that makes their live shows so transformative.

“Generation A,” it turns out, is a juiced-up, anthemic track about how the world needs to change right now. Lyrically, the song works as a rebuke to ideas about incremental change, about each generation getting its turn to take over: “They say wait until you’re ready/ Wait until your number’s called/ They say wait, all we need is love/ But darling, California’s burning, New Orleans is waiting for the flood.” 

Considering the fact that the election results are still inconclusive up until friday evening, the song’s impatient hook, “I can’t wait, wait, wait, wait, wait, wait/ Too little too late,” is more than relatable. Most recently, Arcade Fire performed at Eaux Claires Festival, the Wisconsin music festival founded by Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon and the National’s Aaron Dessner, in support of statewide voting initiative “For Wisconsin.”

Ryan Adams has spent a good period over the last two weeks playing unique covers for his audiences. Initailly with his new band the Shining At one show, he covered Oasis’ “Morning Glory” and “Supersonic” for the first time ever; and then at The Newport Folk Fest this past weekend, with his other band Infamous Stringdusters he reimagined Slayer and Black Sabbath songs as Bluegrass standards.

However, during his appearance on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert last night, Adams turned the focus back on his own material to give fans something special: He dusted off his 2000 Heartbreaker track “Oh My Sweet Carolina”. It was an intimate and sweet performance as well as a nice throwback moment, especially considering most artists usually play newer stuff off their repertoire when they hit up the late-night circuit.

For the performance, Ryan Adams was joined by Infamous Stringdusters along with Nicki Bluhm, who also accompanied him at Newport Folk Festival over the weekend.