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

  • Red Bull Sound Select offers more details of L.A. 'music takeover'
    Red Bull Sound Select offers more details of L.A. 'music takeover'

    Those who peruse online music sites have perhaps been bombarded of late with exclamatory ads regarding a month-long series of events dubbed Red Bull Sound Select Presents: 30 Days in LA. A music-centered set of cultural happenings sponsored by your 2 a.m. juicing-up beverage of choice, the...

  • Perfume Genius sashays as he devastates a sold-out Roxy
    Perfume Genius sashays as he devastates a sold-out Roxy

    Wearing a loose-knotted black sweater that revealed his carved torso beneath, the pianist, singer and songwriter known as Perfume Genius sat before a whisper-quiet sold-out crowd at the Roxy in West Hollywood and tried to explain the raw, full-throated wail he'd just unleashed.

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