Whos watching Late Night With Jimmy Fallon for the host? Not that the comedian doesnt lend a certain affable charm to the midnight hours, but the unequivocal draw is the greatest band in late-night history, the Roots. More than a year into their TV residency, theyre reliably as jazzy, precise, and electrifying as hip-hop could ever feel; this year in their vacation time, they tossed out one of the finest albums of their career, How I Got Over. For New Years, theyre descending onto Brooklyn Bowl to perform three marathon sets, or read the phone book alouddoes it really matter? Youll be there, if youre lucky.
Fri., Dec. 31, 8, 10 p.m. & midnight, 2010