5 Aussie Acts That Have Killed It On US Talk Shows

10 March 2016 | 7:01 pm | Daniel Cribb

Following on from DMA’S awesome 'Late Show' gig

More Tame Impala More Tame Impala

Australian musos are quickly taking over the world, infiltrating charts around the globe and making their presence known by constantly touring, but it’s when they’re given a massive audience on late night US talk shows that they’re truly able to show everyone what they're made of.

Sydney favourites DMA’S were the latest to secure such an opportunity, playing The Late Show With Stephen Colbert yesterday and scoring a wealth of praise immediately, joining good company.

Here’s a recap of the Australian talent to leave a mark on US audiences as of late.

Courtney Barnett

There’s never a dull moment when it comes to Melbourne’s Courtney Barnett, with the singer-songwriter yesterday winning the 11th annual Australian Music Prize. After stunning audiences on Ellen a year ago, Barnett returned to the US talk show scene last month to perform Nobody Really Cares If You Go To The Party Or Not on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.

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Vance Joy

With an Aussie tour scheduled for April, Melbourne singer-songwriter Vance Joy is currently in the US packing out massive theatres. He’s dominated Late Night, Conan and can now add another stint on Jimmy Kimmel Live! to his ever-expanding resume. His most recent performance on Kimmel, which happened early Jan, must have broken the internet because it’s no longer working. So, we’ll relive some old magic in the form of Riptide on Conan.

Chet Faker

Chet Faker is another Aussie (along with Troye Sivan) to be invited to perform on Ellen and a number of other shows, playing a Jimmy Kimmel Live! outdoor concert last year to a sea of eager punters, which definitely won him some new fans.

Tame Impala

The rise of Perth psych-rockers Tame Impala in recent years is nothing short of amazing. While they aren’t new to the US talk show circuit (already hitting Late Night With Jimmy Fallon twice!), their performance of single Let It Happen on Conan was great. and being WA’s biggest musical export shines a light on other Australian talent.


As mentioned earlier, DMA’S dropped by the CBS studios yesterday for their US TV debut, where they delivered a flawless performance of single Delete. Not a bad piece of coverage to promote their new record, Hill’s End, which had already garnered overseas acclaim by charting #8 on the ARIA charts at #36 on the UK Albums Chart.