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The Roots: Show Preview 

Tuesday, Dec 23 2014

When The Roots took up residency as the house band on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon back in 2009, it felt like a real coup. Fallon (right up until he and the Philly eight-piece moved onto The Tonight Show) made a point of referring to Questlove and Co. as "the coolest band in late night" at the start of every single show — and it's a statement that most definitely remains true. However, after five nights a week for over five years, and too many cute incidents involving children's musical instruments, it's now possible for us to think of The Roots as TV stars and forget just how cool these cats actually are. That's why this show, taking place in the band's 27th year together, is going to be such a treat: not just an opportunity to hear the smart, satirical songs from their excellent 11th album, ...And Then You Shoot Your Cousin, but also a celebration of all that these unlikely stars have achieved in their career so far. Not to be missed.

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