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Watch Tobias Jesso Jr.’s TV Debut With The Roots On Fallon

L.A. singer-songwriter Tobias Jesso Jr. made his late-night television debut last night with an appearance on Jimmy Fallon. He performed "How Could You Babe" with a little bit of help from the Roots and some backup singers, who help to put a fuller spin on the Goon track. "I heard this song on the… More »

By: James Rettig / February 27, 2015

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… More »

By: James Rettig / February 15, 2015

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 big special guests. And while Young has been on Fallon's show before, he's never sat side-by-side with Fallon's fake version of himself before. That changed last night,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 4, 2015

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$$, including the impending release of his debut album B4.DA.$$. But Bada$$ is doing what he can to turn the conversation back to his music, and last night, he made a big move to push things back in that… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 14, 2015

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 night's episode of The Tonight Show, and he performed "Soul Food," the elegant and heartfelt Saadiq collab from his 2014 album Cadillactica. Saadiq joined him onstage, singing and playing… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 6, 2015

Perry Farrell, The Roots, Beth Orton To Play NYC Talking Heads Tribute Concert

On March 23rd, an assortment of musicians will gather at Carnegie Hall to celebrate the work of David Byrne and the Talking Heads. The initial lineup includes: Perry Farrell, The Roots, Bebel Gilberto, Steve Earle, Rufus Wainwright, O.A.R., Alexis Krauss of Sleigh Bells, Billy F. Gibbons of ZZ Top, Beth Orton, and Todd Snider, with… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / December 16, 2014

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. The performance comes on the heels of his Grammy nomination for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for the track. Makonnen wore a Santa hat in celebration of the season, and a TOPSZN… More »

By: James Rettig / December 10, 2014

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 single, is, if anything, a bigger deal than "No Flex Zone," the song that brought them to the game. And last night, the duo was in the strange positio… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 3, 2014

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. Last night, it actualized its potential. Dej Loaf was the musical guest on The Tonight Show, and the Roots backed her up on "Try Me." She wore what appeared… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 25, 2014

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 accident in New York's Central Park. The Tonight Show has yet to announce when the residency will be rescheduled, but that uncertainty didn't prevent Jimmy Fallon from impersonating Bono. More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / November 18, 2014

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… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 29, 2014

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

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

Photos: Boston Calling

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 Gambino, Nas, Spoon, the War On Drugs, and a lot more. Above you can find a gallery of performance shots and portraits by photographer Lui… More »

By: Miles Bowe / September 9, 2014

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

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

The Roots – “Never” Video

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 videos are conceptual allegory-type deals. They've already unveiled a stop-motion clip for "Understand." And though the video for "Never,"… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 11, 2014

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… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 23, 2014

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

The Roots – “Understand” Video

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 just sells itself, but creator Joe Baughman adds some thought-provoking imagery by emphasizing money and religious materials (collection plates, bibles, and communion wine)… More »

By: Miles Bowe / May 16, 2014
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