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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 in with the Roots. He also performed a web exclusive rendition of his Flying Lotus-assisted track "Heartbreaks + Setbacks," which you can now watch below. The Los Angeles musician embark… More »

By: 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 amount of promotion for it. The Roots, who have a plum day job at Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, just released Wise Up Ghost, their unlikely collaborative album with Elvi… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 20, 2013 - 9:39 am

Deconstructing: Elvis Costello, The Roots, And Album-Length Team-Ups

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 »

By: Chris DeVille / September 18, 2013 - 10:39 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 seamless collaborative album Wise Up Ghost, on which Costello's burr meshes with the Roots' hard-swinging old-school funk in a not-remotely-forced sort of way. Last night, Costello and the Roots played… More »

By: 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 Brooklyn Bowl in Williamsburg. Along with funky cuts from the new album and slightly revamped takes on classic Costello ("Watching The Detectives," "Shabby Doll," an extended "I Want You"), the… More »

By: 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 Terry Richardson at Alexander Wang, the rapper stopped by 6B to perform Yeezus' second single "Bound 2" live for the first time with Charlie Wilson and the Roots. He also… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / September 10, 2013 - 8:24 am

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 late-night TV presence -- have gone and made a whole album together. It's called Wise Up Ghost, and we've already posted the single "Walk Us Uptown," so there's been plenty… More »

By: 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 Against The Machine. Earlier this week, they released their confusing chaotic mess of a video for "I'm Set," so it's nice to see them doing something different right away. O… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 2, 2013 - 5:12 pm

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, walk-on songs, and covers (Daft Punk's "Get Lucky," Black Sabbath's "War Pigs") on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. A legitimate opportunity to make meme-magic was lost, though, when Jimmy asked… More »

By: Amrit Singh / July 30, 2013 - 10:49 am

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 on the show, and they did an elaborately choreographed version of their Adam Levine/Kendrick Lamar Digital Short nugget "YOLO," with the Roots backing them up. And since Levine and Kendrick weren't… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 26, 2013 - 9:53 am

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 to do a Springsteen cover on Fallon. It was announced back in January of this year that Costello and the Roots would be teaming up on an LP, and since… More »

By: Michael Nelson / July 22, 2013 - 11:46 am

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 Shores. But one passable alternate reading is "hang out" as in "Letting it all hang out," as in my bare gut protruding across my belt line, as in eating something… More »

By: 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 end up on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, with the band backing him up. Kweli's new album Prisoner Of Conscious is out soon, so last night, he was on Fallo… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 25, 2013 - 10:06 am

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 Bwoy performing death-defying feats of daggering, and Diplo perched behind his DJ table, looking vaguely bemused at the whole spectacle. But the Major Lazer that appeared last night on LateMore »

By: Tom Breihan / April 12, 2013 - 8:52 am

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, he stopped by Late Night With Jimmy Fallon to perform the album track "I Declare War," and he had a pretty amazing cast of supporting players with him: the Roots,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 9, 2013 - 10:26 am

Watch Janelle Monáe And The Roots Cover Hendrix On Fallon

A record label attempting to promote a new posthumous Jimi Hendrix collection faces obvious problems, since they can't book him on late-night shows or whatever. (Not that posthumous Hendrix collections ever have much trouble selling.) But someone in some marketing department had the bright idea, by way of shilling the new Hendrix collection People, HellMore »

By: Tom Breihan / April 2, 2013 - 11:39 am

The Music Of Prince (Feat. D’Angelo, Elvis Costello, Fred Armisen, & More) @ Carnegie Hall, NYC 3/7/13

Last night, a motley crew of stage and screen stars paid tribute to newly resurgent pop legend Prince at NYC's Carnegie Hall. Among the performers: D'Angelo, the Waterboys, Elvis Costello, Chris Rock, Maya Rudolph, Talib Kweli, Sandra Bernhard, Nina Persson (the Cardigans), the Blind Boys Of Alabama, Betty Lavette, and Fred Armisen, who has impersonated… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / March 8, 2013 - 11:15 am

Watch Tyler, The Creator Return To Fallon

Perhaps the biggest moment in Odd Future's sudden rise to dominance came two years ago, when Tyler, The Creator and Hodgy Beats bulldozed their way through Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, giving a thrillingly unstable performance of "Sandwitches." Last night, an older and more seasoned Tyler returned to the show, performing a couple of track… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 27, 2013 - 8:54 am

Jim James Play With The Roots On Fallon

Today, My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James releases Regions Of Light And Sound Of God, his first-ever proper solo album. And last night, he appeared on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon to pimp said album. In a beautifully staged performance, he sang the album's elegantly floating single "A New Life" with the Roots, a small… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 5, 2013 - 11:57 am

Elvis Costello & The Roots Team Up For LP

As the house band for Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, the Roots have proven their prowess for performing across genres, from accompanying Carly Rae Jepsen and Mariah Carey with toy instruments to acting as the backup for a legion of the show's musical guests. Bandleader Questlove has now revealed that they've made a collaborative album… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / January 23, 2013 - 10:23 am
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