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Randall Roberts

Randall Roberts is a staff writer covering music, and pens the weekly California Sounds column for the Los Angeles Times. 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.
California Sounds: Cola Boyy represents Oxnard, Mike Krol rips on ‘Power Chords’ and Sun Araw hits Zebulon

Might Cola Boyy be the breakout star of this year's Coachella? He was the festival in his court.

Why composer Philip Glass viewed David Bowie’s ‘Lodger’ with skepticism

Composer Philip Glass had based symphonies on David Bowie's 1977 albums “Low” and “Heroes” and had hoped "Lodger" was next. One problem: Its musical ideas didn't interest him. Glass overcame the hurdle to compose his 12th symphony, which the L.A. Phil will premiere on Thursday.

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