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Gabriel Roth at the piano. Photo by Jacob Blickenstaff

Behind the “scene” with Daptone Records founder Gabe Roth

Behind two of the most important R&B singers to emerge in the last ten years, there’s a pair of shades…

June 5th, 2014 | | Articles
Courtesy of Sergio Diaz

15 surprising albums that helped shape the sound of Brazil’s pioneering psychedelic-rock group Os Mutantes

  For Wax Poetics Issue 31, Wax Poetics contributor Allen Thayer spoke with Os Mutantes about their radical transformation of…

May 20th, 2014 | | Record Rundown
"The Spook Who Sat by the Door" film still

Sam Greenlee’s debut novel, The Spook Who Sat by the Door, drew up the blueprint for Black nationalization

  Sam Greenlee, author of The Spook Who Sat by the Door, passed away at the age of eighty-three on…

May 20th, 2014 | | Articles

DJ Devastate

Fremdtunes invited Swedish DJ Devastate (BBE Records) to do a mix for Wax Poetics and to celebrate the release OptiMace’s…

December 1st, 2011 | | Mixtape
Wax Poetics Radio 001 w/ Miles Perlich

Latin music and rare groove mixtape with Miles Perlich

Los Angeles DJ and musician Miles Perlich kicks off our official debut of Wax Poetics Radio podcasts. You can catch Perlich’s United Groove broadcasts on L.A.’s KJAZZ 88.1 FM every Saturday from 10 PM to 12 midnight or at jazzandblues.org.

July 26th, 2011 | | Mixtape
Earth, Wind & Fire

Issue 47

Earth, Wind & Fire / Ramsey Lewis / Bobby Womack / Lamont Dozier / Solomon Burke / Billy Ocean / Roy C

June 20th, 2011 | | Wax Poetics Magazine
Gary Wilson

Gary Wilson Wants to Talk to You

It was 1977 when twenty-three-year-old Gary Wilson released You Think You Really Know Me. He recorded the album in the…

January 11th, 2011 | | Articles

D.I.T.C. Crew reflects on their careers and the late, great Big L

  Nearly twelve years after the fatal shooting of Lamont “Big L” Coleman on February 15, 1999, the whole story…

January 7th, 2011 | | Articles
Photo by Theo Jemison

Amir: Top Ten Albums of 2010

Read about Amir in Wax Poetics issue 41 What happened for you in 2010? What happened for me in 2010…

December 17th, 2010 | | Top (20)10
Sara Mitra

Meet Sara Mitra

London-based jazz singer Sara Mitra released her debut album, April Song, November 1 on Impossible Ark Records, with a U.S….

November 2nd, 2010 | | New Releases
Gregory Isaacs

Gregory Isaacs

Reggae superstar Gregory Isaacs, who was just featured on the cover of our Reggae Issue, has passed away at his…

October 25th, 2010 | | In Memoriam
Photo by Pat Shepherd

New Zealand’s Electric Wire Hustle open doors with their debut album

“We’re all over the United Colors of Benetton,” jokes Electric Wire Hustle drummer Myele Manzanza from Berlin. On the other…

October 12th, 2010 | | Articles

Disques Gam

The young Moroccan at the music stand didn’t get that I was looking for vinyl. I’ve searched for records all…

September 16th, 2010 | | Mixtape
Spike Lee

Spike Lee talks Mo’ Better Blues, Malcolm X, and Miracle at St. Anna

Remember our interview with Spike Lee in Issue 38? The following is an unpublished chunk from that piece.

August 10th, 2010 | | Articles
Winston Riley

Don’t Sweat the Techniques

One of the true survivors of Jamaica’s notoriously cutthroat music scene, Winston Riley has been a consistently forceful element of…

June 8th, 2010 | | Articles
Photo by Nabil Elberkin

Nas and Damian Marley unite for the album Distant Relatives

It was 1988 when twenty-five year old Queensbridge housing resident Richard Luke choked to death on his own vomit, lying…

May 20th, 2010 | | Articles
Photo by Doron Gild


When we go to sleep, our bodies go through several stages before reaching the point of rapid eye movement (also…

February 11th, 2010 | | Articles