Christian John Wikane is a NYC-based journalist and music essayist. He’s a Contributing Editor for PopMatters, where he’s interviewed artists ranging from Paul McCartney to Janelle Monae. For the past three years, he’s penned liner notes for more than 100 CD re-issues by legends of R&B, rock, pop, dance, and jazz. Since 2008, he’s produced and hosted Three of Hearts: A Benefit for The Family Center at Joe’s Pub. He is the author of the five-part oral history Casablanca Records: Play It Again (PopMatters, 2009). Follow him on Twitter @CJWikaneNYC.
Thursday, January 16 2014
On her latest album, Martha Redbone harvests soul food from the poems of William Blake, and tells PopMatters all about the emotional, powerful journey she went on to get there.
Wednesday, November 13 2013
Celebrating a brand new video and her very first solo single, Alfa Anderson reflects on CHIC, Luther Vandross, and all the other "good times" from her four-decade career.
Monday, October 21 2013
Today brings part two of our Donna Summer special. In the clubs and on the airwaves, Summer remains a vital force. PopMatters celebrates the hits that spawned a revolution in dance music.
Sunday, October 20 2013
In the clubs and on the airwaves, Donna Summer remains a vital force. Joined by more than 20 artists and musicians, plus previously unpublished insights from the lady herself, PopMatters celebrates the hits that spawned a revolution in dance music.
Wednesday, June 19 2013
Claudia Lennear vanished from music. Morgan Neville found her. 20 Feet from Stardom connects the dots.
Monday, March 24 2014
Eight laptops, more than two dozen musicians, three hours of genre-defying music, and one dynamic performer swimming through a “sea of possibilities”? It must be a Nona Hendryx show.
Friday, January 24 2014
For her New York homecoming, Brenda Russell delivered all the classics from a venerated songbook.
Tuesday, January 21 2014
What happened when Martha Redbone brought the spirit of Black Mountain, Kentucky to the Apollo?
Tuesday, October 8 2013
"Joe, you can have your home back tomorrow," said Sandra St. Victor at her CD release. Make no mistake, for one night Joe's Pub became "San's Pub".
Sunday, May 19 2013
Few artists can navigate jazz, disco, glam funk, and Broadway with equal aplomb, but Sarah Dash proved to be a remarkable exception at 54 Below.
Friday, December 13 2013
The celebrated singer-songwriter will appear at Joe's Pub following new single and London debut of The Color Purple.
Tuesday, October 22 2013
New York City-based Russell Taylor previews new album with "War of Hearts" single and video.
Monday, September 16 2013
Recently, Ebony published a feature that celebrated pioneering black women in rock. In the article's accompanying gallery, Sandra St. Victor held court with icons like Tina Turner, Nona Hendryx, Joan Armatrading, and Sister Rosetta Tharpe.
Sunday, February 10 2013
Filmmaker Theresa Brown and singer-songwriter Lindsey Wilson screen 'Meg Ramsey' web series at Tribeca Screening Room in Manhattan.
Wednesday, November 7 2012
The seven-year intermission between Alice Smith's first and second album is nearly over. PopMatters joined her midway through the wait.