"...A rare jack-of-all-trades and master-of-many, Roots founder Questlove unceasingly expands his resume: tackling music journalism via Okayplayer, co-producing Hamilton, and now authoring the Creative Quest artist guide. With a spectacular Sunday set at Mohawk, the godfatherly drummer/producer applied his Midas touch to the turntables...."
"...These Lonely Island kids seem to like one another an awful lot and, in turn, are themselves so very likable. (Enough to attract a gaggle of A-list cameos, from Questlove, Nas, Usher, Seal, and Ringo Starr.) You really can’t buy this kind of goodwill..."
"...Hardcore hip-hop/electronic/punk assailants Ho99o9 return to South by Southwest, as does Roots drummer Questlove, heavy shoegazers Nothing, and Midwestern emo vets the Get Up Kids. The music festival and conference, now just 25 days out, jacks up its roster by 102 ticks with today’s weekly talent drop...."
"...In advance of its SXSW Film world premiere, we talked to director Alexander Dunn and producer Alex Noyer to learn more about the film and the instrument that Questlove called the most futuristic thing he'd ever heard...."
"...AC: The film features interviews with a few of the biggest names in rap like Questlove, Kanye West, and Snoop Dogg, who recently teamed with Dam-Funk for 7 Days of Funk. Can we look forward to any future Questlove or Kanye West collaborations?..."
"...Mo' Meta Blues: The World According to Questloveby Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson and Ben Greenman Grand Central Publishing, 288 pp., $26..."
"...Questlove of the Roots..."
"...Art Garfunkel doing the honors for Cat Stevens proves far less memorable than the UK’s former Steven Demetre Georgiou – now Yusuf Islam – rightfully bringing Brooklyn’s Barclays Center to its feet with a breathtaking solo acoustic rendition of “Father & Son” before increasing accompaniment on “Wild World” and “Peace Train.” Roots bedrock Questlove (Ahmir Khalib Thompson) very nearly makes a case for fellow Philly homeboys Hall & Oates, whose former half – like Paul Stanley – points out that his Eighties, hit-making duo shouldn’t be in ahead of City of Brotherly Love cornerstones the Stylistics, Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, and even Chubby Checker, all black...."
"...› While jet-setting around America owning mics, Zeale hit Brooklyn to hype the crowd for an Absolut Vodka-sponsored party at which the local rapper spent an evening on a 30-foot tower with Questlove, who DJ'd while he MC'd. "I'd been super nervous because I grew up on the Roots' albums Things Fall Apart and Phrenology," admits Zeale, who read Questo's book Mo' Meta Blues on his flight to NYC..."
"...Questlove (of the Roots) at Mohawk..."
"...Separate music events boast bevs and bites and a killer weekend lineup: Hot Snakes, Girlpool, Con Brio, the Texas Gentlemen, Galactic, Twin Peaks, Paul Cauthen, Joshua Hedley, Okkervil River, Blackillac, DJ Questlove, and Peanut Butter Wolf. For more info see www.hotluckfest.com. – Jessi Cape..."
"...“Show Snacks” is returning this year to set visitors’ senses on fire with food and music collaborations between stars like Top Chef winner Kristen Kish and DJ Questlove and a Hot Snakes tribute by Olympia Provisions' Elias Cairo...."
"...Quesoff popped up at SXSW this year, and they’ll have one more pop-up event at Hot Luck Festival, founded by Aaron Franklin, James Moody, and Mike Thelin. Speaking of Hot Luck, the fest announced this morning that they’ve added DJ Questlove, Blackillac (emcees Zeale and Phranchyze), Girlpool, Los Coast, and others to the roster that already includes Hot Snakes..."
"...Roots drummer Questlove confirmed news of the cancellation via a tweet around 8:30pm, in an attempt to save fans from waiting in line. Around the same time, the drummer posted an Instagram story with the following caption: “Welp..."
"...The Eastside event space at 1100 E. Fifth is considerably larger than their past two SX venues, 2016’s Brazos Hall and last year’s “800 Congress.” Charismatic rap veteran Ludacris, who appears Monday at Rodeo Austin, performs with Black Thought, Questlove, and company..."
"...Love: Austin artists accounting for over 10% of the Festival's roster and some primo slots. Hip-hop duo Riders Against the Storm uplifted Auditorium Shores as direct support for Friday's Prince tribute; Austin country queen Sunny Sweeney warmed up for Garth Brooks by generating fan-girl excitement, debuting ace new disc Trophy, and generally poking fun at her genre by instructing fans to edit pictures making her look extra tan and thin; and Shakey Graves got backed by Questlove and company at the annual Roots & Friends Jam on Saturday..."
"...Throughout the night, the band dropped highlights from Illadelph Halflife (“Section”) and Things Fall Apart (“Act Too [Love of My Life]” “You Got Me”), freaked the heavy funk of Bobby Byrd’s “I Know You Got Soul,” and paid tribute to Chuck Berry – who died earlier in the day – with a rocking cover of “Johnny B Goode” that ended with a face-melting psychedelic solo from guitarist Captain Kirk Douglas. Questlove backboned all of it, keeping time on an elevated drum kit at the back of the stage, his iconic Afro its highest point...."
"...Prodigiously Afro'd Roots maestro Questlove threw down an immaculate three-hour mix at Empire on Friday, while Elijah Wood manned ones and twos at the A.V. Club across the street at Barracuda..."
"...Performing first as Shmu, he led a masterful trio whose every track evolved into a spaced-out fusion freak-out. Afterward, synth-hop existentialist Botany utilized Chown as his own personal Questlove, running down the voodoo by creating a cacophonous live beat tape with some house grooves...."