Scoring The Roots was, frankly, Jimmy Fallon’s greatest victory. Ever since the hip hop band has graced Late Night, musical guests tend to have more interesting televised performances than you may expect from your typical talk show. Even when the band takes a back seat, as they do here, their very presence inspires a more musical atmosphere within the typically awkward and forced nature of an artist dunked into the world of late night comedy. The latest in line is Santigold, promoting her sophomore album (out now), performing “Disparate Youth”.
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Plugging away since 1999, The National finally hit mainstream success with the release of their 2010 album High Violet. Of course, this entailed their first world tour, but in the new documentary Mistaken For Strangers, it’s only the backdrop for the relationship between lead singer Matt Berninger and his younger brother Tom, who had no idea that these short videos he was shooting would turn into a public document of their troubled, if still loving brotherhood.
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We talk with Yvonne Ambree and Jesse Barnes of Take Berlin about some of the records which influenced the recording of their debut EP, Lionize.
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