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Stream Elvis Costello & The Roots Wise Up Ghost WFUV Live Special

Earlier this year, Elvis Costello and the Roots joined forces for a collaborative LP, Wise Up Ghost. While their unexpected union is already enough of a music nerd’s delight, listening to Costello and Questlove talk about how the project came together is essential, as well. The two recently stopped by Fordham University’s WFUV to talk… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / October 21, 2013 - 11:23 am

Watch Elvis Costello And Adam Driver Sing “Please, Mr. Kennedy” At The Inside Llewyn Davis Tribute Concert

The new Coen brothers film Inside Llewyn Davis is set in Greenwich Village’s 1960s folk-rock scene, a scenario that just begs for a star-studded musical bash. And wouldn’t you know it, last night a coterie of prominent folk-rockers including Conor Oberst, Colin Meloy, the Avett Brothers, Marcus Mumford, Patti Smith, Joan Baez, Jack White, and… More »

By: Chris DeVille / September 30, 2013 - 4:21 pm

Q&A: Elvis Costello On Songwriting, Honest Self-Assessment, And Music Blogs Vs. Record Stores

Given their shared propensity for outward-looking creative excursions and a general excitement about the possibilities inherent in pushing the boundaries of musical genres,  the current collaboration between Greatest Living Songwriter candidate Elvis Costello and crackerjack all-star band the Roots might feel something like an inevitability. Provided enough turns around the firmament, two such massive comets cannot help but collide. Thankfully, the… More »

By: Timothy Bracy And Elizabeth Bracy / September 20, 2013 - 1:42 pm

Watch Elvis Costello & The Roots Play Fallon Again

One nice thing about being the house band on a TV show: When you’ve got some new shit out, you get to do a nice amount of promotion for it. The Roots, who have a plum day job at Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, just released Wise Up Ghost, their unlikely collaborative album with Elvi… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 20, 2013 - 9:39 am

Deconstructing: Elvis Costello, The Roots, And Album-Length Team-Ups

The first thing to understand about Wise Up Ghost is that it isn’t a vanity project. Yes, the new LP, released yesterday on Blue Note, is a full-length collaboration between Elvis Costello and the Roots. And yes, full-length collaborations between well-known artists sometimes end up as mere historical curiosities (Jay-Z and R. Kelly’s Best OfMore »

By: Chris DeVille / September 18, 2013 - 10:39 am

Watch Elvis Costello & The Roots Play Fallon

Elvis Costello and the Roots first worked together on the Late Night With Jimmy Fallon stage, and now they’ve teamed up to make the surprisingly seamless collaborative album Wise Up Ghost, on which Costello’s burr meshes with the Roots’ hard-swinging old-school funk in a not-remotely-forced sort of way. Last night, Costello and the Roots played… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 18, 2013 - 9:08 am

Watch Elvis Costello & The Roots Cover The Specials & John Lennon In Brooklyn

Last night Elvis Costello and the Roots celebrated the release of their robust collaborative LP Wise Up Ghost with a one-off, sold out concert at Brooklyn Bowl in Williamsburg. Along with funky cuts from the new album and slightly revamped takes on classic Costello (“Watching The Detectives,” “Shabby Doll,” an extended “I Want You”), the… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / September 17, 2013 - 12:55 pm

Stream Elvis Costello & The Roots Wise Up Ghost

This week in unexpected matchups: Elvis Costello and the Roots — who would seem to have nothing in common beyond historic excellence, omnivorous taste, and late-night TV presence — have gone and made a whole album together. It’s called Wise Up Ghost, and we’ve already posted the single “Walk Us Uptown,” so there’s been plenty… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 9, 2013 - 11:03 am

Elvis Costello Albums From Worst To Best

Declan “Elvis Costello” MacManus was by far the most literate and diverse of the “angry young man” songwriters emerging from England in the late 1970s, no small achievement in light of competition that included first-rate talents like Graham Parker, Joe Jackson, John Lydon, Shane MacGowan, and the Strummer/Jones pairing of the Clash. Elvis’s terrific 1977 debut came at the height of… More »

By: Timothy Bracy And Elizabeth Bracy / August 9, 2013 - 10:40 am

Elvis Costello & The Roots – “Walk Us Uptown”

ELvis Costello and the Roots have worked together before, including a jam session on Colbert back in 2009, and last year, when they joined forces to do a Springsteen cover on Fallon. It was announced back in January of this year that Costello and the Roots would be teaming up on an LP, and since… More »

By: Michael Nelson / July 22, 2013 - 11:46 am

Watch Elvis Costello And Mumford & Sons Cover Springsteen’s “The Ghost Of Tom Joad”

When the Sasquatch Festival came to Washington State last month, nu-grass superstars Mumford & Sons — who, fuck you guys, are OK — were headliners, and Elvis Costello was also on the bill. And the anti-poverty initiative Agit8 brought both acts together to film a cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “The Ghost Of Thom Joad,” giving… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 11, 2013 - 11:48 am

Sasquatch! 2013 Sunday: Killer Mike, Grimes, Earl Sweatshirt, & More

If Friday and Saturday felt a little lite in the hip-hop department, Sunday was like an all you can eat buffet. I indulged quite a bit, but before the hip-hop marathon started, Sunday may have had the best start of the weekend with Deep Sea Diver’s early 2pm set. You may not have heard of… More »

By: Miles Bowe / May 27, 2013 - 4:49 pm

The Music Of Prince (Feat. D’Angelo, Elvis Costello, Fred Armisen, & More) @ Carnegie Hall, NYC 3/7/13

Last night, a motley crew of stage and screen stars paid tribute to newly resurgent pop legend Prince at NYC’s Carnegie Hall. Among the performers: D’Angelo, the Waterboys, Elvis Costello, Chris Rock, Maya Rudolph, Talib Kweli, Sandra Bernhard, Nina Persson (the Cardigans), the Blind Boys Of Alabama, Betty Lavette, and Fred Armisen, who has impersonated… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / March 8, 2013 - 11:15 am

Elvis Costello & The Roots Team Up For LP

As the house band for Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, the Roots have proven their prowess for performing across genres, from accompanying Carly Rae Jepsen and Mariah Carey with toy instruments to acting as the backup for a legion of the show’s musical guests. Bandleader Questlove has now revealed that they’ve made a collaborative album… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / January 23, 2013 - 10:23 am

Watch Elvis Costello And The Roots Cover Springsteen On Fallon

We’re deep into Bruce Springsteen Week on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, a five-night celebration of all things Boss that started with Springsteen himself rolling through to play a couple of new songs. In the past two nights, John Legend and Kenny Chensey have both appeared and covered Springsteen songs.

Last night another… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 2, 2012 - 10:06 am

The Simpsons’ 10 Greatest Rock Moments

With the 500th episode of The Simpsons airing last Sunday, the last few weeks have been a celebration of everything Simpsons, where all your favorite pundits and prognosticators have combed through the show’s venerable timeline to select their favorite gags, cameos, characters and episodes. And, we, like them, desire to reside within the seem geekish… More »

By: Corban Goble / February 23, 2012 - 12:02 pm

Elvis Costello Finally Visits Sesame Street

Elvis Costello’s first major U.S. TV appearance was on a December 1977 episode of Saturday Night Live — a gig he got because the Sex Pistols, originally booked for the show, didn’t want anything to do with New York. Costello’s single at the time was “Radio Radio,” a song that was (weirdly enough) controversial i… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 26, 2011 - 11:25 am

Elvis Costello – “Sparkling Day”

Elvis Costello has been in T Bone-assisted alt-country mode for the last couple of years, so for this unexpected, debonair ballad we have the soundtrack to Anne-Hathaway-attempts-a-British-accent romcom One Day to thank. Built on acoustic strums, twinkly piano, and swirling strings, “Sparkling Day” most recalls Painted By Memory Elvis, which is a fine era to… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / August 19, 2011 - 10:01 am

The Strokes – “Taken For A Fool” Video, Elvis Costello Collab B-Side

On July 26th, the Strokes will make an honest single out of Angles’ Elvis Costello-indebted “Taken For A Fool.” You may also remember that time the Strokes headlined MSG and confirmed the song’s Elvis influence by having him guest. That YouTube clip was shitty quality, yet a thrilling watch. You had to figure a pro-recording… More »

By: Amrit Singh / July 8, 2011 - 3:43 pm

The Strokes & Elvis Costello @ Madison Square Garden 4/1/11 – “Taken For A Fool”

Before the Strokes even took the stage for their sold-out show headlining MSG, their concert took over NYC Twitter feeds with Elvis Costello’s surprise opening set of “Pump It Up,” “Radio Radio,” and “(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace Love And Understanding.” The Garden was reportedly (i.e. retweetedly) enthralled. Given the date, those posts were helpfully… More »

By: Amrit Singh / April 2, 2011 - 3:10 am