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Todd Martens

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.
Rock 'n' roll may be pushed aside, but it isn't dead yet

While there weren’t many guitars on Coachella’s mainstage, plenty were tucked away into the club-like dome that is the Sonora tent. But rock fans shouldn’t be bummed about being pushed aside to an out-of-the-way dome: the place, at least, is air-conditioned, making it one of Coachella’s best not-...

The Regrettes bring a timely message — and a timeless sound — to Coachella

When the spirited, local punk-leaning pop band the Regrettes last played a major Southern California festival, things didn't go as planned. Performing at a multi-day event last fall in San Pedro, the band's teenage lead singer Lydia Night was attacked mid-performance by a woman in a superhero cos...

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