Thursday, December 23 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
Sixty slices of musical greatness highlighted by one of the most delightful expletive-ridden hits in pop music history.
Tuesday, December 7 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
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.
Thursday, December 11 2008
A return to the mic nine years in the making, a hip-hop supergroup of sorts, and Tom Waits beatboxing: this year's top-shelf hip-hop is equal parts anticipation, teamwork, and wha?!
Monday, December 16 2013
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
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
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
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.
Monday, April 28 2008
Eighth studio album from Philly's legendary hip-hop crew, a minor-key rush of synthesizer-heavy vamps and distrustful rhymes, features cameos from Mos Def, Talib Kweli and more.
Monday, July 22 2013
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.
Tuesday, March 20 2012
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).
Friday, November 6 2009
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 joined up with the Roots for a live version of "Casa Bey" on Jimmy Fallon's show this week. Andrew Martin says of Mos
Tuesday, March 3 2009
As you probably already know, SNL alum Jimmy Fallon made his debut Monday night as a late-night talk show host in an attempt to fill
Monday, June 17 2013
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
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
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
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
Wednesday, April 30 2008
The Philadelphia band the Roots has always made socially aware, stylistically varied music that's kept it on the leading edge of left-of-center hip-hop. But the