Tag Archives: The Roots

Stephen Colbert and The Roots Cover “Friday”

If you’re into music at all, you’ve heard (and probably made fun of) the universally reviled internet sensation Rebecca Black and her painfully awful single “Friday.” But even if your loathing has reached its boiling point, this may help simmer you down: last Monday, Jimmy Fallon promised his viewers that if they could raise $26,000Read more…

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Martin Luther King Day: Remembering Hope, Progress & Embracing the American Dream through Music

2010 was a year of many things: of economic hardship, of loss, of social progress, and of musical innovation. Going into 2011, and more specifically Martin Luther King day, we must focus not on what we have lost, but how we are embracing the rhetoric of “hope” and “progress” and the “American dream.”

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Monday Morning News Fix

We’re sad to report the passing of Peter “Sleazy” Christopherson, who, according to the Throbbing Gristle website, “passed away peacefully in his sleep on the 24th November 2010 at his home in Bankok.” A founding member of the controversial and groundbreaking Throbbing Gristle, notably the first ever “industrial” band, Sleazy was also a successful artistRead more…

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Saturday Afternoon Artist: The Roots new album How I Got Over

Philly hip-hop band the Roots have made their name not only as recording artists but also as a live band. Instead of just a rapper and DJ, they add live guitar, bass, horns, vocalists. Their drummer ?uestlove (pronounced “Questlove”) is one of the world’s most famous drummers. And the simmering, intelligent poetry of lead lyricist/rapperRead more…

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Out This Week 6/22

Looking for a funky beat you can dance to? This week’s roundup of new releases will have you cutting a groove in no time. The Chemical Brothers seventh album flows like one long dance set, full of big beats and ambient majesty, while Danish producer Trentemøller‘s second release is a moody mix of acoustic andRead more…

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Monday News Mash-Up

Following up Thursday’s mention of a new album from The Walkmen, the band has settled on a title for their sixth album: Lisbon. Watch for Fat Possum to release the album September 14th.

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Saturday Afternoon Artist: The Roots

I have a theory that 75% of all people don’t listen to lyrics. There are so many songs that have great instruments and players but the words are either cliché, don’t make sense or are offensive. As a writer I strongly believe that words are powerful. And that you absorb the words whether you’re listeningRead more…

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Thursday News Threads

In business news, online music streaming service Pandora once appeared to be in dire straits; however, mobile applications for the immensely popular iPhone and Blackberry have given the company a fresh outlook. In addition, the UKs royalty collection agency has decided to cut the rate it asks of online music services, a decision that isRead more…

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Live Review: The Roots at The Paramount Theatre 4/9

photos by Kyle Johnson review by DJ Marc Sense Who are The Roots? Are they a hip-hop band? Or a band that plays hip-hop? Traditionally one of the most dynamic live music acts of its era, The Roots seem to have strayed too far from their hip-hop origins for an overly eclectic format teetering onRead more…

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Monday News Mash-Up

The music world may have seemingly stood still in Austin all week, but the news never stops. Neither do the losses caused by a down market. Good ol’ Ticketmaster is down $1 billion — just in the fourth quarter. Billboard reports the reason for the lofty loss is due to taking an impairment charge, aRead more…

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