Todd Martens

Writer

Todd Martens joined the Los Angeles Times in 2007 and covers a mix of interactive entertainment (video games) and pop music. Previously, Martens reported on the music business for Billboard Magazine. He has contributed to numerous books, including "The Big Lebowski: An Illustrated, Annotated History of the Greatest Cult Film of All Time." He continues to torture himself by rooting for the Chicago Cubs and, while he likes dogs, he is more of a cat person.

Recent Articles

  • Kanye West cancels Forum concert, and more dates on the tour could follow

    Kanye West cancels Forum concert, and more dates on the tour could follow

    Today in Entertainment: Kanye West out of the hospital, Netflix offers some downloads Dec. 1, 2016, 9:27 a.m. Here's what's new and interesting in the world of entertainment and the arts today: What sent Kanye West to the hospital?Netflix offers downloads of some shows, moviesWill Scorsese's 'Silence'...

  • Kanye West cancels Forum show at last minute

    Kanye West cancels Forum show at last minute

    Just days after pledging allegiance to President-elect Donald Trump — and hours after cutting short a concert in Sacramento — Kanye West has called off his L.A. date tonight at The Forum.  The Sunday concert was canceled about three hours before showtime. No statement from West’s label or the tour’s...

  • Leon Russell dies at 74; hit songwriter, Wrecking Crew member, musical bridge builder

    Leon Russell dies at 74; hit songwriter, Wrecking Crew member, musical bridge builder

    Leon Russell, instantly recognizable for his long white mane and a rich, hearty voice that drifted between country and soul, died Saturday in Nashville. He was 74. Russell was lauded for swampy rockers such as "Delta Lady" and "Roll Away the Stone" as well as heart-rending ballads such as the oft-recorded...

  • Confessions of a Cubs fan

    Confessions of a Cubs fan

    “It’s just baseball.” So I’ve been told.  So I have told myself. The Chicago Cubs are in the World Series for the first time since 1945, and it is not “just baseball.” I was nervous when the Cubs played the Dodgers, concerned about living in enemy territory. I visited Dodger Stadium last week,...

  • It took the power of Batman and PlayStation VR to turn a skeptic in an almost-believer

    It took the power of Batman and PlayStation VR to turn a skeptic in an almost-believer

    I’m Batman. I’ve waited years — since the release of 1989’s “Batman” — to say those words and mean them. Considering that I’ve spent the bulk of my professional life writing rather than building a superhero’s physique, it seemed unlikely, save for Halloween, that such a day would come.  It has....

  • Nintendo Switch, a home gaming console with portable powers, is successor to Wii U

    Nintendo Switch, a home gaming console with portable powers, is successor to Wii U

    The Wii U era is over. On Thursday morning, Nintendo unveiled its new console, the Nintendo Switch. Long code-named the Nintendo NX, the Nintendo Switch is a hybrid of sorts. The system, which will use cartridges rather than discs, will work with television sets. But it also will allow for portable...

  • 'Virginia' is the video game world's answer to 'Twin Peaks'

    'Virginia' is the video game world's answer to 'Twin Peaks'

    The opening screen of Variable State’s new video “feature”  “Virginia” welcomes players to a small town named Kingdom. It’s laid before us as if it were a board game, with little trails leading to a cave or a gas station, a schoolyard or an observatory, all of it presented with the simple cheery...

  • Steve Gunn brings a wandering, cosmic spirit to guitar-based rock

    Steve Gunn brings a wandering, cosmic spirit to guitar-based rock

    In this always-on, phone-obsessed era, Steve Gunn’s “Eyes On the Lines” is a rarity. It’s a plugged-in guitar-focused rock record about unplugging and tuning out. It sounds relaxed. Released earlier this year via respected New York indie Matador, it’s an album about getting lost in the little details...

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