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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 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

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

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

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…
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
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…
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

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

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

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.
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:…
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
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…
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…
Claire Lobenfeld | January 23, 2013 - 10:23 am

Roots Picnic 2013 Lineup

Questlove, bandleader of the Roots, took to Instagram to announce the lineup for the sixth annual Roots Picnic. Aside from the Roots, performers will include…
Claire Lobenfeld | January 22, 2013 - 12:31 pm

Watch Jessie Ware & The Roots Play Fallon

When she released her brilliant debut album Devotion last year, some of us started wondering when the British soul singer Jessie Ware would make her…
Tom Breihan | January 17, 2013 - 9:07 am

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…
Tom Breihan | January 8, 2013 - 9:31 am

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…
Claire Lobenfeld | January 7, 2013 - 2:07 pm
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