The Roots to hit Boston for post-Christmas show

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With some time off from Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, The Roots will hit the road for handful of shows before the end of the year. The hip-hop band will hit Boston for a post-Christmas show at the House of Blues on Monday, December 26. Tickets for the show are now on sale through Ticketmaster for $35 and 45.

The Roots will be touring in support of their brand new album, undun. Released on Tuesday, the Philadelphia group’s eleventh studio effort details the life of the fictional character Redford Stephens. It features lead single “Make My” with special guest Big K.R.I.T.

“At this point in our career we’d like for our work to have a unifying theme, and an experiential quality,” explained Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson in a press release. “We’ve been intentionally making our albums shorter in length so that they can be experienced as a continuous work. The music is band-oriented with an eye on the moody cinematic. As a DJ, I am the King of playlists, but I don’t want our albums to feel like a playlist or a mixtape for that matter. We want to tell stories that work within the album format and we want the stories to be nuanced and useful to people. undun is the story of this kid who becomes criminal, but he wasn’t born criminal. He’s not the nouveau exotic primitive bug-eyed gunrunner like Tupac’s character Bishop in Juice… he’s actually thoughtful and is neither victim nor hero. Just some kid who begins to order his world in a way that makes the most sense to him at a given moment… At the end of the day… isn’t that what we all do?”

In November, The Roots collaborated with legendary R&B singer Betty Wright for the album Betty Wright: The Movie. Credited to “Betty Wright and The Roots,” the album was co-produced by Wright and ?uestlove. It recently earned a nomination for the 2012 Grammy Awards with the song “Surrender” in the “Best Traditional R&B Performance” category.

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