D'Angelo 'Black Messiah'
Souljazz Orchestra 'Freedom No Go Die'

Do Right! Music reissue Freedom No Go Die and Manifesto by the Souljazz Orchestra

Win a set of the vinyl!

December 8, 2014 | Eric Luecking | Contests/News
Public Enemy

Two ground-breaking hip-hop albums by Public Enemy reissued

Chuck D’s voice is the greatest instrument hip-hop has ever had. That’s not meant to slight the contributions of the…

November 26, 2014 | Eric Luecking | News
Jimmy Ruffin

Jimmy Ruffin, known for “What Becomes of the Brokenhearted,” passes away

Motown founder Berry Gordy speaks

November 19, 2014 | Wax Poetics | News
Portishead Dummy

Portishead’s Dummy reissued on vinyl for its 20th anniversary

Even twenty years later, there isn’t an album that sounds quite like Portishead’s Dummy. Hailing from the Bristol scene in…

| Eric Luecking | News
J-Zone 'Lunch Breaks'

J-Zone learns the drums, classic miking techniques, and drops Lunch Breaks

  J-Zone dropped out of the music industry in 2009, soured on the business side of things. After writing and promoting his book…

November 10, 2014 | Wax Poetics | News
Dr. Octagon

Pay Dr. Octagon another visit with the “Respect the Classics” vinyl reissue

It was 1996, and while gangsta rap was still riding high, a new wave of hip-hop was being birthed. At…

October 30, 2014 | Eric Luecking | News
Peter Guralnick

Hear previously unreleased Ray Charles interview by soul historian Peter Guralnick

Sweet Soul Music: Rhythm and Blues and the Southern Dream of Freedom and Dream Boogie: The Triumph of Sam Cooke rereleased as enhanced e-readers.

October 28, 2014 | Eric Luecking | News
The Arsonists

Get On Down reissues classic ’90s Arsonists tracks on Halloween-themed 7-inch

Do you know this bass loop?

October 27, 2014 | Andrew Mason | News
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 17, 2014 | Eric Luecking | News
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 19, 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 11, 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.

| 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 23, 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 11, 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 6, 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 31, 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 24, 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 7, 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 6, 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 5, 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 20, 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 7, 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 17, 2014 | Wax Poetics | Events
Frankie Knuckles

Frankie Knuckles, dead at 59

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

April 1, 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 19, 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 31, 2014 | Wax Poetics | News


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

November 21, 2013 | Wax Poetics | Events

Mark de Clive-Lowe takes us to Church

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

November 4, 2013 | Wax Poetics | News

Number One Lady

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

October 23, 2013 | Marissa Wallace | News

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