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74 Artists On Their Favorite Tom Petty Song

I once got busted trying to steal a magazine from my hometown library. The 8/8/91 issue of Rolling Stone apparently had one of those sensors…
Scott Lapatine | October 4, 2017 - 12:39 pm

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Dave Matthews’ Concert For Charlottesville Was A Great Show, But What Did It Mean?

"I've seen hate marching down the streets." That was Stevie Wonder, a surprise guest at last night's Concert For Charlottesville, talking to a crowd of…
Tom Breihan | September 25, 2017 - 4:52 pm

The Week In Pop

Ed Sheeran Is The King Of Pop

The first track on Ed Sheeran’s new album is a rap song. This is not surprising given Sheeran’s fondness for hip-hop; the versatile English singer-songwriter…
Chris DeVille | March 2, 2017 - 4:00 pm

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Roots Picnic 2018 Lineup

Every year, the Roots bring their Roots Picnic festival to their Philadelphia hometown. And every year, the group seems to put together a lineup just…
Tom Breihan | February 14, 2018 - 11:15 am

Paul Rudd And Jimmy Fallon Did A Shot-For-Shot Remake Of The “King Of Wishful Thinking” Video

Paul Rudd and Jimmy Fallon have apparently made it their mission to recreate every goofy music video from the '80s and '90s. Last year, they…
Peter Helman | February 10, 2018 - 2:53 pm

Watch Erykah Badu Cover Fela Kuti & Celebrate Baduizm With The Roots On Fallon

Erykah Badu curated a new Fela Kuti box set, and her debut album Baduizm turned 20 this year. On The Tonight Show last night, after…
Chris DeVille | December 21, 2017 - 9:54 am

Watch Randy Newman Perform “Short People” With The Roots On The Tonight Show

Since releasing his album Dark Matter earlier this year, the legendary wiseass singer-songwriter Randy Newman has been out there on the promo circuit, talking about…
Tom Breihan | December 19, 2017 - 9:12 am

Black Thought’s Funkmaster Flex Freestyle Is Incredible

Black Thought can do a lot of things. He's a key part of the greatest late-night house band in TV history. He's been singing a…
Tom Breihan | December 14, 2017 - 3:23 pm

Watch Millie Bobby Brown Rap A Stranger Things Season 1 Recap

Millie Bobby Brown, the 13-year-old child actor who does really good work playing Eleven on Stranger Things, likes to rap. We know this. She's done…
Tom Breihan | November 1, 2017 - 8:46 am

Watch The Roots & Bilal Perform A 12-Minute “It Ain’t Fair” For Tiny Desk Concert

The Roots haven't released a studio album since 2014's ...And Then You Shoot Your Cousin, and these days, their duties as Tonight Show house band…
Tom Breihan | October 30, 2017 - 10:44 am

Watch Wu-Tang Clan & The Roots Perform “My Only One” On Fallon

Wu-Tang Clan were the musical guests on Friday night’s episode of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. With help from the Roots, a Wu lineup…
Taylor Berman / Spin | October 14, 2017 - 2:10 pm

Jhené Aiko Got A Tattoo Of Big Sean Then Played The Tonight Show With Him

The woozy, airy R&B singer Jhené Aiko has recorded a whole lot with rapper Big Sean; last year, they put out a whole EP together
Tom Breihan | October 10, 2017 - 9:48 am

Watch The Roots’ Schoolhouse Rock!-Style Slavery Lesson On Black-ish

On Tuesday night’s season premiere of black-ish, an episode centered around a musical history lesson on Juneteenth, an animated version of the Roots gave viewers…
Monique Melendez / Spin | October 4, 2017 - 8:12 pm

Watch Tyler, The Creator Play “See You Again” On Fallon With Kali Uchis, The Roots, And A Miniature Orchestra

One of the greatest moments in Odd Future's furious rise was Tyler, The Creator's insane performance on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon in 2011. Both…
Chris DeVille | September 28, 2017 - 9:46 am

Watch Coldplay Cover Chuck Berry’s “You Never Can Tell” In Charlottesville

The big surprise guest at Dave Matthews' Concert For Charlottesville last night was Stevie Wonder, who came out during the Dave Matthews' set to perform…
Tom Breihan | September 25, 2017 - 10:17 am

Livestream Charlottesville Benefit Concert

In the wake of the tragic violence that occurred at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia last month, the Dave Matthews Band, who come…
Peter Helman | September 24, 2017 - 5:53 pm
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