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Black Thought announces second annual Roots Rock Run 5k in conjunction with the Roots Picnic

Black Thought of The Roots
Black Thought of The Roots

In conjunction with this year’s Roots Picnic on May 31st, Roots member Black Thought has announced his second annual Roots Rock Run 5k to take place that morning.  The community event will support GrassROOTS in its efforts to aid community health programs across the city.  For more information and to register for the 5k go here.  More information on the Roots Picnic, featuring The War on Drugs, Snoop Dogg, Janelle Monae and more can be found here.

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Snoop Dogg, Janelle Monae, The War on Drugs and Chill Moody top The Roots 7th annual Roots Picnic lineup

Now in its 7th year, The Roots Picinic will bring an eclectic array of music to Festival Pier on May 31, and the band today revealed everything you need to know about this year’s installment.

The year the legendary hip-hop crew will share the stage with Snoop Dogg (backed by The Roots), as well as Janelle Monáe, Action Bronson, A$AP Ferg, araabMUZIK, The War On Drugs, Rudimental, Jhené Aiko, Biz Markie (DJ Set), Bad Rabbits, Electric Wire Hustle, Chill Moody, Emily Wells, Roman GianArthur & more.

Get tickets when they go onsale this Friday at 10 a.m. on Ticketmaster and watch a few of the latest clips from acts on this year’s incredible lineup below.

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Chill Moody pays tribute to The Roots’ 1999 classic Things Fall Apart LP in new track

Photo courtesy of the artist
Photo courtesy of the artist

It’s been 15 years since The Roots released what is widely considered their breakthrough record Things Fall Apart. The album earned them two Grammy nomination, a top 40 hit (“You Got Me” featuring Erykah Badu and Eve), and platinum status.

To honor the local legends’ milestone, Philly emcee Chill Moody packs quite the lyrical punch on his new track “nicethings Fall Apart” delivering rhymes that detail his thirst for success over a selection of beats drawn from The Roots’ 1999 classic.

Ever the local favorite, fans recently named Moody the Indie Hip-Hop Artist of the Year at this year’s Tri-State Indie Music Awards where he also performed. Listen to “nicethings Fall Apart” below.

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Retrace the roots of Kentucky art-rock band Slint in new documentary Breadcrumb Trail

Photo via facebook.com/slint
Photo via facebook.com/slint
When they emerged in the late ’80s as band of teenagers from the countryside, Slint made great music that managed to stay below the radar. Their debut album Tweez arrived in 1989, but their critically acclaimed masterpiece Spiderland came in 1991. A mix of art-rock and emo, the album didn’t stir major buzz upon release and they disbanded soon after but outlets like Pitchfork, NME and Spin, retrospectively attend to its brilliance featuring it in “best-of” lists. Slint reunited to play shows in 2005, 2007, and most recently last year. But the story doesn’t end there. In fact, Bad Grandpa cinematographer/director Lance Bangs decided he’d tell the rest of it via a documentary centered on the band and its Louisville roots. PhilaMOCA will screen the Philadelphia premiere of Breadcrumb Trail followed by a feature-length presentation of other musical short-films for two consecutive nights, March 14th and 15th. Bangs and Slint guitarist David Pajo will also host a Q&A session for attendees. Get tickets here and check out the trailer below.

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Barry Gibb jams with The Roots

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(L-R) Robin, Maurice and Barry via http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2356426/Barry-Gibb-tells-guilt-remorse-loneliness-the-Bee-Gees.html

Bee Gee Barry Gibb has announced a limited six-city tour with a stop at the Wells Fargo Center on May 19th. The lead singer of the Bee Gees was on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon last week, jamming with The Roots on “You Should Be Dancing.” Gibb’s a little rough around the vocal edges, but the band swings and it’s good to hear the disco side of ?uestlove’s drumming.

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The Roots and Miley Cyrus get adorable on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

the-roots-miley-late-night-jimmy-leadPhiladelphia darlings The Roots teamed up with Miley Cyrus last night on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon to rework her hit single “We Can’t Stop” into an a capella affair coupled with a Brady Bunch inspired visual display of all nine performers (Jimmy included). The band managed to tame the twerk anthem with vocal percussion and impressive harmonies. Is there anything that The Roots can’t groove to? You decide below.