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

  • Essential tracks: 'Blackheart' beats with visionary soul sonics
    Essential tracks: 'Blackheart' beats with visionary soul sonics

    Dawn Richard, "Blackheart" (Our Dawn Records). Best known as an original member of Danity Kane, R&B singer Dawn Richard left the group last year (again) after a public kerfuffle revealed deep divisions among the crew. No disrespect to the others, but Richard is thriving without them. Over...

  • Five notes on Eric Church/Dwight Yoakam sets at Staples Center
    Five notes on Eric Church/Dwight Yoakam sets at Staples Center

    There were many so-called outsiders inside Staples Center on Friday for Eric Church's stop as part of his "The Outsiders World Tour." So many outcasts that they couldn't help but bond like a bunch of insiders. They all agreed on one thing, something pretty basic about country music in 2015:...

  • Aphex Twin streams new EP 'Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments 2'
    Aphex Twin streams new EP 'Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments 2'

    It's a wonderful time to be an Aphex Twin fan. Until last year, the long-hibernating electronic composer/producer born Richard D. James hadn't released new music since the mid-'00s. Then in 2014 he delivered a return-to-his-people record, "Syro," that reminded us of the many reasons why his...

  • Israeli singer nabbed in connection with leaked Madonna tracks
    Israeli singer nabbed in connection with leaked Madonna tracks

    When a dozen new demos by pop singer Madonna leaked at the end of 2014, the news not only confirmed the artist's direction on her forthcoming album "Rebel Heart" but forced her to shift her plans for 2015 world domination. In an Instagram post published just after the mid-December leak, she...

  • On 'Vulnicura,' Bjork is heavy and at her most personal
    On 'Vulnicura,' Bjork is heavy and at her most personal

    In the opening measures of Björk's new album, "Vulnicura," the Icelandic artist offers a direct statement of purpose, one involving personal upheaval she describes as "a juxtapositioning fate." Mentioning "moments of clarity as so rare, I better document this," Björk directs her...

  • Lil Wayne releases incendiary new mixtape, 'Sorry 4 the Wait 2'
    Lil Wayne releases incendiary new mixtape, 'Sorry 4 the Wait 2'

    Every day's a new adventure for Lil Wayne fans. If we're not obsessed with the street date for Wayne's apparently forthcoming album "The Carter V," we're chasing guest verses, wondering about his health or discovering some weird line from an old track that we'd never heard before. 

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