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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

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 BestMore »

By: Chris DeVille / September 18, 2013

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… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 18, 2013

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

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'… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 9, 2013

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

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 a… More »

By: Michael Nelson / July 22, 2013

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 OfMore »

By: Tom Breihan / June 11, 2013

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… More »

By: Miles Bowe / May 27, 2013

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 ha… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / March 8, 2013

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

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… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 2, 2012

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 withi… More »

By: Corban Goble / February 23, 2012

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

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… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / August 19, 2011

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… More »

By: Amrit Singh / July 8, 2011

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

Video Of Elvis Costello On Colbert & Fallon, Video Of Elvis Costello’s Dad Singing In ’64

Elvis is busy in NYC right now, no surprise, the man tends toward a brisk pace of performance and productivity and NYC is the perfect foil. To wit: On Tuesday he performed at the Celeste Bartos Forum in the New York Public Library, and on 11/15 he'll return to Fallon, to do "Stations Of… More »

By: Amrit Singh / November 5, 2010

Elvis Costello’s National Ransom Coming

Elvis Costello's 2009 album Secret, Profane & Sugarcane touched on bluegrass, R&B, and Americana with producer T-Bone Burnett. This year Costello's back with similar sounds and the same producer, and a consistent theme: The financial collapse. But the collapse seems to stand in for all kinds of American tragedies, personal, national, international, etc. (Costello describe… More »

By: jessica / August 16, 2010

Pixies, Gorillaz, Elvis Costello Cancel Israel Gigs

Bands are canceling gigs in Israel following last week's raid on a group of aid ships heading to Gaza. Elvis Costello posted a carefully-worded letter on his website outlining his reasons for canceling his concerts in Israel, acknowledging that he needed to "sift through [his] own conflicted thoughts" on Israel before playing there. According… More »

By: jessica / June 7, 2010