Randall Roberts

Columnist

Randall Roberts is the pop music critic for the Los Angeles Times, where he covers genres including pop, hip-hop, rock, EDM, country, folk and international sounds. Prior to becoming the pop music critic in 2011, he was The Times’ pop music editor. His work has been honored by the L.A. Press Club, the National Assn. of Black Journalists, the James Beard Foundation and others. His 2009 story, “On the Road to Burma: Ozomatli, Unlikely U.S. Diplomats” was included in the “Best Music Writing 2010” anthology. Roberts has been a radio and club DJ, worked music retail as an indie and EDM buyer at a major Midwest record store, and remains a steadfast believer in the supremacy of vinyl.

Recent Articles

  • Randall Roberts Music Awards 2014: 100 trophy moments
    Randall Roberts Music Awards 2014: 100 trophy moments

    Each year critics scour the volumes of music to try and whittle all those sounds down to just ten albums that they consider to be the best of the year. We all know that's ridiculous. No one can hear everything, and any serious music fan will tell you that their favorite music changes from day...

  • Randall Roberts' best pop albums of 2014
    Randall Roberts' best pop albums of 2014

    Los Angeles Times pop music critic Randall Roberts picks 2014's best pop albums, including Beck's "Morning Phase" and "St. Vincent."

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