Captain Planet 'Esperanto Slang'

Win a copy of Captain Planet’s LP Esperanto Slang

  Producer Captain Planet once again spans the globe for his sophomore release, Esperanto Slang (Bastard Jazz), bringing in collaborators…

October 22nd, 2014 | Wax Poetics | Contests
Talib Kweli and Hi-Tek Reflection Eternal

Talib Kweli and Hi-Tek’s Reflection Eternal reissued on vinyl

We’re giving away a copy!

October 17th, 2014 | Eric Luecking | Contests
Black Star Talib Kweli and Mos Def

Mos Def and Talib Kweli classic collaboration album Black Star reissue on vinyl

Universal’s “Respect the Classics” campaign brings the vinyl back.

September 19th, 2014 | Eric Luecking | News

Snoop Dogg and William Bell record “I Forgot to Be Your Lover”

Check out the limited-edition painted LP of the soundtrack to the film Take Me to the River

September 11th, 2014 | Wax Poetics | News
Take Me to the River

Documentary about Memphis music, Take Me to the River, premieres Friday, September 12

Take Me to the River is a feature film celebrating the inter-generational and inter-racial musical influence of Memphis in the face of pervasive discrimination and segregation.

September 11th, 2014 | Wax Poetics | News

Be With Records reissues vinyl copies of Leon Ware’s 1982 self-titled LP, the Streets’ A Grand Don’t Come for Free, and Ned Doheny’s Hard Candy

Only three releases in, they are already getting a lot of attention…

August 23rd, 2014 | Wax Poetics | News
The Budos Band

A sneak peak into the studio with the Budos Band

Last month, we shared the lead track, “The Sticks,” from the Budos Band’s upcoming album, Burnt Offering, due October 21. This…

August 11th, 2014 | Eric Luecking | News
Erykah Badu

Classic Erykah Badu album Mama’s Gun finally reissued on vinyl

  Throughout the years, unless you were able to get a hold of a promo copy of Erykah Badu’s sophomore…

August 6th, 2014 | Eric Luecking | News
Idris Muhammad

Legendary funky drummer Idris Muhammad, 74, has died

  The legendary New Orleans drummer Idris Muhammad, born Leo Morris, has died, the New Orleans Times-Picayune has confirmed. This…

July 31st, 2014 | Wax Poetics | News
Joe Bataan Rap-O Clap-O

Salsoul Records, the preeminent label of iconic disco, is being reissued by U.K.’s Big Break

For sheer quantity of iconic dance music released, there are few record labels that can top Salsoul Records. Between its…

July 24th, 2014 | Andrew Mason | News
The Decoders Minnie Riperton

The Decoders perform free tribute concert to Minnie Riperton

  On Saturday, July 12, in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, the Decoders will be joined by a 20-piece ensemble that…

July 7th, 2014 | Wax Poetics | Events
Parliament Funkadelic Mothership

The Parliament-Funkadelic Mothership Lands at the Smithsonian

The Parliament-Funkadelic Mothership is finally making its way back to Earth and finding a home at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African…

June 6th, 2014 | Wax Poetics | News
Roy Ayers Flyer

Everybody Loves Roy Ayers in Brooklyn June 14th

Come through next Saturday for what we hope will be a regular series in the vein of the Michael and…

June 5th, 2014 | Wax Poetics | Events
Sun Ra

Sun Ra Music Archive Launches Centennial iTunes Reissue Program Today

May 20, 2014, marks the centennial of music legend Sun Ra’s arrival on planet Earth (he left in 1993). To…

May 20th, 2014 | Wax Poetics | News
Red Bull Music Academy NY - A Night of Improvised Round Robin Duets

Red Bull Music Academy Festival NY presents “A Night of Improvised Round Robin Duets”

We’re giving away two pairs of tickets to tomorrow’s show! Just email contest[at] to enter! Subject: Round Robin. Text: Your…

May 7th, 2014 | Wax Poetics | Events
Red Bull Music Academy - Bounce Ballroom

Red Bull Music Academy Festival New York’s “Bounce Ballroom”

In the tradition of last year’s RBMA NYC United States of Bass event, the opening night of Red Bull Music…

April 17th, 2014 | Wax Poetics | Events
Frankie Knuckles

Frankie Knuckles, dead at 59

By 1977, Knuckles had left New York to run Chicago…

April 1st, 2014 | Wax Poetics | In Memoriam

1960s Jamaican Dub Scene Exhibit

Curated by Wax Poetics contributor Seb Carayol, “Hometown Hifi” exhibit is at Sonos Studio in Los Angeles from March 20 to April 24

March 19th, 2014 | Wax Poetics | Events

Wax Poetics now has a Spotify channel

Wax Poetics now has a Spotify channel. Whether at home, work, or in your car, you can listen to Wax…

January 31st, 2014 | Wax Poetics | News


We’re giving away a pair of tickets to Monday night’s show!

November 21st, 2013 | Wax Poetics | Events

Mark de Clive-Lowe takes us to Church

Multi-tasker Mark de Clive-Lowe is prepping his new album

November 4th, 2013 | Wax Poetics | News

Number One Lady

As Issue 55 hit newsstands, Lady was quietly going through a break up.

October 23rd, 2013 | Marissa Wallace | News

Soul Summit

This Saturday in Chicago, Wax Poetics contributing editor and all around music maniac Andrew “Monk-One” Mason touches down for a night of high-proof soul selections sure to put a glide in your stride and a dip in your hip.

September 26th, 2013 | Wax Poetics | Events

Marvin Gaye’s Let’s Get It On

Forty years ago today, Marvin Gaye’s seminal Let’s Get It On became, for all intents and purposes, the national anthem of sex.

August 28th, 2013 | Travis Atria | Today in History

A look back twenty years on Aaliyah’s short but influential career.

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