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Watch Car Seat Headrest Play “Drunk Drivers/Killer Whales” on Fallon

Seattle DIY cult faves Car Seat Headrest appeared on The Tonight Show last night, performing "Drunk Drivers/Killer Whales," from their May album, Teens of Denial, with an assist from members…
Anna Gaca / December 1, 2016

Watch Alicia Keys Perform “Blended Family” with Young M.A on Fallon

Alicia Keys celebrated the release of her sixth studio album, Here, with a live performance of "Blended Family (What You Do For Love)" on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. The album…
Anna Gaca / November 5, 2016

Watch Phil Collins Perform “In the Air Tonight” With the Roots

"In the Air Tonight" stands as one of modern music's greatest displays of mastery over tension and negative space. Thirty-five years after its release, Phil…
Brian Josephs / October 26, 2016

Black Thought Is a Hero, Lil Uzi Vert Is For the Kids: 10 Takeaways From the 1st Annual NYC Roots Picnic

While the Meadows Music and Arts Festival took place this weekend in Queens, New York another festival was making its debut in midtown Manhattan. The…
Brian Josephs / October 3, 2016

An All-Star Cast of Rappers Recreated the Original Posse Cut at Roots Picnic

The second day of the New York City Roots Picnic was billed as a "Love letter to New York," but the festival mainly interested itself with…
Andy Cush / October 3, 2016

Dave Chappelle Calls Trump “White Malcolm X” During Roots Picnic Speech

Comedian Dave Chappelle appeared briefly at the Roots' Roots Picnic festival in New York City this afternoon, where he offered a few comments about the…
Anna Gaca / October 1, 2016

Watch De La Soul and Estelle Perform “Memory of… (US)” on Fallon

The quiet success of De La Soul's And the Anonymous Nobody... has been one of the year's more pleasant surprises. The trio's first album in 12 years, Nobody...
Brian Josephs / September 28, 2016

The Roots Trolled the Right by Introducing Hillary Clinton on Fallon With Ghostface’s “Mighty Healthy”

Last week, Jimmy Fallon invited Donald Trump onto The Tonight Show for a toothless chat that felt better suited for a sleepover than a nationally televised interview…
Kyle McGovern / September 20, 2016

Miley Cyrus and the Roots Knocked Odetta’s Bob Dylan Cover Out of the Park on Fallon

Miley Cyrus practically ran the Tonight Show last night, appearing for an interview about her role on The Voice, teaching Jimmy Fallon yoga, and playing Phone Booth. She…
Anna Gaca / September 17, 2016

Did the Roots Sneak in a Dig at Donald Trump on Fallon Last Night?

Last night, Jimmy Fallon fuzzled Donald Trump's hair on TV like an attention-starved child who'd just met a giant, racist Pomeranian. House band the Roots were just across…
Anna Gaca / September 16, 2016

Watch Vince Staples and the Roots’ Affecting “Smile” on Fallon

Vince Staples was the musical guest on last night's episode of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, performing "Smile," a standout from his recent Prima Donna EP. The song had…
Anna Gaca / September 8, 2016

Jason Derulo and the Roots Make Us Want to ‘Kiss the Sky’ on ‘Fallon’

Jason Derulo debuted his latest single, "Kiss the Sky," earlier this week. The song promotes a new compilation titled Platinum Hits, and last night, Derulo brought his freshest funk — not…
Anna Gaca / August 6, 2016

The Roots’ New Song ‘Bittersweet’ Will Change Your Perception of Reality, Supposedly

The Roots took a break from their long-running gig at The Tonight Show to make music you can taste. Today, the band released two versions of their…
Brian Josephs / August 3, 2016

The Roots, Janelle Monáe, Erykah Badu, and More Honor Prince at the BET Awards

The BET Awards marked the late Prince tonight, with tributes from the Roots, Janelle Monáe, Maxwell, Jennifer Hudson, Erykah Badu, Stevie Wonder, Tori Kelly, Bilal, and…
Anna Gaca / June 27, 2016

BET Awards Announce Prince Tribute Lineup Featuring Sheila E, the Roots, D’Angelo, and Janelle Monáe

The BET Awards, like quite a few other Twitter users, were not feeling Madonna's tribute to Prince at the recent Billboard Music Awards. "Yeah, we saw…
Anna Gaca / June 7, 2016
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