XPN MusicNotes: Remembering Bob Dorough, the songwriter behind Schoolhouse Rock!

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“I wrote songs to entertain anyone, from ages 2 to 92” -Bob Dorough, Schoolhouse Rock! songwriter

His name might not have been familiar, but for anyone who grew up watching cartoons in the 70s and 80s, you knew the music of songwriter Bob Dorough the person responsible for the unforgettable songs of Schoolhouse Rock! Continue reading →


Roots Picnic: Day One video highlights; Tribute to the Beasties, Mos Def and De La Soul

Yesterday was day one of the Roots Picnic with day two continuing this evening with appearances from Diplo, Chill Moody, Rakim (with the Roots playing the classic album Paid In Full in its entirety), Major Lazer, and Kid Cudi. Yesterday’s show included performances from St. Vincent, Wale, tUnE-yArDs, James Murphy, and OCD Moosh & Twist, who put on an incredible show on the main stage. The highlight of the day was De La Soul who played with The Roots for almost two hours. Their set list included classics like “Potholes In My Lawn,” “Buddy,” “Stakes Is High,” “A Roller Skating Jam Named Saturdays,” and “Me Myself and I.” Mos Def made a surprise guest appearance and while he did trade some verses with De La Soul, he stayed on stage through a good part of De La’s set dancing in the background and allowing De La and The Roots to work the crowd. Mos Def performed several songs at the end of the show including an amazing version of “Umi Says.” The Swollen Fox has a review and photos over here. Below, check out some videos of the Roots Picnic. Check back tomorrow for our photo recap of the Roots Picnic.


Roots Picnic lineup announced; two days on June 2nd and 3rd at Festival Pier

The Roots picnic is being held on Saturday and Sunday, June 2nd and 3rd at Festival Pier. According to an announcement at Okayplayer the lineup includes: The Roots, Kid Cudi, De La Soul (backed by the Roots), Wale, Diplo, Major Lazer, St. Vincent, tune-yards, Shabazz Palaces, OCD: Moosh & Twist, Danny Brown, The Hood Internet, Chill Moody, Flosstradamus, Stretch Armstrong, Star Slinger, Mr. MFN Exquire, Kids These Days, DJ Diamond Kuts. Also in the mix is James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem who will be doing a special DJ set. There is a special pre-sale today from 10 am to 10 pm. Go here for tickets and more information. General public tickets go on sale this Friday at 10 am.