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Wax Poetics Radio Podcast 002

Wax Poetics Radio 002

Soul singer Chris Clark tells the story of her audition for Berry Gordy.
The Stepkids have a new record out on Stones Throw Records.
Author Susan Whitall talks about Little Willie John, the subject of her new book, Fever.

October 31st, 2011 | | Playlists
The Emotions

The Emotions

By the time sisters Wanda, Jeanette, and Sheila Hutchinson were preteens, they were already seasoned performers. They won talent shows at the Regal Theater on the South Side of Chicago. They had sung for Mahalia Jackson. They had performed with the Jackson Five before they were ever signed to Motown.

July 1st, 2011 | | Articles
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
Esperanza Spalding

Esperanza Spalding and the future of fusion

With the release of Miles Davis’s revolutionary records In a Silent Way in 1969 and Bitches Brew the following year, the genius trumpeter, with the invaluable assistance of an amazing crew of young collaborators, created the musical future shock later called fusion.

May 31st, 2011 | | Articles

Rollin’ with Raphael

Like Raphael Saadiq’s acclaimed 2008 album, The Way I See It—a downtown ode to the Motown-Stax-Philly International eras—his latest album due out May 10, Stone Rollin’, conjures up nostalgia, with dust-track roads and sock-hop, bluesy, British soul fusion.

May 9th, 2011 | | Articles
Tammi Terrell and Marvin Gaye

Sent From Above

Motown suffered a devastating blow with the death of Tammi Terrell on March 16, 1970. At only twenty-four years old,…

March 16th, 2011 | | Today in History
Temptations/Ball of Confusion

The Temptations

January 2nd, 2011 | | Videos
Photo by Tim Stoter

Javelin: Top Ten Albums of 2010

Read about Javelin in Wax Poetics issue 40 What happened for you in 2010? Smashed boomboxes onstage at Girl Talk,…

December 28th, 2010 | | Top (20)10

Bilal: Top Ten Albums Discovered in 2010

Read about Bilal in Wax Poetics issue 42 What happened for you in 2010? I put out my album Airtight’s…

December 22nd, 2010 | | Top (20)10
Photo by Eric Coleman

Shafiq Husayn: Top Ten Tracks of 2010

Read about Shafiq Husayn in Wax Poetics issue 39 What happened for you in 2010? 2010 = New child, working…

December 21st, 2010 | | Top (20)10
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Issue 44

  re:Discovery Bill Withers, Egle Martin, United States Navy Port Authority Soul Band, James Spaulding, Bennie Maupin The Budos Band Staten Island…

December 7th, 2010 | | Wax Poetics Magazine
Stevie Wonder

The Market Is Soft


July 30th, 2010 | | Gallery
Photo courtesy of Paddy Corea

Demon Fuzz

Stylistically, Demon Fuzz’s single album, 1970’s Afreaka!, is hard to pin down. But then, I guess that’s the point. Demon…

July 12th, 2010 | | Articles

Hot Ones!


May 13th, 2010 | | Gallery

Steve Reid

“After graduating out of college, I decided to take a trip,” drummer Steve Reid told Wax Poetics writer Paul Sullivan…

April 14th, 2010 | | In Memoriam
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Issue 40

re:Discovery Resume, Scorpio, Tyrone and Carr, Eduardo Mateo and El Kinto Conjunto (and Friends), Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson In…

March 23rd, 2010 | | Wax Poetics Magazine
Photo courtesy of Darius James

That’s Blaxploitation!

Darius James. Dr. Snakeskin. The artist and author embraces both titles, but neither expresses the frenetic genius of the man himself.

March 11th, 2010 | | Articles
Michael Jackson

MJ Caught on Video

Gamble-Huff Music Online brings us amazing rare footage of the Jacksons at the time they left Motown Records and moved…

October 29th, 2009 | | The Album
Issue 37 Michael Jackson

Issue 37

Though far from an all-encompassing Michael Jackson tribute issue, we still had to show how much MJ meant to us….

September 28th, 2009 | | Wax Poetics Magazine

Saturday Night Special

Detroit Jazz-Funk from The Lyman Woodard Organization

March 13th, 2009 | | Wax Poetics Records
G. Kerr Orch. "Back Lash" All Platinum

G. Kerr Orchestra

An early member of the Motown stable, George Kerr was a talented songwriter who produced memorable hits for the Whatnauts,…

February 1st, 2009 | | Re:Discovery

Soul Man

There was a time when no one in their right mind messed with Charles Spurling. James Brown tried it once,…

December 4th, 2008 | | Articles
Johnson, Hawkins, Tatum and Durr "A World Without You"

Johnson, Hawkins, Tatum and Durr

Capsoul, both musically and geographically, was in a world of its own. Label owner Bill Moss followed the Motown model…

June 1st, 2008 | | Re:Discovery

Out of the Shadows

Wearing a red tracksuit and a black baseball cap Jack Ashford looks conspicuous amidst the palatial surroundings of the Radisson…

April 2nd, 2008 | | Articles