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Fallon And The “Star Wars” Cast Singing The Score A Cappella Defies Words

What do you even say about something like this? “Here’s an a cappella version of the ‘Star Wars’ score performed by Jimmy Fallon, The Roots, and the ‘Star Wars’ cast” would state the facts, but a more accurate portrayal of what it’s like to watch it would be more like: “Guh… buh… hnnnnnnnnnnnnnngh!”More »


Alright Fine, Here Is Adele, Jimmy Fallon & The Roots Doing “Hello” With School Instruments

I’ve been trying not to ruin Adele’s “Hello” for myself by listening to it too many times in too short a period of time, but I made an exception for this spot from “The Tonight Show.” Watch Adele, The Roots and a pretty unnecessary Jimmy Fallon grab a bunch of school instruments — and a flip phone! — for… More »


Jimmy Fallon & The Roots Will Tell You How To Get To “Sesame Street”

The Muppets are having a busy week! First, the family of Jim Henson donated the “Sesame Street” characters  to the National Museum of American History, part of the Smithsonion. Then, Cookie Monster, Elmo, Big Bird and the gang stopped by “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” to perform with The Roots. They sang — what else? More »


Jimmy Fallon & The Roots Cover “Blurred Lines” With Robin Thicke

Jimmy Fallon’s got his hands all up in your summer jams: here he is with The Roots and Robin Thicke covering the oh-so-catchy “Blurred Lines.” Sounds pretty good with a kiddie xylophone, don’t you think? Thank you, Robin, for finally explaining what rhymes with “hug me”: rugby. [YouTube] … More »


Mariah Carey And Jimmy Fallon Sing “All I Want For Christmas (Is You)”

Well, this is just the cutest! Mariah Carey visited “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” to perform a Christmas ditty with Fallon and The Roots and it’ll light up even the Grinchiest of hearts. “All I Want For Christmas (Is You)” is a fun song to begin with, but it’s even more adorable with the chorus… More »


Jimmy Fallon & The Roots Cover “Call Me Maybe” With Carly Rae Jepsen

I think we can all agree that the “Call Me Maybe” covers need to stop. Let the last and greatest be Carly  Rae Jepsen herself covering “Call Me Maybe” with Jimmy Fallon and The Roots … on classroom instruments. Questlove with a kazoo FTW! [You Tube] … More »


New Conflict Resolution Strategy: The Hoagie Of Forgiveness

A few days ago, The Roots’ Questlove was on “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen” and he started some beef with Tina Fey, claiming that whenever she’s on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” she’s kind of not very friendly. Tina, being awesome, wanted to address this as quickly as possible, so she appeared on… More »


Michele Bachmann Demands Apology For “Lyin’ Ass Bitch” Incident On Jimmy Fallon

On Monday night, Michele Bachmann visited Jimmy Fallon’s late night talk show and his house band, The Roots, played a little music like they always do. But then it became clear yesterday that the song was called “Lyin’ Ass Bitch,” a 1985 ditty from the band Fishbone. (The Roots’ drummer Questlove tweeted a teaser that… More »


Please Watch Justin Timberlake And Jimmy Fallon Give A Hip-Hop History Lesson

There’s nothing better than watching two straight-up nerds geek out about the thing they love. In this clip from last night’s “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” Jimmy, The Roots and guest Justin Timberlake rattle through 20 of the greatest hip-hop tracks of all time. It has both me and Amelia practically in happy tears—that’s how… More »


Album Drop: This Week’s New Releases, From Maximum Balloon To John Legend & The Roots

Hot damn, it’s another jam-packed Tuesday. This week, John Legend and The Roots will make you want to get naked; Maximum Balloon will blow yo mind; and Swans will make you wish your church/temple/mosque would use them as their house band. Plus, there’s brand-new Margot & The Nuclear So & So’s, Sharon Van Etten, Hundred… More »


Quickies: John Legend And The Roots’ Album Collabo & Jennifer Aniston Dating LiLo’s Ex

John Legend and The Roots have teamed up for an album entitled Wake Up!, which will hit stores Sept. 21. But check out the video of their in-studio performance of “I Can’t Write Left-Handed.” [Clutch]
Chelsea Handler and Animal Planet hunk Dave Salmoni have broken up. [Just Jared]
“Breaking Bad” Emmy winner Bryan… More »


Album Drop: This Week’s New Releases, From Miley Cyrus To Eminem

It’s Tuesday, aka New Music-day! This week, The Roots go deep; Eminem goes even deeper; Conor Oberst bands together with some indie icons for an album of covers; Stars, Sia, and Uffie lighten the heavy hitters with some dancefloor delights; Miley Cyrus feels like bustin’ loose; and Kele Okereke from Bloc Party actually does, releasing… More »