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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.
William Shatner teams with Henry Rollins for a ridiculous take on 'Jingle Bells'

It’s a glorious day for musical futurists who never imagined a second William Shatner and Henry Rollins collaboration would occur in their lifetimes — a moment further enhanced by the news that the two have reconvened in service of a Christmas song.

California Sounds: Noname's confident new record, Sarah Davachi's secular reveries and Harriet Brown's new synth-funk video

In this week's California Sounds, Randall Roberts recommends new work by L.A. transplants Noname, Sarah Davachi and Harriet Brown.

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