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Watch Sky Ferreira Play With The Roots On Fallon

During her attempted career as a conventional top-40 type, Sky Ferreira never made it as far as a late-night TV performance. Instead, she had to reinvent herself as a dead-eyed stoner-pop queen and link up with Dev Hynes, a makeover that resulted in the great single "Everything Is Embarrassing." And last night, she made that… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 8, 2013

Watch T.I. Perform With The Roots On Fallon

Last week, T.I. made his Late Night With Jimmy Fallon debut with a rambunctious performance of single "Ball" accompanied by Fallon houseband, the Roots. While Lil Wayne is featured on the studio version of the track, he did not make an appearance with Tip on the show. But even without Weezy, it looks like everyone… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / January 7, 2013

Watch Joey Bada$$ Perform With The Roots On Fallon

Back when I was just a tiny bit younger than Joey Bada$$, it would blow my mind when someone like newly minted major-label artists Bad Religion would show up on Late Night With Conan O'Brien. And now we're living in an era when a young unsigned cult rapper can show up on the same stage,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 5, 2012

Wu-Tang And The Roots Do “Protect Ya Neck” On Fallon

Wu-Tang Clan stopped by Late Night With Jimmy Fallon the other day to perform The Man With The Iron Fists OST cut "Six Directions Of Boxing." Now, some bonus footage from that session has surfaced and let's just say ... yeah. They totally did "Protect Ya Neck." Head below to watch it. More »

By: Corban Goble / October 24, 2012

Questlove To Teach Classic Albums Course At NYU

As if Roots bandleader ?uestlove didn't already have enough on his plate, he's now taking on yet another job: College professor. As Billboard reports, ?uesto and Universal Music vice president Harry Weinger are teaming up to teach a class called Classic Albums at NYU's Clive Davis Institute For Recorded Music. If I was i… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 17, 2012

Watch Ben Gibbard Perform With The Roots On Fallon

Tomorrow, Death Cab For Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard releases his first-ever solo album Former Lives. And on Friday night's episode of Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, Gibbard rolled through, performing first single "Teardrop Windows," while the Roots, in uncharacteristically fuzzy power-pop mode, backed him up. As an online bonus, he also played the… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 15, 2012

Watch Sun Kil Moon Play Fallon With The Roots

Red House Painters' first album, Down Colorful Hill, came out 20 years ago last month, and over the last two decades, the band's mastermind, Mark Kozelek, has produced a catalog of staggering power under a host of monikers, including his own, Desertshore, and most famously, Sun Kil Moon. (I'd argue that his name should… More »

By: Michael Nelson / October 9, 2012

Watch Kendrick Lamar Perform With The Roots On Fallon

Kendrick Lamar might be the most electric live rapper currently working, and he got a chance to display that on last night's episode of Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. Kendrick teamed up with the Roots on "Swimming Pools (Drank)," the whirling drunken lament from his forthcoming LP good kid, m.A.A.d. city. ?uestlove, while drumming,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 3, 2012

Hear Questlove’s Beastie Boys Tribute Medley Demo

In April, Questlove performed a medley of Beastie Boys tracks at this year's annual Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony in celebration of the life of Adam Yauch. Recently, Questlove let loose an MP3 of the demo he sent around beforehand to folks involved with the ceremony, a demo that gave them… More »

By: Corban Goble / August 14, 2012

The Roots Albums From Worst To Best

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 »

By: Doug Levy / August 10, 2012

Watch Frank Ocean’s Stunning Fallon Performance

Last night, around the same time many of us were frantically downloading Channel Orange, Frank Ocean showed up on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon to sing "Bad Religion," the song that had journalists speculating about his sexuality before he came out and spoke openly about it last week. It takes balls to perform a… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 10, 2012

Watch Springsteen & The Roots Do “E Street Shuffle” At Roskilde

Bruce Springsteen and the Roots were two lynchpins of this past weekend's Roskilde Festival in Denmark, so, naturally, they ended up on stage together for a rendition of "E Street Shuffle" on Saturday. Watch it below, plus catch a bonus video of Bruce's daughter Jessica (who is an Olympic alternate for Equestrian, apparently) filling… More »

By: Corban Goble / July 9, 2012

Watch Fiona Apple Play Fallon

During the infamous 1999 Roseland show where Fiona Apple melted down onstage, her two opening acts were Jimmy Fallon and Jurassic 5, which is a weird thing to think about. And on last night's episode of Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, Fallon and Apple shared a stage again for the first time since, with Apple… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 19, 2012

Watch Norah Jones, Ice-T On Fallon

On last night's episode of Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, Norah Jones came through to perform the lounge-noir title track to her new Danger Mouse-produced album Little Broken Hearts. It's the sort of song that could've ended up on the soundtrack of one of those Tarantino-ripoff movies that proliferated during the '90s, and Jones strapped… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 14, 2012

tUnE-yArDs & ?uestlove – “Lady” (Fela Kuti Cover)

Merrill Garbus's unhinged yawp turns out to be just about ideal for Afrobeat. The Red Hot Organization and the (RED) initiative are currently teaming up to release (RED) Hot + Fela, a new fundraising Fela Kuti tribute compilation. And on the comp's version of "Lady," tUnE-yArDs teams up with Roots drummer/bandleader ?uestlove,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 1, 2012

Watch A Roots Supercut: Every Guest Shoutout To Fallon‘s House Band

When someone stops by Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, his house band -- the Roots -- always comes up with a clever musical spin for the guest's walkout. Sometimes, it's even too clever. In celebration of Fallon's 500th show, the program supercut every instance of the guest thanking or acknowledging the Roots, which ha… More »

By: Corban Goble / May 31, 2012

Sasquatch! 2012 In Photos

Washington's Sasquatch! Festival took place over the weekend, a heavy-hitting four day lineup featuring people like Jack White, St. Vincent. Bon Iver, Beck, Sanitgold, the Shins, Feist, Metric and dozens more. Stereogum contributor Alex Crick was on hand to behold and snap some great shots. Check out his gallery up top. More »

By: Corban Goble / May 29, 2012

Watch Big K.R.I.T. And The Roots On Fallon

Friday night on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, the lovably fired-up Mississippi rapper/producer Big K.R.I.T. trotted out his hella-fun new single "I Got This." The Roots, a band uniquely well-suited to take on K.R.I.T.'s humid organic thump, backed him up, and it was a ton of fun to hear the tuba taking on the… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 14, 2012

Download Coldplay’s “Fight For Your Right” Cover In Honor Of MCA

At the Hollywood Bowl last night, Coldplay revived their acoustic, piano-led cover of "(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party!)" in memory of Adam "MCA" Yauch, who passed away yesterday. Watch and download the MP3 below. More »

By: Scott Lapatine / May 5, 2012

Obama & The Roots Slow Jam The News, Dave Matthews Premieres “Mercy” On Fallon

Last night, Late Night With Jimmy Fallon played host to the one guest who might potentially be more exciting than another Jawbox reunion: Barack Obama, the President of the United States of America. And Obama participated in a running Fallon sketch that might've been created expressly for him: Slow Jammin' the News. The sketch allowed… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 25, 2012