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XPN MusicNotes: Watch Phil Collins jam with The Roots, hear Lady Gaga sing Carpool Karaoke, read about Neil Young’s new album

Phil Collins and Questlove | photo via NME

It was a cool old-meets-new mashup on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last night as Phil Collins hooked up with The Roots for a rendition of the classic 80’s hit “In the Air Tonight.” Check it out below, and pay attention to Questlove’s take on the song’s iconic drumming. Continue reading →

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Questlove talks Prince, the creative process of chefs, and why he has the best job ever on Fresh Air

Questlove | Photo by John Vettese
Questlove | Photo by John Vettese

On Sunday, April 24th, Terry Gross, host of Fresh Air, interviewed Questlove at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology about a wide range of topics including Prince, Questlove’s father Lee Andrews (who recently passed away), working with Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show, and Quest’s new book, a collection of interviews with chefs about their creative process called somethingtofoodabout. Continue reading →

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Questlove on Prince: Remembering a Legend and his Influence

Questlove | Photo by John Vettese
Questlove | Photo by John Vettese

Over the years, Questlove has often been outspoken and vocal of his love for Prince. Thoughout Mo’ Meta Blues, his biography that was released in 2013, The Roots’ drummer told various stories about His Royal Badness, from hiding his copies of Controversy and 1999 under his bed from his father, to watching him roller skate around a party at his house on Valentine’s Day. That’s why, after the news of Prince’s unexpected death, these stories became all the more heartfelt. Continue reading →

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Join Terry Gross & Questlove for a Q&A at Penn Museum in April

 

Questlove | Photo by John Vettese
Questlove | Photo by John Vettese

On Sunday, April 24th, Questlove will be joining follow Philadelphian Terry Gross in the Harrison Auditorium at Penn Museum at 3 p.m. for an intimate interview which will air in part of her Fresh Air Live show for WHYY.

The Roots drummer will be there to discuss with Gross his new book Something To Food About: Explording Creativity With Innovative Chefs, along with other topics including his work with Jimmy Fallon on the Tonight Show, and producing the insanely successful Hamilton on Broadway. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Residuels at Johnny Brenda’s, Questlove Supreme at The Foundry

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Residuels | video still by Kyle Garvey for WXPN

Philly heavy psych-blues trio Residuels headlines Johnny Brenda’s tonight with support from Daddy Long Legs, The Whips and Straw Hats. The band recently appeared on The Key Studio Sessions to rock out a set of new songs and a 13th Floor Elevators cover. Watch a 16mm video of “Enough” below, download the entire session here and get tickets and more information on the show at the XPN Concert CalendarContinue reading →

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Questlove, David Byrne, The Weeknd show up in Spike Lee’s Michael Jackson doc

Questlove | Photo by John Vettese
Questlove | Photo by John Vettese

Next month, Showtime is premiering a Spike Lee-directed documentary on Michael Jackson’s breakout 1979 debut. Michael Jackson’’s Journey from Motown to Off the Wall – which airs February 5th and is out on DVD on February 26th – will look at the album’s making and its legacy, and features commentary from David Byrne of The Talking Heads, pop superstar The Weeknd and Philly’s own Questlove, who has an amusing observation about the relationship between Star Warsand “Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough” in the doc’s trailer, which you can watch below. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Lera Lynn at World Cafe Live and Questlove Supreme at The Foundry

Photo by lxchel Lara via facebook.com
Photo by lxchel Lara via facebook.com

You may know singer-songwriter Lera Lynn from her role on this season’s True Detective, where she played the sultry bar singer or you may know her simply from her masterful second album The Avenues. Either way you will not want to miss her intimate performance tonight at World Café Live alongside special guest Anna Bergendahl. For more information on the show tonight click here. Continue reading →