4 posts categorized "the roots"

11/30/2010

Win Tickets to See The Roots and John Legend on December 7!

Earlier this month, I dropped some hot info that I'm in cahoots with HP and Beats by Dr. Dre, and while I'm reaping a lot of the benefits of a sweet new system and headphones (yeah, shameless plug here again), I also mentioned that you lucky little beasts would be privy to get in on the action too. Here's the first round of radness, and yo, it's a good one.

 

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HP is all about music these days, and duh, so am I. They recently hooked me up with an ENVY 14 Beats Edition to test out and I'm digging the machine like a boss! Not only is HP making music sound good again on a computer, thanks to Beats Audio, but photos, movies and social networking is a breeze with Windows Live Essentials. To learn more about HP PCs with Beats Audio, hit this link hard.

 

So that's the legal mumbo jumbocities... below is the stuff you need to know if you want a pair of tickets to this exclusive, invite-only concert. Color us excited!

 

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HP is sponsoring an invite-only concert featuring John Legend & The Roots on Tuesday, December 7 at NYC's Highline Ballroom. The opening act is ?UESTLOVE, who also acts as the host and DJ for the event.

 

To enter, simply copy and paste this lovely tweet (make sure to follow us so we can DM you not if, but WHEN you win), and hit send to be automatically entered.

 

yo @sheenabeaston and @HP_PC, those tickets to see the roots and john legend on december 7 need to be mine. hook it up!

 

Contest will remain open until Friday, December 3 at 5pm ET. Winner will be selected at random and notified via direct message.

 

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mp3: The Roots - You Got Me

 

 

05/24/2010

Levi's Pioneer Sessions: Covers of Iconic Songs (free downloads to be unveiled weekly)

The Levi's brand continues in its tradition of bringing great jeans and great music together with today's launch of Levi's Pioneer Sessions, a new campaign that champions musical artists who embody the pioneering spirit of the Levi's brand. An original series of musical recordings by a diverse roster of talented musicians, the slate features remakes of hits from past decades inspired by renowned artists.

  

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Beginning today through the first of July, the series features the release of two singles each week. First up is Nas' take on Slick Rick's Hey Young World, while The Swell Season's rendition of the 70s disco hit, Young Hearts Run Free by Candi Staton will be let loose on Thursday May 27. Details regarding the remaining artists, Passion Pit and The Kills, and their song choices will complete the current roster of releases and be announced in the weeks to come.

 
Here's the tracks to look forward to. I'm most psyched to hear
Bomba Estereo's stance on Technotronic's Pump Up the Jam. Also...whoa The Kills!

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Nas - "Hey Young World" by Slick Rick 
The Swell Season - "Young Hearts Run Free" by Candi Staton
She & Him - "Fools Rush In" by Rick Nelson
The Dirty Projectors - "I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine" by Bob Dylan
Colbie Caillat - "Maria" by Blondie
The Shins - "Goodbye Girl" by Squeeze
Raphael Saadiq - "It's A Shame" by The Spinners
Bomba Estereo - "Pump Up the Jam" by Technotronic
Jason Mraz - "Spirit in the Sky" by Norman Greenbaum
John Legend and the Roots - "Our Generation" by Ernie Hines
Passion Pit - TBD by TBA
The Kills - TBD by TBA

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mp3: Nas - Hey Young World (Slick Rick Cover)

04/08/2010

Suzanne Vega & The Roots - Tom's Diner (video)

Did that post title just blow your mind? Even before I could hit play on this (thanks Emma), I knew I'd be gathering chunks of my own cranial crevasse from the floor. Last night, Suzanne Vega dropped by Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. She's on a promo tour in support of her new album, Suzanne Vega Close-Up Vol. 1: Love Songs, and she sang Caramel from said release. The web-only exclusive, however, is where the getting gets good.

 

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If you'd like to see Suzanne get rad with her take on Caramel, you can watch the clip, as it appeared on the last night's late evening show, but. I'd encourage you to start with the below though. I mean, it's Suzanne Vega...and The Roots...doing Tom's Diner. It really doesn't get much better than that.

 

Buy Suzanne Vega Close-Up Vol. 1: Love Songs here.

 

Now...watch.

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mp3: Suzanne Vega - Toms Diner

mp3: Suzanne Vega - Toms Diner (Kenny Blake Mix)

 

 

03/05/2010

The Roots to Release 9th Studio Album on June 8

The Roots have revealed that their forthcoming studio album, How I Got Over, will be released on June 8. The band's drummer and DJ, Questlove, posted the release date via his twitter account. Aaahh, the power of our bird-friendly connector!

 

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Further details of the album, which will be the band's first since 2008's Rising Down, are forthcoming, although How I Got Over will have political influences, like the presidencies of George W. Bush and Barack Obama. 

 

Among the tracks expected to make the cut are Walk Alone, a vintage R&B-leaning Make a Move, The Day featuring Icelandic vocalist Patty Crash and a cover of Frank Zappa's instrumental classic Peaches en Regalia. The album is also expected to include a version of Cody Chesnutt's Serve This Royalty. The title track was let out last year. 

 

Additionally, the band have also started work on a new album with Booker T, and is expected to feature a slew of guest vocalists.

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mp3: The Roots - How I Got Over 

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