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Football season is pretty awkward this year. There’s a widespread unease about watching our modern gladiators destroy each other when so many of them have been accused of battering women and children lately — that is, if the whole concussion thing didn’t already have you feeling vaguely queasy about otherwise amazing moments like this. A… More »

“All About That Bass” is a great song. It is not a cool song, but hopefully by now we all realize cool is not the same thing as great. Meghan Trainor’s breakout single, which celebrates the sex appeal of larger women, is also not quite as smart or important as Trainor thinks it is –… More »

Questlove remembers the exact moment when the Roots became passé. In Mo’ Meta Blues, the memoir he published last year, the renowned drummer, bandleader, producer, DJ, and all-around music geek flashes back to the filming of Michel Gondry’s concert film Dave Chappelle’s Block Party in 2004:… More »

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SNL 40: Watch Justin Timberlake Rap The History Of SNL, Taylor Swift Act In “The Californians,” Miley Cyrus Cover Paul Simon, Kanye West Sing “Wolves” & Appear In “Wayne’s World”

Saturday Night Live's 40th anniversary celebration is going on right now, and pretty much every famous person ever is there. Notable musicians in attendance include…
James Rettig | February 15, 2015 - 9:05 pm
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Watch The Weeknd’s Passionate “Earned It” Performance On Fallon

While Drake was busy releasing an entire album on us in the dead of night, the Weeknd was holding down the October's Very Own fort…
James Rettig | February 13, 2015 - 9:10 am

Watch Mark Ronson & Mystikal Funk Up The Tonight Show

Mark Ronson released his album Uptown Special back in January, and if you're unfamiliar with Ronson's backstory, then Tom's Album Of The Week review i…
Gabriela Tully Claymore | February 11, 2015 - 10:42 am

Watch Jack White Play An Unhinged “That Black Bat Licorice” On The Tonight Show

Jack White is getting to be nearly as tight with Jimmy Fallon as he always has been with Conan O'Brien. Last year, White appeared o…
Tom Breihan | February 6, 2015 - 8:57 am
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Watch Neil Young And Jimmy Fallon As Neil Young Perform “Old Man” On The Tonight Show

It had to happen eventually. Jimmy Fallon has been doing his eerily accurate Neil Young impression on late night TV for several years, often with…
Tom Breihan | February 4, 2015 - 9:01 am
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Watch Jimmy Fallon & Gwyneth Paltrow Sing Broadway Versions Of Drake, Nicki Minaj, & Big Sean

Make no mistake: Within the next decade or so, Broadway will get a Rock Of Ages-style rap jukebox musical. It already sort of happened with…
Tom Breihan | January 15, 2015 - 9:37 am
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Watch Panda Bear’s Reliably Strange Tonight Show Performance

No matter how big Panda Bear gets, there's always going to be a deep whiff of warehouse-DIY weirdness to everything he does. When Panda wa…
Tom Breihan | January 15, 2015 - 8:43 am
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Watch Joey Bada$$ Play The Tonight Show With BJ The Chicago Kid & The Roots

Right now, the Malia Obama selfie story is threatening to overwhelm everything else about Joey Bada$$, including the impending release of his debut album B4.DA.$$.
Tom Breihan | January 14, 2015 - 9:08 am

Watch Ghostface Killah Play The Tonight Show Without The Roots

Rappers who perform on The Tonight Show have a unique opportunity: They get to rap in front of the Roots, probably the greatest live ra…
Tom Breihan | January 9, 2015 - 9:44 am
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Watch Big K.R.I.T. Play The Tonight Show With Raphael Saadiq & The Roots

Last night, a whole lot of understated and laid-back rap and R&B craftsmen descended upon Rockefeller Plaza. Big K.R.I.T. was the musical guest on last…
Tom Breihan | January 6, 2015 - 9:24 am

Watch Foo Fighters Perform “I Am A River” On Fallon

The Foo Fighters promotional tour for Sonic Highways never seems to end: after a week-long residency on Letterman, an 8-episode HBO series, and appearances o…
James Rettig | December 19, 2014 - 8:50 am
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Watch Nicki Minaj Talk About Her Job At Red Lobster, Perform “Bed Of Lies” With Skylar Grey On Fallon

With The Pinkprint still fresh in our minds, Nicki Minaj stopped by Jimmy Fallon last night for an interview and a performance. During the interview,…
James Rettig | December 17, 2014 - 9:11 am
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Watch iLoveMakonnen Perform “Tuesday” With The Roots On The Tonight Show

iLoveMakonnen made his TV debut last night on The Tonight Show with a performance of his runaway hit "Tuesday." He was accompanied by the Roots.
James Rettig | December 10, 2014 - 8:38 am

Watch Rae Sremmurd Play The Tonight Show With The Roots

The young Mississippi rap duo Rae Sremmurd, who should really consider changing their name, have already escaped the one-hit wonder trap. "No Type," their recent…
Tom Breihan | December 3, 2014 - 10:11 am

Watch Lorde Talk About The First Time She Met Taylor Swift, Perform “Yellow Flicker Beat” On Fallon

Fresh off a performance at the American Music Awards and the release of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 soundtrack, Lorde was interviewed and…
James Rettig | November 26, 2014 - 8:41 am
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Watch Dej Loaf Play “Try Me” With The Roots On The Tonight Show

Detroit rapper Dej Loaf's "Try Me," a prettily sleepy half-sung cloud-rap song about being ready to kill someone, has been a slow-burning hit for months.
Tom Breihan | November 25, 2014 - 10:06 am

Watch Jimmy Fallon Impersonate Bono, Play “Desire” With The Roots In U2’s Absence

Last Sunday, U2 announced that they would be unable to able to play a weeklong residency on The Tonight Show after Bono suffered a cycling…
Gabriela Tully Claymore | November 18, 2014 - 11:05 am
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Bono’s In Surgery Following Cycling Accident, U2’s Tonight Show Residency Canceled

U2 were scheduled to begin a weeklong residency on The Tonight Show this Monday 11/17, but that's been scrapped due to a bicycle accident Bono…
Chris DeVille | November 16, 2014 - 10:01 pm
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Watch Johnny Marr Play “Stop Me If You Think You’ve Heard This One Before” On Fallon

Johnny Marr was the musical guest on Jimmy Fallon last night. He trotted out the old Smiths track "Stop Me If You Think You've Heard…
James Rettig | November 12, 2014 - 10:38 am
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Watch FKA twigs’ Incredible Tonight Show Performance

Late-night talk shows thrive on familiarity, and it's not easy to make a stage on one of those shows look like something we haven't see…
Tom Breihan | November 5, 2014 - 9:08 am
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