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Grammys 2020: Performances Ranked Worst To Best

What a sad, fraught, fucked-up night of television. The week before this year's Grammy Awards, the show had already become a vast neon-lit symbol of…
Tom Breihan | January 27, 2020 - 12:05 pm

The Week In Pop

Madame X Is The Best Madonna Album In A Long Time

"Hey young people - you're getting older every second. It's what we do. One day someone will tell you to stop and you'll be all…
Chris DeVille | June 13, 2019 - 4:57 pm

The Anniversary

Things Fall Apart Turns 20

Many people only know the Roots as Jimmy Fallon’s band on The Tonight Show. While that should be a criminal offense, it exemplifies how underrated…
Collin Robinson | February 22, 2019 - 11:43 am

More The Roots stories

Philadelphia Street Named After The Roots

The Roots have been a Philadelphia institution for decades. ?uestlove and Black Thought, the two original members who are still in the band, formed the…
Tom Breihan | February 24, 2020 - 11:43 am

Watch A Deranged-Looking Lil Wayne Perform With The Roots On Fallon

Lil Wayne wore the following things when he was the musical guest on The Tonight Show last night: A red beret with spikes sticking out…
Tom Breihan | February 6, 2020 - 8:54 am

Watch Gucci Mane Perform With The Roots On The Tonight Show

Nothing should surprise us anymore, but the enduring mainstream success of Gucci Mane remains pretty baffling. Just a few years ago, Gucci couldn't stop arrested.
Tom Breihan | November 8, 2019 - 10:03 am

Watch EarthGang Perform With The Roots On Fallon

Back in September, about an hour after they released their debut album Mirrorland, I watched the Atlanta rap duo EarthGang play a sweaty, energetic set…
Tom Breihan | November 5, 2019 - 9:59 am

Watch Wilco Play “Love Is Everywhere (Beware)” On Seth Meyers

There's something almost anti-glamorous about the way Wilco handle late-night TV performances. Other artists treat televised performances as make-or-break events, and they do everything they…
Tom Breihan | November 5, 2019 - 8:51 am

Watch Angel Olsen Sing A Goosebump-Inducing “All Mirrors” With An Orchestra On Fallon

Today, Angel Olsen releases All Mirrors, her absolute stunner of a new album. It's one of 2019's best. Last night, she gave the LP a…
Tom Breihan | October 4, 2019 - 9:09 am

Watch Robbie Robertson & The Roots Play “Let Love Reign” On Fallon

Before last night, Robbie Robertson, longtime frontman of the Band and general all-around rock legend, hadn't played on a late-night show in about eight years.
Tom Breihan | October 3, 2019 - 11:15 am

Watch DaBaby Put On A Hell Of A Fallon Performance With The Roots

A couple of weeks ago, the currently-exploding Charlotte rap star DaBaby made the absolute most of a few seconds of screen time on The Tonight
Tom Breihan | October 1, 2019 - 10:01 am

Watch Mark Ronson Join Forces With Yebba & The Roots, Participate In A Comedy Bit On Fallon

Mark Ronson has been doing another round of promo for Late Night Feelings, the great breakup album he released earlier this year. He's been bringing…
Chris DeVille | September 25, 2019 - 9:45 am

Watch Senator Kamala Harris Slow Jam The News With The Roots & Jimmy Fallon

Hey, remember when politicians and candidates could engage in sketch-comedy hijinks on TV talk shows? When the world didn't feel like it was constantly at…
Tom Breihan | September 17, 2019 - 9:21 am

Watch Iggy Pop Perform “James Bond” On Fallon With The Roots, Noveller, & Leron Thomas

Three years ago, leathery immortal Iggy Pop reaffirmed his rock-god bona fides, teaming up with Queens Of The Stone Age leader Josh Homme to release…
Tom Breihan | September 12, 2019 - 9:44 am

Watch Post Malone Play Beer Pong, Sing Irish Folk Music With Jimmy Fallon

Earlier this week, at a Bud Lite-sponsored New York show, lovable punching bag Post Malone debuted a new single called "Circles" and announced that he'd…
Tom Breihan | August 7, 2019 - 9:28 am

Watch YBN Cordae & Anderson .Paak Bring A Raucous “RNP” To Fallon With Help From The Roots

YBN Cordae, one of the more exciting young rappers on the rise, is releasing his debut album The Lost Boy this Friday. Yesterday he followed…
Chris DeVille | July 24, 2019 - 9:56 am
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