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The Roots Teach a Schoolhouse Rock-Style History Lesson About Slavery 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 a…
Monique Melendez / October 4, 2017

Watch Ariana Grande, Pharrell Williams, Justin Timberlake, and More Perform at Charlottesville Benefit

Last night, A Concert for Charlottesville, an all-star benefit concert hosted by Charlottesville natives Dave Matthews Band, was livestreamed on various platforms. The show took place…
Winston Cook-Wilson / September 25, 2017

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, they…
Peter Helman, Stereogum / September 9, 2017

Justin Timberlake, Ariana Grande, and Dave Matthews Band to Perform at Free Charlottesville Concert

Dave Matthews Band will host a concert in their hometown of Charlottesville, VA in response to the white supremacist protests that claimed the life of…
Brian Josephs / September 6, 2017

Watch Kesha and the Roots Play “House of the Rising Sun”

About a week ago, Kesha appeared on the Tonight Show to perform "Praying" and promote her new album Rainbow. Today, the show released some bonus content from…
Anna Gaca / August 18, 2017

Listen to the Roots Cover the Twin Peaks Theme on Fallon

Kyle MacLachlan stopped by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to promote the upcoming revival of Twin Peaks, in which he stars as Agent Dale Cooper.
Winston Cook-Wilson / May 12, 2017

Solange, Lil Wayne, and Pharrell to Headline Roots Picnic 2017

The 10th annual Roots Picnic will be headlined by Lil Wayne, Solange and Pharrell with the Roots. The one-day Philadelphia festival will also include sets…
Taylor Berman / February 20, 2017

Watch Stevie Wonder Serenade Michelle Obama With “Isn’t She Lovely” and “My Cherie Amour” on Fallon

Michelle Obama's final talk show appearance as First Lady successfully booked more talent than the entirety of Donald Trump's inauguration week, starting with musical guest Stevie Wonder, a…
Anna Gaca / January 12, 2017

Paul McCartney, the Roots, and Sing Cast Team Up to Perform “Wonderful Christmastime” for Fallon

The latest gem to fall out of The Tonight Show is an all-star choir performing an a capella rendition of "Wonderful Christmastime." The roster includes the…
Brian Josephs / December 21, 2016

The Roots Will Perform at the NBA All-Star Game in New Orleans

The Roots are scheduled to tip off the 66th NBA All-Star Game in New Orleans on February 19. They are the second confirmed performers of…
Winston Cook-Wilson / December 16, 2016

Watch the Roots Perform “Super Mario Bros.” Theme With Shigeru Miyamoto

The Roots get to let their inner nerd out every once in a while as The Tonight Show's house band—like when Questlove cheesed after hitting Phil Collins'
Brian Josephs / December 8, 2016

Watch Busta Rhymes, the Roots, and Joell Ortiz Perform “My Shot” From The Hamilton Mixtape

On last night’s The Tonight Show, Busta Rhymes, Joell Ortiz, and the Roots performed "My Shot" from The Hamilton Mixtape. It’s a fine performance, but…
Taylor Berman / December 6, 2016

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
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