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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 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
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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
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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
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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
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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 Jepse…
Claire Lobenfeld | January 23, 2013 - 10:23 am
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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
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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…
Tom Breihan | January 8, 2013 - 9:31 am
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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

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…
Tom Breihan | November 5, 2012 - 9:04 am

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
Corban Goble | October 24, 2012 - 2:48 pm
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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…
Tom Breihan | October 17, 2012 - 11:10 am
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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
Tom Breihan | October 15, 2012 - 11:31 am

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…
Michael Nelson | October 9, 2012 - 2:28 pm
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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
Tom Breihan | October 3, 2012 - 9:30 am
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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…
Corban Goble | August 14, 2012 - 4:47 pm
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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…
Tom Breihan | July 10, 2012 - 8:55 am
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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…
Corban Goble | July 9, 2012 - 4:38 pm

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…
Tom Breihan | June 19, 2012 - 9:19 am
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