the roots

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

A$AP Rocky Plays Medley of ‘L$D’ and ‘Jukebox Joints’ With the Roots on ‘Fallon’

It takes doing a medley with the Roots on late-night to get A$AP Rocky out of bed, apparently. The Harlem rapper started his Tonight Show…
Andrew Unterberger / June 12, 2015

YG, Freeway, and the LOX Cameo During Erykah Badu’s Set at Roots Picnic

Update: Full professional footage from Erykah Badu and the Roots' performance of "Love of My Life" surfaced Wednesday, June 24. In this new clip, Badu…
Andrew Unterberger / May 31, 2015

Q&A: ?uestlove Talks Philly’s Eighth Annual Roots Picnic Festival

A man who truly needs no introduction, Philly-born 44-year-old Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson is one of the most famous drummers in the world and certainly the…
Dan Weiss / May 12, 2015

The Roots Picnic 2015 Lineup: Erykah Badu, A$AP Rocky, the Weeknd, and More

Every year, Philadelphia native sons the Roots return to the City of Brotherly Love for their star-studded Roots Picnic, which'll be held on May 30…
Brennan Carley / March 10, 2015

Jimmy Fallon and the Roots Fill in for U2 With ‘Desire’ Cover

Yesterday, it was announced that U2's planned residency on the Tonight Show this week had been cancelled, due to Bono enduring a "cycling spill in…
Andrew Unterberger / November 18, 2014

Nas Revisited ‘N.Y. State of Mind’ With the Roots on ‘Fallon’

After performing with the Roots at last month's Boston Calling Festival, Nas once again joined the band on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last night to play…
James Grebey / October 8, 2014

Watch the Roots ‘Shake It Off’ as ‘Black Simon and Garfunkel’

Black Simon and Garfunkel are probably Jimmy Fallon's favorite band, if only because the duo consists of Roots' musicians "Captain" Kirk Douglas and the brilliantly…
Brennan Carley / October 2, 2014

Public Enemy Tore Up the ‘Tonight Show’ With the Roots

Jimmy Fallon's musical director needs to get a raise, because the acts he's been booking for the comedian's Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon have been nothing short…
Brennan Carley / September 17, 2014

Meghan Trainor, Jimmy Fallon, and the Roots Perform ‘All About That Bass’ With Toys

On top of being a big part of The Summer of Ass, Meghan Trainor's "All About That Bass" has made it so far into the…
Dan Reilly / September 5, 2014

?uestlove Recounts an Unforgettable Elevator Ride With Robin Williams

As news spread of Robin Williams' apparent suicide Monday night, a number of appreciations of his work and life began to pop up across the…
Colin Joyce / August 12, 2014
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