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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

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]

Reviews

Thursday, May 22 2014

Bruce Sudano and the Candyman Band: 2 May 2014 - New York

Holding court at the Bitter End, Bruce Sudano celebrated his NYC homecoming with new songs and an eye towards the future.


Thursday, April 24 2014

Dionne Farris + The Russell Gunn Quartet: 10 April 2014 - New York

Exploring jazz with the Russell Gunn Quartet, Dionne Farris is clearly in full bloom.


Monday, March 24 2014

Nona Hendryx: 8 March 2014 - New York

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

Brenda Russell: 12 January 2014 - New York

For her New York homecoming, Brenda Russell delivered all the classics from a venerated songbook.


Tuesday, January 21 2014

Martha Redbone Roots Project: 10 January 2014 - New York

What happened when Martha Redbone brought the spirit of Black Mountain, Kentucky to the Apollo?


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

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.


Wednesday, November 7 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) [7.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) [4.Mar.09]
20 Questions: Cyndi Lauper (Sound Affects) [19.Feb.09]
Maiysha - 1 November 2008: New York (Notes from the Road) [4.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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