Randall Roberts, Pop Music Critic


  • A new stage for Arcade Fire
    A new stage for Arcade Fire

    As Arcade Fire prepares for two shows at the Forum, co-founder Win Butler looks at the Montreal band's changing directions (new, dynamic rhythms) and even controversy (fans dress up for concerts? Shocking!).

  • Music streaming services unleash a torrent of digital playlists
    Music streaming services unleash a torrent of digital playlists

    It's a question we pose daily, and with increasing frequency in an age of digital bounty and instant entertainment: "What am I in the mood for?" We ask it of office mates at lunch, friends before taking in a movie, with family on weekends. We stare at the search window in iTunes,...

  • Ty Segall pulls out all the stops for 'Manipulator'
    Ty Segall pulls out all the stops for 'Manipulator'

    By the time that Ty Segall hit age 26, he had already recorded and released six solo albums, appeared or collaborated on a dozen or so other albums of frantic guitar rock, issued 20 singles or extended-plays through various record labels, appeared on dozens of compilations and composed a few...

  • Motley Crue goes out with a bang at Hollywood Bowl
    Motley Crue goes out with a bang at Hollywood Bowl

    Explosions rocked the Hollywood Bowl early. Fireballs during Mötley Crüe's "Saints of Los Angeles," the opening song of the metal band's farewell tour, pushed heat into the cheap seats.

  • Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, an L.A. band, stare at 'Hypnotic Eye'
    Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, an L.A. band, stare at 'Hypnotic Eye'

    Before easing into a conversation about his new album with the Heartbreakers, "Hypnotic Eye," the longtime Malibu beach-dweller Tom Petty has a score to settle. It's in response to an old Times survey of Los Angeles' most enduring rock bands.

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