Rico Cleffi

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  • 10 years ago

    Nikki Sudden's last ever show was a free affair, but a pitifully underattended treat. The evening's unannounced special guest—a gangling guitarist with stocking cap and fatigue jacket—came out to assist on Sudden staples and extended tak...

  • 11 years ago

    East of the LIRR's Sunnyside yard, underneath the No. 7 elevated line, on a forlorn stretch of Queens Boulevard, smack between the Getty gas station and the Love Shack porn shop, there's this new basement venue called the Metal Kingdom. Co-proprie...

  • 11 years ago

    Vashti Bunyan's quit-while-you're-ahead Just Another Diamond Day in 1970 was a trip to the British countryside via horseback, clean off the grid and back to the land for solemn planting and harvesting. Pretty far removed from the world of iPods, r...

  • 11 years ago

    On "Nothin' 2 Show," one of the better tracks on The Foundation, Willie D. warns of the times "when you're down on your luck/nobody gives a fuck/bill collectors on your heels and a repo on your wheels." This hip-hop home economics lesson is anchor...

  • 11 years ago

    MF Doom might just be the Bobby Zimmerman of the rap game: a one-man cult of multiple personalities, oft misinterpreted raconteur, arcane seer-crackpot. Masked and Pseudonymous. But you know his old man wasn't some kind of feudal lord. At the risk...


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