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The New Year’s jams

  Equipe Rádio Cidade “Bons Tempos (Ano Novo)” Happy New Year, good readers of Wax Poetics! May 2016 bring better…

January 6th, 2016 | | Re:Discovery

Joey Negro picks five Chic soundalikes and releases new compilation

Chic, the disco group led by guitarist Nile Rodgers and bassist Bernard Edwards, were so influential, both through their own…

November 10th, 2015 | | Record Rundown
Debbie Harry by Chris Stein

Blondie rose to stardom out of New York City’s burgeoning downtown scene of punk rock and new wave

In 1970s New York City, photography student Chris Stein found his muse in singer Deborah Harry. The two became romantically…

July 1st, 2015 | | Features
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…

January 14th, 2015 | | Guest Blog
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 20th, 2014 | | Articles

Producer/DJ Kaytranada pulls 10 records while beatdigging at New York’s A-1 Records

If you’ve ever bore witness to one of Montreal beatmaker Kaytranada’s DJ sets, you’ve likely been shuttled through an aural…

August 8th, 2014 | | Record Rundown
Sam Cooke

Sam Cooke Portrait of a Legend gets a double-vinyl reissue

It turns out that Sam Cooke’s Record Store Day reissue of Ain’t That Good News was just a warmup for…

July 2nd, 2014 | | New Releases

Digital Underground frontman Shock G went from music-store clerk to rap superstar/alter ego Humpty Hump

Some people in this world are true originals. And though we may all possess the potential to carve out beautifully unique identities, there are a few who manage to channel their inner beings to distinctly magnified proportions.

January 28th, 2014 | | Articles

Producer/guitarist Nile Rodgers and the future of dance music with Daft Punk and Avicii

When you’re a musician and you’re working with other musicians, there’s something magical that happens when the process starts to unfold.

December 19th, 2013 | | Articles
Photo by Eric Coleman.

Madlib revived the crate-digging tradition before flipping the script and embracing live playing

In our very first issue twelve years ago, we profiled a then relatively unknown producer we felt signaled the next generation of beatmaking…

November 19th, 2013 | | Articles
Soul Train book

An excerpt from the book Love, Peace, and Soul: Behind the Scenes of America’s Favorite Dance Show Soul Train

By 1979, the music industry was changing fast, and Soul Train and Don Cornelius were struggling to keep up.

October 2nd, 2013 | | Articles

“Short Tex Jr.” Video Premiere

Mobbin No Sobbin, the duo of producer Beautiful Lou and rapper Western Tink , released their highly acclaimed, self-titled album on Mishka earlier this year….

September 17th, 2013 | | Videos
Nile Rodgers

Chic producer/guitarist Nile Rodgers is an unsung hero of modern dance music

Though he’s sold over a hundred million albums, Nile Rodgers is still a mystery to most people.

June 4th, 2013 | | Articles

Curtis Mayfield injected his own cultural commentary into the Super Fly legacy

The streets of New York City weren’t very pretty in the 1970s. Littered throughout once welcoming communities, an influx of…

June 3rd, 2013 | | Articles
Norman Jay

Jim Gilstrap: Hangin’ in the Chow Line

February 8, 1974, the classic sitcom Good Times debuted. Depicting an African American family struggling and triumphing in the urban…

February 8th, 2011 | | Today in History

“My house was like the Good Times house”

Hear Jay-Z talk about the importance of records to him as a child (at 6:52)  in conversation with professor Cornel…

January 12th, 2011 | | The Album
Michael Wong Photography


In 1985, DJ Marley Marl was working in his studio that doubled as his sister Belle’s second-floor apartment in the…

February 5th, 2010 | | Articles
Guru from Gangstarr

Interview with Guru from Gang Starr

This year, 2007, Gang Starr frontman Guru is starting a new phase in his already remarkable career. He recently released…

September 28th, 2006 | | Articles