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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.

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Watch The Roots and Elvis Costello perform “Walk Us Uptown” on Jimmy Fallon

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Elvis Costello stopped by Late Night with Jimmy Fallon to put his collaboration with house band The Roots on T.V. for the first time.  The Philly R&B / soul band and their English power-pop counterpart performed “Walk Us Uptown,” the single from the recently released Wise Up Ghost LP.  There are no announced plans for a Philadelphia show right now, but you can read XPN host Mike Vasilikos’s review of the record for its Album of the Week spotlight here.

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Watch Alt-J perform “Tessellate” on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (playing the Electric Factory tomorrow)

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English electronic-pop act Alt-J stopped by Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last Thursday.  The band performed “Tesselate” off of their 2012 Mercury Prize-winning debut An Awesome Wave; watch the live video of the downtempo, smoldering track below.  Alt-J play the Electric Factory with Lord Huron tomorrow; tickets and information can be found here.

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Watch Kanye West perform “Bound 2″ on Jimmy Fallon (playing the Wells Fargo Center on 11/16)

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Because the only predictable thing about Kanye is that he is unpredictable, the rapper made a surprise visit to Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last night to perform “Bound 2″ off of Yeezus.  West was backed by Fallon’s house band The Roots and joined by R&B superstar Charlie Wilson (who appeared on the album track as well).  Bouyed by a soulful children’s choir and Wilson’s expert scatting, West’s first-ever performance on Fallon’s show is nothing short of stellar.  He’ll bring his Yeezus tour to the Wells Fargo Center on November 16th; ticket on-sale information is still forthcoming but more information will be available here.  Watch the video of West performing “Bound 2″ below.

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CHVRCHES returning to Union Transfer in September, new album in tow

CHVRCHES | Photo by Matthew Shaver | www.mattshaverphoto.com
CHVRCHES | Photo by Matthew Shaver | www.mattshaverphoto.com

After dazzling Union Transfer on Sunday night (and the Firefly Festival the night before), Glasgow snythpop three-piece Chvrches wrapped up their debut U.S. tour and announced their return. They’ll be back at Union Transfer on September 18th, and tickets go on sale this Friday. Next time, they’ll (almost) have their full album in tow; The Bones of What You Believe is out September 24th. Maybe they’ll have early copies to sell at the merch table. The band appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last week, performing “The Mother We Share.” Check out the video below.

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Watch The Lumineers cover Talking Heads’ “This Must Be the Place” on Jimmy Fallon

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Folk-stormers The Lumineers made a late night appearance on Jimmy Fallon last night, covering Talking Head’s “This Must Be the Place (Naïve Melody)” from their 1983 album Speaking in Tongues.  The Denver-based outfit make the classic song their own with jangly tamborine accents and their staccato bass drum pounding away.  The Lumineers headline the XPoNential Music Festival at Susquehanna Bank Center on Saturday evening, July 27th; tickets and information can be found here.  Watch the live video below, followed by the Talking Heads’ original version.

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Watch Phosphorescent perform “Song for Zula” on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon (playing XPoNential Music Festival)

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Phosphorescent | Photo by John Vettese

Phosphorescent (real name Matthew Houck) appeared on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon last night, backed by a small choir, string section and of course members of The Roots.  He performed “Song for Zula” off of his latest LP MuchachoPhosphorescent will be at the XPoNential Music Festival this summer, happening July 26-28 at Wiggins Park and the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, NJ.  Watch the clip below.

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Watch Local Natives perform “Heavy Feet” on Jimmy Fallon (playing sold out show at Union Transfer on April 4)

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Local Natives just released their excellent new album, Hummingbird. Last night on Jimmy Fallon they performed “Heavy Feet;” watch it below. Local Natives return to Philly on April 4th at Union Transfer. The show is sold out.

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Watch Dave Hartley and Robbie Bennett of The War on Drugs play “Venus in Furs” with John Cale

This must have been something like a dream come true. Dave Hartley, bassist for The War on Drugs and frontman for Nightlands, joined his keyboard-playing WoD compatriot Robbie Bennett to sit with John Cale‘s backing band on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. They played a song from Cale’s recent LP Shifty Adventures in the Nookie Wood, “I Wanna Talk 2 U” (which was not written by Prince, far as we can tell), and they dusted off the Velvet Underground classic “Venus in Furs.” Watch “Venus” below, see “I Wanna Talk To U” here. Nightlands is releasing its sophomore album Oak Island this month, and celebrating with a show at Kung Fu Necktie on Saturday, January 26. Tickets and information on it can be found at the WXPN concert calendar.

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Questlove on the Michele Bachmann debacle: “I’m deeply sorry… Was it worth it? Absolutely not.”

As Pitchfork‘s Ryan Dombal noted in a post earlier this morning, the misogynist swipe Questlove and The Roots took at Michele Bachmann last week—by playing Fishbone’s “Lyin’ Ass Bitch” during her appearance on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon—wasn’t received by everyone as the harmless joke the band intended. In fact, many people (and not just those in Bachmann’s camp, mind you) found the sexist act downright offensive. Imagine that!

During their tenure as house band for “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon”the Roots– led by drummer and musical mastermind Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson– have taken many opportunities to poke fun or pay tribute to guests by choosing punny, sly, or referential walk-on music. Oftentimes, these mini-gags double as the best punchlines of the night.

But many thought they went too far with their pick for Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann last week: Fishbone’s 1985 track ”Lyin’ Ass Bitch”. A minor political firestorm followed, with the likes of Bill O’Reilly as well as many women’s groups voicing their disapproval. Bachmann herself called the incident sexist, and said it “wouldn’t be tolerated if it was Michelle Obama and shouldn’t be tolerated for a conservative woman, either.”

From the interview:

Pitchfork: Do you regret playing that walk-on music for Michele Bachmann?

?uestlove: It wasn’t like a chess move where you have to think 12 steps ahead; you’re just, like, “Fuck, all right, I’m gonna do it,” in a kamikaze-type way. And I really didn’t think about how it could be perceived as a misogynist swipe– it didn’t hit me until my [Twitter] timeline started showing up that it was seen that way. I was like, “Fuck, I forgot ‘bitch’ is actually in the title.”

It deeply offended a lot of women’s groups and non-Bachmann supporters, and for that I’m deeply sorry. I’m not parading like I’m the poster boy for the feminist movement, but those who truly know me know that that’s not me. I was really just going with her whole revisionist history angle, I wasn’t calling it out on her being a woman.

Whether Questlove’s statement will be taken as a sincere apology, a half-assed attempt at backpeddling (“I forgot ‘bitch’ is actually in the title.” That’s your excuse? Really?!), or nothing more than straight-up damage control is still up for review. You can read the interview in its entirety over at Pitchfork and decide for yourself.

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