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LL Cool J Mama Said Knock You Out (Lenticular)

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…

April 30, 2015 | Ericka Blount Danois | Guest Blog
Rod Lee, Baltimore club

An oral history of Baltimore club

  For more than a decade, Baltimore club has been the soundtrack to the city’s weekend. From the car to…

| Wax Poetics | Articles
Brian Ellis Reflectionz

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…

April 22, 2015 | Alexander Speetzen | Features
Lincoln Olivetti

Brazilian producer Lincoln Olivetti remembered by friend and colleague Kassin

Just months away from completing his first solo album in decades, the prolific arranger, producer, synthesizer pioneer and Brazilian “studio…

April 20, 2015 | Allen Thayer | Articles
Chuck D Tupac

Wax Poetics Issue 61 Letter from the Editor-in-Chief

Who’s gonna take the weight?

April 16, 2015 | Andre Torres | Guest Blog
Al Green

Al Green strives for perfection

“Since I can remember, women have wanted to get next to me, and when I sing, it’s like they’ve received…

April 13, 2015 | Wax Poetics | Articles
Collage of Music Box regulars. Courtesy of Robert Williams.

Ron Hardy’s radical Music Box mixes and edits defined a new sound in dance music

  When the universally appointed “Godfather of House” Frankie Knuckles left Chicago’s Warehouse club in 1983 to start a residency…

March 16, 2015 | Wax Poetics | Articles
Justice

The Department of Justice’s report on Ferguson

View image | gettyimages.com   On March 4, the Department of Justice released the results of a wide-ranging study on…

March 11, 2015 | Travis Atria | Guest Blog
Brazilian Disco Boogie Sounds

Two fiery Brazilian boogie compilations explore the bumpin’ sounds from Rio to São Paulo

Before I get all academic and try to explain the historical, political, and musical context of these boogie-oogie tunes, let…

March 9, 2015 | Allen Thayer | Articles
Pete Rock

Back to basics with Pete Rock

Pete Rock keeps active nowadays by doing what he perfected as a teenager: putting sounds into his sampler and banging…

February 20, 2015 | David Ma | Record Rundown
Daniele Baldelli Afro Cosmic Disco

Italian DJ Daniele Baldelli created the Afro Cosmic disco scene

  Imagine circling the planet in a spaceship—weightless, far from home, listening to music on your gravity-modified iPod. Or imagine…

February 18, 2015 | Wax Poetics | Articles
Roosevelt-Record-Show-flyer-splash

A gallery of photos from the NYC Roosevelt Hotel Record Convention, 1993–1995

We recently found a stash of photographs from the late, great record dealer John Carraro that we did not use…

February 6, 2015 | Wax Poetics | Gallery
Shabazz Palaces

Ishmael Butler’s Shabazz Palaces is a heavy yet fleeting Afro-celestial experience

We spoke to Ishmael Butler in 2012 after the release of his first Shabazz Palaces long player on Sub Pop, Black…

February 5, 2015 | Jon Kirby | Articles
Bohannon

Bohannon set the stage for house and modern dance music by keeping four on the floor

“As some folks say, I helped create the disco music, the house music, and a lot of other different things.” –Bohannon…

January 28, 2015 | Ronnie Reese | Articles
Nacho Picasso

Nacho Picasso and Blue Sky Black Death do it Stoned and Dethroned style

“Stoned & Dethroned” by Nacho Picasso x B.S.B.D Nacho Picasso raps kind of slow. It makes it a lot easier…

January 22, 2015 | Zach Moldof | Guest Blog
Civil Rights March, Beale Street, Memphis

I Know a Place: The legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. to the people and city of Memphis

An oral history of MLK and Memphis by the artists and staff of Stax Records.

January 19, 2015 | Andria Lisle | Features
D'Angelo 'Black Messiah'

D’Angelo’s Black Messiah is magical

It’s fitting that D’Angelo decided to share the accolades of his album with his band, the Vanguard, since the meaning…

January 15, 2015 | Eric Luecking | Guest Blog
The-Carnations

An interview with Heather Augustyn, author of Songbirds – Pioneering Women in Jamaican Music

  Coming from small-town Indiana and growing up in the ’80s, author Heather Augustyn wouldn’t say she had privileged access…

| Seb Carayol | Articles
Luisa Maita by Joao Wainer

São Paulo singer Luísa Maita rises to become pride of Brazil

  Antonio Carlos Jobim’s “Ana Luiza” courses smoothly through my headphones on a warm spring day. Claus Ogerman’s bittersweet string…

January 14, 2015 | Wax Poetics | Articles
The Faces

A tribute to Ian McLagan, organ player and member of rock groups the Small Faces and the Faces

The death of any artist can sting, but the passing of Ian McLagan, aka “Mac,” at age sixty-nine has had an unmistakable…

| Wax Poetics | Guest Blog
Mark-de-Clive-Lowe-2

Keyboardist Mark de Clive-Lowe keeps pushing things forward

Musicians who venture into new frontiers of sound are often the ones who inspire future generations. Born in New Zealand,…

January 6, 2015 | Korby Benoit | Record Rundown
Turquoise Summers (Omega Supreme Records)

Turquoise Summers continues the modern-funk tradition for Omega Supreme Records

 In 2009, Los Angeles based interplanetary funk doctor, Dam-Funk dropped his debut album, Toeachizown, a monumental five-LP boxed set on…

December 19, 2014 | Wax Poetics | Articles
Terry Reid

Terry Reid passed on Led Zeppelin to follow his own path

Terry Reid passed on the opportunity to become the front man of Led Zeppelin—instead introducing Robert Plant to Jimmy Page. His choice to carry on as a solo act never paid off with the heights of fame and fortune of his musical pals, yet he recorded two soulful folk-rock masterpieces and has become known as an artist’s artist, championed by many of the greats as the genuine article.

December 8, 2014 | Wax Poetics | Articles
Apollo Brown and Ras Kass

Detroit producer Apollo Brown talks about his new album Blasphemy with Ras Kass

Apollo Brown is a producer with a rep. When you check out an Apollo Brown album, you know what you…

December 5, 2014 | Chris Pattinson | Articles
Biz Markie

Nobody Beats Biz Markie

In the classic 1986 Dutch documentary film, Big Fun in the Big Town, director Bram Van Splunteren captures New York…

| David Ma | Articles
The Roots Things Fall Apart

Ferguson and the history of riots and protest

What I have to say is for White people, like me. After researching and writing a book about soul music…

November 25, 2014 | Travis Atria | Guest Blog
Soul Is... Pretty Purdie

Bernard Purdie and his solo masterpiece Soul Is… Pretty Purdie

In early March and late June of 1972, Bernard Purdie took some time to record his own album, Soul Is…,…

November 21, 2014 | Eric Luecking | Re:Discovery
Jean Seberg in the film 'Kill!'

The insidious tale of actress Jean Seberg, FBI’s COINTELPRO, and the film Kill!

The scene was tragic. A casket covered with lilies, daisies, and yellow roses. A stunned and muted crowd of hundreds…

| David Thrussell | Articles
The Peterson Brothers

Texas guitar prodigies the Peterson Brothers fuse the blues with soul, funk, and disco

Trying to fit in sessions with Bootsy Collins can be tough when you’re still in high school.

November 20, 2014 | Greg Lemen | Articles
Stand! Sly and the Family Stone

Freddy Stone discusses Sly and the Family Stone’s Stand! on its 45th anniversary

By the end of the 1960s, Sylvester “Sly Stone” Stewart, Frederick “Freddie Stone” Stewart, Rosemary “Rose Stone” Stewart, Cynthia Robinson,…

November 14, 2014 | Chris Williams | Articles