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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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Bon Iver, ?uestlove Unhappy With Rolling Stone

Yesterday, we posted a fairly random and goofy list of Bon Iver's five favorite rap verses, which main man Justin Vernon had compiled for the…
Tom Breihan | October 20, 2011 - 9:24 am

The Roots – “Make My” (Feat. Big K.R.I.T.)

On the heels of an album announcement -- undun, a concept album about the life of a man named Redford Stephens is out 12/6 --…
Corban Goble | October 17, 2011 - 2:55 pm

Pearl Jam – “Olé”

You knew Pearl Jam wasn't going to let their 20th anniversary nostalgia-fest end without breaking us off with some new shit, right? Last night, the…
Tom Breihan | September 9, 2011 - 9:24 am

tUnE-yArDs Makes Late Night Debut On Fallon

You could see this tUnE-yArDs performance on Fallon with Questlove and Black Thought coming from a year-and-a-half away, when @Questo tweeted "omfg!!!!! watching tune-yards on…
Amrit Singh | August 2, 2011 - 10:29 am

How Independent Rockers Celebrated #IndependenceDay

How did you celebrate July 4th? On a rooftop BBQ listening to our summer mix? Maybe you stayed in and watched old episodes of Hoarders
Scott Lapatine | July 5, 2011 - 1:07 am

Scenes From Roots Picnic 2011

The 4th Annual Roots Picnic went down in Philadelphia on Saturday. Grammy winner Esperanza Spalding performed, as well as Little Dragon, Ariel Pink, Dismemberment Plan,…
jessica | June 6, 2011 - 1:39 pm

Odd Future’s Performance On Fallon Is A Thing You Absolutely Should Watch

NBC found its must-see TV last night, thanks to an intense four-minute appearance from a shock-tricked hip hop troupe of teenagers from Los Angeles. Honors…
Amrit Singh | February 17, 2011 - 12:32 pm

Hear John Legend & The Roots’s Studio Version Of Arcade Fire’s “Wake Up”

John Legend & The Roots released their covers album Wake Up! back in September. We posted live video of their Arcade Fire cover around the…
jessica | November 23, 2010 - 2:34 pm

Video Of Elvis Costello On Colbert & Fallon, Video Of Elvis Costello’s Dad Singing In ’64

Elvis is busy in NYC right now, no surprise, the man tends toward a brisk pace of performance and productivity and NYC is the perfect…
Amrit Singh | November 5, 2010 - 3:08 pm

St. Vincent, Kid Cudi, Cage, Roots Do “Maniac” On Fallon

Kid Cudi packed the stage with lots of friends for "Maniac." St. Vincent did her sample -- from Actor's "The Strangers" live, while Cage sang/rapped…
jessica | November 4, 2010 - 10:29 am

Peace, Crazy, Love Trains Collide At The Rally To Restore Sanity And/Or Fear

Hundreds of thousands of bloggers Americans gathered at the National Mall in D.C. today to watch Comedy Central stars John Stewart and Stephen Colbert and…
Scott Lapatine | October 30, 2010 - 7:29 pm

My Morning Jacket Visit Letterman, Fallon

Like Gorillaz did a few days before, My Morning Jacket treated the Ed Sullivan Theater audience to a nearly hour-long set of music on Tuesday…
jessica | October 14, 2010 - 10:21 am

MC Fallon & Justin Timberlake’s History Of Hip-Hop Medley

Justin Timberlake was on Jimmy Fallon last night to promote, I don't know, his role in The Social Network, the Yogi Bear movie, his next…
jessica | September 30, 2010 - 10:33 am

John Legend & The Roots Cover Arcade Fire

Arcade Fire were the stars of the Terry Gilliam-directed first installment of American Express, VEVO, and YouTube’s five-part UNSTAGED series. They show up in this…
brandon | September 27, 2010 - 1:54 pm

The Roots – “The Fire” (Feat. John Legend) Video

Cinematic wartime clip from everyone's favorite late night talk show house band, call it How I Got Over Private Ryan, or something.
Amrit Singh | July 28, 2010 - 12:38 pm

Big Boi And The Roots Do “Shutterbugg” On Fallon

As he did on Leno the other night, Big Boi brought the Sir Luscious smoker "Shutterbugg" to late night TV, with a band on hand to…
Amrit Singh | July 13, 2010 - 12:16 pm

Warm Up 2010 At MoMA PS1 Schedule

A couple of months ago MoMA PS1 Director Klaus Biesenbach -- the person who organized MoMA's ridiculously popular Marina Abramović exhibition, among other things --…
brandon | June 28, 2010 - 11:00 am

Yim Yames Joins The Roots On Fallon

On Friday, the Roots posted up a full album stream of their 11th LP, How I Got Over. The LP credits ought to have a…
Amrit Singh | June 21, 2010 - 11:53 am

The Roots – “Right On” (Feat. Joanna Newsom & STS)

Over the past year, the Roots have stretched mightily on Late Night, home of TV’s most adventurous music programming. It was hardly a surprise to…
Scott Lapatine | June 18, 2010 - 6:26 pm

The Roots – “Dear God 2.0″ (Feat. Monsters Of Folk)

"Dear God 2.0" obviously remakes Monsters Of Folk's “Dear God (Sincerely M.O.F.)" and is maybe referencing "The Seed (2.0)," Internet 2.0, and (by default) XTC,…
brandon | May 24, 2010 - 10:37 am
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