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Christian John Wikane
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PopMatters Contributing Editor

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, May 29 2014

Under the Hard Hat: An Interview with Village People's David Hodo

From Broadway to Casablanca, David Hodo reflects on 40 years in show business.

Tuesday, April 29 2014

Her Best Is Yet to Come: An Interview with Paulette McWilliams

Quincy Jones, Bette Midler, Aretha Franklin, and Johnny Mathis all share one voice in common. Her name is Paulette McWilliams.

Thursday, January 16 2014

Tales from Black Mountain: A Conversation with Martha Redbone

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

At Last, She Is Free: An Interview with Alfa Anderson

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

To the Queen, With Love: Donna Summer Revisited, Day 2

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.

The Best R&B 2007 [12.Dec.07]
Anti-Divas [29.Oct.06]


Friday, November 14 2014

Eisa Davis: 22 October 2014 - New York

On a rainy New York night, Obie Award winner Eisa Davis transformed Joe's Pub into the garden of Eisa.

Monday, October 27 2014

The Golden Decade of Disco Divas: 11 October 2014 - Wilmington, Delaware

For one historic night, a dream cast of legendary disco divas proved why they still got the beat.

Wednesday, September 24 2014

Kathy Sledge: 6 September 2014 - New York

At the New York premiere of "The Brighter Side of Day", Kathy Sledge captured the spirit and soul of Billie Holiday.

Monday, September 15 2014

Martha Davis and the Motels: 25 August 2014 - New York

Five years in the making, Martha Davis & the Motels made a triumphant return to New York City.

Thursday, July 31 2014

Nona Hendryx: 7 July 2014 - New York

Nona Hendryx got unplugged and honored her classic soul group Labelle during her second sold-out engagement of 2014 at Joe's Pub.

Keane: Night Train [13.May.10]
Anjulie: Anjulie [8.Nov.09]
Seal: Soul [10.Nov.08]
Mutlu: Livin' It [26.Aug.08]
Deborah Harry [20.Nov.07]
Beth Arentsen: Sap [26.Jun.07]
CéU: CéU [31.May.07]
Diana Ross: blue [19.Jun.06]


Friday, December 13 2013

Brenda Russell Unveils New Compositions at Joe's Pub

The celebrated singer-songwriter will appear at Joe's Pub following new single and London debut of The Color Purple.

Tuesday, October 22 2013

Russell Taylor Goes to "War" with New Video

New York City-based Russell Taylor previews new album with "War of Hearts" single and video.

Monday, September 16 2013

Sandra St. Victor Debuts "Oya's Daughter" at Joe's Pub (video)

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

'Meg Ramsey' Web Series Screens in Tribeca

Filmmaker Theresa Brown and singer-songwriter Lindsey Wilson screen 'Meg Ramsey' web series at Tribeca Screening Room in Manhattan.

Tuesday, November 6 2012

She Won't Break: An Interview with Alice Smith

The seven-year intermission between Alice Smith's first and second album is nearly over. PopMatters joined her midway through the wait.

20 Questions: Femi Kuti (Sound Affects) [5.May.11]
Xavier Makes Your (Valentine's) Day (Mixed Media) [13.Feb.11]
Sudano 360: An Interview with Bruce Sudano (Sound Affects) [28.Sep.10]
20 Questions: Alex Cuba (Sound Affects) [6.Jun.10]
Lena Horne and the Power to Believe (Sound Affects) [10.May.10]
Janelle Monae: 9.April.2010 - New York (Notes from the Road) [18.Apr.10]
20 Questions: Russell Taylor (Sound Affects) [31.Mar.10]
20 Questions: Carole Pope (Sound Affects) [19.Mar.10]
Dionne Farris: 26.Feb.2010 - Brooklyn (Notes from the Road) [14.Mar.10]
Jomama Jones: 9.Feb.2010 - New York (Notes from the Road) [17.Feb.10]
Res Rocks: Res on Res (Sound Affects) [16.Feb.10]
20 Questions: Martha Davis (Sound Affects) [26.Jan.10]
Maiysha: 23.Jan.10 - New York (Notes from the Road) [25.Jan.10]
20 Questions: Bruce Sudano (Sound Affects) [6.Jan.10]
Slipped Disc: Basement Jaxx - Scars (Mixed Media) [15.Dec.09]
Angela Johnson - "Better" (video) (Mixed Media) [1.Dec.09]
Van Hunt - "Attention!" (Stream) (Mixed Media) [23.Apr.09]
Taj Mahal Hearts The Pointer Sisters (Sound Affects) [5.Mar.09]
The Pointer Sisters - 14 February 2009: Bronx, NY (Notes from the Road) [3.Mar.09]
20 Questions: Cyndi Lauper (Sound Affects) [18.Feb.09]
Maiysha - 1 November 2008: New York (Notes from the Road) [3.Nov.08]
Donna Summer - 3 June 2008, New York (Notes from the Road) [8.Jun.08]
Darlene Love - It's Christmas, of Course [$15.98] (Consuming Consumables) [9.Dec.07]
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