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REVENGE OF THE N*E*R*D

By Jemel Wilson After an epic album listening concert at ComplexCon, the trio of Pharrell Williams, Chad Hugo, and Shay Haley—aka N*E*R*D—released their highly anticipated fifth studio album No One Ever Really Dies—the g...
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David Cassidy: The Rockstar Who Time Forgot

By Allen Callaci My jaw plummeted faster than Wile E. Coyote whistling down to the bottom of an unforgiving canyon 23 years ago. I read a Rolling Stone interview with Quentin Tarantino wherein the Pulp Fiction auteur sta...
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Tom Petty’s Golden State

By Allen Callaci The official record would have you believe Tom Petty was a native of Gainesville, FL. Like the blindest of flat-earthers or most entrenched of moon-landing deniers, I don’t buy into that. As a Southern C...
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How to Properly Listen to Young Thug

By Justus Dashield During my hip-hop debates about Young Thug’s music, I encounter two different types of people: those on the far left or right of the spectrum. People love or hate his music. As I reflect on why people ...
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Kurt Cobain at 50: Come As You Are, Stay As You Were

By Allen Callaci  Pushing a squeaky shopping cart stocked with a dented box of Rice Krispies, a gallon of milk and a tube of Crest toothpaste in the express lane at the local Stater Brothers is the last place one &hellip...
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Sighing Eternally in a Leonard Cohen Afterworld

By Allen Callaci What you are about to read started out as review of Leonard Cohen’s new album, You Want It Darker. The first lines of that review were to have gone roughly like this: On his latest release, You … ...
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Jerry Heller: The Unlikely Pioneer of Hip-Hop

By Daudi Abe When I learned that Jerry Heller, the former manager of NWA, passed away at the age of 75, I immediately thought of my brief time communicating with him. While conducting research in 2011 for my book 6 &hell...