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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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Watch Wilco Play “I’m The Man Who Loves You” Backstage At The Tonight Show

Wilco brought their alt-country charm to The Tonight Show last week, playing “Cars Can’t Escape” and “A Magazine Called Sunset” on the broadcast. Today we get more: In a crowded backstage room, the band played Yankee Hotel Foxtrot’s “I’m The Man Who Loves You,” which is now available to watch as a web exclusive. Check… More »

By: Maggie Stamets / November 3, 2014 - 4:19 pm

Watch Sturgill Simpson Get Intense And Grizzled On Fallon

The most talked-about musical performance from last night’s Tonight Show is definitely Daniel Radcliffe randomly rapping Blackalicious’ “Alphabet Aerobics.” But the best one was probably from the Kentucky singer-songwriter Sturgill Simpson, whose album Metamodern Sounds In Country Music is one of the year’s great stealth cult favorites and who’s already appeared on Letterman and Conan. More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 29, 2014 - 10:13 am

Watch Daniel Radcliffe Rap The Shit Out Of Blackalicious’ “Alphabet Aerobics” On The Tonight Show

This must be late-’90s underground rap week. First, we’ve got El-P doing his best work ever with RTJ2, and Harry Potter’s out here doing a Blackalicious song on The Tonight Show. If Shabaam Sahdeeq was ever going to stage a comeback, it better be now. “Alphabet Aerobics” is a classically gimmicky rap workout from Bay… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 29, 2014 - 8:50 am

Watch Jeff Tweedy Play Charades With Ewan McGregor, Wilco Perform On The Tonight Show

Jeff Tweedy took a break from promoting his new Tweedy album to promote Wilco’s 20th anniversary on last night’s episode of Fallon. He even put in more time than usual as a Tonight Show guest: In addition to performing “A Magazine Called Sunset” and “Cars Can’t Escape” with the band, he also played charades with… More »

By: James Rettig / October 28, 2014 - 9:17 am

Watch Sting Turn Classic Ringtones Into Stingtones

Sting was one of the guests on The Tonight Show last night, and Jimmy Fallon decided to have him play a little game where Sting would sing his own take on some classic cellphone ringtones (charmingly dubbed “Stingtones”). He does a pretty good job with it, and even jokingly points out the similarities between the… More »

By: James Rettig / October 17, 2014 - 8:54 am

Watch Sam Smith Sing “I’m Not The Only One” On The Tonight Show

It’s pretty crazy how big Sam Smith has gotten in the past year. He made his late-night TV debut back in January when Jimmy Fallon was still behind the Late Night desk. Smith wasn’t even performing solo then — he was just there to support Disclosure on “Latch,” which was over a year old the… More »

By: James Rettig / October 15, 2014 - 9:39 am

Watch Radiohead’s Philip Selway Play The Tonight Show With The Dap-Kings

Along with the Beatles and Genesis and the Eagles, Radiohead are the rare band where the drummer can make a respectable go of it as a solo singer-songwriter. Radiohead skin-basher Philip Selway just released Weatherhouse, his second album of lovely, softhearted solo songs. And last night, he was the musical guest on The Tonight Show,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 10, 2014 - 8:43 am

Watch Lucinda Williams Play With The Roots On Fallon

Lucinda Williams was the musical guest on last night’s Fallon, and the host called the singer-songwriter one of his favorites. She performed “Protection” off of her new double LP, Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone, along with some assistance from the Roots. Watch the performance below. More »

By: James Rettig / October 1, 2014 - 9:36 am

Watch Julian Casablancas + The Voidz’ Very Strange Tonight Show Performance

Yesterday, Julian Casablancas released the self-consciously wacky and all-over-the-place Tyranny, his first album with his new backing band the Voidz. And they marked the occasion by performing their gurgling-circus-music single “Where No Eagles Fly” on The Tonight Show. Casablancas wore a too-big denim vest with no shirt on underneath, and he kissed Fallon’s hand instead… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 24, 2014 - 9:07 am

Watch The Black Keys Cover Edwyn Collins For Fallon

The Black Keys took a break from their current U.S. tour to bring their brand of crunchy rock to Fallon last night. They performed “Gotta Get Away” from their latest album, Turn Blue, and a cover of Edwyn Collins’ ’90s hit “A Girl Like You,” which they’ve been performing at their live shows all month. More »

By: James Rettig / September 23, 2014 - 10:43 am

Watch Public Enemy Do “Public Enemy No. 1″ With The Roots On Fallon

1987’s “Public Enemy No. 1″ was the first single from Long Island’s Public Enemy. The group recorded the track before they got explicitly political, but its blaring, needling synth line laid the groundwork for the chaotic noise that the group would soon bring. Last night, to help promote a bigass Def Jam anniversary box set,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 17, 2014 - 9:43 am

Watch The Replacements Play “Alex Chilton” On The Tonight Show

Just like they teased, the Replacements played live on NBC last night as the musical guests on Jimmy Fallon. It’s the first time they appeared on the network since they were banned following their infamous drunken Saturday Night Live performance in 1986. It was also their first TV appearance together in 25 years. They did… More »

By: James Rettig / September 10, 2014 - 8:55 am

U2 Release Free Album Songs Of Innocence And Debut “The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)” At Apple Event

U2 just pulled a Beyoncé plus a Jay Z. As of a few minutes ago, the band’s new album Songs Of Innocence was delivered for free to all iTunes customers, just after U2 performed new single “The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)” on stage at the Flint Center in Cupertino. Until mid-October, all iTunes users will… More »

By: Chris DeVille / September 9, 2014 - 3:07 pm

The Replacements To Play 30 Rock For The First Time Since SNL Ban

The Replacements were banned from Saturday Night Live in 1986 after a drunken performance in which they forgot entire verses, mumbled lyrics, and cursed at the audience. In the band’s oral history All Over But The Shouting, Bob Stinson recalled that night: “Lorne Michaels put food and flower baskets in our [hotel] rooms, free bar… More »

By: James Rettig / September 5, 2014 - 8:26 pm

Watch Jeezy & Future Dedicate “No Tears” To Joan Rivers On The Tonight Show

Joan Rivers was a frequent guest on The Tonight Show, going all the way back to the mid-’60s Jack Paar era, and so the show obviously had to pay her tribute on the night she died. But I’m pretty sure nobody expected that tribute would take the form of Jeezy telling the crowd to put… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 5, 2014 - 2:03 pm

Watch Jimmy Fallon & Adam Levine Play Wheel Of Musical Impressions

On his show last night, Jimmy Fallon introduced a new music-themed iteration of his game Wheel Of Impressions. Fallon and a musical guest (in this case Adam Levine) go back and forth trying to do impressions of famous singers performing off-beat songs. Some of the matchups for the inaugural round included Frank Sinatra and “Head,… More »

By: James Rettig / September 3, 2014 - 8:26 am

Watch Röyksopp & Robyn Play “Do It Again” On Fallon

Röyksopp and Robyn brought their dance collaboration to Fallon last night and performed the title track from their new Do It Again mini-album. Robyn wore a mustard yellow jacket with leg warmers and chunky sneakers and danced pretty much the whole time, except for when she delivered the climax of the song laying down o… More »

By: James Rettig / August 19, 2014 - 9:25 am

Watch Ryan Adams Play “Gimme Something Good,” “My Wrecking Ball,” & “Kim” On Fallon

Ryan Adams stopped by Fallon last night to perform “Gimme Something Good” with his backing band, who are apparently now called the Shining. Or at least that’s according to what Adams hinted at in a tweet before the show and the name Fallon used to introduce them. The song is from Adams’ upcoming self-titled fourteenth… More »

By: James Rettig / August 14, 2014 - 8:54 am
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