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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

Roots Picnic New York 2016 Lineup: David Byrne, D’Angelo, Wu-Tang Clan, and More

The Roots Picnic, a festival that's taken place in Philadelphia over the past nine years, will be holding its first ever iteration in New York…
Brian Josephs / June 6, 2016

The Lonely Island Performed ‘I’m On a Boat’ With Toy Instruments on ‘Fallon’

One of the best musical comedy acts to ever exist, the Lonely Island have been handsomely rewarded for their mastery of genre-plundering viral shorts with…
Dan Weiss / May 17, 2016

New BFFs Ice Cube and Common Perform Together on ‘The Tonight Show’

After a storied beef that lasted years, rappers Ice Cube and Common have buried the hatchet and are co-starring in the film Barbershop: The Next…
Dan Weiss / April 12, 2016

Watch David Byrne and the Roots Cover David Bowie’s ‘Fame’ at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction

David Byrne, Kimbra, and the Roots opened last night's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony with a tribute that needed no introduction: David Bowie's "Fame." The annual…
Anna Gaca / April 9, 2016

The Roots, Kimbra, and Bilal Pull Out of David Bowie Tribute Concert

Update: Dorf has revised his earlier statement:  There was a production miscommunication about some shared equipment last night on the tight City Winery stage for…
Dan Weiss / March 31, 2016

Roots Picnic 2016 Lineup: Usher, Future, Leon Bridges, and More

The Roots have just announced the lineup for the 2016 edition of their annual Philadelphia festival, The Roots Picnic. Set to be headlined by Leon…
Brennan Carley / February 2, 2016

Justin Bieber Performs ‘What Do You Mean’ and Has a Drum-Off With Questlove on ‘Fallon’

Update: As FUSE points out, Justin Bieber also confirmed his as-yet-untitled album release date on November 13.  Justin Bieber continued his redemption arc last…
James Grebey / September 3, 2015

Alessia Cara Makes TV Debut Playing ‘Here’ With the Roots on ‘Fallon’

The 18-year-old singer/songwriter Alessia Cara made her national TV debut last night on Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon, playing her viral (and Beats 1-approved) hit…
Andrew Unterberger / July 30, 2015

Jeremih Brought R&B-DM to Late Night TV With ‘Tonight Belongs to U!’

Jeremih promised his long, long-awaited Late Nights: The Album will be out sometime soon in an interview with SPIN last month, and last night, the R&B star…
Brennan Carley / July 23, 2015

The Roots, Jimmy Fallon Join U2 Onstage at Madison Square Garden

It's been a relatively star-studded week for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon's titular host and his backing band the Roots, who hosted disco don Giorgio…
Harley Brown / July 23, 2015

Giorgio Moroder Sat in With the Roots on ‘Fallon’

Monday's episode of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon didn't have a proper musical guest, but eagle-eyed (or eared) viewers might've noticed the legendary disco producer Giorgio…
James Grebey / July 21, 2015

OMI Performs ‘Cheerleader’ and Discusses the Song’s Creation on ‘Fallon’

As part of his victory lap following hitting number one on the Hot 100 earlier this week, Jamaican-born singer OMI made his first-ever late-night appearance…
Andrew Unterberger / July 15, 2015
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