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Questlove Exec Producing Roots Remake, Hamilton Cast Recording

Two new Questlove ventures have been announced today. First off, Variety reports that he’ll be the executive music producer on A&E’s upcoming Roots remake, which is set to air next year. He’ll “create the authentic African sound and themes for the characters” and “produce the overall sound as the music progresses each night” of the… More »

By: James Rettig / July 23, 2015 - 12:20 pm

Preview Questlove And Iggy Pop’s Appearance On Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown

This week on Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, the professional foodie will travel to Florida in order to hang with Questlove and learn about the “Miami sound.” In the trailer for the episode, the two consume excessive amounts of mouthwatering fried stuff and viewers learn that Bourdain just doesn’t “get” chicken and waffles, to which Questlove… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / May 1, 2015 - 3:37 pm

Watch Tegan And Sara And The Lonely Island Perform On The Oscars

Tegan And Sara and the Lonely Island took to the Academy Awards stage tonight for a deliriously fun performance of “Everything Is AWESOME!!!,” the Oscar-nominated song from The Lego Movie. Human counterparts of Lego figures (construction workers, astronauts, cowboys) and an “awesome possum” populated the stage. Joining the vocalists were Questlove, Mark Mothersbaugh (who co-produced… More »

By: James Rettig / February 22, 2015 - 9:41 pm

Hear Charli XCX & Questlove’s Cover Of Deee-Lite’s “Groove Is In The Heart” In New Target Ad

Charli XCX and Questlove have teamed up for a cover of Deee-lite’s ’90s classic “Groove Is In The Heart” that’s featured in a new ad campaign for Target’s spring fashion line. According to DIY, Questlove produced the track, which features some backing vocals from the Roots’ Black Thought. The commercial will debut tonight during SaturdayMore »

By: James Rettig / February 15, 2015 - 6:38 pm

Questlove Calls For More Protest Songs In Wake Of Eric Garner Verdict

New York City exploded last night after a grand jury decided not to indict the police officer who strangled Eric Garner on Staten Island back in July. Protestors gathered in Times Square and eventually shut down the West Side Highway while chanting Garner’s last words, “I can’t breathe.” Today, Questlove posted on Instagram a picture… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / December 4, 2014 - 2:10 pm

Questlove And Chris Rock Talk Black Bar Mitzvah Music, Joe Jackson, & The Top Five Soundtrack

Chris Rock’s new film Top Five — which was produced by Kanye and Jay Z — hits theaters next month. Questlove served as the movie’s music producer, and The New York Times sat down for a talk with both of them behind the scenes of The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon. They had a fascinating… More »

By: James Rettig / November 26, 2014 - 4:51 pm

Watch The Trailer For 808, Drum Machine Doc Feat. Afrika Bambaataa, Damon Albarn, Questlove, Phil Collins, New Order, Rick Rubin, & More

More than 30 years ago, Afrika Bambaataa’s Arthur Baker-produced “Planet Rock” changed the music industry forever, thanks in part to its use of the revolutionary 808 drum machine. The 808 created a beat no one had ever experienced before, and eventually gave birth to genres such as EDM, synthpop, dubstep, and countless others. Now, Atlantic… More »

By: Maggie Stamets / October 15, 2014 - 5:39 pm

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

Questlove Defends Iggy Azalea, Declares “Fancy” Song Of The Summer

Questlove’s new show Soundclash is premiering tonight on VH1 and the Roots drummer sat down and talked to Time about the new show and, more importantly, what he thinks is the song of the summer. “You gotta know what the difference is between a good song and a bad song. Songs that I consider personally… More »

By: James Rettig / July 23, 2014 - 9:12 pm

Watch T.I., Fall Out Boy, & London Grammar Perform Together On The Premiere Episode Of VH1’s SoundClash

VH1’s new SoundClash series premieres next Wednesday. Produced by Questlove and hosted by Diplo, it’ll bring together different bands and artists to perform onstage, purportedly “recreating the experience of attending a musical festival.” The first episode features Fall Out Boy, T.I., and London Grammar, and VH1 has kindly shared a couple of preview clips. Below,… More »

By: Peter Helman / July 16, 2014 - 11:27 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 A Squinty Stephen Malkmus Present Ylvis With A Webby Award

Last night brought the 18th Annual Webby Awards, where Ylvis’ captivatingly bizarre video for “What The Fox Say?” won for Best Viral Video. Appearing to hand off the award were Stephen Malkmus and Reggie Watts, who both appeared to have trouble reading the teleprompter, which led to the already stiff dialogue taking on a hilariously… More »

By: Miles Bowe / May 20, 2014 - 3:00 pm

Questlove Producing Live Collaboration Show On VH1, Hosted By Diplo

Questlove is one of many reasons for the success of Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show, and this summer the Roots co-leader will expand his TV profile with a new VH1 series. As Executive Producer of SoundClash, each week he’ll bring three artists together in a unique collaborative performance. Per AP, “the concept behind the series i… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / May 9, 2014 - 9:45 am

Lily Allen Can’t Catch A Break

When she made her big return late last year with her possibly-feminist/possibly-fetishistic “Hard Out Here” video, Lily Allen immediately found herself at the center of internet controversy, defending her video almost as soon as it went up online. More recently, she found herself agreeing with a fan on Twitter who’d called her new singles “rubbish.”… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 28, 2014 - 11:10 am

Watch Nirvana Play With Lorde, St. Vincent, Kim Gordon, & Joan Jett At Their Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Induction

So the 2014 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony happened at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, and this year, it’s relevant to your interests! As you might have heard, Nirvana were inducted by R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe (“They were singular and loud and melodic and deeply original,” he said of the band), and after much consternationMore »

By: Scott Lapatine / April 11, 2014 - 12:03 am

Here’s Questlove As A Corpse On Law & Order: SVU

Last November, Questlove informed readers of Us Weekly that one of his lifelong dreams is to play a dead body on Law & Order: SVU. That dream is now a reality. Questo-as-corpse got 17 seconds of screen time on last night’s episode, playing dead convincingly during a tense exchange between Ice-T, Tamara Tunie, and Kelli… More »

By: Chris DeVille / March 20, 2014 - 9:49 am

How The Roots Got Over

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 »

By: Chris DeVille / February 21, 2014 - 4:13 pm

Questlove Apologizes For Racist Instagrams

On Christmas, while I was unwrapping Roots leader Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson’s musical memoir Mo’ Meta Blues, Questlove himself was fielding accusations of racism due to some posts he made on Instagram in a conversation with celebrity chef Padma Lakshmi and booking agent Dawn Englehart that mocked the Japanese accent. The post has since been deleted,… More »

By: Chris DeVille / December 30, 2013 - 11:27 am

Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band – “Bad Dancer” Video

Yoko Ono’s video for “Bad Dancer,” a track off her recent album Take Me To The Land Of Hell, might be the most diversely star-studded video of the year. Reggie Watts, Heems, Greg Saunier of Deerhoof, Ad Rock and Mike D of the Beastie Boys, Ira Glass, Questlove (slow dancing with Ono above), it just… More »

By: Miles Bowe / November 4, 2013 - 2:00 pm

Read Fiona Apple’s Statement On Tokyo “Meltdown”

Last week, during a performance at a Louis Vuitton event in Tokyo, Fiona Apple got fed up with a chatty audience. We reported that she cussed the crowd out and stormed offstage. But apparently, we were missing an important piece of the puzzle: According to Apple, she only stormed offstage after she’d already finished her… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 4, 2013 - 9:08 am
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