Phrenology at 15: How the Roots Hit a New Peak With Their “Anti-Roots” Album

Before they were Jimmy Fallon’s house band, The Roots were generally remembered as being part of a vanguard of artists in the ‘90s…
Brian Josephs / November 28, 2017

Watch The Roots’ NPR Tiny Desk Concert

The Roots crew recently paid a visit to NPR's Washington, D.C. headquarters and managed to fit themselves behind the Tiny Desk to deliver a short performance.
Brian Josephs / October 30, 2017

?uestlove, Dua Lipa, Rita Ora and Others React to Deadly London Fire

London was hit with another tragedy when a fire rapidly consumed Grenfell Tower, a residential high rise, on Wednesday morning. The flames left at least six…
Brian Josephs / June 14, 2017

David Lynch Is Hosting His Own Two-Day Music Festival

Because you're nobody in art these days without your own music festival, legendary film director (and occasional left-field-pop purveyor) David Lynch is hosting the Festival…
Andrew Unterberger / June 22, 2016

Poople’s Choice Awards: Alice in Chains, ?uestlove Keep Their Trophies in the John

Award season is now in full swing. The Grammy Awards are fast on the approach, the Golden Globes go down on Sunday, Oscar nominations are…
Kyle McGovern / January 10, 2014

?uestlove Beautifully Announces Closing His Fried Chicken Joint

The Roots' ?uestlove has closed Hybird, his gourmet fried-chicken spot in New York City's Chelsea Market. Of more import to anyone who wasn't planning to…
Marc Hogan / November 6, 2013

?uestlove: ‘I Could Actually Use Some Friends’

Given his king-of-all-media near-ubiquity, it's almost weird to know that ?uestlove hasn't written a book till now. The Roots drummer, in-demand DJ, producer, Twitter star,…
David Marchese / June 5, 2013

See ?uestlove and Nardwuar’s 45-Minute Geek Battle Royale

What do you get when you put two guys who know absolutely everything there is to know about music in front of a camera together…
Chris Martins / May 3, 2013

Justin Timberlake’s Lengthy ’20/20 Experience’ Is Only Getting Longer

Justin Timberlake made us wait seven years for The 20/20 Experience, his follow-up to 2006's classic FutureSex/LoveSounds, but it looks like the South By Southwest all-star…
Kyle McGovern / March 18, 2013

D’Angelo and ?uestlove Surprise Brooklyn With One-Night-Only Duo Performance

D'Angelo has been judicious in his slow return to the stage, with his comeback shows taking on a few mutated forms. He appeared at Bonnaroo…
Jordan Sargent / March 5, 2013

Two Memoirs Planned, the Roots Approach Dave Grohl Levels of Productivity

SPIN cover star/renaissance man Dave Grohl has got nothing on the Roots. Already on the Philly collective's docket for 2013: Headlining the annual Roots Picnic…
Kyle McGovern / February 28, 2013

Elvis Costello and the Roots Made a ‘Brilliant’ Album Together

First came the 2013 Roots Picnic lineup announcement, then the D'Angelo album news, and now the bombshell report that the band has finished recording a…
Daniel Kreps / January 23, 2013

Roots Picnic Official Lineup Bears Out Our Predictions, Adds Naughty by Nature

?uestlove dropped some major hints about the lineup for the sixth annual Roots Picnic yesterday (January 21) and SPIN took some guesses as to who…
Kyle McGovern / January 22, 2013

?uestlove Teases Roots Picnic Lineup: Gary Clark Jr., Grimes, Solange Expected

?uestlove teased the lineup to the sixth annual Roots Picnic festival through a series of cat-and-mouse tweets today (January 21), hinting at appearances from Gary…
Kyle McGovern / January 21, 2013

?uestlove to Teach NYU’s Classic Albums Course

The Roots drummer, Soulquarian producer, DJ extraordinaire, Fallon sound man, and occasional music journalist Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson is adding one more title to that estimable…
Chris Martins / October 17, 2012
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