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The Roots host Kid Cudi and De La Soul for summer "Picnic" in Philadelphia

Kid Cudi and hip-hop icons De La Soul are among the high-profile music acts set to play at the 5th annual Roots Picnic, which is hosted each year by Grammy-winning artists The Roots in their hometown of Philadelphia. // Tour dates at SoundSpike Kid Cudi and hip-hop icons De La Soul are among the high-profile music acts set to play at the 5th annual Roots Picnic, which is hosted each year by Grammy-winning artists The Roots in their hometown of Philadelphia.

De La Soul remembers 'Rising' on the road

Hip-hop trio De La Soul will return to the road this summer for a coast-to-coast tour celebrating the 20th anniversary of their debut album, "3 Feet High and Rising."

Rock the Bells launches charity auction

A Tribe Called Quest, Nas, Mos Def, De La Soul and The Pharcyde are among the artists donating memorabilia to the first Rock the Bells online charity auction, scheduled for Dec. 1-15. Proceeds from the auction, which will feature items from the artists who participated in the 2008 RTB International Festival Series tour, will be donated to the American Diabetes Association, according to a press release.

Plans for VH1 Hip Hop Honors underway

The fifth annual "VH1 Hip Hop Honors," scheduled to premiere Oct. 6, will pay homage to artists who have helped pioneer the genre, including Cypress Hill, De La Soul, Naughty by Nature, Slick Rick and Too Short, according to a press release.

Rock the Bells tour adds names, confirms venues

Organizers of the Rock the Bells traveling hip-hop festival have unveiled additional acts and venue details for the tour, which is being headlined by A Tribe Called Quest.

Live Review: Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago

Thousands of indie rock fanatics--a good mix of fresh, young folks and music-loving grown-ups--visit the Pitchfork website for news and reviews, and at least 17,000 of them are now turning up every year to see the bands they've been reading about online.

Flaming Lips pack summer with festivals, big-name support

The Flaming Lips have mapped out a summer full of festival appearances and headlining gigs supported by a few big names as the band continues to support its recently released "At War With the Mystics."

San Francisco Earth Day fest to feature Alanis Morissette, Cake, Bonnie Raitt

San Francisco's Golden Gate Park will host the We the Planet Activism and Music Festival on April 20, an event that will feature Alanis Morissette, Cake and an acoustic set from Bonnie Raitt.

De La Soul, Biz Markie lead latest Spitkicker tour

Dates have begun to emerge for De La Soul's Spitkicker tour, which will feature Biz Markie. The jaunt kicks off on Oct. 19 at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Mass., and will visit more than 20 cities.