The Roots

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Questlove: bagels with Amy Winehouse, fish and chips with the Roots
The drummer and frontman on food and music, his friendship with Anthony Bourdain and much, much more

Interview by John Hind

19, Oct, 2019 @4:05 PM

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Man arrested after bomb threat shuts down SXSW concert
Concert by the Roots cancelled after threat, which comes amid spate of bomb attacks in Austin that have killed two people

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

19, Mar, 2018 @10:59 AM

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Questlove of the Roots accused of pressuring Tonight Show into firing white employees
The drummer has denied the ‘ridiculous’ allegations made by two former Tonight Show employees

Laura Snapes

25, Jan, 2018 @11:13 AM

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Real-life roadies review Roadies: 'I felt like a nurse watching an hour of ER'
We asked some battle-hardened stagehands to watch Cameron Crowe’s new show and give us their verdict on load-in fashion, tour managers and groupies

Interviews by Dave Simpson

24, Jun, 2016 @12:00 PM

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Madonna answers critics of her Prince tribute at Billboard music awards
Tonight Show bandleader and Roots drummer Questlove defends singer’s performance, writing on Twitter that ‘the Purple Standard is hard boots to fill’

Guardian music

24, May, 2016 @9:02 AM

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David Bowie tribute concert to be streamed live
Show featuring Pixies, Blondie, Michael Stipe, J Mascis, the Flaming Lips and more will be streamed live for fans in return for a charity donation

Guardian music

29, Mar, 2016 @8:02 AM

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David Bowie tribute will star Debbie Harry, Pixies, Mumford & Sons and Bette Midler
The lineup for the two tribute shows in New York on 31 March and 1 April also includes the Roots, Cat Power, Laurie Anderson, Michael Stipe and Robyn Hitchcock

Guardian music

18, Feb, 2016 @9:07 AM

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Elvis Costello: 10 of the best
He emerged in 1977 as the archetype of the angry young man, but it didn’t take Elvis Costello long to realise he needed to slow down and try something different

Jeremy Allen

27, Jan, 2016 @12:45 PM

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John Kasich thinks the Roots are 'offensive' – what about these rap songs?
The Republican presidential candidate once threw a Roots CD out his car window, so we created a hip-hop playlist even he could get behind

Lanre Bakare

30, Jul, 2015 @4:23 PM

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The Roots review – a hip-hop group like no other keep their freak-flag flying
Cosmic jazz-funk, blizzards of electro-terrorism – the frantic Philadelphians shock and awe in this sprawling show

Ian Gittins

12, Jul, 2015 @1:52 PM

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Readers recommend: minimalist songs – results
The Roots to James Brown, AC/DC to Sigur Rós, RR regular nilpferd strips back a mass of magical minimalism into a pared down playlist from last week’s topic


09, Jul, 2015 @11:00 AM

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Can bandleaders breathe new life into late-night TV?
Jimmy Fallon has the Roots, Seth Meyers has Fred Armisen and James Corden has just appointed Reggie Watts as his bandleader. But why does getting the right in-house band matter so much? Britt Julious explains

Britt Julious

24, Dec, 2014 @1:00 PM

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