Entries tagged with: The Roots
Bruce Springsteen w/ U2 @ MSG 7/31/2015 (via u2.com)
U2 played a massive eight shows at NYC's Madison Square Garden as part of their "INNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE" tour and it wrapped up on Friday night (7/31). Bruce Springsteen was brought out for the encore to play on "Where The Streets Have No Names" and a cover of Ben E. King's "Stand by Me." Video of that is below.
There were lots of special guests across the eight shows, all of which began with "The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)." Night 3 (7/22) had Jimmy Fallon joining U2 for "Desire" and The Roots for "Angel Of Harlem"; Night 5 (7/26) had Lady Gaga joining them on piano and vocals for "Ordinary Love"; Night 7 (7/30) had Paul Simon come out for "Mother And Child Reunion" and also featured a Lou Reed tribute with U2 covering "Satellite of Love" for the first time live since 1993. There were famous people in the audience, too, including a few 2016 Presidential hopefuls: Rick Santorum was there for Night 3 (7/22) and Hillary Clinton and hubby Bill were there for the final show with Bruce.
In addition to the Paul Simon appearance, Night 7 also had the run's most awkward moment, when Bono introduced the woman who called 911 after his Central Park bike crash last year. It started with cheer but then Bono passed the mike to her and she recounted the incident, saying "obviously I had to stop and help because I'm not from New York, I'm from Virginia, where people are nice." Cue massive booing. Video of that is below too.
While in NYC, Bono and The Edge appeared at Ellis Island with Yoko Ono for the unveiling of a "Yellow Submarine tapestry honoring John Lennon. At the event, Bono said of Lennon, "Let's claim him. In fact, let's claim all the Beatles not as immigrants but as Irish," which irked some. That tapestry will be on display at Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration through August 16.
The Floetry reunion came to the Pageant Friday night for a sold-out show with Marsha Ambrosius (the singer) and Natalie Stewart (the poet).British neo-soul/hip hop duo Floetry broke up after their 2005 sophomore album, Flo'Ology, and Marsha Ambrosius and Natalie Stewart (aka The Floacist) embarked on separate solo careers. Earlier this year, they finally got back together and have been on a reunion tour that sounds like it's going over pretty well (that's a review of the St. Louis stop above).
The women didn't address why they broke up or why they've been gone so long, only that "we're here for you," which seemed good enough for the fans.
...Whatever happened to kill the group's vibe a decade ago, the magic was still there as the harmonious duo brilliantly played off of each other's strengths (while mostly not standing side by side).
Floetry's main formula -- Ambrosius either singing behind Stewart's poems delivered in a raplike cadence or Stewart providing spoken breaks to Ambrosius' often impressive wailing -- was intact.
"If you know these songs, you need to sing along," Stewart said early on as Floetry and the four-piece band delivered on "Big Ben," "Ms. Stress," "Headache" and "Mr. Messed Up." [STL Today]
The tour hits NYC on July 19 & 20 at BB King's, the former of which will be opened by Janine & the Mixtape. The day before that, they'll be right outside of NYC opening for R. Kelly at Newark's Prudential Center (7/18). Tickets for all three of those shows are available. All dates are listed below.
In related news, Floacist collaborator and fellow Roots/Robert Glasper/Bilal/etc collaborator Musiq Soulchild is also touring this year, and playing two nights at that same NYC venue. Musiq hits BB King's on October 21 & 22. Tickets for those shows are on sale now.
Musiq also teams up with Common, Slum VIllage and more for the 10th annual DC Loves Dilla tribute/fundraiser in honor of the late J Dilla which happens in DC this Friday (7/10) (tickets). The next day, Common headlines the Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival.
All of Musiq's dates and Floetry's dates are listed, with some videos, below...
by Bill Pearis
Last night was the David Byrne tribute show at Carnegie Hall which brought out a host of cool musicians to perform songs by Talking Heads and other Byrne songs. This was the 11th annual tribute show at Carnegie, which are produced by City Winery's Michael Dorf and benefit NYC music education programs. The show was over two and a half hours long and ended with the man himself marching down the aisles with a marching band, covering Mark Ronson's "Uptown Funk." If you thought that Carnegie Hall might be the one place you'd never hear that song, you were wrong (video below), and it was a joyous capper to a very fun night.
The night opened with the Little Kids Rock band (one of the charities these shows fund) covering "Stay Up Late" which was appropriate for this School Night and they brought endless enthusiasm to the Little Creatures song. For such dance-friendly music as Byrne's, Carnegie Hall is maybe not the best venue (percussion/low end suffers in that room), but we all made do and there were some great performances. Esperanza Spalding took on another Little Creatures song, "Road to Nowhere," and brought some New Orleans funk and soul to the chorus; Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top gave "Houses in Motion" boogie and twang (not to mention endless cool), and he also added a mean guitar solo to Steve Earle's take on "A Million Miles Away."
Amanda Palmer w/ Alexis Krauss, Glen Hansard, Antibalas
"I didn't think about being eight months pregnant when I agreed to do this song," admitted a very showing Amanda Palmer, adding "The lyrics take on new meaning." Palmer, with help from Jherek Bischoff, took on "Once in a Lifetime" and she brought her cranked-to-11 personality and stage presence to that. She also brought Alexis Krauss of Sleigh Bells for Don't Look Back style cue-carding and Glen Hansard on backing vocals. Krauss did a fine job handing "Life During Wartime" (and talked a little about being a NYC schoolteacher) and Hansard performed a stripped down version of "Girlfriend is Better."
It wasn't until late in the show that the crowd all finally jumped to its feet, thanks to Sharon Jones who delivered a knockout performance of "Psycho Killer." The crowd stayed up for Santigold, backed by her flygirl dancers, who did "Burning Down the House." Then Cee-Lo, maybe a weird choice for this, came out for "Take Me to the River," taking out the Talking Heads jitteriness and putting back some of the smooth Al Green. (In a velvet garb, he also looked a giant Shar-Pei.) Then the marching band (which seems to be Byrne's new obsession) hit. Full performer/setlist rundown and pictures from Carnegie Hall are in this post.
The party kept going later that night at City Winery (where they had rehearsals the night before) which featured Malian band Songhoy Blues whose amazing energy definitely primed the crowd for the fun and very loose set by Antibalas who were the backing band at the tribute show. (The free wine and beer added a lot to the looseness of everyone onstage or off.) They performed a few of the songs that were done earlier in the night, including an extended version of "Crosseyed and Painless," but the highlight was an improvised number by Sharon Jones that was a little like "Land of a Thousand Dances" but in her own style, and she also battled on the congas with Antibalas frontman Amayo. As much fun as the tribute was, that will be the moment I remember from the night. A short instagram video of that, plus more pics, video and the setlist from Carnegie, below.
"Last night #DAngelo performed from the top of his head, to his pinky toe!!! This man is a amazing performer." - Sureme Laster Bey
"It was soul. It was funk. It was rock. It was church. #dangelo #blackmessiah @ Best Buy Theater" - Still Weavens
"My brother #D'Angelo doin' work! @ Best Buy Theater" - Christian McBride
photo: D'Angelo at Best Buy Theater - 3/11/15 (via Andrew Klein)
Neo-soul great D'Angelo played his second NYC show since the long-awaited release of Black Messiah at Best Buy Theater last night (3/11). The $80 show was sold out, and had D'Angelo and his band The Vanguard playing a 16-song, 2-encore set with favorites from all three records and a few covers too. Full setlist and a couple video clips below.
A few of those video clips are from the Instagram of Questlove, D'Angelo's friend, fan and past collaborator who was not surprisingly in attendance. Questo's band The Roots have their annual Roots Picnic coming up in Philly, and tickets are on presale for that now. Password: PICNIC.
D'Angelo video clips and setlist below...
The annual Roots Picnic will return to Philly's Festival Pier on May 30 and this year's lineup was announced today, via Billboard. In addition to The Roots' own set, they'll back Erykah Badu for her set, and it also includes The Weeknd, A$AP Rocky, Phantogram, Rae Sremmurd, Afrika Bambaataa, Hudson Mohawke, DJ Windows 98 (aka Arcade Fire's Win Butler), Bishop Nehru, Raury, DJ Mustard and more.
Tickets fo on sale Friday (3/13) at noon. Full lineup below...
photo: Sharon Jones at The Apollo in 2014 (more by PSquared)
As discussed, Michael Dorf's annual charity tribute concert at Carnegie Hall (3/23) honors Talking Heads / David Byrne this year, and since we last spoke, more artists have been announced. Cee-Lo Green, Sharon Jones and Amanda Palmer & Jherek Bischoff have been added to the lineup that already includes Sleigh Bells' Alexis Krauss, Beth Orton, ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, Cibo Matto & Nels Cline, Glen Hansard, Perry Farrell, Rufus Wainwright, Steve Earle, The Roots and more.
Antibalas are the house band. Tickets (benefiting music education for underprivileged youth) are still available. Updated lineup below.
UPDATE: Santigold, Thievery Corporation and Pete Molinari were added too.
David Byrne also just announced a big project with St. Vincent, tUnE-yArDs, Dev Hynes, How to Dress Well and more happening at Barclays Center.
Steve Earle in Austin, 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
We reported before that Michael Dorf's annual charity tribute concert at Carnegie Hall (on 3/23) will feature the music of Talking Heads and David Byrne, and that Bebel Gilberto would be among the performers. The initial lneup has now been announced and also includes Alexis Krauss of Sleigh Bells, Perry Farrell, The Roots, Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top, Rufus Wainwright , Steve Earle and more. The full list is below, and stay tuned for the rest to be announced (David Byrne, if he's going to make an appearance, will never officially be listed). Tickets, including $10,000 "fantasy" tickets that give you the "ability to join entire ensemble for encore on the stage at Carnegie Hall, Backstage Access throughout the concert, full access to rehearsal day at City Winery, and customized encounters with artists" are on sale now and proceeds go to fund music education.
Speaking of rehearsals at City Winery, they usually put tickets on sale for the show part of that too, but we don't see anything up there yet.
Initial lineup of the Carnegie tribute below...
Dej Loaf, who may or may not be the future of hip hop, has scheduled a NYC show happening at SOB's on Monday (12/8). It's the next edition of Hot 97's "Who's Next?" series and also features Boldy James, Kiyanne and Spank Jus Bizness. Tickets are on sale now.
Dej recently played her single "Try Me" on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon with The Roots, which you can watch below. was also one of the many Detroit rappers featured on Eminem's song "Detroit vs Everybody" from his new Shady Records compilation, Shady XV. Also on the song is Danny Brown, Big Sean, Royce da 5'9" and Trick Trick. You can listen to that below too.
That's the same compilation where Eminem threatened to rape Iggy Azalea in a song: "So what's it gon' be? Put that shit away Iggy. You don't wanna blow that rape whistle on me. Scream! I love it. 'Fore I get lost with the gettin' off." That song came out not long after Em said he'd punch Lana Del Rey in the face in a freestyle. Keepin' it classy, Marshall.
Speaking of Iggy, Azealia Banks took to Twitter once again to fire a slew of angry tweets at her. This time it was to say she doesn't care about black people. She wrote, "its funny to see people Like Igloo Australia silent when these things happen... Black Culture is cool, but black issues sure aren't huh?" and "Don't just be down to ride Black Dick..... If you with us you WITH US!!!!" She also tweeted a "Christmas Carol" which was deleted but Buzzfeed still has up: "I'mmmm Dreeeeaaming Of a Whiiiiiiteee Racisttttt !!!" Iggy's response: "we've all read the script 49584068408540 billion times now, find a new game plan." She then suggested to her followers that they sign petitions, protest or donate and provided some productive ways you can help.
Meanwhile, both Iggy AND Eminem (and Macklemore) better step back, says J. Cole.
Dej Loaf video and song stream below...
The Roots @ Brooklyn Bowl, 2013 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
After four years of being closed, The Rainbow Room, located on 30 Rock's 65th floor, is set to reopen next month with dining, dancing and entertainment -- all with one of the most famous views in Manhattan. As to the latter, the space is known for cabaret-type performers but will host big names in a series called First Mondays:
First Mondays will feature an intimate concert with top name entertainment from rock to opera the first Monday of each month. The following Mondays will be reserved for dinner and dancing on the revolving dance floor which overlooks New York City.The first First Monday (October 6) will be with The Roots who'll probably be in the building already as part of The Tonight Show's house band. To go you'll need to make dinner reservations ("only be accepted at 5:30pm and 6:00pm to ensure everyone has completed eating prior to the performance which will start at 8pm") and keep in mind the Rainbow Room's pre-fix menu is "$200 per person and will vary based on entertainment. Alcoholic beverages, tax and gratuity are not included in this price." Call 212.632.5000.
November's "First Mondays" show (11/3) is a little more typical Rainbow Room fare: Broadway star Christine Ebersole. There will be entertainment every Monday, though, and current Rainbow Room performance schedule is below.
Guitar Center will be opening a new location in Times Square on Thursday, August 7 at 7 PM. That'll give NYC's tourist mecca 28,000 square feet of new axes to choose from and to show off those new licks you learned when you try 'em out (remember, no Stairway). In celebration of that, The Roots will play next door at the free show at Best Buy Theater that day. Even though it's free, you still need a ticket to go, and there's a few places to pick one up on August 5 (details HERE). We also have two pairs to giveaway. One of those pairs also COMES WITH A LUDWIG DRUMSET (Questlove's signature 'Breakbeats' line), courtesy of Guitar Center. Here's what it looks like when Questlove plays it:
Details on how to enter the contest, below...
Jay Z at Barclays Center in January (more by PSquared)
The Global Citizen Festival (formerly just Global Festival) returns this year with another concert on Central Park's Great Lawn on September 27. The giant, free ticketed event's goal is to raise money and its giant lineup that the masses should have no problem with includes Jay Z, No Doubt, Carrie Underwood, fun., The Roots and Tiesto.
The festival is part of the Global Citizen movement, which "is an initiative of Global Poverty Project, an international education and advocacy organization working to catalyze the movement to end extreme poverty by 2030." Head to the festival's site to earn free tickets or guarantee yourself a spot with VIP tickets ($100-$675) which are on sale now.
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
The Roots are a band of many things. In addition to being Elvis Costello collaborators, festival throwers, Fallon's house band, and plenty more, they're also cereal lovers. They appeared at a Kellog's event in NYC this past Wednesday (6/25) to help promote the cereal company and its many products. Along with their regular instruments, The Roots played bowls and spoons on stage during their set which consisted of some originals and at least one cover ("Jungle Boogie"). One attendee said they were grrrrrreeeeat. Pictures of the event, part of your complete breakfast, and an Ad Age video report, are in this post.
Questlove also continues his Bowl Train DJ nights at Brooklyn Bowl. His next one is this Thursday (7/3), and the following Thursday (7/10) doubles as Bowl Train's 5th anniversary party. Tickets for upcoming Bowl Trains are available here.
More pictures and video of the Kellogg's event below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Outkast @ Firefly Fest 2014
We went to the music festival that happened in Delaware over the weekend, and not surprisingly, Outkast was one of the headliners. Pictures from their set are in this post.
Yesterday, Las Vegas music festival Life is Beautiful announced their October 2014 lineup, and not surprisingly, Outkast are one of the headliners.
Check out the full Las Vegas lineup along with more details pictures from Firefly Fest, below...
Outkast, who has now sold out three Atalanta shows, added yet another festival to the growing list of festivals they're playing this year. They'll be at Charlotte, NC's Funk Fest 2014 which goes down on September 12 & 13. Also on that festival is funk/soul/R&B legends War, the busiest band in rap The Roots, '80s-era Minneapolis band Morris Day & The Time, a few hip hop vets including Doug E Fresh, LL Cool J and Salt N Pepa, and more TBA. Tickets for the fest are on sale now.
As previously discussed, Dave Chappelle is playing Radio City Music Hall in June, and since we last spoke his June 19 show was expanded to a 5-night run (6/18-22) which are all sold out.
In addition to those comedy shows, Chappelle will also do three more shows at the venue from June 24-26 that include different musical guests each night. On 6/24 it's The Roots, followed by Busta Rhymes, DJ Premier (who's up to other stuff too) and Janelle Monae on 6/25, and finally Erykah Badu on 6/26. Each one will also feature a full orchestra. Tickets for all three shows go on sale Monday (6/2) at 10 AM with an AmEx presale starting Thursday (5/29) at 10 AM and a local presale starting Saturday (5/31) at 10 AM.
With their gig as Jimmy Fallon's musical accompaniment, you might forget The Roots are an actual band that make their own music and release records. And continue to do so. In fact The Roots will release their new album on May 19. Titled ...and then you shoot your cousin, it's a concept album. Black thought said in HipHopDX:
It's satire, but in that satire it's an analysis of some of the stereotypes perpetuated in not only the Hip Hop community, but in the community. I don't know if that makes any sense.Or for a headier description there's this promotional copy:
a satirical look at the Dionysian impulse in contemporary hip-hop as told through a series of characters who have found themselves trapped in the permanent underclass. Lost in history's shuffle, broken, yet self-aware, they see their lives both from within and from without. Self-possessed, they're ever ready to scale the fourth wallYou can stream two tracks from the album below.
Folks in NYC can experience ...and then you shoot your cousin live at two special events at The Public Theatre's 260 seat Anspacher Theater on May 13 & 14. The record release shows double as a fundraiser for Public Theatre and tickets ($200) are 100% tax-deductible. There are a few left.
The Roots last album was Wise Up Ghost, a collaboration with Elvis Costello. Tracklist and artwork for the new album, plus video for "When the People Cheer" and stream of "Tomorrow," below...
The Replacements at Coachella 2014 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
The spring edition of the Boston Calling Music Festival is a month away (May 23-25), and they've already announced the fall edition which goes down in Boston's City Hall Plaza from September 5-7. The September lineup, which is listed in full below, includes The National, The Replacements, Nas x The Roots, Neutral Milk Hotel, Spoon, Volcano Choir, The War on Drugs, The Hold Steady, White Denim, Sky Ferreira, Future Islands, San Fermin, S. Carey, Lorde, Childish Gambino and more. 3-day passes go on sale Monday (4/28) at 10 AM.
Tickets (3-day, 2-day and single day passes) for the May festival, which includes Modest Mouse, Built to Spill, Death Cab for Cutie, The Decemberists, Brand New, Kurt Vile, Phosphorescent and more, are still available.
Full September lineup, flyer, and announcement video, and video of Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong joining the 'Mats at Coachella, below...
Action Bronson at Irving Plaza in January (more by Lukas Hodge)
One-day NYC-area hip hop festival Hot 97 Summer Jam returns to East Rutherford, NJ's MetLife Stadium on June 1 this year. The two-stage lineup was just announced and the main stage includes 50 Cent, Nas, The Roots, Wiz Khalifa, DJ Mustard w/ YG & Ty Dolla $ign, Trey Songz, Action Bronson, Troy Ave and more, plus Nicki Minaj (joining Lil Wayne and Young Money), following her guest appearance at last year's Summer Jam, which followed her canceling her set at 2012's. Meanwhile, the Festival Stage includes Childish Gambino, Iggy Azalea, Jhene Aiko, Nipsey Hussle and more.
Tickets are currently on presale (password: "SJ2014"), and they go on sale to the general public on Friday (4/4) at noon. Full lineup below.
Full Summer Jam lineup and flyer below...
Capitol Theater photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
The Basement Tapes Band..
A trove of two dozen unfinished Bob Dylan songs written circa 1967 during his "Basement Tapes" period is being completed by an all-star band assembled by producer T Bone Burnett and including Elvis Costello, Marcus Mumford and My Morning Jacket's Jim James for release as an album and Showtime special later this year.More information on that project, which also includes Rhiannon Giddens (Carolina Chocolate Drops) and Taylor Goldsmith (Dawes), at the LA Times with the full press release pasted below.
"These are not B-level Dylan lyrics," Burnett, 66, said Monday during a break in filming and recording sessions in Hollywood for the project titled "Lost on the River: The New Basement Tapes." [LA Times]
Questlove & Elvis Costello @ the Capitol Theater - March 12, 2014
Meanwhile, before heading to Las Vegas to help open Peter Shapiro's new Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas, Elvis Costello and The Roots stopped by Peter's Port Chester, NY venue the Capitol Theater for a collaborative show in support of their new collaborative album. Some pictures and videos and the setlist from that show are here. More below...
The Roots Picnic will return for its seventh year on May 31 at Festival Pier in Philly. This year's lineup is excellent and diverse as always, including Snoop Dogg (who will be backed by The Roots), Janelle Monae, The War on Drugs, AraabMuzik, Action Bronson, A$AP Ferg, Jhene Aiko, Biz Markie (DJ), Rudimental, Just Blaze, Emily Wells and more, plus a headlining set by The Roots as usual. Tickets go on sale Friday (3/7).
Full lineup and announcement video below...
Elvis Costello & The Roots at Brooklyn Bowl in 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Last year, power pop veteran Elvis Costello and alternative rap band The Roots teamed up for a collaborative album, Wise Up Ghost, which they celebrated with a live show at Brooklyn Bowl. Now the pair have announced more dates together, including the two-night opening party for Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas and another NYC-area show on March 12 at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, where Elvis recently played two nights on his solo tour. Tickets for the Cap show go on sale Friday (1/31) at noon.
The Cap show is four days after Elvis Costello & The Imposters play Caesars in Atlantic CIty (3/8). There's a few tickets left for that show.
All dates are listed, along with a video from Wise Up Ghost, below...
Questlove of The Roots at Brooklyn Bowl (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
We just mentioned that Red Hot Chili Peppers will play a WFAN-presented show at Barclays Center on February 1, and since we last spoke it's been announced that the RHCP show is part of a number of pre-Super Bowl shows happening in NYC before the game happens on February 2 at MetLife Stadium.
A few of those shows happen on the Bud Light Hotel, aka a heavily-branded cruise ship in the Hudson River that will be hosting festivities for the weekend. One of those happens on January 30 with The Roots, Run DMC, Busta Rhymes and more guests TBA.
Another one happens on February 1 with the Foo Fighters and Zac Brown Band, whose new album was produced by Dave Grohl.
CBS also reports that for the week leading up to the Super Bowl, Times Square will be on lockdown: "Starting at midnight on Jan. 26 through Feb. 1, Broadway from 33d Street to 48th Street will be closed to vehicles. In addition, 41st Street will be closed from 9 a.m. to midnight."
The performer for this year's halftime show is Bruno Mars. All Bud Light Hotel concerts are listed below...
Sufjan at the Okayplayer Holiday Jam
The night took on a lower-key tone when Sufjan Stevens performed, as he offered up a tender rendition of his song "Holland" while backed by Questlove and the Roots. Stevens, who made his own contribution to the seasonal canon with his 2006 five-EP box-set Songs for Christmas, then announced, "I'll do one more and it's got 'holly,' 'jolly' and 'Christmas' in it. It's a sing-along." He performed the sole seasonal staple of the night as he sang a genial version of "A Holly Jolly Christmas" while the Roots added a backing groove that included a chirpy keyboard riff.The above review is from the Okayplayer Holiday Jam that happened at Brooklyn Bowl last week (12/9) with The Roots, host Hannibal Buress, and surprise guests that ended up being Sufjan Stevens, Reggie Watts, Raekwon, Big Daddy Kane, Bilal and others. Okayplayer has uploaded a video recap with clips of those artists, plus another video solely of Reggie Watts. You can watch both of those below.
It was the closing rap section of the show that resonated most with the crowd. Black Thought was first up, strutting around in his signature flat-cap during his performance of "The Next Movement." He then brought out Big Daddy Kane and the two of them ran through Kane's golden-era hits "Just Rhyming With Biz," "Set It Off" and "Ain't No Half Steppin'," with Black Thought acting as both amped-up hype man and savvy impromptu rap impersonator as he took on Biz Markie's role in the first song. [Rolling Stone]
In related news, Questlove was recently named TIME Magazine's coolest person of 2013. (It's from the same year-end issue that named Pope Francis "Person of the Year.") TIME writes:
Questlove, the drummer of the alt-hip-hop band the Roots, dropped bits of coolness everywhere this year. He wrote two cool books, Mo' Meta Blues--a smart postmodern memoir--and a coffee-table book chronicling Soul Train, the show so cool that my dad, in a failed attempt to prevent me from growing up to be a dork, forced me to watch it as a child. He composed the music for Comedy Central's very cool Inside Amy Schumer. His website, Okayplayer, which allows alternative musicians to create songs together online, made the dopest Christmas sweater ever. Every Thursday night, he deejays at a bowling alley in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. And since the Roots are Jimmy Fallon's house band, he's about to become the bandleader on The Tonight Show. He also deejayed at 13 weddings this year, including that of 2013 Coolest Person runner-up Pharrell Williams. We picked Questlove over Williams because there's no song titled "Last Night a Recently Married Guy Saved My Life."Congrats Quest.
by Bill Pearis
I've been reading a lot of music books of late, spurred on by travel, TV shows being on hiatus and my realization that there were some cool new books out. It kicked off with Morrissey's Autobiography and has kept going (with much better books, to be honest). So it seemed like a good opportunity to round up some of the year's more notable releases, including books about Everything But the Girl, Johnny Cash, 4AD Records, The KLF, and one that attempts to take in the entirety of the modern pop era. Check out the list below...
The Roots will be performing again at the annual Okayplayer Holiday Jam, now in its 7th year, at Brooklyn Bowl on Monday, December 9 with host Hannibal Buress and a few "surprise special guests." No one's been announced for this year (hence "surprise") but Q-Tip, Yasiin Bey (fka Mos Def), Talib Kweli, Patti Labelle, A$AP Rocky, Big Daddy Kane, John Legend, Estelle, TV on the Radio, and more have appeared in years past. The event is private but Okayplayer is giving away 25 pairs of tickets and you can enter to win by filling out this form. BrooklynVegan is also giving away a pair and details on how to enter are below.
Speaking of holidays and The Roots, Okayplayer -- a music site which was started by Questlove in 1999 -- is selling a Cosby-style Roots holiday sweatshirt, which is part of the site's gift guide. That's it above.
Contest details and the flyer for the Holiday Jam, below...