PopMatters is 20 this year -- until October when we are 21 -- and a 2009 special section celebrates the popular music that defined the year of our birth. Today we kick things off with albums from January through March, highlighted by Eminem's debut and stellar pop from XTC and Blur.
The Roots, Margaret Glaspy, K. Flay and more join X Ambassadors for their inaugural Cayuga Sound Fest on September 23rd.
22 Sep 2017
It took a few days to reduce the frequency of declarations of affection towards the Roots Picnic that burst from my mouth to random passersbys.
12 Oct 2016
The Legendary Roots Crew were the final act at Summerstage this year and they brought the house down with help from friends including Cee-Lo Green and Salt-N-Pepa.
15 Oct 2015
Going into their 15th year, Okayplayer celebrated the milestone with lots of great music at its annual star-studded affair led by the Roots.
16 Dec 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.
28 Jul 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.
22 Jul 2013
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).
20 Mar 2012
Newcomers, giants, throwbacks, and collaborators -- 2011 was the year of diversity, in which rap fans were faced with enough variety to find whatever flavor of hip-hop they wanted.
David Amidon, Dave Heaton, Quentin B. Huff, Mike Madden, and Dean Van Nguyen
12 Dec 2011
With a wide variety of music coming from five different stages in one of the nation's most beautiful locations, the only problem was trying to catch as many bands as possible.
01 Sep 2011
The music at the Roots Picnic was loud, crisp, engaging and diverse. With the inclement weather holding off, all the elements successfully blended to create a great outing. The wide range of musicians demonstrated why the Roots are more than a crew but rather Philadelphia’s finest musical family.
21 Jun 2010
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