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Monday, December 22 2014

The Best Albums of 2014

From Polish black metal to mind-blowing progressive R&B and electronic music, 2014's best albums certainly have something for everyone.


Thursday, December 23 2010

The 70 Best Albums of 2010

The year's best albums are highlighted by the emergence of a future superstar, two veteran and virtuoso rappers, and a Dream Team of indie bands releasing career peaks.


Thursday, December 23 2010

The 60 Best Songs of 2010

Sixty slices of musical greatness highlighted by one of the most delightful expletive-ridden hits in pop music history.


Tuesday, December 7 2010

The Best Hip-Hop of 2010

Epic, sleek, weed rap, emo, sociopolitical, gangsta, or house party? In which direction will hip-hop go? This was a year for all of the above.


Thursday, December 18 2008

The Best Albums of 2008

PopMatters presents our 60 best albums of 2008, highlighted by the return of British trip-hop legends and some infectious American indie rock by way of the Cascade Mountains.


Reviews

Thursday, June 19 2014

The Roots: ...and Then You Shoot Your Cousin

It may surprise someone who has never listened to the Roots before, but for anyone else this will be slightly troubling.


Monday, December 16 2013

Okayplayer Holiday Jam: 9 December 2013 - Brooklyn Bowl, NY (Photos)

Going into their 15th year, Okayplayer celebrated the milestone with lots of great music at its annual star-studded affair led by the Roots.


Sunday, July 28 2013

The Polymorphous Questlove Shape Shifts Into a Memoirist with 'Mo' Meta Blues'

Mo' Meta Blues is everything you’d expect from a book Questlove would write: smart, funny, and infused with structural twists on the norm, with dashes of insight and perspective on the ever-evolving state of hip-hop.


Monday, December 5 2011

The Roots: undun

It's undun that truly signals the Roots are every bit as capable of maturing with grace, pride and praise-worthy work as those consistently unpredictable rockers from Oxfordshire (Radiohead).


Thursday, June 24 2010

The Roots: How I Got Over

How do these guys celebrate their cushy late night gig? By delivering a resilient and timely, and ultimately brilliant record about making it through hard times.


Blogs

Monday, August 25 2014

The Roots: New York - 7 August 2014 (Photos)

To celebrate the launch of their new Times Square location, Guitar Center invited the Roots to headline the party.


Monday, July 22 2013

Elvis Costello & The Roots – “Walk Us Uptown” from New Album 'Wise Up Ghost'

Elvis Costello and the Roots are teaming up for a new album releasing in September via the famed Blue Note Records. 'Wise Up Ghost' offers a compelling blend of the Roots' deep funk and Costello's acerbic vocals, tied together by fabulous songwriting.


Monday, March 19 2012

SXSW Music Day 4: Highlights - MOG Showcase + Norah Jones

Bob Mould’s set was followed by the only SXSW performance by the Roots, one of the most anticipated sets of the conference (as evidenced by a near three-block long line).


Thursday, November 5 2009

Monsters of Folk - "Dear God (Sincerely M.O.F.)" (live on Fallon) (video)

The Roots joined Jim James, Conor Oberst, M. Ward, and Mike Mogis on stage Wednesday night to kick out the jams, as they say. The


Thursday, June 11 2009

Mos Def and the Roots - "Casa Bey" (Live on Jimmy Fallon) (video)

Mos Def joined up with the Roots for a live version of "Casa Bey" on Jimmy Fallon's show this week. Andrew Martin says of Mos


News

Wednesday, July 9 2014

Global Citzen Brings Attention to Extreme Poverty with Festival in September

Learn about social causes and take political action online to earn a chance to attend the Global Citizen Festival with Jay-Z, Tiësto and more.


Monday, June 17 2013

Singer Macy Gray, Saxophonist David Murray Grow Collaboration from the Roots

ALLENTOWN, Pa. — It might seem like an odd pairing — Grammy-winning R&B-and-dance singer Macy Gray and Grammy-winning saxophonist David Murray. It was a match made


Wednesday, April 13 2011

French 'roots' the inspiration for 'Philly-Paris Lockdown'

PHILADELPHIA — For Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson, the roots of "Philly-Paris Lockdown," the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts classical-pop mashup that he and Parisian chanteuse Keren


Wednesday, June 30 2010

On CD and TV, the Roots stay in a good groove

NEW YORK — It's lunchtime at Studio 6-B at 30 Rockefeller Plaza, but the Roots are not ready to take a break. On the day of the


Thursday, April 16 2009

As Jimmy Fallon's TV house band, the Roots adapt to a new way to work

NEW YORK - It's 10 minutes to show time backstage at "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon," and Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson is wondering what the Roots have


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