Los Angeles Times

Randall Roberts, Pop Music Critic


  • Yo La Tengo runs for covers in 'Stuff Like That There'

    Yo La Tengo runs for covers in 'Stuff Like That There'

    Yo La Tengo, "Stuff Like That There" (Matador). In 1990, the Hoboken, N.J., rock band Yo La Tengo issued "Fakebook," an album of cover songs of artists including the Flamin' Groovies, the Kinks, Daniel Johnston, John Cale and others. It's a beautiful record, and its sort-of sequel is too. Like...

  • Jerry Heller on the other women 'Straight Outta Compton' forgot

    Jerry Heller on the other women 'Straight Outta Compton' forgot

    In the months before N.W.A's album "Straight Outta Compton" was released in the summer of 1988, a team of teenage female rappers from the Inland Empire called J.J. Fad helped upend West Coast hip-hop by putting the fledgling enterprise Ruthless Records on the map.

  • DJDS offers textured house music, with dogs

    DJDS offers textured house music, with dogs

    DJDS, "You Don't Have to Be Alone" (Body High/Loma Vista). The Los Angeles production team formerly known as DJ Dodger Stadium had to tweak its name for obvious reasons, but the moniker switch hasn't affected the mission: to explore human (non-trademark-infringing) emotion through textured, evocative...

  • Deradoorian is pitch perfect, Lana Del Rey is California cool

    Deradoorian is pitch perfect, Lana Del Rey is California cool

    Deradoorian, "The Expanding Flower Planet" (Anticon). A few years ago the artist Angel Deradoorian relocated to Los Angeles from Baltimore, and she's since melded into the city's already rich experimental pop scene. Best known for her work with Dirty Projectors, Deradoorian was tapped by beat producer...

  • Dr. Dre's new album 'Compton' a master class in music, culture, business

    Dr. Dre's new album 'Compton' a master class in music, culture, business

    "Compton," the new album from Dr. Dre — producer, music executive, kingmaker and co-founder of N.W.A — was released on Apple Music's streaming service Thursday night, while on other platforms Donald Trump was entertaining the masses during the GOP presidential debate and Jon Stewart was bidding...

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