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Daddy-O, Stetsasonic

Stetsasonic’s Daddy-O adds needed context to the Grandmaster Flash vs. Scorpio and Melle Mel debate

By now, you’ve all heard about the controversy where Scorpio of the Furious Five calls Grandmaster Flash “the Milli Vanilli of rap” because, as claimed, he…

May 21st, 2015 | Wax Poetics | News
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Chris Read

Listen to Chris Read’s remix of Bilal’s “The Flow”

DJ and producer Chris Read (Who Sampled)—who has created heavyweight mixtapes based on the seminal hip-hop albums Bizarre Ride II, People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of…

May 20th, 2015 | Wax Poetics | Tracks
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Arthur Russell

50% off tix to Arthur Russell tribute BAM, featuring Cults, Devonté Hynes, Jakes Shears, and more

The epitome of a postmodern musician, Arthur Russell changed the rules in his much-too-brief lifetime. Over the course of two special evenings at BAM, the Red Bull…

May 20th, 2015 | Wax Poetics | Events
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First-ever Ottawa International Music Conference kicks off May 29–31

If you’re in the Great White North next week, be sure to hit the very first Ottawa International Music Conference. An essential platform for live…

May 19th, 2015 | Wax Poetics | Events
James Brown on David Letterman

James Brown performs “Sex Machine” on Late Night with David Letterman, 1982

  As David Letterman winds down his multi-decade television career, many are reminiscing about the plethora of musical guests he has hosted over the years….

May 18th, 2015 | Wax Poetics | Videos
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Fluevog Shoes, Venice

Fluevog Shoes opens new store in Venice, California

On May 15, the 45th annual International Fluevog Day, longtime advertising partner Fluevog Shoes is opening a new store in Venice, California, on 1327.5 Abbot Kinney…

May 15th, 2015 | Wax Poetics | News
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L'Orange & Jeremiah Jae

L’Orange & Jeremiah Jae premiere “Death Valley” video

  L’Orange & Jeremiah Jae dropped the full-length The Night Took Us in Like Family back in April on Mello Music. The entire album has a crime…

May 14th, 2015 | Wax Poetics | Videos
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The Whispers

The Whispers “Keep On Lovin’ Me” music video from 1983

  From 1983’s Love for Love, released on Solar Records and produced by the great Leon Sylvers, Los Angeles R&B quintet the Whispers’ funky boogie track…

May 12th, 2015 | Wax Poetics | Videos
Bishop Nehru

Bishop Nehru drops free EP Nehruvia: The Nehruvian ahead of his Mass Appeal debut

Off the heels of his NehruvianDOOM release, and prior to his Nas-helmed debut for Mass Appeal Records, New York phenom Bishop Nehru drops a free,…

May 12th, 2015 | Wax Poetics | New Releases
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DJ Monk-One’s mix commemorating Jay Smooth’s influential WBAI show, Underground Railroad

Wax Poetics contributing editor Andrew Mason aka DJ Monk-One spent some time spinning on Jay Smooth’s influential radio program, Underground Railroad. The WBAI show was founded…

May 11th, 2015 | Wax Poetics | Mixtape
The Lions Soul Riot

Riot Goin’ On: The Lions roar with riddim and soul on Soul Riot

Consider the effusive catalog of Constantine “Connie” Price, a career that has brought Connie—real name Dan Ubick—into studios with everyone from Macy Gray to Slick…

May 8th, 2015 | David Ma | New Releases
The Lions 'Soul Riot'

Win an autographed copy of the Lions’ Soul Riot

  Courtesy of the Lions and Stones Throw, Wax Poetics is giving away two signed copies of Soul Riot LP! To enter to win, simply email…

May 8th, 2015 | Wax Poetics | Contests
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Matthew Stevens

Jazz guitarist Matthew Stevens plays “Processional” live at Toronto’s Victory Social Club

Shot on location at Toronto’s Victory Social Club, guitarist Matthew Stevens and his trio run through “Processional”—wait for the change-up halfway through! New York–based Stevens…

May 6th, 2015 | Wax Poetics | Videos
Ted Drozdowski photo by Bill Steber

R. L. Burnside protégé Ted Drozdowski records Stax-inspired “Let’s Go to Memphis” with soul/blues singer Mighty Sam McClain

“I love Memphis. It can be a rough town, but there’s beauty, too, in its old streets and buildings. And people. And I’ve always dug…

May 5th, 2015 | Wax Poetics | Tracks
DJ Day vs. Lord Echo

DJ Day remixes Lord Echo’s “Bohemian Idol” for a special-edition, split 45rpm 12-inch disco single

Hailing from Palm Springs, California, DJ, musician, and producer DJ Day has spun at the Root Down and the Do-Over, worked with Aloe Blacc and…

May 5th, 2015 | Wax Poetics | New Releases/Tracks
Peaches N Herb

Cole Williams (Pimps of Joytime) and Nikhil P. Yerawadekar (Antibalas, Akoya Afrobeat) team up for “Peaches N Herb”

“We went in to record with no plan, and we came out with our cosmic roots on our sleeves,” says multi-instrumentalist/producer Nikhil P. Yerawadekar of…

May 4th, 2015 | Wax Poetics | Tracks
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Manny Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather, and the most memorable boxing entrances

Floyd Mayweather stood prancing in his dressing room at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, long after his cue to enter the arena for the…

April 30th, 2015 | Ericka Blount Danois | Guest Blog
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Welcome to Los Santos

The Alchemist and Oh No flip Grand Theft Auto soundtrack into new album

Win a copy of the LP/CD!

April 28th, 2015 | Wax Poetics | New Releases
Jesse Fischer and Sly5thAve 'Vein Melter'

Jesse Fischer and Sly5thAve cover Herbie Hancock’s Head Hunters, “Vein Melter”

Two New York musicians—producer Jesse Fischer and horn player and arranger Sly5thAve—have joined forces to cover Herbie Hancock’s seminal album Head Hunters. Released as a…

April 27th, 2015 | Wax Poetics | Tracks
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Voltaire Records is the synthesized sound of San Francisco

Voltaire Records is a modern-day synthesizer label birthed in the eucalyptus-scented air and mild sunshine of Northern California. It is owned and operated by three…

April 22nd, 2015 | Alexander Speetzen | Features
Dayme Arocena

Cuban singer Daymé Arocena announces album on Brownswood, debuts new track

Twenty-two-year-old Cuban singer, arranger, and composer Daymé Arocena has signed to Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood Recordings and will release the album Nueva Era on June 9, available for…

April 20th, 2015 | Wax Poetics | Tracks
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Redbull

Purchase Wax Poetics Issue 61. Wax Poetics Issue 61 cover one features James Brown on the front and Curtis Mayfield on the back. Cover two…

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