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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. 


Features

Sunday, March 1 2015

Coming Back to 'Coming Home': An Interview with Johnny Mathis and Thom Bell

PopMatters' exclusive interview with Johnny Mathis and Thom Bell celebrates the legacy of a pop music masterpiece, I'm Coming Home (1973).


Tuesday, February 17 2015

"Music Is More Than Just Notes": An Interview with Mino Cinélu

How does Mino Cinélu tell stories with percussion? Just ask Sting, Kate Bush, or Herbie Hancock.


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.


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

Reviews

Thursday, February 5 2015

Diana Ross: 3 February 2015 - Brooklyn, New York

Diana Ross inaugurated the historic reopening of Kings Theatre in Brooklyn with a dazzling lesson in longevity.


Tuesday, January 27 2015

Lisa Fischer: 8 January 2015 - New York

Headlining the first of six sold-out shows at New York's Jazz Standard, Lisa Fischer stirred the soul in a spellbinding 60-minute set.


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.


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]

Blogs

Tuesday, February 10 2015

Angela Johnson - “To Love Again” (audio) (Premiere)

Reaching an exciting juncture in her career, Angela Johnson triumphs with new single “To Love Again”.


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.


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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