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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 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

Watch Kings Of Leon Play Fallon With Questlove Filling In For Injured Followill

Kings Of Leon played Fallon last night and recruited Questlove to fill in for injured drummer Nathan Followill, who was involved in a car accident last Saturday that forced the band to cancel their tour dates for the next few weeks. Despite that setback, the Southern rockers still showed up on the late-night show for… More »

By: James Rettig / August 13, 2014 - 10:38 am

Watch A Pigtailed Young Thug Join T.I. & The Roots On The Tonight Show

First things first: Look at Young Thug. Look at him. He has his bleached pigtails done up in those Princess Leia buns. He is wearing the tightest clothes that any rapper has ever worn in public. He has a pink flag hanging out of his pants. The man is a street-rap star, and he i… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 8, 2014 - 9:24 am

Watch Spoon’s Intimate “Inside Out” Performance For Fallon

I recently described They Want My Soul single “Inside Out” as “like looking at a reflection of a Spoon song on the face of the water.” The song’s excellence goes deeper than its floaty, shimmering production, though. Britt Daniel and Alex Fischel proved that with a stripped-down performance of the song backstage at Jimmy Fallon’… More »

By: Chris DeVille / August 5, 2014 - 5:33 pm

Watch Spoon Bring Otherworldly Swagger To The Tonight Show

Not too many bands can play on a Tonight Show stage and make it look like they’re killing time on a random Monday night, but Spoon are one of the few. Today, the band’s very good new album They Want My Soul finally comes out, and last night, the band was on Jimmy Fallon’s show… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 5, 2014 - 9:03 am

Watch Jenny Lewis Recreate The “Just One Of The Guys” Video On Fallon

Jenny Lewis took to The Tonight Show last night to herald today’s release of her astounding The Voyager. She marked the occasion with a performance of Beck-produced lead single “Just One Of The Guys” that mimicked the song’s great video, which marked Lewis’ directorial debut. Her usual band was back in place of stand-ins Anne… More »

By: Chris DeVille / July 29, 2014 - 11:08 am

Watch Tweedy Breeze Through “Summer Noon” On Fallon

Spencer Tweedy, son of Wilco frontman Jeff, has probably watched his dad perform on TV at least a handful of times. Last night, Jeff was on TV again, and Spencer was up there with him. The two Tweedys have formed the new band Tweedy together, and their Sukierae, their first album as a unit, i… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 25, 2014 - 9:19 am

Watch Weezer Bring “Back To The Shack” To The Tonight Show

Weezer’s new album Everything Will Be Alright In The End looms ever closer, and earlier this week, the band debuted its first single: the big, chunky back-to-basics statement “Back To The Shack.” The denizens of our comments section put some serious time into figuring out whether this was a good song or what, and the… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 24, 2014 - 8:55 am

Watch Bleachers Play Fallon

Jack Antonoff continued his promotional tour for Bleachers’ Strange Desire last night with a performance of album highlight “I Wanna Get Better” on Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show. The audio mix didn’t do Antonoff’s less-than-stellar vocals any favors, but the song remains a rush. Watch below, followed by a video in which Antonoff explains how he… More »

By: Chris DeVille / July 16, 2014 - 9:50 am

Watch Sylvan Esso Play The Tonight Show With ?uestlove

A little while ago, Amealia Meath, of the Vermont folk harmonizers Mountain Man, and Nick Sanborn, of the rootsy North Carolina psychedelic rockers Megafaun, teamed up to form the duo Sylvan Esso, and their self-titled debut together is an absolutely winning collection of glimmering, low-key synthpop. Their music is somehow, at the same time, smooth… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 10, 2014 - 8:42 am

Watch Jimmy Fallon As Neil Young Cover “Fancy” With Crosby, Stills, & Nash

Last night, the legendary ’60s folk-rock vocal harmonizers Crosby, Stills & Nash were musical guests on Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show. This, of course, presented a golden opportunity for Fallon to trot out his uncanny impersonation of Neil Young, the trio’s sometime bandmate, and the four of them sang Iggy Azalea and Charli XCX’s summer-conquering “Fancy,”… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 8, 2014 - 8:51 am

Rick Rubin Confirms He’s Working On Kanye’s New Album, Describes Yeezus Sessions In Zane Lowe Interview

In an interview with BBC’s Zane Lowe that’s set to air next week, producer Rick Rubin confirmed that he’s currently working the follow up to Kanye West’s Yeezus. NME reports that they are currently “looking at vocal ideas” for the album. More »

By: James Rettig / June 14, 2014 - 1:55 pm

Watch Jack White’s Performance And Interview On The Tonight Show

Back when Conan O’Brien was hosing Late Night, Jack White showed up as often as he possibly could; the White Stripes, as it happens, were Conan’s final Late Night musical guests. And now, it’s starting to look like White is forging a similar bond with Jimmy Fallon, Conan’s successor on both Late Night and TheMore »

By: Tom Breihan / June 10, 2014 - 9:31 am

Watch Chrissie Hynde On Colbert, Fallon

Pretenders frontwoman Chrissie Hynde is putting out her new solo album, Stockholm, and she stopped by The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon and The Colbert Report to talk and perform some of those songs. Below you can watch her play the previously released singles “You Or No One” and “Dark Sunglasses” for Fallon and watch… More »

By: Miles Bowe / June 6, 2014 - 2:17 pm

Watch Damon Albarn Do “This Is A Low” And “Lonely Press Play” On Fallon

Last night, Damon Albarn, already in New York for this weekend’s Governors Ball festival, was the musical guest on The Tonight Show, and he was apparently in a pretty moody place. On the show itself, Albarn sang “Lonely Press Play,” the isolation-of-the-road lament from his new solo album Everyday Robots. And as an online bonus,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 6, 2014 - 9:46 am

Watch Soundgarden Bring Superunknown To Fallon

Soundgarden has been stretching out the Superunknown 20th anniversary celebration for many months, and that celebration continued last night on The Tonight Show in conjunction with the album’s deluxe reissue. The band performed “Spoonman” (which Fallon rightfully dubbed a classic) for the broadcast and “My Wave” for a web exclusive. They also sat down backstage… More »

By: Chris DeVille / June 4, 2014 - 10:49 am

Watch Ryan Lewis Ask Macklemore Fans Who Ryan Lewis Is

You might recall when Jimmy Kimmel sent Drake around in disguise to ask pedestrians what they thought of Drake. Last night Jimmy Fallon commissioned Macklemore’s musical partner Ryan Lewis for a similar task, but whereas the Drake stunt was to get people’s honest opinions about a polarizing figure, the punchline here is that nobody would… More »

By: Chris DeVille / June 3, 2014 - 4:42 pm

Watch Chad Smith & Will Ferrell’s Drum-Off, Red Hot Chili Peppers Play With The Roots On Fallon

Will Ferrell and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith have long found themselves near the top of every celebrity-lookalike listicle, and last week, we learned the news that the two would stage a drum-off for charity on The Tonight Show. That drum-off happened last night, and massive credit is due to Will Ferrell for… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 23, 2014 - 8:57 am

Watch The Roots Perform “Never” With A-Trak On The Tonight Show

It’s not surprising, of course, that the Roots were on The Tonight Show last night. They’re on The Tonight Show every night. But yesterday, the group released their expansive, experimental new album …And Then You Shoot Your Cousin. And they marked the occasion by doing double duty, as the show’s house band and as the… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 21, 2014 - 11:03 am

Watch Conor Oberst Play The Tonight Show

Today, Conor Oberst releases Upside Down Mountain, his new solo album. And last night, he was the musical guest on Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show, performing the album track “Zigzagging Toward The Light” with Dawes sitting in as his backing band. Oberst sang just about the entire song with his eyes closed, which seems like a… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 20, 2014 - 11:20 am
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