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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 »

The first thing to understand about Wise Up Ghost is that it isn’t a vanity project. Yes, the new LP, released yesterday on Blue Note, is a full-length collaboration between Elvis Costello and the Roots. And yes, full-length collaborations between well-known artists sometimes end up as mere historical curiosities (Jay-Z and R. Kelly’s Best OfMore »

Since forming in Philadelphia 25 years ago (yes, it really has been that long), the Roots have become one of the most innovative, progressive, and influential acts in the history of hip-hop. Originally coming up in age where artists like A Tribe Called Quest and De La Soul helped define what the left-of-center end of… More »

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The Roots – “Tomorrow”

The Roots will release their eleventh studio album And Then You Shoot Your Cousin next month. We've already heard "When The People Cheer" and now…
James Rettig | April 26, 2014 - 1:42 pm

Watch Future, Pusha T & The Roots Perform “Move That Dope” On The Tonight Show

"Move That Dope," the burping, twitching Future/Pusha T/Pharrell/Casino posse cut from Future's new album Honest, is easily my favorite single of the year, in any…
Tom Breihan | April 24, 2014 - 9:53 am

Watch Stevie Nicks And Jimmy Fallon (As Tom Petty) Recreate The “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around” Video

This week The Tonight Show has booked talent from the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony, which goes down in Brooklyn Thursday night.
Scott Lapatine | April 10, 2014 - 12:22 am

Watch Nas, Q-Tip & The Roots Revisit Illmatic On The Tonight Show

Nas's beyond-classic debut Illmatic turns 20 this year, and he's celebrating by releasing a 20th-anniversary reissue and doing the album in full on tour. Last…
Tom Breihan | April 8, 2014 - 10:54 am

The Roots – “When The People Cheer”

In their capacity as the Tonight Show house band, the Roots don't exactly need to keep making albums, but they're doing it anyway. The long-running…
Tom Breihan | April 8, 2014 - 8:49 am

Roots Picnic 2014 Lineup

The Roots are having a big year, having just been promoted from Late Night house band to Tonight Show house band. And now they’ve announced…
Tom Breihan | March 3, 2014 - 12:38 pm

Watch Rick Ross Play The Tonight Show With The Roots

"The Devil Is A Lie," Rick Ross's new Jay Z collab, is a harder and more anthemic song than either Ross or Jay has any…
Tom Breihan | February 25, 2014 - 9:00 am

Watch U2 Play Jimmy Fallon’s First Tonight Show

Last night was the night Jimmy Fallon finally wrested control of The Tonight Show from Jay Leno's fierce, demonic clutches. And Fallon's first musical guest…
Tom Breihan | February 18, 2014 - 8:51 am

Watch Justin Vernon & The Roots Play “Holocene” On Fallon

On Friday night, Justin Vernon sat in with the Roots on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, doing a short and funkily reworked version of Bon…
Tom Breihan | February 4, 2014 - 4:53 pm

Watch Justin Vernon Sit In With The Roots On Fallon

On Friday night, the guests on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon were David Beckham, Inside Comedy host David Steinberg, Busta Rhymes, and a whole mess…
Tom Breihan | February 3, 2014 - 10:46 am

Watch ScHoolboy Q Play Fallon

ScHoolboy Q landed on our latest Best Songs Of The Week with "Break The Bank," but it was another Oxymoron cut, the Chromatics-sampling "Man Of…
Scott Lapatine | January 25, 2014 - 5:48 pm

Elvis Costello & The Roots – “Cinco Minutos Con Vos (Karriem Riggins Remix)”

Jazz drummer/hip-hop producer/occasional rapper Karriem Riggins released his 34 track album Alone/Together last year, and it is arguably one of the most memorable instrumental records
Gabriela Tully Claymore | December 2, 2013 - 11:42 am

Watch M.I.A. Play With The Roots On Fallon

M.I.A. stopped by 6A last night to perform "Come Walk With Me" with the Roots, but not before talking to Jimmy Fallon about the time…
Scott Lapatine | November 8, 2013 - 8:01 am

Watch Dierks Bentley & The Roots Cover Pearl Jam’s “Alive” With Mike McCready

Late Night With Jimmy Fallon's Pearl Jam Week has already brought us PJ covers from the grungy/rootsy team of Chris Cornell and the Avett Brothers
Chris DeVille | October 24, 2013 - 11:21 am

Stream Elvis Costello & The Roots Wise Up Ghost WFUV Live Special

Earlier this year, Elvis Costello and the Roots joined forces for a collaborative LP, Wise Up Ghost. While their unexpected union is already enough of…
Claire Lobenfeld | October 21, 2013 - 11:23 am

Watch Thundercat Play Fallon

On the heels of the release of his sophomore album Apocalypse this summer, Thundercat stopped by Late Night With Jimmy Fallon last week to sit…
James Rettig | October 1, 2013 - 5:28 pm

Watch Elvis Costello & The Roots Play Fallon Again

One nice thing about being the house band on a TV show: When you've got some new shit out, you get to do a nice…
Tom Breihan | September 20, 2013 - 9:39 am

Watch Elvis Costello & The Roots Play Fallon

Elvis Costello and the Roots first worked together on the Late Night With Jimmy Fallon stage, and now they've teamed up to make the surprisingly…
Tom Breihan | September 18, 2013 - 9:08 am
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