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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

More The Roots stories

Black Thought Raps The Plot To The Jurassic Park Movies

Lately, the world has had plenty of chances to remember that the Roots' Black Thought is a god-level rapper. There was the incredible Funkmaster Flex
Tom Breihan | June 12, 2018 - 9:52 am

Stream Black Thought’s Solo Project Streams Of Thought Vol. 1

Black Thought has been a great rapper for many, many years. He's a founding member of the Roots, whose debut album Organix turns 25 this…
Tom Breihan | June 1, 2018 - 8:50 am

Watch Ariana Grande Sing “No Tears Left To Cry” With The Roots On Nintendo Labo Instruments

Jimmy Fallon's Tonight Show has a regular segment in which Fallon, his house band the Roots, and whatever famous guest he has that night will…
Tom Breihan | May 15, 2018 - 9:40 am

Ariana Grande Talks New Album Sweetener And Sings Goth-Rock Kendrick In Fallon Takeover

Ariana Grande season is basically here. Grande has recorded a new album with Max Martin and Pharrell, and while she hasn't yet announced anything as…
Tom Breihan | May 2, 2018 - 8:50 am

Watch Offset, Metro Boomin, The Roots, & Ric Flair Do “Ric Flair Drip” On The Tonight Show

Last year, 21 Savage, Migos member Offset, and star producer Metro Boomin all got together to record the collaborative album Without Warning. But the breakout…
Tom Breihan | April 18, 2018 - 9:22 am

Rock Hall 2018: Howard Stern Inducts Bon Jovi, Lauryn Hill Sings Nina Simone, The Killers Cover Tom Petty, & More

Earlier this year, during an appearance on Late Night With Seth Meyers, the great stand-up comic John Mulaney had a great bit about how ridiculous…
Peter Helman | April 15, 2018 - 1:31 pm

The Roots’ SXSW Cancelled After Bomb Threat

The Roots & Friends show at SXSW was canceled Saturday night (March 16) because of security issues.
Billboard | March 17, 2018 - 10:17 pm

Kali Uchis Announces Album, Plays Fallon With Tyler, The Creator

Colombian-American singer Kali Uchis just officially announced her debut album, Isolation, and last night, she went on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to perform…
Peter Helman | March 15, 2018 - 7:58 pm

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
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