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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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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…
Tom Breihan | June 14, 2012 - 9:43 am

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…
Tom Breihan | June 1, 2012 - 9:49 am

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…
Corban Goble | May 31, 2012 - 3:14 pm

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…
Corban Goble | May 29, 2012 - 12:59 pm

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…
Tom Breihan | May 14, 2012 - 10:25 am

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…
Scott Lapatine | May 5, 2012 - 2:30 pm

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,…
Tom Breihan | April 25, 2012 - 8:59 am

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…
Scott Lapatine | April 16, 2012 - 9:30 am

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…
Tom Breihan | March 5, 2012 - 1:22 pm