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When: Fri., Jan. 28, 10 p.m. 2011

?UESTLOVE Sorry to crush everyone's dreams, but there's no way any of us is ever going to be a fraction as cool as Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson. In fact, even if you disregard everything he did before last year—releasing a clutch of bona fide classic albums with the Roots, playing an untold number of roof-burning live shows with same, backing up Jay-Z for his Unplugged set, producing D'Angelo's Voodoo, appearing on Chappelle's Show, producing a Broadway tribute to Fela Kuti, earning a rep as the best session drummer in hip-hop and R&B, and having one of the most recognizable Afros in pop music, among God knows what other rad shit—you still can't compete. In 2010 he put out two well-regarded albums, sat in with a bunch of great bands on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon (including Liquid Liquid, whom he joined for a stunning rendition of "Cavern"), and maintained one of the most popular, entertaining, and prolific accounts on Twitter. Obviously we all need to work on our productivity. Oh yeah, he's also a killer DJ whose crates are the stuff of legend among music obsessives. So he's got that going for him, too. Major Taylor and Intel open.

Miles Raymer

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