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The Loop Loft All-Stars, Featuring Mark Kelley: Can’t Wait For Perfect
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The Loop Loft All-Stars, Featuring Mark Kelley: Can’t Wait For Perfect

Our friend Dan Spitzer sent in this awesome clip of The Loop Loft All-Stars featuring bassist Mark Kelley performing “Can’t Wait For Perfect” live in New York City. The Roots bassist lays down a sparse yet compelling bass line with a huge tone. “I thought you might dig the bass groove at around 9 minutes from the great Mark Kelley,”...

The Roots Release “…And Then You Shoot Your Cousin”
New Albums

The Roots Release “…And Then You Shoot Your Cousin”

The Roots’ latest, is one of the group’s shortest efforts while still being a conceptual piece focusing on self-destructive cycles. With the low end provided by bassist Mark Kelley, the record is a deep, different offering from the group, which is now on its 14th album. The group’s drummer and bandleader Questlove even goes so far as to call it...

Elvis Costello and The Roots Release “Wise Up Ghost”
New Albums

Elvis Costello and The Roots Release “Wise Up Ghost”

At face value, it may not seem like Elvis Costello and The Roots would be a natural pairing, but their new collaborative album Wise Up Ghost is proof that their musical visions sync up in a special way. The project started on the set of Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, where drummer Ahmir ”?uestlove” Thompson and The Roots are the...

The Roots Release “undun”, Featuring Mark Kelley
New Albums

The Roots Release “undun”, Featuring Mark Kelley

The Roots have released their latest album, undun, today, marking a couple of firsts for the group. undun is the first album with bassist Mark Kelley, who replaced Owen Biddle earlier this year. The release is also the group’s first concept album, “retelling of the short life of of Redford Stephens (1974-1999)”. Before joining the Roots, Kelley performed with Meshell...

Owen Biddle Leaves The Roots
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Owen Biddle Leaves The Roots

Owen Biddle will be leaving the Roots in order to pursue his own project, Mister Barrington. The bassist, who joined the band in 2007 and has been seen with them on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon since 2009, confirmed the change on his Twitter account. “Thanks for all the love guys. It’s true!” Biddle tweeted. “I’m starting a new chapter...

Concerts & Tours

Meshell Ndegeocello announces west coast tour

10-time Grammy nominee Meshell Ndegeocello is set to tour on the west coast starting in February following the release of her latest album, Devil’s Halo. On tour with her will be bassist Mark Kelley, guitarist Chris Bruce, drummer Deantoni Parks and keyboardist Keefus Ciancia. On Devil’s Halo, the bassist/songwriter said she wanted to focus on musicianship and live-band energy. The...