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Randall Roberts

Randall Roberts is a staff writer covering music, and pens the weekly California Sounds column. His recent Times series on the geography of L.A. music has explored Sunset Boulevard and Rosecrans Avenue. In his career with The Times, Roberts has been music editor and pop music critic. A St. Louis native, he was schooled in the power of sound as a radio and club DJ, and schooled in supply and demand as an indie, punk and electronic buyer at a major Midwest record store.
Music industry hails passage of the Music Modernization Act

American politics may be polarized, but a new law signed by President Trump on Thursday suggests liberals and conservatives agree on the need for a better system to compensate musicians and songwriters in the digital era.

In advance of Adult Swim Festival, 'Rick & Morty' composer Ryan Elder ponders future episodes and reveals 'Rick Dance' origin story

It’s been a cool few weeks for the TV and film composer Ryan Elder who has been working the Hollywood scoring scene for the last 15 years — and who lives much of his life in St. Paul, Minn. He’s celebrating the recent release on Sub Pop Records of music from “Rick & Morty.”

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