Posts tagged "The Roots"

Watch Alessia Cara’s TV Debut With “Here” On ‘Tonight Show’

The young singer got an assist from The Roots during her ‘Fallon’ performance.

Carl Williott / July 30, 2015

Giorgio Moroder Played With The Roots On The ‘Tonight Show’: Watch

Did you catch Giorgio tickling the electronic ivories for Jimmy Fallon last night?

Robbie Daw / July 21, 2015

A$AP Rocky, The Weeknd & Erykah Badu To Perform At Roots Picnic 2015

See who else is set to take the stage at the 8th annual music fest!

Bianca Gracie / March 10, 2015

Christina Aguilera, Sam Smith, Ariana Grande, The Roots, Meghan Trainor & One Direction Sing “We Are The Champions”: Watch

Jimmy Fallon cooked up an a cappella surprise last night, following the Super Bowl — complete with more guest singers than you can shake a deflated football at!

Robbie Daw / February 2, 2015

Jay Z, No Doubt And Carrie Underwood Billed For Global Citizen Festival

Jay Z will headline this year’s Global Citizen Festival on September 27 at New York’s Central Park. Other confirmed acts include No Doubt, Carrie Underwood, fun., Tiesto and the Roots.

The one-day festival aims to raise awareness fir extreme poverty worldwide, with hopes of eradicating it by 2030. “I think what we found…

Christina Lee / July 9, 2014

Nicki Minaj, Ed Sheeran And More Perform At 2014 Philly 4th Of July Jam: Watch

Philadelphia hip-hop band The Roots know how to jam with just about anyone, at The Tonight Show and otherwise. For their annual free concert, the Philly 4th of July Jam, they worked as the house band for top pop acts like Nicki Minaj, Aloe Blacc, Jennifer Hudson and closer Ed Sheeran.

Following the

Christina Lee / July 5, 2014

Future & Pusha T “Move That Dope” With Help From The Roots On ‘Fallon’: Watch

Future stopped by The Tonight Show Wednesday (April 23) to celebrate the release of Honest by performing its agile coke anthem “Move That Dope” (or, as it’s hilariously known when censored for radio and network TV, “Move That Doh”).

For the first time in months, Pharrell didn’t show up for a TV appearance, but Pusha T

Carl Williott / April 24, 2014

Lorde’s “Royals” Covered By Black Simon & Garfunkel On ‘Fallon’: Watch

Late Night fake musical duo Black Simon & Garfunkel (The Roots’ Questlove and “Captain” Kirk Douglas) made their Tonight Show debut last week with a cover of Lorde’s “Royals.” As is tradition, they stripped down the song to its sparest parts, accompanied by just an acoustic guitar and those sweet, sweet harmonies.

It’s kind of odd that they got around…

Carl Williott / March 17, 2014

Watch Rick Ross Perform “The Devil Is A Lie” With The Roots On ‘Fallon’

With just a week until the March 4 release of Mastermind, Rick Ross stopped by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to frighten all the olds and perform “The Devil Is A Lie.” He was without Jay Z for the performance, but he did have some help from The Roots, giving those horn blares some added oomph, with ?uestlove ?illing…

Carl Williott / February 25, 2014

Watch 2 Chainz Peform “Outroduction” With The Roots On ‘Fallon’

Tonight marks the final episode of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon as the host preps his switch to the Tonight Show desk. And to help send him out during his final week, 2 Chainz appeared Thursday (February 6) to perform, fittingly, “Outroduction.”

The B.O.A.T.S. II closer was especially soulful live, thanks to some help from The Roots. The…

Carl Williott / February 7, 2014

Ariana Grande, Austin Mahone, Fifth Harmony & More Perform At Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade: Watch

Thanksgiving may bring family and friends together, but odd pairings dominated the floats shown at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Fifth Harmony sang their new single “Better Together” on one sponsored by Goldfish Crackers, while Fall Out Boy performed “Alone Together” nearby the cast of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Meanwhile Ariana Grande riffed on Wham!‘s “Last Christmas”…

Christina Lee / November 29, 2013

Watch Miley Cyrus, Jimmy Fallon & The Roots Perform A Cappella Rendition Of “We Can’t Stop”

Miley Cyrus was the guest on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon Tuesday (October 8), and the controversial starlet performed Bangerz smash “We Can’t Stop.” But with a twist! We already saw her change up the song on Saturday Night Live with an acoustic rendition, but she stripped it down even more (for once not talking about her clothes), doing…

Carl Williott / October 9, 2013

Watch Kanye West Perform “Bound 2″ With The Roots, Diss Ray J On ‘Late Night With Jimmy Fallon’

Kanye West stopped by Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last night (September 10) and for just about the first time in the past 10 months, he dropped the anti-pop, disturbed deity shtick that went along with recent performances of Yeezus tracks like “New Slaves” and “Blood On The Leaves.” The occasion? The live debut of that LP’s most…

Carl Williott / September 10, 2013

Robin Thicke Performs “Blurred Lines” With Jimmy Fallon, The Roots & Some Children’s Instruments: Watch

All those other late night shows can keep their pedestrian, by-the-numbers performance set-ups: Jimmy Fallon’s sets with The Roots are an absolute joy to behold. The latest to receive Fallon’s treatment? Robin Thicke and his summer smash “Blurred Lines” — but this one was even more special, as the only instruments used were, as they put it, items that…

Sam Lansky / August 2, 2013

Watch The Roots Cover Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” In The Style Of Simon & Garfunkel

Last night (June 19) on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, The Roots covered Daft Punk’s Pharrell-featuring smash, “Get Lucky.” Well, part of The Roots. And they didn’t cover it as The Roots. There are levels here: band members Questlove and “Captain” Kirk Douglas did an acoustic cover of the song as fictional duo Black Simon &am…

Carl Williott / June 20, 2013

Adam Levine’s “I Hate This Country” Quip On ‘The Voice’ Did *Not* Go Over Well: Morning Mix

Did You Hear?

:: Adam Levine really wasn’t happy with Tuesday night’s eliminations on The Voice! After two of his team members went home, the singer muttered the now-infamous line “I hate this country,” and the proud patriots came out of the woodwork to chastise him. Levine responded to the controversy on Twitter with various dictionary definitions,…

Bianca Gracie / May 30, 2013

Watch Janelle Monae Cover Jimi Hendrix’s “Little Wing” On ‘Late Night’

R&B polymath Janelle Monae stopped by Late Night with Jimmy Fallon Monday night (April 1) to perform a cover of Jimi Hendrix’s “Little Wing” with The Roots. It’s arguably Jimi’s most beautiful song, and Janelle certainly did it justice with her fire and ice take (she was the ice, guitarist Kellindo Parker was the fire). Watch the…

Carl Williott / April 2, 2013

Michael Jackson Demanded MTV Call Him “The King Of Pop” At Least Twice Per Week: Morning Mix

Did You Hear?

:: According to a passage in the book I Want My MTV: The Uncensored Story of the Music Video Revolution, the moniker “The King of Pop” was bestowed on Michael Jackson by… Michael Jackson. Rob Tannenbaum and Craig Marks report that MJ decided he wanted a nickname like “The Boss” or “The King” and…

Jillian Pellegrini / March 8, 2013

One Direction Are Now Comic Book Characters, Have Officially Made It: Morning Mix

Did You Hear?

:: One Direction will appear in British comic strip The Beano to help raise funds for Comic Relief, so in case there were any doubts before, shyeah, 1D have made it. Next week’s special issue will also feature Jessie J and Olly Murs. [BBC]

:: If Questlove’s endlessly interesting Twitter feed isn’t…

Idolator Staff / February 28, 2013

Kings Of Leon, Kendrick Lamar, Ellie Goulding Heading To Hangout Fest: See The Lineup Announcement

Festival season hasn’t begun yet, but festival announcement season is in full swing. The latest conglomeration of bands, genres and food trucks to announce its lineup is the Hangout Music Fest, which takes place in Gulf Shore, AL on May 17-19. (Seems like a totally random spot for a music festival, but there’s a beach, which optimize…

Carl Williott / February 13, 2013
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