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Check Out Photos And Video From Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame 2012 Inductions

The 27th annual Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductions took place in Cleveland Saturday night, and while there were a lot of no shows -- Faces' Rod Stewart, Beastie Boy Adam Yauch, Chili Pepper John Frusciante, and Guns N' Roses' Axl Rose, Dizzy Reed, and Izzy Stradlin -- only Axl's absence wa… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / April 16, 2012

Stream Springsteen Wrecking Ball, Watch Him Cover LMFAO On Fallon

Bruce Springsteen's new recession-special album Wrecking Ball is out tomorrow, and it mostly concerns America's widening gulf between rich and poor. Appropriately enough, then, he's posted a Soundcloud stream of the entire album so that the poor (and the rich) among us might hear it for free. Stream it here. And below, check… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 5, 2012

Watch Elvis Costello And The Roots Cover Springsteen On Fallon

We're deep into Bruce Springsteen Week on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, a five-night celebration of all things Boss that started with Springsteen himself rolling through to play a couple of new songs. In the past two nights, John Legend and Kenny Chensey have both appeared and covered Springsteen songs. Last night… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 2, 2012

Louis C.K., The Roots, The Make-Up To Play ATP’s I’ll Be Your Mirror New Jersey

You know who doesn't play a whole lot of rock festivals? Louis C.K., that's fucking who. In fact, the general-consensus greatest comedian in the world today never plays music festivals, presumably because he doesn't have to. And yet he's a new addition to the bill at ATP's I'll Be Your Mirror New Jersey festival,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 24, 2012

Watch Justin Vernon Play “Perth” With The Roots

?uestlove was throwing Twitter shots at Justin Vernon just a few months ago, but all that is long-buried. Last week, when he was in town for Saturday Night Live, the Bon Iver frontman stopped by the Late Night With Jimmy Fallon studios. As a special treat for the studio audience, he and the… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 9, 2012

Nas Performs With The Roots On Fallon

Last night, Jimmy Fallon's Late Night show, in Indianapolis for the Super Bowl, played host to rap legend Nas, who performed his blistering comeback single "Nasty" with the Roots backing him up. In the right context, Nas is an absolutely electrifying live performer, and this is pretty much exactly the right context. Watch him… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 3, 2012

Obama Seeks Endorsements From Arcade Fire, Vampire Weekend?

MTV reports that President Obama has "a wish list" of campaign supporters for his upcoming 2012 run for re-election and points to a document obtained by The Tennessean. The list includes, among others, Arcade Fire, Vampire Weekend, Jay-Z, The Roots, Counting Crows (?), the Band Perry (??) and a boatload of other… More »

By: Corban Goble / January 18, 2012

Questlove To Tina Fey: Why Can’t We Be Friends?

We're outsourcing Where's The Beef? today to Videogum to address ?uestlove's critical comments on Tina Fey's inability to bond with her Philly peers. Kelly, take it away! UPDATE: This was a publicity stunt for sandwiches or something? Kelly's got news on the truce. Phew. More »

By: Corban Goble / January 10, 2012

The 10 Biggest Band Beefs Of 2011

Back in the day, when two artists didn't like each other, they'd deal with it in relatively low-profile ways: A snippy backstage comment, or a pointed interview comment. Maybe they'd toss in a lyrical jab, the way Lynyrd Skynyrd did toward Neil Young on "Sweet Home Alabama," but that would be just about it. That'… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 29, 2011

The 10 Best Late Night TV Performances Of 2011

Our annual list of late night television's best performances has quickly become an annual exercise in big-upping Jimmy Fallon's music talent booker. Way to go, person responsible for pointing those Studio 6B HD-cameras at our tag cloud: Bang the Fallon gong (btw, there should be a Fallon gong), a full 70% of this list come… More »

By: Amrit Singh / December 22, 2011

Rufus Wainwright Brings “Minuit, Chrétiens” To Fallon

On last night's episode of Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, Rufush Wainwright sang "Minuit, Chrétiens," the French version of the Christmas song "O Holy Night," with the Roots backing him up in a distinctly non-Rootsy way. It was real purty, and you can watch it below. More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 21, 2011

NBC Will Now Screen Roots’ Walk-in Music

One of the real joys in Jimmy Fallon's late-night run has been the Roots' choices of jokey, thematically appropriate walk-in songs for Fallon's various celebrity guests: "Da Butt" for Serena Williams, "Hi Hater" for Bill Hader, that sort of thing. According to bandleader ?uestlove himself, the only song choice Fallon ever vetoed was "She Blinded… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 8, 2011

Roots Bring undun To Work

The Roots took a couple of undun tracks to their day job -- or night job, depending how you look at it -- including the "Redford" medley inspired by Sufjan Stevens' song of the same name. Check out the videos, which include a somewhat inexplicable clip of Jimmy Fallon beatboxing, down below. More »

By: Corban Goble / December 7, 2011

Stream The Roots undun

The Roots have been building toward undun for a little over a month now, supplying weekly videos for undun tracks as well as sharing three parts of the album's four-part "Redford" suite with us. Now, the Roots entire concept record has hit the web; hit the link to stream undun via NPR'SMore »

By: Corban Goble / November 29, 2011

Jimmy Cliff Covers Rancid’s “Ruby Soho”

If you were a high school punk at any point in the 1990s, Rancid's "Ruby Soho" is a song that's running through your veins at all times. Rancid frontman Tim Armstrong recently produced Sacred Fire, a new EP from a fellow legend, reggae innovator Jimmy Cliff. And the EP features Cliff singing "Ruby Soho"… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 29, 2011

The Roots – “Redford”/”Possibility”/”Will To Power” (Stereogum Premiere)

The Roots' new album undun is a concept album about a man named Redford Stephens, and as it turns out, that particular concept comes from another concept album -- a very celebrated one at that. To hear Roots drummer/bandleader ?uestlove tell it, the band named the character after "Redford," a short instrumental piece from… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 28, 2011

The Roots – “Sleep” Video

You'd think they'd slip on Thanksgiving week -- and nobody could blame them -- but the fact that the Roots came through with a video this week is just a testament to how diligent the crew remains. The latest in the The Roots' undun video rollout is "Sleep," a somber clip starring our hooded… More »

By: Corban Goble / November 22, 2011

The Roots – “Stomp” (Feat. P.O.R.N.) Video

The Roots are rolling out a new video and track from their upcoming concept LP undun each Tuesday and this week's edition comes in the form of "Stomp," another black-and-white clip of a hooded figure up to some felonious stuff. Check out the previous videos for "Make My" and "Tip The Scale" and… More »

By: Corban Goble / November 16, 2011

Betty Wright & The Roots – “Grapes On A Vine” (Feat. Lil Wayne)

For her new album Betty Wright: The Movie, the '70s soul legend teams up with the Roots, whose ?uestlove co-wrote and co-produced the entire album. And on the smooth rocker "Grapes On A Vine," Lil Wayne shows up to kick a quick verse over a Captain Kirk guitar solo. Think of it as a favor… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 10, 2011

The Roots – “Tip The Scale” Video

In the buildup to the December release of the Roots' concept album, undun, the legendary rap collective is putting out a video every Tuesday at 12:06, which mirrors the 12/6 release date of the LP. Today's clip is for "Tip The Scale," a gritty black-and-white clip where a lone figure patrols a bleak neighborhood, a… More »

By: Corban Goble / November 8, 2011