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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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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
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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
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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
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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

Watch Elvis Costello & The Roots Cover The Specials & John Lennon In Brooklyn

Last night Elvis Costello and the Roots celebrated the release of their robust collaborative LP Wise Up Ghost with a one-off, sold out concert at…
Scott Lapatine | September 17, 2013 - 12:55 pm

Watch Kanye West Perform “Bound 2″ On Fallon

Kanye made a surprise appearance on last night's Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. In town after New York Fashion Week, where he hung out with
Scott Lapatine | September 10, 2013 - 8:24 am
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Stream Elvis Costello & The Roots Wise Up Ghost

This week in unexpected matchups: Elvis Costello and the Roots — who would seem to have nothing in common beyond historic excellence, omnivorous taste, and…
Tom Breihan | September 9, 2013 - 11:03 am

Watch Goodie Mob Play Fallon With The Roots

Atlanta rap greats, one of the greatest groups in the genre's history, are back together and getting ready to release a new album called Age
Tom Breihan | August 2, 2013 - 5:12 pm
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Watch J Mascis Sit In With The Roots On Fallon

A pair of prolific lifechampions joined forces last night, when J and Questo and the rest of the Roots jammed on a series of bumpers,…
Amrit Singh | July 30, 2013 - 10:49 am
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Watch The Lonely Island Do “YOLO” On Fallon With The Roots And Fallon

New Order weren't the only musical guests on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon last night. Fallon's fellow SNL alums the Lonely Island were also o…
Tom Breihan | July 26, 2013 - 9:53 am
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Elvis Costello & The Roots – “Walk Us Uptown”

ELvis Costello and the Roots have worked together before, including a jam session on Colbert back in 2009, and last year, when they joined forces
Michael Nelson | July 22, 2013 - 11:46 am
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Hangout 2013 Saturday: Tom Petty, Kendrick Lamar, Public Enemy, & More

The Hangout organizers presumably intend the word "Hangout" to be read with leisurely fellowship in mind, and certainly that matches the vibe here in Gulf…
Chris DeVille | May 19, 2013 - 3:24 pm

Watch Talib Kweli Play Fallon With Bilal & The Roots

The forever-sincere backpack-rap vet Talib Kweli is old buddies with the Roots, so anytime he's got new music coming out, it's a fair bet he'll…
Tom Breihan | April 25, 2013 - 10:06 am
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Watch Major Lazer Play Fallon With Dirty Projectors & The Roots

If you caught any of Major Lazer's frantic, fun-as-hell festival-rocking live shows over the last few years, you likely saw girls twerking on speaker-risers, Skerritt…
Tom Breihan | April 12, 2013 - 8:52 am
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Watch Ghostface Killah Play Fallon With The Roots, Masta Killa, Killah Priest

Next week, Ghostface Killah will release Twelve Reasons To Die, the soul-rap concept album he made with the producer and composer Adrian Younge. Last night,…
Tom Breihan | April 9, 2013 - 10:26 am
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