Watch John Legend And The Roots Play Arcade Fire’s “Wake Up”

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The Arcade Fire’s influence spreads far and wide. Check out this video of John Legend and The Roots covering “Wake Up,” off the band’s debut Funeral, during a performance for YouTube’s Unstaged series. The gig was shot by famed director Spike Lee at Terminal 5 in New York City. Legend and the Roots’ version lays bare the song’s simple, sing-along melody, and doesn’t skimp on the emotional fireworks. Questlove sure seems to be having a good time. Don’t sleep on this rare R&B tribute to indie rock.

What do you think of The Roots and John Legends’ performance?

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