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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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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

Watch Pete Townshend, Alfie Boe, & The Roots Play “Love Reign O’er Me” On Fallon

Pete Townshend and tenor Alfie Boe teamed up in 2015 for Classic Quadrophenia, an orchestral reimagining of the Who's classic 1973 double-LP. And last night,…
Peter Helman | September 9, 2017 - 2:23 pm

Dave Matthews Band Announces Charlottesville Benefit Concert With Ariana Grande, Justin Timberlake, Chris Stapleton, & More

Last month, Nazis and other white supremacists came to the small Virginia city of Charlottesville. Ostensibly, they were there to protest the attempts to remove…
Tom Breihan | September 6, 2017 - 10:14 am

Watch Kesha & The Roots Cover “House Of The Rising Sun” Backstage At The Tonight Show

Last week, to celebrate the release of her hard-fought new album Rainbow, Kesha went on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to sing "Praying." And…
Peter Helman | August 17, 2017 - 9:31 pm

The Roots Executive Producing TV Show Based On Shea Serrano’s The Rap Yearbook

Shea Serrano's The Rap Yearbook is getting turned into a television series for AMC, per Variety. It'll be part of the channel's new AMC Visionaries
James Rettig | July 31, 2017 - 10:57 am

The Roots – “It Ain’t Fair”

Philadelphia natives the Roots have teamed up with New York City-based singer Bilal for the soundtrack of the forthcoming Kathryn Bigelow-directed film Detroit, about the…
Margaret Farrell | July 27, 2017 - 2:41 pm

Watch HAIM Play “Want You Back,” Dave Chappelle Do Freestylin’ With The Roots On The Tonight Show

Next Friday, the Southern California sister act HAIM will release their deeply impressive sophomore album Something To Tell You. And last night, they were the…
Tom Breihan | June 30, 2017 - 9:47 am

Watch Vince Staples Play The Tonight Show With Damon Albarn, Ray J, Kilo Kish, & The Roots

On Friday, Vince Staples released his excellent, techno-flavored new album Big Fish Theory. It's an album full of guest stars, many of whom help out…
Tom Breihan | June 27, 2017 - 9:04 am
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