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September 23, 2012 / jhsaeger

Mumford & Sons Light Up SNL With Joseph Gordon-Levitt


     Folk band Mumford & Sons and actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt were the musical guests and host of the second episode of the 38th season of the most recent Saturday Night Live this weekend. This was Mumford & Sons’ first stint as a guest on SNL and the second for Levitt, who last hosted NBC’s sketch comedy show in 2009.
Mumford & Sons brought their trademark energy to what was otherwise a solid episode of SNL by playing two new songs from their forthcoming LP, Babel, “I Will Wait” and “Below My Feet.” The band killed both performances of the song, delivering a fun take of “I Will Wait,” the first single from Babel. A surprising choice for their second song, the group mustered their best efforts in “Below My Feet” with a passionate cut of the song.
The band also logged a rare occurrence on the show as a musical guest who appeared in a sketch, playing a Beatles cover band who backtracked a bar scene with 1965’s “You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away.”
      A few weeks ago, the U.K. folk band, Frank Ocean and Muse were announced as the first three musical guests of the 2012-13 season. The trio stands as an impressive group that bucks the trend of a crop of acts that was shaky at times during the last season. With luck, this will represent a renewed focus from the show on recruiting better acts instead of merely tapping trending pop groups on YouTube. It would also be remiss of Long After Dark to nod to Jay Pharaoh, who has continued his emergence as a strong impressionist and cast member. 
Video of Mumford & Son’s “I Will Wait” on SNL:

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