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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…

May 18th, 2015 | Wax Poetics | Videos
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…

May 14th, 2015 | Wax Poetics | Videos
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…

May 12th, 2015 | Wax Poetics | Videos

The Jack Moves premiere new video for “Season’s Change”

  Following up on the Mass Appeal premiere of their debut single, “Doublin’ Down,” New York–based duo the Jack Moves…

May 6th, 2015 | Wax Poetics | Videos
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…

May 6th, 2015 | Wax Poetics | Videos

The Monophonics premiere new video for “Lying Eyes”

  Bay Area band the Monophonics are known for their smart combination of heavy funk, soul, and psychedelic rock, something…

April 17th, 2015 | Wax Poetics | Videos
Marvin Gaye Grammys

Grace Jones and Rick James present Marvin Gaye with Best R&B Male Vocalist Grammy in 1982

  Every year, the Grammys catch a lot of flak—for not getting hip-hop right, for missing the mark on…well, just…

April 3rd, 2015 | Wax Poetics | Videos
Ironing Board Sam

Mini-documentary about obscure R&B musician Ironing Board Sam

  Originally from South Carolina, Sam Moore, better known as Ironing Board Sam, has had an interesting, rocky, and obscure…

March 13th, 2015 | Wax Poetics | Videos
The Jack Moves "Seasons Change" (Wax Poetics Records)

The Jack Moves drop new single “Seasons Change” and perform for HuffPost’s A-Sides

Wax Poetics Records artists the Jack Moves recently visited HuffPost’s A-Sides with Jon Chattman for an interview about the upcoming record….

February 25th, 2015 | Wax Poetics | Tracks/Videos

“Come Away” video from singer/guitarist Miles Tackett of Breakestra

  With his 2014 release The Fool Who Wonders, guitarist Miles Tackett stepped away from the funk stylings of Breakestra, the…

February 6th, 2015 | Wax Poetics | Videos
Funky Four Plus One

Deborah Harry invited the Funky 4 + 1 on to SNL for the first televised rap performance

As Blondie went on hiatus, lead singer Deborah Harry appeared on Saturday Night Live as both the host and musical guest. It was…

January 6th, 2015 | Wax Poetics | Videos
The Jack Moves

Wax Poetics Records presents the Jack Moves, premieres “Doublin’ Down” video

Newark duo drops new single and video, premiering on Mass Appeal. New album out in 2015.

December 29th, 2014 | Wax Poetics | Videos
Wax Tailor - Nelson Mandela

Wax Tailor honors Nelson Mandela with his live symphonic performance of “Am I Free”

  French producer Wax Tailor has released a 4LP box set and a 2CD and DVD edition of Phonovisions Symphonic…

December 10th, 2014 | Wax Poetics | Videos

South African group Fantasma drops “Eye of the Sun” video and shares Spotify playlist

South African group Fantasma recently released their debut EP, Eye of the Sun, via Soundway Records. Fronted by creative pioneer and filmmaker Spoek…

December 2nd, 2014 | Wax Poetics | Playlists/Videos

Atlanta’s Far Out Family premiere “Real Boy Pinocchio” video

The ATL new jacks on what it means to be a real boy.

November 11th, 2014 | Wax Poetics | Videos
Donald Byrd "Blackbyrd"

Rare footage of Donald Byrd performing the Larry Mizell–penned “Black Byrd”

Gilles Peterson has dug up some very rare footage from the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1973…

November 5th, 2014 | Francis Devin Rimer | Videos
Mosaic UneXpected TuRns

Premiere of new video “Falling” by MoZaic

Florida outtaspace soul singer-songwriter drops ‘Unexpected Turns’ on November 4.

October 25th, 2014 | Wax Poetics | Videos

Kutiman drops new album created with all YouTube samples

Check the newest video and explore the entire album, “Thru You Too.

October 2nd, 2014 | Wax Poetics | Videos
Marvin Gaye

Marvin Gaye and band rehearses “I Want You” before concert

Effortless cool from the prince of soul

September 29th, 2014 | Wax Poetics | Videos
Emma Donovan and the PutBacks

Video premiere of “Daddy” by Melbourne act Emma Donovan and the PutBacks

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September 17th, 2014 | Francis Devin Rimer | Videos
The Como Mamas Daptone Records

Daptone Records gospel trio the Como Mamas drops new 45 backed by the Menahan Street Band

Watch the exclusive a cappella version of “Well, Well” for the Music Maker Relief Foundation.

September 10th, 2014 | Wax Poetics | New Releases/Videos
Gizmo (Okayplayer)

Okayplayer/ Revive-signed bassist and singer Gizmo drops new video

Berklee grad brings his blend of jazz and pop and rock and funk on the road.

September 8th, 2014 | Wax Poetics | Videos
Tower Records

Video of Tower Records on Sunset, Los Angeles, in 1971

From the Internet Archive and the Center for Sacramento History, we bring you a glimpse into record heaven in 1971. This…

August 26th, 2014 | Wax Poetics | Videos
Injusticia Peliroja

Peliroja’s Injusticia album stream and “Situaciones” video premiere

Producer and guitarist Jacob Plasse has united some of his old friends—players from the Daptones, Pedrito Martinez Group, and Los Hacheros—to form Peliroja, a New York collective inspired by the sounds of Ethiopia, Dominican Republic, Cuba, and the Congo.

August 14th, 2014 | Wax Poetics | New Releases/Videos

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

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