San Lazaro

Australia’s salsa band San Lazaro bids farewell

  Hailing from musical Melbourne, Australia, San Lazaro releases La Despedida—the farewell—on July 22, 2016, on HopeStreet Recordings. This band of Latinos…

May 3rd, 2016 | | New Releases/Videos

Harlem’s modern-day renaissance man, Giovanni James

We recently visited artist Giovanni James at his studio in Harlem and talked about his various creative projects as well as…

April 12th, 2016 | | Videos
Gary Clark Jr shot

Gary Clark Jr. talks about falling in love with the guitar

  For Issue 63‘s cover story, writer Michael Gonzales and photographer Jonathan Mannion met up with guitarist Gary Clark Jr….

February 9th, 2016 | | Videos

Heavy Crates releases international collaboration EP with a classic hip-hop feel

If you’re like us at Wax Poetics, you’re a sucker for a well-crafted jazzy groove with boom-bap drums and a…

January 25th, 2016 | | Videos

Eliane Correa video debut connects Afro-Cuban jazz and neo-soul

Latina pianist, composer, and bandleader Eliane Correa, a product of the disparate environments of Havana, Buenos Aries, Barcelona, and London, is…

January 19th, 2016 | | Videos
The Jack Moves

New (NSFW) video “Make Love” from the Jack Moves

  Check out the new (NSFW) video for “Make Love” from the Jack Moves via Flaunt: A lot of babies…

December 10th, 2015 | | Videos
Bones & Beeker

The story of Bones & Beeker

  Filmmaker Lamar Landers traveled out to Minneapolis to interview singer-songwriter Anthony Newes and producer/multi-instrumentalist BK-One of Bones & Beeker…

November 6th, 2015 | | Videos

Bosq premieres “Cumbia en Bahia” video (HEAT!!!)

In mid-October, Bosq released his sophomore album, Celestial Strut, and picked up right where his debut album left off with…

November 5th, 2015 | | Videos
Bones & Beeker "Samana"

Bones & Beeker drop trippy video for new single, “Samana”

  Wax Poetics Records recording artists Bones & Beeker have dropped their second official single, “Samana.” The video, premiered by…

November 3rd, 2015 | | Videos

La Mecánica Popular releases cumbia version of “Thriller” for Halloween, debuts video

La Mecánica Popular debuts a new video for their latest single on the Brooklyn-based record label Names You Can Trust. Michael…

October 28th, 2015 | | Videos
The Jack Moves "Joyride"

The Jack Moves take a “Joyride”

  The Jack Moves (Wax Poetics Records) drop their third official single with “Joyride,” a sweet-soul classic about the simple pleasures…

September 28th, 2015 | | Videos
Giorgio Moroder

Giorgio Moroder pretends to play “Chase” from Midnight Express on the Minimoog on German TV

  Shortly after Giorgio Moroder won an Academy Award for his soundtrack to Midnight Express, he appeared on German TV where,…

September 22nd, 2015 | | Videos
Bones & Beeker "Heartbroken in Love"

Bones & Beeker drop video for new single, “Heartbroken in Love”

  Bones & Beeker (Wax Poetics Records) has officially dropped their first single, “Heartbroken in Love,” available on iTunes and…

September 11th, 2015 | | Videos
Roger Troutman

Roger Troutman of Zapp breaks down his use of the talk box

  On this 1987 episode of Video Soul, guest Roger Troutman, frontman of the funk/boogie group Zapp, says of the talk…

September 4th, 2015 | | Videos
Roy Ayers

Rare Roy Ayers performance of “Vibrations” from 1976 + Soul Train clips

  We’d like to take this time to admonish the YouTube nation for its lack of classic, live performances from…

September 3rd, 2015 | | Videos
Lianne La Havas

The Lianne La Havas x Wax Poetics video interview

  Last month, we caught up with singer Lianne La Havas after her performance in New York and chatted with her about…

September 3rd, 2015 | | Videos

The Souljazz Orchestra ready new album, Resistance, and drop new homemade video for “Courage”

  Ottawa’s Souljazz Orchestra is set to release a new LP, Resistance, on September 4 via Strut Records. “We approached this…

August 25th, 2015 | | Videos
Wu-Tang Clan on Arsenio Hall Show

Golden Era hip-hop squad cyphers on final Arsenio Hall Show

  We recently discussed how David Letterman supported the Golden Era of hip-hop, but it’s more well known that Arsenio…

July 30th, 2015 | | Videos
The Jack Moves "Time & Enemy"

Moroccan filmmaker uses VHS vibes to capture the Jack Moves’ 2011 track “Time & Enemy”

  “Time & Enemy” by the Jack Moves is a blast from the past, “recorded in 2011 on a four-track…

July 3rd, 2015 | | Videos
A Tribe Called Quest

A Tribe Called Quest perform “Check the Rhime” with Paul Shaffer’s band on Late Night with David Letterman

  In the 1990s, “King of the Rappers” David Letterman supported golden-era hip-hop, despite Arsenio being the main spot where MCs…

June 29th, 2015 | | Videos
Quarter Street

Australian salsa group Quarter Street release single, video, free download

  In the 1970s and ’80s, many Latin Americans fled their home countries during the tumultuous times of coups, revolutions, and…

June 26th, 2015 | | Tracks/Videos
Polyversal Souls 'Invisible Joy'

Max Whitefield’s new group Polyversal Souls premieres new video

  Now-Again Records has partnered with Max Whitefield of Poets of Rhythm and the Whitefield Brothers in his new record…

June 10th, 2015 | | Videos
Ginger Johnson

Watch the mini-documentary about the forefather of Afrobeat, Ginger Johnson

On June 22, Freestyle Records is reissuing Ginger Johnson and His African Messenger’s African Party on iTunes and CD/vinyl. Originally released…

June 5th, 2015 | | Videos
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 | | Videos