Entries tagged with: The Roots
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...
Spoiler alert. Here's an excerpt from Ezra's 10-out-of-10 review of Drake's new album Nothing Was the Same:
Why did I invite Panda Bear and not my wife? Fair question. Our son was only two months old at the time, so she didn't want to leave him with a babysitter. Also, all u eagle-eyed readers might remember that Hans and I bonded over a shared predilection for a certain song by a certain band -- that's right, motherfuckers, the one and only ANIMAL COLLECTIVE.The rest of that review can be found at the Talk House (who are hosting a CMJ showcase at the same venue Ezra took Nathan to).
So I'm picking out my outfit when I hear a buzzing sound -- OMG I'M GETTING A TEXT. I run upstairs PRAYING it's from Hans but... it's just Panda Bear again. His friend from college, Nathan, is in town. Can I get an extra plus on the list?
Drake is touring with Miguel and Future.
Vampire Weekend recently played Barclays Center where they also appeared for the VMAs which Drake also played but will be most remembered for Miley Cyrus, who, after recently hosting and playing SNL, played with The Roots and Jimmy Fallon last night, as you can see in the video below....
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Elvis Costello & The Roots @ Brooklyn Bowl - 9/16/2013
There's a lot of strategic repurposing throughout "Wise Up Ghost," and there was even more in the show. Some of this was as straightforward as an older tune given a fresh makeover: the Roots, working with a strong horn section, brought a sinister funk vibe to "Shabby Doll" and turned up the heat on "Spooky Girlfriend," which also featured a spirited vocal turn by La Marisoul of the Los Angeles band La Santa Cecilia.Elvis Costello & The Roots celebrated the release of their collaborative album, Wise Up Ghost, on Monday (9/16) with a show at Brooklyn Bowl. In addition to playing much of the new record, EC peppered the set with a few classics like "Watching the Detectives" and "Pump it Up" and covered The Specials' "Ghost Town." They also welcomed Diane Birch and La Marisoul to sing on a few songs too. Pictures and setlist from the show are in this post and you can stream an archive of the show over at WFUV.
And in the accumulative, deep-swirl crescendo on "I Want You," there was a knowing echo of "I Want You (She's So Heavy)," by John Lennon. It's not hard to picture Questlove and Mr. Costello arriving together at that idea; in any case, another Lennon tune, "I Found Out," served as a rawboned final encore, plunging toward Afro-punk. - [NY Times]
Then last night (9/17) Costello stopped by Late Night with Jimmy Fallon -- where The Roots are the house band -- to play "Walk Us Uptown" on the show and "Tripwire" as an online exclusive. Costello, ever the witty raconteur, also talked with Jimmy about how the collaboration came to be. Video of that is in this post too.
While EC & The Roots don't have any other collaborative shows happening just yet, Costello does have some solo shows coming up next month, including two at Port Chester's Capitol Theatre. The first (11/11) is sold out but tickets are still available for the second (11/12).
Video from Fallon, plus check out more pics and the setlist from Brooklyn Bowl, below...
Kanye, Charlie Wilson, The Roots & a choir on 'Fallon'
Kanye West recently announced a tour with Kendrick Lamar, and following that announcement he appeared on Late NIght with Jimmy Fallon to perform the closing track on Yeezus, "Bound 2." Kanye performed with backing from Fallon's house band The Roots, a choir doing the "bound to fall in love" vocal and Charlie Wilson joining him to sing his hook on the song. Check out the video of that performance below.
As discussed, Kanye's tour hits NYC on November 19 at Barclays Center and November 23 at Madison Square Garden. Tickets for both shows go on AEG/Venue/Radio/TM/Twitter/AmEx presales Thursday (9/12) at 10 AM (password: "YEEZUS"). General on-sale begins Friday (9/13) at 9 AM.
Kendrick, who we just caught at Williamsburg Park, hasn't been announced for the NYC shows (neither has anyone else).
Fallon video, and the list of all 'Yeezus' tour dates, below...
Elvis Costello and the Roots are readying their new LP Wise Up Ghost for release on September 17, and have scheduled a special release show at Brooklyn Bowl the day before (9/16) in celebration! Tickets are on sale, and your entry includes a copy of "a Deluxe Edition CD" of the release on the night of the show. Check out the video for the new track "Walk Us Uptown" below.
The show is in addition to the recently announced Elvis Costello solo shows set for November.
Tame Impala at Terminal 5 in February (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
We know these kinds of listicles get published all the time, and that everyone will always find ways to argue them, but this one is kind of interesting. Rolling Stone published their '50 Greatest Live Acts Right Now' list, where they asked a panel of writers, industry figures, and artists, "who rules the road in 2013?" It's got much of the stuff you'd think Rolling Stone would have on this kind of list (like insisting The Rolling Stones and Bruce Springsteen are still better live than basically anyone else in 2013), but there's still some surprises, like the inclusion of Tame Impala amongst mainly rock/pop stars.
Check out the full list below...
As reported earlier this year, The Roots and Elvis Costello have a collaborative album in the works. The record is titled Wise Up Ghost and will be out September 17 via Blue Note. You can check out the lyric video for groovy first single "Walk Us Uptown" below.
No word on any live shows yet...but let's cross our fingers.
by Andrew Sacher
Philly neo-soul singer Bilal returned this year with his highly accessible and slightly psychedelic new album, A Love Surreal, which came out this past February. He celebrated it in NYC with a "nearly packed" release show at Highline Ballroom that month, and earlier this May he kicked off the album's world tour. That tour brings him back to NYC for a show at SOB's on June 9. Tickets for the SOB's show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
Last week (5/14), Bilal performed with The Roots (who he's collaborated with before) on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, playing a cover of Steely Dan's "Black Cow." You can check out that video, the music video for A Love Surreal single "Back to Love," the tour trailer, and tour flyer, below...
Sigur Ros at @ Celebrate Brooklyn! 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
We've known about a few Celebrate Brooklyn! shows already (Belle & Sebastian / Yo La Tengo, The Roots with Jim James, Beck), but festival has announced their full 2013 schedule which includes Big Boi, Amadou & Miriam, Calexico, Mavis Staples, Cody Chesnutt, Os Mutantes, The Waterboys, Jamie Lidell / Dan Deacon, and They Might Be Giants... all of which are free. Celebrate Brooklyn! kicks off the season with a free show with Patty Griffin on June 5.
The full Celebrate Brooklyn! schedule is below.
Jim James at MHOW in February (more by PSquared Photography)
Due to an "unforeseen scheduling conflict," the collaborative Jim James / Roots performance at Celebrate Brooklyn in Propect Park is moving dates from June 19 to June 18. All tickets purchased during the pre-sale will be honored on the new date. For those unable to attend, refunds will be available through Ticketmaster. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday (4/19) at noon. Updated Jim James tour dates are listed below.