Oliver Wang

Oliver Wang is a music writer, scholar, and DJ based in California. Since 1994, he's written on popular music, culture, race, and America for outlets such as NPR, Vibe, Wax Poetics, Scratch, The Village Voice, SF Bay Guardian, and LA Weekly.

Wang begins work as an assistant professor in sociology at Long Beach State this fall; He also hosts the renowned audioblog soul-sides.com. For more information, visit o-dub.com.

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1:57pm

Wed May 8, 2013
Music

On Two New R&B Albums, An Old Soul Sound That Glows

Originally published on Wed May 8, 2013 3:55 pm

Charles Bradley was signed by Daptone Records partly because of a James Brown act he used to perform. His new album is Victim of Love.
Darren Bastecky Courtesy of the artist

10:59am

Mon May 6, 2013
The Record

20 Years Ago Biz Markie Got The Last Laugh

Originally published on Thu July 18, 2013 6:56 pm

Biz Markie in costume in the gatefold of the LP version of All Samples Cleared!
Courtesy of Cold Chillin' Records/Warner Bros.

4:00pm

Thu March 14, 2013
Music

Lady: Two Soul Stalwarts Find A New Groove Together

Originally published on Fri March 15, 2013 6:59 am

R&B singers Nicole Wray and Terri Walker have teamed up as the duo Lady.
Courtesy of the artist

R&B singers Nicole Wray and Terri Walker both had promising starts to their careers more than ten years ago. Wray came up on the Virginia coast under the wing of mentor Missy Elliott. Walker, a Londoner, was classically trained yet released her debut on a Def Jam subsidiary. Both enjoyed early critical success but by decade's end struggled to find a wide audience. Instead, they found each other.

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12:12pm

Tue December 4, 2012
The Record

Saviors Of Local Soul: The Archival Science Of The Numero Group

The Numero Group's Eccentric Soul: Omnibus includes 45 seven-inch singles highlighting local soul scenes from around the country.
Courtesy of the Numero Group

12:14pm

Mon November 19, 2012
Music Reviews

Bill Withers: The Everyman Singer With A Poet's Soul

Originally published on Mon November 26, 2012 9:38 am

Bill Withers onstage in 1973.
Fin Costello Redferns

Bill Withers' very first single became a breakout hit in 1971. He would go on to record nine albums over the next 14 years, and all of them are now available on a new box set, The Complete Sussex and Columbia Masters.

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