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

  • Sly Stone is awarded $5 million in lawsuit over unpaid royalties
    Sly Stone is awarded $5 million in lawsuit over unpaid royalties

    In the 1960s and '70s, Sly Stone was one of funk and soul music's most hopeful figures. He penned incandescent, era-defining singles like "Everyday People" and "Stand!" while leading the Family Stone, one of the era's most inventive and accomplished bands.

  • Sly Stone awarded $5 million in back royalties, damages
    Sly Stone awarded $5 million in back royalties, damages

    Seminal soul and funk composer Sly Stone has been awarded $5 million in royalties and damages by a Los Angeles County court. In a unanimous jury decision, the court found that Stone, born Sylvester Stewart, was denied royalties by his former manager Jerry Goldstein, attorney Glenn Stone and...

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