Last Saturday night, two-time Grammy award-nominated artist Japanese Breakfast took the legendary SNL stage for the show’s Season 47 finale. Hosted by Natasha Lyone, the episode aired last Saturday, May 21st. Japanese Breakfast graced her live audience with two tracks off her most recent album Jubilee, “Be Sweet” and  “Paprika.” Check out her performances of each below.

Dreamlike set design and Michelle Zauner’s natural stage appeal made her performance a magically-infused hit––the best way SNL could have hoped to close out Season 47. The alt-pop band is headed by Korean-American singer, director, and author Michelle Zauner. A solo moniker for the Philadelphia musician, Japanese Breakfast began as a song-a-day challenge for Zauner during her break from her indie rock band Lig Big League. 

Japanese Breakfast released her third studio album Jubilee last June with Dead Oceans, which promptly soared to the top of the charts to become one of the most praised albums of the year. Jubilee landed Japanese Breakfast two Grammy nominations for Best New Artist and Best Alternative, as well as placement on Best Of 2021 lists from Rolling Stone, People Magazine, Pitchfork, Entertainment Weekly, Billboard, NPR, Wallstreet Journal, The Ringer, SPIN, Esquire, Vulture, The AV Club, Paste, Cosmopolitan, UPROXX, Consequence of Sound, Slant and Hypebeast, amongst others. The album was also voted the #1 album of the year on NPR’s Listeners’ Poll, #1 on UPROXX’s Critics’ Poll, and its lead single “Be Sweet” was voted the #1 song of the year on Pitchfork’s Readers’ Poll.

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In addition to Jubilee and the Japanese Breakfast side of things, 2021 also saw Zauner publish New York Times bestseller Crying in H Mart (it’s been on the list for 42 weeks!). You can purchase the title here. Zauner is an extremely talented, multi-faceted artist leading her generation with prowess; and while it may have been Pete Davidson’s last show with SNL, Japanese Breakfast still managed to take the cake. Hats off to you, Michelle. 

Japanese Breakfast just kicked off her worldwide tour with the Linda Lindas, Yo La Tengo & Cate Le Bon, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and Florence + The Machine. Tour dates below!

For everything Japanese Breakfast––info, tour, tickets, her book, and more––check out her website.


5/13 – Winooski, VT @ Waking Windows Music & Arts Festival 

5/28 – North Adams, MA @ Wilco’s Solid Sound Festival 

5/29 – Allston, MA @ Boston Calling 

6/4 – Bloomington, IN @ Granfalloon Festival

6/8 – Stockholm, SE @ Rosendal Garden Party 

6/9 – Porto, PT @ NOS Primavera Sound Festival 

6/12 – Queens, NY @ The Governors Ball Music Festival 

6/14 – Raleigh, NC @ Red Hat Amphitheater 

6/15 – Vienna, VA @ Wolf Trap Filene Center 

6/16 – Charlotte, NC @ The Underground 

6/17 – Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival 

7/8 – Des Moines, IA @ 80/35 Music Festival 

7/9 – Winnipeg, MB @ Winnipeg Folk Festival 

7/11 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue * 

7/12 – Omaha, NE @ Slowdown *

7/14 – Bloomington, IL @ Castle Theatre * 

7/15 – St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant *

7/16 – Chicago, IL @ Pitchfork Music Festival

7/17 – Kalamazoo, MI @ Bell’s Brewery *

7/19 – Toronto, ON @ HISTORY

7/20 – Montreal, QC @ Theatre Corona 

7/21 – Portland, ME @ Thompson’s Point

7/23 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Dell Music Center ^

7/26 – Honolulu, HI @ The Republik 

7/31 – Niigata, JP @ Fuji Rock Festival

8/12-14 – Seattle, WA @ Day In Day Out Festival 

8/26 – Stanford, CA @ Here And There at Frost Amphitheater 

8/28 – Longon, EN @ All Points East Festival 

9/2 – Nelsonville, OH @ Nelsonville Music Festival

9/3 – Denver, CO @ Here And There at The Mission Ballroom 

9/15 – Louisville, KY @ Bourbon & Beyond 

10/4 – Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena

10/6 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl ~

10/7 – Portland, OR @ Theater of the Clouds # 

10/8-9 – Austin, TX @ ACL Festival 

10/20 – Bristol, UK @ Marble Factory 

10/21 – Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club 

10/22 – Glasgow, Scotland @ Old Fruitmarket 

10/24 – Manchester, UK @ Albert Hall 

10/25 – London, UK @ O2 Forum Kentish Town 

10/26 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso 

10/27 – Berlin, DE @ Gretchen 

11/6 – São Paulo, BR @ Primavera Sound São Paulo 

11/10 – Santiago, CL @ Primavera en la Ciudad @ Blondie

11/12 – Santiago, CL @ Primavera Sound Santiago

11/13 – Buenos Aires, AR @ Primera Sound Buenos Aires  

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