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Harbor Party, a yacht rock group, includes lead singer Landon Beard; Alex "Huntington Newport") Ellis, backing vocals; John Schroeder, guitar; Jack Kovacs, bass; Dan Reckard, keyboard & sax; Ben Rose and Sam Brawner, drums. Photographed at Rockwell in Los

LA band Harbor Party pays tribute to Yacht Rock

Landon Beard, Harbor Party's lead singer, says yacht rock (The Doobies and Eagles, Steely Dan) may seem fluffy, but the tunes are complex and surprisingly difficult to play.
Marlon Brando Smiling In Suit

4 things you probably didn't know about Marlon Brando

July 1 of this year marks the 10th anniversary of actor Marlon Brando’s death. Here are a few things to surprise you about this master thespian.
New NPR President Jarl Mohn, with KPCC's Stephanie O'Neill and John Rabe, and NPR's David Folkenflik.

In-depth with NPR's new president, Jarl Mohn

John Rabe talks with new NPR President Jarl Mohn, who has been a top radio DJ, a guiding force at MTV and VH1, and now promises to raise the kind of money NPR deserves.
Vietnam Baez Comes Back

Joan Baez: Don't talk during my concerts!

Baez is performing July 3 at the Greek Theatre in Los Feliz and in anticipation of her show, Off-Ramp producer Kevin Ferguson got her on the phone.

The American Way: Freedom, liberty and buying stuff

As the finance guy collated papers, I asked, "Do you know the difference between freedom and liberty?" He looked at me like I'd said I had a bomb under my shirt.
Off-Ramp host John Rabe talks with Piero Selvaggio, owner and founder of Valentino Restaurant in Santa Monica. The 42-year old restaurant is one of the birthplaces of the Food Revolution.
Do the right thing
The race riots critics said “Do the Right Thing” would cause never materialized. It took the real world, a viral video, and the Rodney King beating to make Spike Lee's prophecy come true.
Brando Skyhorse, author of "The Madonnas of Echo Park," talks with John Rabe about his new memoir, "Take This Man," which details his often-awful upbringing in Echo Park.
Off-Ramp's John Rabe, who sometimes makes things up, imagines what it might be like to talk with Mayor Eric Garcetti about dropping his first public obscenity.
"Christ’s Entry into Brussels," by James Ensor, the centerpiece of "The Scandalous Art of James Ensor," at the Getty Center through Sept. 7.
Of all the artists of over a century ago, James Ensor would probably have done best in Zap Comix. Much of his work is rooted in obscenities akin S. Clay Wilson's and R. Crumb’s.