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Widely considered the first band to define the sound of punk music, The Ramones were formed in the Forest Hills section of Queens, New York in 1974. Jeffrey Hyman, John Cummings, Douglas Colvin and Tommy Erdelyi each adopted the surname “Ramone,” becoming Joey, Johnny, Dee Dee and Tommy. And so the legendary band was born. Adopting a uniformed look of bowl-cut long hair, leather jackets, t-shirts, and Converse sneakers, The Ramones were unmistakable. And so was their music–a ferocious three-chord fury that was chaotic but controlled, a direct response to the heavily produced music that was pop in the early 70s, a call to arms that restored rock’s vitality.
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Where I Stand: Bob Ross Tribute – Angel City’s Happy Little Festival

by Nate "Chops" Johnson November 17, 2016

Last week a friend emailed that Angel City Brewery in LA was holding a Bob Ross Tribute Festival over the weekend. For real!

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Where I Stand: At Home With Guillermo Del Toro’s Monsters

by Nate "Chops" Johnson October 31, 2016

If you have a soft spot for the macabre or just plain bizarre, make your way over to the Miracle Mile area of LA where the LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART is playing host to director Guillermo Del Toro’s private collection of art and film props.

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Prince Plays Hollywood Forever

by Nate "Chops" Johnson July 9, 2016

Since that April morning when the world woke up to find out that Prince had ascended to whatever place rock deities go to when their time on Earth has come to an end, there has been a near non-stop world celebration of his life and music.

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Lockin’ with Hip-Hop’s own Fred Astaire: Shabba-Doo (aka “Ozone” from Breakin’)

by Nate "Chops" Johnson February 19, 2016

Within minutes of walking into Shabba-Doo’s dance class for the first time, I could tell that his sessions weren’t a “vanity project”; i.e. staging generic dance classes to make money just because he has a big name in the industry. He actually does care that his students learn something by the end of the hour. […]

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