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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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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
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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
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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
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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
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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 thi…
brandon | September 27, 2010 - 1:54 pm
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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Stereogum’s MacGruber Remix Contest

UPDATE: And the winner is... Ron Artest. Tyler Coffin. Congrats Tyler! Thanks everyone who participated. // We've already established that Kriste…
Scott Lapatine | May 21, 2010 - 2:33 pm
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Roots Recruit Joanna Newsom, Jim James

The Roots’ forthcoming How I Got Over will feature John Legend and Jim James, as well as a sample of The Milk-Eyed Mender’s “Book OF…
brandon | April 23, 2010 - 10:26 am

Suzanne Vega & The Roots Do “Tom’s Diner,” AKA The First MP3

Last night, Ms. Vega popped over to 30 Rock with "Caramel," the The Truth About Cats & Dogs hit reworked on her new record Suzanne
Amrit Singh | April 8, 2010 - 2:59 pm

Liquid Liquid Make TV Debut (!) On Jimmy Fallon

Seminal but (initially) short-lived early-'80s Downtown NYC post-disco crew Liquid Liquid became the name to drop in Brooklyn in 2001, got a bump from DFA…
brandon | April 5, 2010 - 2:03 pm
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Hope For Haiti Now, Buy “Stranded (Haiti Mon Amour)”

A misleading post title, because of course we are all hoping for Haiti, and have been, day and night since a catastrophic earthquake decimated a…
Amrit Singh | January 22, 2010 - 4:51 pm
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The RZA Auditions For Parks & Recreation, Son

Questlove compared the cast of NBC’s most-improved sitcom to the Wu-Tang clan on Twitter, then went into detail, then the internet magically made this happen.
Amrit Singh | January 13, 2010 - 2:31 pm

The 12 Best Late Night TV Performances Of 2009

It was a tumultuous year for late night laffs, with Jimmy Fallon joining the fray, Conan taking over Tonight only to find awful Leno sink…
Amrit Singh | December 21, 2009 - 6:48 pm
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Mos Def, Talib Kweli, The Roots, And Two Dirty Projectors Did Fallon

This Black Star reunion from the night before Thanksgiving features DP’s Amber and Haley along with the Roots on “History” from Mos’s The Ecstatic LP.
Amrit Singh | November 30, 2009 - 10:19 am
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The Roots Jam With Dirty Projectors. Finally.

Months after giving Questlove a twitter conniption at Late Night, Dirty Projectors had “Stillness Is The Move”‘s beats thoroughly beefed up when Ahmir, Captain Kirk,…
Amrit Singh | November 24, 2009 - 9:40 am
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