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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12:25pm

Tue June 18, 2013
Music Reviews

Kanye's 'Yeezus' Packs A Bite

Originally published on Tue June 18, 2013 5:18 pm

Kanye West at his album listening party at Milk Studios last week in New York City.
Shareif Ziyadat FilmMagic

4:03pm

Tue June 4, 2013
Music Reviews

Shuggie Otis: 40 Years Later, Still An 'Inspiration'

Originally published on Wed June 12, 2013 10:25 am

Shuggie Otis' Inspiration Information was first released nearly 40 years ago.
B+ Courtesy of the artist

This isn't the first time Shuggie Otis' masterpiece, Inspiration Information, has been reissued — but that's OK. It's an album that absolutely deserves to be rediscovered every decade or so.

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2:41pm

Wed May 15, 2013
Music Interviews

Laura Mvula's Velvet 'Moon' Is A Revelation

Originally published on Fri May 17, 2013 8:33 am

Laura Mvula's debut is ambitiously confident, as if she and her band had perfected their sound years ago.
Courtesy of the artist

The very first notes on Laura Mvula's new album feel like a powerful invocation. You're not sure for what, but the moment is awesome — with an emphasis on awe.

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2:57pm

Wed May 8, 2013
Music Reviews

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

Originally published on Wed May 8, 2013 4:55 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

It's tempting to describe the voices of Charles Bradley and

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5:00pm

Thu March 14, 2013
Music Reviews

Lady: Two Soul Stalwarts Find A New Groove Together

Originally published on Fri March 15, 2013 7:59 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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