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Most Inclusive Party: The Roots
Playing jukebox for a late-night talk show has its benefits. The Roots were all things to all people during Saturday night's headline set (which had been delayed by a sudden torrential downpour, leaving my party to linger in a fancy fried chicken and waffles establishment, to no great complaints). They took time out to give tribute to Adam Yauch. They performed their haunting hit "You Got Me" so well that a surprise Erykah Badu fly-in couldn't have topped it. They played "Jungle Boogie" in full to establish a bassline to rap over, and broke out a joyous "Sweet Child O Mine" cover on guitar. Their Fallon entry-music chops where most apparent with an impromptu version of the Eurythmics "Here Comes the Rain Again" dropped just as a few return drops poked their head through the cloud curtain. Just super fun.