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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3:32pm

Wed October 22, 2014
Music Reviews

Music Review: 'You're Dead!' By Flying Lotus

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3:29pm

Fri October 18, 2013
Music Reviews

The Poets Of Rhythm: A Troop Of German James Browns

Originally published on Sat October 19, 2013 9:33 pm

The Poets of Rhythm were a group of young retro-soul musicians from Germany. An anthology of their work was recently released.
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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

3:25pm

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.
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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.
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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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