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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…   Read Story »
This past weekend brought the second Boston Calling Festival of 2014. This edition featured the Replacements, the National, and Lorde as the major headliners, along with Neutral Milk Hotel, Childish…   Read Story »
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…   Read Story »
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…   Read Story »
The Roots' new album ...And Then You Shoot Your Cousin is a conceptual art-rap affair, made without any real concern for the marketplace, and so it's not much of a surprise that their latest music…   Read Story »
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…   Read Story »
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…   Read Story »
The Roots recently released their new album ...And Then You Shoot Your Cousin and now have a new stop-motion video for the track "Understand." Stop-motion is so entertaining that the medium usually…   Read Story »
As house band on The Tonight Show, the Roots are in the odd position of having full and complete job security. That means they're utterly free to turn their albums into art-rap excursions, which is…   Read Story »
tUnE-yArDs' Nikki Nack came out this week, and last night Merrill Garbus and crew stopped by The Tonight Show to perform "Water Fountain" with the monster couch from the song's Pee-wee's…   Read Story »